Lo­cal res­i­dents fight day­care

Richmond Hill Post - - News - — Paul Han­tiuk

Traf­fic ac­ci­dents at Bayview Av­enue are a worry for the res­i­dents of Loredana Court. They are also the back­bone of their op­po­si­tion to a newly pro­posed day­care at 236 Dun­can Rd.

A site plan was pre­sented at a Town of Rich­mond Hill Coun­cil pub­lic meet­ing March 9. It fea­tured a three-storey fa­cil­ity that would have 85 spots for chil­dren.

“Right in front of Loredana and Bayview there [are] al­ways ac­ci­dents,” said Stephen Cheng a res­i­dent of Loredana Court, which backs on to the prop­erty. He is also skep­ti­cal of the safety of a play area near the in­ter­sec­tion.

An­other nearby home­owner, Michela Fichera had asked res­i­dents to put their names on a pe­ti­tion against the fa­cil­ity. It in­cludes sig­na­tures from 21 house­holds in the area.

Cheng doesn’t think the site plan ren­der­ing adds up to a fa­cil­ity that fits the pro­file of the area.

“It looks like re­ally an odd­ball thing in a res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood like that,” he said.

Area coun­cil­lor God­win Chan agreed that it’s not quite right for the area.

“It’s dy­namic. It’s dis­tinc­tive. How­ever, the chal­lenge is that it does not fit in con­form­ity with the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the neigh­bour­hood,” he said.

He thinks it would only add to mount­ing traf­fic safety is­sues in the area.

“Turn­ing is a ma­jor is­sue [there],” he said. “From a traf­fic flow per­spec­tive, it’s a very busy area,” said Chan

Chris Pereira, se­nior planner for the agent named on the ap­pli­ca­tion, M. Be­har Plan­ning & De­sign, said the fa­cil­ity will be an as­set to the com­mu­nity.

He also thinks that it aligns with the new devel­op­ment re­al­ity for the area given the prox­im­ity to a ma­jor street.

“The cur­rent Dun­can area [zon­ing by­law] is very old.… It is not re­flec­tive of the cur­rent of­fi­cial plan di­rec­tion, which is usu­ally the case when old by­laws are still in use,” said Pereira. “They are not re­flec­tive of the cur­rent plan­ning par­a­digm.”

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