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September 16, 2009

Dear Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development members, and members of the community,

As you know, we have been working as a community since 2003 to oppose a proposed four-block apartment tower complex of approximately 1,455 units by landowner Gerrard Clonmore Developments, who own roughly 18 acres of the 49-acre Quarry Lands site, and to advocate for a development resolution over the full site more in keeping with the nature of our existing community. To this end, CCQLD was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2005 with a Board of Directors elected each year by members of the community.

A five-day hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board over a rezoning application by GCD had been scheduled to start on July 20. This hearing was postponed by advance agreement of GCD and the City because of the city strike. That hearing is now scheduled to take place on October 5. The purpose is to hear GCD's appeal of a rezoning application to remove minimum unit sizes from their as-of-right zoning. CCQLD has participant status and will be there to represent our members' and our community's interests in opposing the rezoning application.

As many of you know, since January 2009, members of the CCQLD have been taking part in discussions with the City, GCD and the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO) under terms of a 'Standstill Agreement' previously agreed to at the OMB by the City and GCD. The hope has always been that this forum would allow us to come up with ideas that represent a workable best-case scenario for our community, the City and GCD. By agreement of all parties, the content of the discussions was to be kept confidential. It was suggested that confidentiality would promote open and honest dialogue and for that reason -- similar to the understanding that takes place in many bargaining or negotiation environments -- the CCQLD Board agreed. While the most recent meetings took place in May, there are now indications that GCD may want to meet again before the scheduled Oct. 5 OMB hearing. Either way, CCQLD will continue to be engaged with all parties to represent community interests.

All that said, we have stated repeatedly both to our membership and within the discussions that CCQLD participants cannot and will not make any decisions or commitments on behalf of the community behind closed doors. Proposals that might emerge out of any discussions must be taken back to our membership and the broader community. We will never make commitments on your behalf without broad consultation and input. CCQLD will hold a full community meeting as soon as possible following the OMB hearing to update everyone on where things stand and future possibilities.

If you are not a member of CCQLD, please consider joining. We believe that your membership and CCQLD's direct participation in the 'Standstill Agreement' discussions gives us all exceptional credibility. As CCQLD and as a broader community, we can never be accused of not being informed; of not being committed to the difficult process of building a better city; of not putting in all the time necessary to reach a realistic and workable solution in the best interests of our neighbourhood, whether it be through formal discussions or through other channels at the appropriate time. The $10 CCQLD annual membership fee is a strong investment in the future of our community.

As always, we will keep you informed of any and all new developments, and will endeavor to do a better job of keeping our website at www.gerrardclonmore.com as up to date as possible.

Thanks as always for your support and understanding. Sincerely,

Board of Directors Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development

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