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.

Western emergency preparedness exercise – May 12

Western University will be conducting an on-campus emergency preparedness exercise on the morning of Monday, May 12.

The drill will likely involve the use of Western’s Severe Weather warning siren.

Western believes that its Severe Weather Warning siren can be a benefit to all who hear it. Western uses data, as well as direct advice, from Environment Canada to determine when to signal a weather alert via the Severe Weather Siren. In the event of a Tornado Warning being issued for the campus and surrounding area, the siren would sound immediately.

Whenever you hear the siren, you are strongly advised to seek shelter; indoors, in basements, and away from windows.

For more safety information related to weather, and to hear what Western’s Severe Weather Siren sounds like, please visit this webpage: http://www.uwo.ca/weather_siren.html

Presentations from May 7 Community Meeting

Presentations from the May 7 Community Meeting on the Sherwood Forest School site are now available:

Also available is the City Council resolution regarding purchase of the site.

Tonight – Sherwood Forest Site Community Planning Meeting

A reminder that the second community planning exercise for the Sherwood Forest School site will be held tonight:

Date:  Wednesday, May 7
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location:  Brescia University College, in the new Clare Hall, Mercato Room.