Jaf­fari Vil­lage plan now be­fore the OMB

After over four years of com­mu­nity con­flict, an ap­peal has been filed

Thornhill Post - - News - by Jes­sica Wei

An Ash­eri known com­mu­nity 9000 res­i­den­tial and took de­vel­op­ers ap­pli­ca­tion Ebrahim, The ap­peal Con­serv­ing place Bathurst pas­sage Ja­maat as vice-pres­i­dent hub. has on could to Jaf­fari con­flict of ap­peal Dec. been St. of Wa­ter­sheds the sub­mit Toronto in Vil­lage. over 12, sub­mit­ted Province was Thorn­hill 2017, of the their filed the (ISIJ) Act, This pro­posal of ef­fec­tively ISIJ. to ap­pli­ca­tions in On­tario’s which Woods the re­gard­ing ap­peal mid-Novem­ber, to OMB will turn into cre­at­ing Build­ing fol­lows see un­der by a the a an large-scale the com­mu­nity 28-acre over­haul a the Bet­ter over ac­cord­ing Is­lamic dead­line old four plot Com­mu­ni­ties of de­vel­op­ment model. Shia cen­tre the for of to years land OMB, Shafiq Ithna- which The and of at be gov­er­nance,” “The heard pure un­der said rea­son the Ebrahim, for pre­vi­ous [fil­ing “We’re with gov­er­nance just the Oc­to­ber pro­tect­ing OMB] The and pro­posal, is 2013, not our that un­der rights.” calls our first ap­peal for sub­mit­ted the two re­vised would new in res­i­den­tial build­ings, eight town­homes. storeys at the re­spec­tively, It and height also com­mer­cial in­cludes of and six and 60 a new in­de­ci­sion “They high school. are of ap­peal­ing the orig­i­nal to ap­pli­ca­tion, the ap­pli­ca­tion so they’re was in say­ing the city that for four of the years Pre­serve and the Thorn­hill city hadn’t Woods made As­so­ci­a­tion. a de­ci­sion,” said “[But] Rom the Koubi, city did pres­i­dent make a de­ci­sion back in Septem­ber of 2014 when they re­jected that ap­pli­ca­tion.”

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

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