October 23, 2007
As most of you know by now, the developer has asked the City to hold its application for development at 2-4 Neville Park Blvd. “in abeyance” The letter from the developer to the City also said that the developer would agree not to appeal the present five storey condominium apartment proposal to the OMB.
There has been a serious misunderstanding by the community as to the implications of this action by the developer. Many individuals in our community believe that the developer has agreed to withdraw the application entirely and never appeal to the OMB. This is not accurate.
All that the developer has done, in effect, is indicate that a new development proposal will be filed with the City in the future. The developer has not agreed not to appeal that new development proposal to the OMB.
We are concerned that what this developer may be doing is making an outrageous application which it does not think will be accepted by the community to establish a base from which to make changes after there is a strong community response. In this scenario, when the developer changes the plans, the developer may suggest that the changes are intended to address community concerns. In fact, it is possible that the “revised” development proposal may be close to what the developer intended all along.
Such an approach might have the effect of lessening community resolve to oppose. At the very least, this approach has the potential to sap community opposition of its momentum.
We believe that we are in the first stages of a very long process; a marathon, not a sprint. This is not a time to be lulled into a false sense of security. The developer and his newly retained legal counsel and planning advisors are at work right now on the next proposal, which we expect will be made known in the next several months.
We are doing our planning on the basis that this revised proposal will not be significantly more consistent with the character of our residential neighbourhood than the last, except the condominium apartment building will have fewer storeys.
We intend to continue to fundraise in the expectation that these funds will be needed to address the next proposal.
Thank you to everyone in our community who has supported BLNA Inc. efforts to date. We look forward to your continued support.
Communication Director, Beach Lakefront Neighbourhood Association Inc.