Good morning Councillor Orser:
I am writing regarding the proposed development south of the 401 near Wellington and Dingman Dr. I am concerned that council may be overly optimistic about the economic impact of the proposed development.
I hope you will be very skeptical of the claims made by the proponent regarding new jobs and economic impact. Maybe this proposed development will be a success, but maybe it won’t be a success. Regardless of the success or failure of the developer and the future tenants of the proposed development, the city will be on the hook for servicing this area and the trees will have been cut down. The city will bear the ongoing costs of servicing regardless of whether this development succeeds or fails. As you know, taxpayers do not like to waste money and no one wants to see trees cut down unnecessarily.
I would like to see some push back on the proponent regarding the opportunity cost of this proposal. If the proponent did not build on the site in question, where else could a similar development be built? Surely the proponent has done its homework for more than one potential location in London?
I believe folks in Ward 4 would like to see all areas of the city succeed. But when you look around Ward 4, I’m sure you see the same kind of potential that the rest of us do. Vacant lots that could be vibrant. A shuttered storefront along Dundas that could be a bustling business. I hope that you will agree that redevelopment of existing neighbourhoods and rejuvenation of existing commercial areas should be one of your priorities as councillor for Ward 4.
I would urge you to stick to the planning guidelines for the city. Far from being a barrier to business and development, fair, clear and predictable planning guidelines help responsible developers to plan their future investments and projects. Changing the rules as we go to suit specific proposals is very confusing and unfair to other developers.
When this matter comes before Council, I hope you will ask the tough questions of the proponent that need to be asked. I know the desire for jobs is very strong. But wishful thinking isn’t going to deliver them.
We are counting on you to do the right thing.
24 Amy Cres
London, ON N5Y 4A6