Western University siren testing this week‏

Western has planned a test of its emergency weather siren between Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 26-28, to ensure the system’s effective operation in warning campus and the surrounding community of severe weather situations.

The sirens are intended to be heard outdoors, and when that happens you should take immediate shelter indoors. Western is attempting to be able to send social media notifications when the audible tests are sounding this week, but these tests are not scheduled and at the discretion of those installing additional hardware.

It is Western’s intention to begin regular audible tests of the weather siren this Fall. They will share information about these tests as it becomes available.

To find out more about Western’s Emergency Weather Siren and what to do in an actual acute weather situation, visit the Severe Weather Siren webpage.

Public Information Meeting on the Sherwood Forest School site – Sept 3

The City of London will be hosting a Public Information Meeting to introduce, and seek the public’s comment on a draft land use option for the redevelopment of the former Sherwood Forest Public School site and associated playfields.

Location: City Hall 2nd Fl Committee Room #1 & 2
300 Dufferin Avenue, City Hall
Date: Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Unfortunately, the City was unable to find a venue in the area for this meeting. They wanted an early September meeting in order to make a public participation meeting at the City Council Planning Committee on October 7, so that a decision would be in front of City Council at its last meeting (October 14) before the municipal election.

Please contact Brian Turcotte at 519-661-2500 ext. 4651, or email bturcott@london.ca for further details about the Public Information Meeting. Residents in Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest will be getting a letter in mail as well.

August Neighbourhood Newsletter‏

Sherwood Forest School Site

City staff will be mailing a notice of the next City-led community meeting on the proposed re-zoning of the school site. Keep an eye out for it. The goal continues to be for staff to have a recommendation in front of the City’s Planning Committee this fall.

London Plan

The London Plan is the city’s new land use plan. It is to be presented for approval to the new council in late winter or early spring 2015. There are many changes to land use planning which have the potential to have an impact on all neighbourhoods including ours. More about these changes in future e-mails, but here are just two:

p. 24, policy #51.10 – Integrate affordable housing in all neighbourhoods and explore creative opportunities for rehabilitating our public housing resources.

At present, it is unclear as to how the new Plan defines neighbourhood. The City tends to include us in a wider area called the Medway Planning District.

p. 253, policy #946 – Converted dwellings may be permitted in appropriate locations within the Neighbourhood Place Type, subject to a zoning by-law amendment.

Converted dwellings are defined in the Plan as – the conversion of an existing residential dwelling to accommodate two or more dwelling units, without making substantive changes to the exterior of the building.

It is currently unclear how ‘appropriate’ will be determined.

These are important changes and it will be helpful to ask candidates for Mayor and ward councillor what they think these changes will mean to our community.

A Reminder

If you are leaving your car outside overnight, be sure to lock the doors.

Letter to City Planner

Following the June 16 meeting and the vote on the School Site, this letter was sent from the Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest Ratepayers to the City Planner who is handling the City’s rezoning application for the site. The letter expresses support for the re-zoning application of the Sherwood Forest Public School site,

Handouts from June 16 AGM

The slides from the AGM and meeting on the Sherwood Forest School site are available. If you have questions want more information please do not hesitate to contact Sandy or any member of the Executive. Please also contact the City Planner on the file, Brian Turcotte.

The city has agreed that apartments will not be one of the permitted uses in the re-zoning change they will present to City Council. The city staff have also agreed to hold another city lead community meeting sometime later in the summer before they make their formal report to the City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee.

The minutes from the June 16, 2014 meeting are also available.

June news / AGM June 16

Ratepayers Annual General Meeting
Date: Monday, June 16
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Orchard Park Public School

Important: The meeting date is Monday, June 16, not Wednesday as indicated on the flyer.

The meeting will spend time on the city’s proposal for rezoning the Sherwood Forest School site. The flyer includes some details on the options before us.

See Examples of R6 Zoning for pictures of other developments nearby that are zoned R6, one of the zones the city has applied for.

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Examples of R6 Zoning

In March 2014, the City Council made an offer to the Thames Valley Board to purchase the Sherwood Forest School site, conditional on the site being rezoned to R6, R1 and Open Space (within 120 days from the offer`s acceptance from the school board – roughly the end of July). This would permit housing and retain some park space.

On May 30, 2014 the City formally applied to change the zoning (File # Z-8334) to include an Open Space (OS) Zone variation which permits City parks, a Residential R1 Zone variation which permits single detached dwellings and a Residential R6 Zone variation which permits cluster housing (including a range of single detached dwellings to fourplex dwellings). For comparison most of Orchard Park and Sherwood Forest is zoned R1-8.

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Annual General Meeting – Monday, June 16

The Annual General Meeting of the Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Ratepayers will be held:

Date: Monday, June 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Orchard Park Public School

In addition to the business part of the meeting (election of officers and financial report), the agenda will include time to discuss the Sherwood Forest School site. Michael Tomazincic from the City’s Planning Department will be at the meeting to assist with questions, but this is a Ratepayer meeting.

If you are interested in standing for election to be on the Executive for the upcoming year, please let Sandy Levin know so that your name can be included. Nominations are also accepted from the floor at the meeting.