Campus Master Plan, School Site, and the Medway Valley

Western University Campus  Master Plan

The University is updating its Campus Master Plan. You can find information and a copy of the Plan at:

http://www.uwo.ca/ipb/publicaccountability/campus_master_plan.html

There are two meetings you can attend to learn more from University staff.

  • A London Community Meeting will be will be held on February 23 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Rm 1150, where the Plan will be presented and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. You are asked to e-mail masterplan@uwo.ca with RSVP in the subject line to ensure there is adequate space available.
  • A Campus Community Meeting will be held on February 25 from 12:00-1:30pm in the UCC’s McKellar Room, where the Plan will be presented and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. You are asked to e-mail masterplan@uwo.ca with RSVP in the subject line to ensure there is adequate space available.

On page 70 of the Master Plan, there is reference to the FRAM lands off Ramsay Road besides Brescia and the Precious Blood. This is one of the University’s “secondary development areas.” It is not anticipated for growth in the immediate future. Western considers these lands mostly beyond reasonable pedestrian distance for core educational/instructional use, but see them as having potential for other academic and support buildings.

The University is looking for feedback on its Plan. You may provide comments in writing to masterplan@uwo.ca by February 28, 2015

Sherwood Forest School Site

City staff will be updating City Council on the timeline for the redevelopment of the Sherwood Forest School site into a public park and new housing. Click here for the report.

It will be presented around noon at City Hall at a meeting of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee on February 17th.

Come learn more about the Medway Valley Heritage Forest

Professor Greg Thorn from Western University (and the neighbourhood) will be sharing his knowledge of the Valley at Nature in The City on Tuesday, February 17th at 7 pm at the Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library on Dundas Street. He will introduce the amazing features and interesting residents of this Environmentally Significant Area we live near.

Phil McLeod, the former editor of the Free Press has done a wonderful video about the Medway.

Couple of Items …

Community Mailboxes

City staff’s report to the City Council’s Civic Works Committee next week is available on the City’s web site.  If you have trouble finding it, contact Sandy Levin and he will send you an electronic copy.  

London’s Transportation Planning Open House

There is an open house at the Central Library on February 4 from 5 to 7 pm on the process underway to determine the nature of London’s road and transit system.   You can wander in any time and review the information with City staff and consultants.  Information will be posted on shiftlondon.ca  where you can also subscribe to an electronic newsletter.  This is the beginning of what will be at least a year long process.

Ratepayer Executive Meeting

There will be a meeting of your executive in February.  If you have any issues you want discussed, please let us know.  If you are interested in serving on the Executive and want to meet the current executive and join in on the discussion, please contact Sandy Levin.

Survey on Neighbourhoods

The City wants to know if you are aware of the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy, and if it is working for you.  It will take about 5 minutes to complete.

One question is, “Are you involved with a neighbourhood group?”  We are the Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest Ratepayers.

Thanks!  Your input matters.

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More January News

Open House on City’s Draft Strategic Plan

Our Ward Councillor Phil Squire and Ward 5 Councillor Maureen Cassidy are holding a joint open house on Friday January 30 from 6-8 pm at the 2nd floor community room at the Loblaw’s at Richmond and Fanshawe.  As you are probably aware Council is working on the new Strategic Plan for the City and are looking for input.  The Strategic Plan will drive future City budgets so having your say is important.  If you can’t make the meeting, Councillor Squire would like to hear from you.  His e-mail is psquire@london.ca

Sherwood Forest School Site

City staff are currently working on an information report to the City’s Corporate Services Committee which should go forward in mid-February.  Hopefuly it will provide more information on the timing of demolition and the proposal for the development of the park and housing on the site.

Community Mailboxes

Sandy has written Canada Post to see if they would be interested in holding a community meeting to confirm locations for the new super mailboxes.  Apparently their survey results concluded that people prefer smaller, more numerous, mailboxes.  He has been told that Canada Post staff at some point will be talking to those who will find a mailbox next to their property.  He expects to know more after the staff report to the City Council’s Civic Works Committee early next month.  You will be able to find the report at the City’s web site at: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/meetings/Pages/default.aspx

Nor’West Outdoor Community Ice Rink

An outdoor rink is currently being built at Nor’West Optimist Park (the park beside Emily Carr Public School). The rink is at the top half of the park closest to Winding Woods Cres.

Moffatt and Powell (Rona) on Hyde Park Road has generously donated and delivered all of the building supplies needed

Neighbourhood Update

Medway Valley
The updated consultant’s report is available for review at the Sherwood Forest branch library.  Just ask at the front desk for its location.  The report is also available on line at:

http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Documents/Medway%20NHI-Eval-Final%20Report-Public%20Use-Jan2015.pdf

There will be a City staff report to a committee of City Council this winter and shortly after, the Local Advisory Committee will begin to meet.  Stay tuned for updates.  The Valley continues to impress the consultants with its wide variety of species including species at risk, which is unusual for an urban setting.

Super Mailboxes
Where will the new super mailboxes be located?  According to City staff, there will be a report to a Committee of City Council on February 3.  It is likely the Civic Works Committee.  You can get the report on line a few days ahead of the meeting at

http://www.london.ca/city-hall/meetings/Pages/default.aspx

The short answer is that it is highly likely that super mailboxes will only be located where there is a sidewalk.  Apparently Canada Post has already started providing the city with proposed locations in various parts of the City that currently have door-to-door delivery.

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January News

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area

The Conservation Master Plan Phase 1 final report will be presented to an advisory committee to City Council on January 15th at about 5 pm at City Hall, 2nd floor.  The consultants will present their findings.  Later in January or February, the city staff will provide an information report to City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee (our Councillor, Phil Squire is a member of that Committee).  Further information about public meetings and the Local Advisory Committee will be forthcoming. 

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Late Fall Update

Sherwood Forest School Site

The change to the zoning of the school site was not appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

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November News

161 Windermere Road

Our friends on the other side of the Medway Valley are asking for your support. There is a planning application that will be heard for this address on November 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 3rd Floor. This is a site adjacent to a high cliff of the Creek and the Environmentally Significant Area that is the Medway Valley. The application includes a stormwater management facility that appears to allow water to run down this cliff, likely resulting in erosion and potential negative impacts on the Creek. Also troubling is that the applicant has asked for what is called a special provision in the Environmentally Significant Area to permit structures (such as a gazebo, benches, chairs, fire/bbq pit, etc.) within these lands. As the City is trying hard to stop people from encroaching into Environmentally Significant Areas, this would be the absolutely wrong message to send.
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October Update

Sherwood Forest School Site

The rezoning of the Sherwood Forest School site passed City Council last night. The next step is for the city to prepare a Request for Proposal for the sale of the 2/3rds of the site that will be developed for housing in accordance with the zoning by law. We will update you when we hear any further news. We will also need to encourage our new City Councillor to get 7 other members of Council to add money to the 2015 budget for park amenities.

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