Fellow residents of Oshawa, it has come to our attention that, contrary to what residents have been told for the past 10 years, a developer is planning to erect 8-storey rental apartment buildings in Northeast Oshawa, at the corner of Glenbourne Drive and Benson Street, right in the middle of our neighbourhood. Residents of the Glenbourne Drive and MaciNally Court area feel they were deliberately misled and duped into buying property with the understanding that a 4-storey retirement home would be built behind the Cineplex Odeon theatre. It recently came to light that the developer intends to build these monstrous towers, which will be an affront to the current aesthetic of the Northeast Oshawa landscape.
Unfortunately, due to a 2003 ruling by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), this land has been zoned High Density Residential, and this we cannot change. As a result, this neighbourhood has fallen victim to disasterous urban planning. However, City Council has the power to approve the building design plans and therefore has the power to restrict the height while respecting the OMB ruling.
As residents of Oshawa, we are calling on all of you to help us let City Council know that we expect them to fulfill their obligations and represent their constituents. Together we are asking them to fulfill their mandate and fix the mistakes made in the past by restricting the height of these buildings.
Here is your chance to let City Council know how you feel about poor urban planning and protecting our beautiful landscapes. These high volume buildings will destroy our property values, will impair our quality of life, will cause traffic problems, will pose a safety risk to our children, will put a strain on local infrastructure, and WILL NOT be tolerated. If it can happen here in Northeast Oshawa, it can happen anywhere, and we need to unite to ensure that City Council listens to its residents. Please sign our petition and then forward it to everyone you know. This will let City Council know that the citizens of Oshawa care about the proper planning and development of our neighbourhoods. We need to send a clear message and make sure that our voices are heard!
We the residents of Oshawa are asking you to intervene on our behalf regarding the proposed land development at Glenbourne Drive and Benson Street.
By now we have all come to realize that our beautiful neighbourhood has been victimized by very poor urban planning. At this point, we are asking you to minimize the damage and restrict the height for any and all buildings to be constructed on the parcels of land at Glenbourne Drive and Benson Street.
We are aware that the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has already issued a ruling regarding the zoning of this property and it is zoned R6-C "h", which allows for the construction of high density residential buildings. We are also aware that the definition of high density allows for the height of said buildings to span as high as 25 metres and include up to 150 units per hectare.
We have confirmed with the OMB that it is up to you, Oshawa City Council, to determine how this land is developed, and to approve the design of all buildings, as long as the plans respect the rulings set out by the OMB and fall into the range for high density, as noted above.
We, the Residents of North Oshawa, respectfully request that City Council limit the height of these proposed buildings to better conform to our lovely residential neighbourhood. We request that the driveway to said buildings be located on Benson Street as opposed to Glenbourne Drive. We also request that appropriate landscaping be included to protect our property value and our privacy. Finally, we request that appropriate steps be taken to ensure that the parcel of land on the other side of Benson Street, which is also zoned the same way, be treated in the same manner so that we do not find ourselves in this position again in a few years with another developer and more apartment buildings.
As residents of this lovely, quiet, picturesque family neighbourhood, we are asking that the proposed development of high rise rental apartments be restricted. We are not against new construction or development in the area, we know that this is unrealistic, but we are asking that the type of development be consistent with and complimentary to the neighbourhood and enhance the lives of current residents as opposed to detracting from it.