7:30 a.m., Oct. 26)
Innes Road watchdog group ready to fight latest rezoning application
living along the north side of Innes Road opposite the Orléans Industrial Park
want to put the breaks on the number of box stores going up in the area and force
developers to create employment centres.
particular they plan to make a presentation at the planning and environmental
services committee meeting today challenging an application to expand the Trinity
Develop.m.ent commercial complex to the west side of Lanthier Road across from Avenue
du Grand Bois.
parcel of land is currently designated as an employment area. The intent of the
designation is to promote industrial and employment-generating uses such as warehousing
and distribution, manufacturing, storage, construction, office, institutional
and research and develop.m.ent.
Trinity Develop.m.ent Group has applied to have the land rezoned to allow for large
format retail space. Specifically they want to build three stand alone, single
storey buildings the largest of which would be 15,302 square metres and contain
three retail outlets.
Innes Re-zoning and Develop.m.ent Group want to know when the city will slow down
the construction of retail space and start demanding developers mix in employment
centres such as office space and institutional facilities which was the original
intent of the Industrial Park.
are three large retail centres currently under construction or in the works between
Lanthier Road and Belcourt Blvd. None of them includes plans for employment-based
is it going to end?" asks group co-chair Sharon Lawrence. "If this is
supposed to be an industrial park where is the industry supposed to go? We're
not against commercial develop.m.ent we just want some balance."
Ward Coun. Rob Jellett shares the group's concerns and plans to press his colleagues
on the city's planning committee to require the developer to include some office
space or other employment based uses in their plans.
some point you have to say 'no'," says Jellett. "We have enough retail
develop.m.ent in the area. We need develop.m.ent that will attract permanent jobs
to the area. At this point I'm not willing to turn over any more industrial land
to commercial develop.m.ent."
Innes Road watchdog group is especially upset that the Trinity Develop.m.ent Group
is already circulating a detailed site plan of the expansion area before the rezoning
has even been approved.
they've been working very closely with staff on this project and are pretty confident
it's going to be approved," says Lawrence. "It's basically a fait accompli."
group has other issues about the Innes Road develop.m.ent including an apparent
lack of planning when it comes to traffic signals. Each project seemingly has
its own set of traffic lights. When it's all said and done there will be eight
traffic lights between Tenth Line Road and Belcourt Blvd. Inexplicably none of
them will be at the corner of Avenue du Grand Bois. That's because the Trinity
Group managed to work in a traffic light to their expansion project less than
100 metres from the residential street.
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