November News

Secondary Dwelling Units

As you may have read in the Free Press, the matter of secondary dwelling units is to be debated at the City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee on Thursday, November 26. Here is a summary of the key issues of the proposal that relate to our neighbourhood. You can find the full staff report to Committee at:

Secondary Units are one bedroom units, either a separate unit in a home or a “garden suite” on the lot separate from the house (to a maximum of 5 bedrooms on a property). At present it is unknown how many such units exist as they are not a permitted use under the City’s zoning by laws. (This change is being mandated by the Province). City staff are proposing only owner occupied properties be allowed to have secondary units and that there be no new units “as of right” in the Near Campus area. However, units can still be created through either a minor variance or rezoning application.

If you want to provide comment to the Committee, please direct your comments to Chair and Members of Planning and Environment Committee, care of with a note that you want it included on the added agenda for the November 26th meeting.

Sarnia and Western Road Intersection Study – Next Public Meeting

City staff have advised that the second public meeting on the assessment of the options for improving traffic flows at this intersection will not be held until the New Year, probably sometime between mid-January and mid-February. You can find background information at:

Former Sherwood Forest School Site

This project is on the City’s work plan for 2016-2017. At present the RFP to builders for the portion of the site slated to development has not been issued but will be sometime in the new year. Councillor Squire is working on our behalf to include funds in the City’s four year budget for amenities on the park portion of the site. The City budget will be tabled next month or early in the new year.

Great Near-Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy meeting – Nov 19

A community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the vision and goals for London’s near-campus neighbourhoods.

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Peter’s Basilica Cathedral Auditorium, 506 Richmond Street

This City-led meeting relates to possible changes to the Great Near Campus policies of the City. These policies include the limit on the number of bedrooms for new housing. As these policies are important to the quality of our neighbourhood, you are encouraged to attend. If you can’t make it, but would like to comment, contact the City’s Planner listed on the flyer.

Background information on these policies, including the Terms of Reference for this review, can be found at the following URL:

Sarnia Road widening project update‏

Starting this Monday, October 26, 2015, London Hydro and their subcontractors have scheduled nightly intersection work for the installation and construction of hydro chambers and duct banks in preparation of 2016 Sarnia Road improvement project. All work will take place in the most northern segment of the Wonderland and Sarnia Road intersection.

Hydro will work nightly for approximately 7 to 10 nights from 7:30 PM through 6:30 AM only, while maintaining a minimum of one lane of traffic each way, along Wonderland Road at all times between Sarnia and Lawson Roads. Police officers will be on-duty for traffic control through the intersections at all times during construction. Wonderland Road lanes/traffic will be fully reinstated every morning.

Click here for the information displayed at this week’s open house on the project. For more information, the names and contact information for the people “in the know” are on the last page.

Fall Neighborhood News

Federal Election

You should be getting your voter information card soon. It should list your polling place. If you don’t receive one, you can check the Elections Canada web site to see if your name is listed – – or call 1-866-249-5752

Advanced polling is October 9th to 12th, noon to 8 pm at Cherryhill Village Mall.

Remember, due to changes in legislation you must prove your identity and address with a driver’s license or other official identification. The voter information card is NOT a piece of ID.

Environics has done polling in our riding of London North Centre. The most recent poll was taken Sept 19-20 of 540 residents. The margin of error is 4.2% 19 times out of 20. You can download the complete study here.

Walk in the Medway

Nature London is hosting a walk in the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area on Sunday, October 4th at 1:30 pm at Longbow and Wychwood. Come and enjoy our natural wonder.

And a reminder, please stay on marked trails, don’t use closed trails, and keep your dogs leashed – it is not an off leash dog park. For official trails see the trail map.

Rental Housing in our Area

If you are unsure if a house that is being rented is licensed under the City’s rental licensing by law, you can check at

If you are having concerns with students living in a rented house in the area, the Western Housing Office is a good resource for dealing with student issues. There is very little the City can do as it is not illegal to rent houses out, nor is there a way to make it illegal. However, you should call the police if there is a rowdy party and also notify the housing office at Western. The best person to contact to deal with problem students is Glenn Matthews the Western housing officer. His contact information is or phone 519 661-3787 x83787 and ask him to pay the students a visit.


No word on when the public meeting on the Sarnia Road and Western intersection will take place. If you live east of Sleightholme you are to get a notice in the mail.

Traffic Rules changed September 1

Sharing the road has also become more costly when it comes to unsafe practices. Dooring — that is, when a parked car door is opened suddenly, causing a cyclist or another vehicle to slam into it, can rack up hefty fines as of Sept. 1. The increased set fine has jumped to $365, but costs could reach up to $1,000. The offence carries a penalty of three demerit points upon conviction.

The new laws also require drivers to keep at least one metre between the motor vehicle and the bicycle when passing cyclists on Ontario roads, where possible. The penalty is a $110 set fine and two demerit points; make the mistake in a community safety zone, and the set fine goes up to $180. According to the province’s 2012 road safety report, 26 cyclists died after being involved in collisions.

Cyclists are also facing costly charges if they don’t properly light their bikes. At nighttime, dusk and dawn, bicycles are now required to sport a white or amber light on the front, and a red light or reflector on the rear, along with other appropriate reflective materials. The price for ignoring the requirements is a set fine of $110, up from the previous $20 fee.

Drivers must now leave a safe passing distance between themselves and tow trucks stopped on the roadside to provide assistance. Failing to slow down and move over for a tow truck can result in a set fine of $490.

Effective January 1, 2016, drivers must yield the whole roadway to pedestrians at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.

In Motion Community Challenge – a Health Unit project

This is a 31 day challenge held in October. All you need to do is track and submit your physical activity minutes for one month to help make London and Middlesex County “Canada’s Healthiest Community.” For more information, go to

Fall Plant Exchange at Sherwood Library

Calling all gardeners! Fall plant exchange at Sherwood library.

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Bring in your extra seeds, bulbs, plants and cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Please label plants.

September Newsletter

Sarnia and Western Road

No date has been set for the second public meeting on the city’s review of this intersection to improve traffic flows. Notice will be sent to residents as far west as Sleightholme.

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Overnight Parking and Other Community News

From Councillor Squire re: Extension of Overnight Parking to November 1

Please respond by Monday, August 31 to

A proposal will be coming before City Council to extend overnight parking on city streets to November 1.
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