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October 2, 2009

Dear neighbours,

This is to let you know that the City and Gerrard Clonmore Developments (GCD) have agreed to defer their upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board originally scheduled for this Monday, Oct. 5. The joint decision was made during a meeting of the Quarry Lands 'Special Committee', composed of representatives from the City, GCD, Build Toronto and Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development (CCQLD), on Thursday night of this week.

The City and GCD will still be appearing at the OMB Monday morning but only to make the formal request for deferral. CCQLD will have a representative present as well.

While GCD retains the right to go back to the OMB at a future date, we do see this as a positive step. For now, at least, a confrontational process at the OMB has been avoided in favour of continued dialogue.

It was also agreed Thursday night that the next stage of talks will take place outside of the 'Special Committee' process. One of the issues that needs to be discussed further in a smaller-group setting is the role of Build Toronto, the arms-length city development agency which has been given reponsibility for the city-owned lands on the Quarry site. While CCQLD won't necessarily be a direct participant in all discussions, we will be keeping in close contact with all parties throughout this stage of the process. It is expected that the Special Committee will be reconvened at a later date for full information sharing and to assess progress made.

As many of you know, as a condition of participating in the Special Committee talks, members of the CCQLD executive were asked to sign confidentiality agreements on the basis that this would promote a more honest exchange of information. We agreed because we believed it was important to be at the table, to make our views known, and to become as fully informed as possible. That said, we made it clear at the first meeting and on many occasions since that we would not and could not make commitments on behalf of the community regarding any proposed development. Our role is to bring back information to our membership and the larger community for input and direction.

Again at Thursday's meeting, CCQLD stressed the need to be able to return to our membership at an appropriate time with a more complete information update. We believe all parties now have a better understanding of the position the community is in, and a significant amount of time was spent discussing how and when a public meeting should happen. While no decision was made, we will continue to provide updates on a regular basis in the coming weeks and will schedule a public meeting as soon as we can.

Thanks as always for your support. Have a great (OMB-free) weekend.

Board of Directors Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development

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