Jaffari Village plan now before the OMB
After over four years of community conflict, an appeal has been filed
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Throughout subsequent resubmissions, City of Vaughan staff and residents found issues with the project’s encroachment into the adjacent ravine land, as well as the parking and traffic strain that would be caused by the hundreds of new residents on this largely low-rise residential area.
“We have dealt with all the aspects with regard with height, the density, the parking, the traffic, the environmental and heritage issues,” said Ebrahim. “This is after four years and a series of 29 working group meetings and at least five revisions to the original plans.”
In a statement, Ward 4 councillor Sandra Yeung Racco wrote, “Over the years, staff from the City of Vaughan has listened and worked with residents, the developers, as well as with York Region and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to review the proposed development plans and to address the concerns raised by the community.”
“The city did make a decision back in 2014 when they rejected that application.”
Rom Koubi, president of the Preserve Thornhill Woods Association