Pat’s record of managing good development goes back for years. It was her insight that resulted in the building of the city’s first pedestrian oriented community – Churchill Meadows. Although now no longer part of Ward 9, this community is testament to her expertise in planning issues and her ability to make sound decisions as well as innovative suggestions.
Now that Ward 9 is aging, Pat is dealing with infill developments. She has handled each application with integrity and honesty. Knowing that infill has a much greater impact on a neighbourhood, Pat still believes that being up front and honest about the landowner rights and being realistic is the best way to go. Giving false promises to residents is not Pat’s way of doing business.
As always, Pat is a strong voice for her residents. She speaks out against any application for development that she feels is not in the best interests of the community. This sometimes results in criticism but knowing her community gives her a better insight into what will work and what will create major problems down the road.
Pat has opposed several applications over the past 4 years that would result in increased traffic burdens on the community among other concerns. She was successful in having one applicant downsize the application from a 20 storey apartment building to 89 townhomes. Unfortunately another application for apartments was approved by the Ontario Municipal Board against Council’s decision to not approve it. This will increase traffic and put a strain on existing services in Meadowvale.
Pat continues to deal with those applications that have been approved to ensure that local residents have input into the site plan process and that the final products will work into the future.
As more of these applications are coming forward, Pat asked Council to approve a Meadowvale character study to put in place policies that Council can apply to future development requests. The first meetings are being held this fall and will continue into early 2019.
Pat also participated in the recent Re-imagining the mall study that looked at the future of both Meadowvale Town Centre and Erin Mills Town Centre in Ward 9. She encouraged residents to get involved and the meetings well very well attended. Some of the suggestions made by residents have already been implemented at Erin Mills Town Centre and the final report meeting is planned for this fall.
Pat’s knowledge and experience recently enabled the city and region to be able to pass the Official Plans for the Ninth Line lands. As the process was being held up by the province, Pat made suggestions to staff that were accepted by the province so that the planning could proceed. Pat looks forward to future planning of the lands in this area that lie in Ward 9 north of the CP Railway. These were purchased by the city for recreational uses and Pat will be holding future sessions to give residents input in how they should be developed.
As the Meadowvale community especially is vulnerable to increased densities (as set out by the province in their Places to Grow policies), it will require a Councillor with the experience and the knowledge Pat has to ensure that our communities grow responsibly and that all future development is compatible with existing neighbourhoods.