Stratford's victory against big sprawl is providing hope for many other communities struggling to maintain their individuality and character and the integrity of their neighborhoods. Best of luck to those fighting to protect Meadowlily Woods in London from big box asphalt, noise, traffic, cheap goods, and destruction of the community they know and love.
'Quote This' Beacon Herald Thursday June 24, 2010:
"I'm very aware that it's a wonderful precedent for a lot of communities trying to be more progressive and forward thinking in terms of their planning." Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick
VICTORY FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY THREATENED
Stratford won the OMB decision. Official Plan Amendment 10 is official. OMB forced Stratford to pay legal fees incurred protecting our Official Plan. Walmart is Again Disrespecting the spirit and intent of our Official Plan by taking advantage of zoning loophole and building in East area of Strtaford.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Living in this wonderful city with such richness of opportunities and high quality of life, it is almost possible to ignore the disaster unfolding - or rather overwhelming - the Gulf of Mexico.
The constant spewing of Earth's deep blood in this deep water gaping wound sits heavy in my heart and I can feel the terror of the birds and beasts trapped in the poisonous nightmare. How many thousands of deep well cuts are there? This constant blood letting can't be good for the health of the planet.
We had an earthquake yesterday - the epi-centre in Quebec radiating to Toronto and area. It has always been a concern of mine - and seems a logical fear - with all the drilling and mining, all the excavation of deep water, oil, gas and the many mines digging out countless tons of coal, shale, gold, minerals... when will the thin crust that we live on begin to become unstable?
But here in Stratford we have had a great victory in local planning rights. The time for Avonwood / Walmart to appeal has expired and so OPA 10 is now the law.