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During the 1940's and early 1950's, the lands were owned by Toronto Brick Company and were used as a sand and gravel quarry.

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December 4, 2004

Hi everyone,

Long overdue greetings from Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development. After taking a bit of a break following our very successful summer BBQ fundraiser at Blantyre Park, and enduring a few hiccups with the website, we're pleased to report on some positive news. We are now officially incorporated as a not-for-profit group. Many thanks go to our legal chair Simon Boughton for much hard work making it happen, and to Clonmore Drive lawyer Jonathan Sommer for doing our paperwork. Incorporation will allow us to do several things: keep better tabs on our membership; hold annual members meetings with elections to a board of directors; and provide financial statements to our membership. Perhaps most importantly, it gives us even greater credibility with the city, developers and any other relevant parties as things progress over the coming months.

Here's a brief update of where things stand:

The city is "nearing completion" of Phase 1 of their land-use study of the 49-acre Quarry Lands property. This is essentially a background report pulling together previous land use planning and zoning history on the lands, current conditions and service levels in the surrounding areas, potential capacities to absorb any additional development intensification, and the like. The report is expected to be presented to Toronto City Council in January or February.

Phase II would involve public meetings/consultations with residents (that's us!) and landowners to review Phase 1 findings and to discuss possible outcomes for the lands. Environmental considerations/studies and questions about natural heritage features of the site could make this a lengthy process, carrying well into 2005. In our opinion, the serious and legitimate concerns over the environmental sensitivity of the site cannot be overstated. Throughout this time, Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development will play a forceful role in articulating and safeguarding the interests of area residents.

Phase III of the city's study would include an implementation strategy to guide any development, against which specific proposals would have to be assessed.

We are also being told by the city that there has been little movement by any of the landowners with respect to development applications on the land. A minor variance application related to the original apartment complex proposal that sparked formation of our group in the summer of 2003 continues to be deferred at the Scarborough Committee of Adjustment. We continue to monitor the situation closely.

Concerns, questions, comments? Send an email to anyone on the executive committee or leave us a phone message at 416-698-1524. We look forward to hearing from you. To all of you who have become members, thank you; your support is important and is very much appreciated. If you haven't received your ultra-cool CCQLD membership cards, send a return email to this address and we'll drop it off at your house. For those of you who haven't yet become members, we believe the $25 cost is a sound investment in the future of our community. Cheques made out to 'Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development' can be sent to CCQLD at 18 Linton Ave., Scarborough, M1N 1W6. Although we are a not-for-profit, contributions are not tax-deductible.

All the best for the holiday season. We'll be in touch.

Sincerely,

Ritchard Findlay and Wilf Longley

Co-Chairs, Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development

 

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