Rolling Meadows - Maintain the Town Square!

Rolling Meadows - Maintain the Town Square!

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Justin Brown started this petition to Mayor Ugulini and

Homeowners in the Rolling Meadows Community moved into this area under the assumption that a Master Plan was in place, which included a number of retail locations.

Marketing materials from both the Developer, and local Builders, had promised a Town Square philosophy, where everyone in the community would be "within a 10 minute walk to the Village Square".

The Developer is proposing an amendment to the zoning which removes much of the commercial use areas, and replacing them with residential zones. Rolling Meadows Land Corporation/Upper Canada Consultants have suggested that this space is redundant, stating the following factors;

Commercial space already exists on Highway 20 - While this is true, the zoning on highway 20 is not within a 10 minute walk from anywhere within the community. It is also a higher density commercial zone, and small businesses would not thrive in such an area. The space on highway 20 caters to a completely different kind of retailer and customer. Not the small business, or service variety we would see in the Town Square. 

The pandemic has reduced retail demand - This is patently false. Demand for consumer goods has never been higher. The suggestion that Amazon has hindered small business demonstrates a poor understanding of how Amazon functions. Many small businesses sell through Amazon in addition to their brick and mortar channel. Additionally, making zoning decisions which impact the years ahead, based on current temporary circumstances, would be extremely short sighted. 


In order for the Town Square to thrive, it needs to be a destination. Reducing the amount of space available will limit the diversity of business in the square, and therefore stifle any success a business might have in attracting customers to the area.

Currently, residents of Rolling Meadows have to travel to either St Catharine's, or Niagara Falls for essential goods and services. It is within the city's best interest to have people stay and spend money within Thorold. Reducing the Town Square does not accomplish this.


We the Undersigned residents of Rolling Meadows, implore the Thorold City Council and Planning Department to hold the Rolling Meadows Land Corporation to their original vision. We wish to see the existing Commercial Zoning maintained in its entirety, as per the original Rolling Meadows plan.


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