Remember this Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. we are holding our Annual General Meeting at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church 70 James Street South (Jackson Street door). The agenda and 2016 minutes will be sent out shortly to active members. Not a member? Sign up for membership at the AGM or use our super-convenient website to join and pay at our online store
Television City Comments
We have watched the progress at 163 Jackson Street (the old CH site) and waited for the opportunity to submit our comments on the plan for the site. Although the DNA board met with staff members from Lamb Corp and Movenga, we were told the initial drawings were “preliminary” and the final design would be much improved. Imagine our surprise when the posters advertising the condominium project looked exactly the same as the “preliminary” drawings! The height was reduced from the original plan of 35 and 45 storeys to 40 and 30 storeys — still too much height, mass and density for that tiny lot, in our opinion. We did our homework and submitted the comments. You can read the DNA’s submission here.
Please take a few minutes to submit your own comments to Tiffany Singh at City Hall. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (Please copy and paste address into a new email message.) Once you submit comments, you will receive communications from the city about the project and a planned public meeting, even if you are reside outside the 100 metre radius around the site.
In the meantime, the Downtown Secondary Plan is also under review and a new draft plan is available for viewing and comments here
Please review the draft plan as it has an effect on the area of our neighbourhod south of Hunter, proposed to be mainly zoned for 30 storeys. The DNA would prefer this area of the Downtown Secondary Plan to be zoned at lower heights to allow a transition area from tall buildings to neighbouring residential, as set out in the draft Tall Building Guidelines plan.
There is a lot happening in our city — densification is coming, but we should have input into how that density is balanced including enhanced amenities, park space, and complete streets.