Editor: At the Township Council meeting on Oct. 23, council approved the 2017 Brookswood Fernridge Community Plan.
At the same time, they rejected developing Brookswood Fernridge on a phased schedule.
They also rejected the concept of substantially completing the development of one neighbourhood before starting development in another neighbourhood.
At that meeting one of the senior Township managers, responding to a question from a council member, advised council that the old 1987 Brookswood Fernridge Community OCP did not really address phasing. This is simply not correct.
There can be no doubt or confusion about the fact that the 1987 plan called for the sequential completion of neighbourhood plans and an orderly and phased implementation of development.
Removing the requirement for phasing and the substantial completion the development of one neighbourhood planning area before permitting development of a second neighbourhood planning area will result in development scattered throughout the Brookswood Fernridge area, piecemeal infrastructure development, inadequate community amenities and services and general disruption of the whole area for years to come. The term Willoughby South is the term on the tip of many people’s tongues.
Neighbourhood Plan Areas have been reduced from 13 in the 1987 OCP to just four in the recently passed 2017 OCP
The decision of council to proceed with and fund the simultaneous development of three neighbourhood community plans is mindboggling.
The Brookswood Fernridge community is reeling from years of attending meetings, presentations, and strategy sessions to reach this point. Asking the community to now participate in the detailed neighbourhood planning exercise for three distinct areas concurrently could be construed as a willful attempt to ensure that there will be minimal participation in any of these planning exercises.
There is no doubt the Brookswood Fernridge Community was split on their support for either retaining the 1987 OCP or approving the newly adopted 2017 OCP. While the 2017 Brookswood Fernridge has officially been approved, the community is not prepared to accept a lack of phasing and development control that will prevent the community from growing in an organized and controlled manner over time.
Clearly the development model that the Township has used for the several decades is both antiquated and broken. It is time for this to change.