Leaside Unite is urging Leaside residents to attend an upcoming meeting regarding the proposed SmartCentres development at Laird Drive and Wicksteed Avenue.
A Feb. 14 city staff report in favour of the development is set to be considered, and possibly voted on, at North York Community Council’s next meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Leaside Unite is trying to have the matter deferred to the council’s April 9 meeting, to allow the group more time to study the staff report and consult with the community about it, as well as speak to experts and potentially the developer, to see if an amicable agreement can be reached.
The citizens group is concerned about the scale of the development and whether a cumulative traffic study, which has not been commissioned, should be completed before the shopping centre is considered for approval.
Leaside Unite maintains the development, as currently planned, contravenes the city’s official plan and would greatly increase residential traffic in the area, as well as detrimentally affect local small businesses.
The group believes a decision on the planning application is not immediately required, and more time should be taken to ensure all aspects of the development have been thoroughly considered. It also believes the more people who attend the council meeting, the better the chances of having the matter deferred to a later date.
As well as asking for a deferral, the group will submit a petition at the meeting at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., with approximately 1,200 signatures against the current plan for the development.
Residents who wish to comment on the application, but are unable to attend the meeting, can submit written comments to the city clerk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing 416-395-7337.
For more information, including a copy of the staff report and meeting agenda, visit www.leasideunite.com.