Community Consultation Meeting – March 27 – Presentation Slides

For residents who were not able to make it to the Community Consultation Meeting on March 27, 2019 hosted by Keith Irish, you can access the presentation slides below:

Community Consultation Meeting – March 27 – Presentation Slides

  • Keith Irish (Ward 1 Councillor) Presentation – Slides 1 – 11
  • Ladies’ Golf Course Presentation – Slides 12 – 19
  • Tridel Presentation – Slides 20 – 45

A big thank you to Councillor Irish and his staff for organizing the information meeting.

**IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT – March 27, 2019**

An important community meeting is being held tomorrow night – an information session regarding the proposed development of Ladies’ Golf Course lands.

Please read our letter for more details:  RORA Letter to Residents – March 2019

Meeting Details

  • Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Time: 
    • Open House – 6:30pm to 7:00pm
    • Presentations – 7:00pm to 7:45pm
    • Q&A – 7:45pm
  • Location: Thornhill Community Centre – North Hall

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,
RORA Executive

Field Investigation Notice – West Thornhill Flood Control Phase 4

The City of Markham is in the process of designing stormwater drainage system upgrades in our neighbourhood.  These upgrades provide local flooding relief during large rainfall events and were recommended as part of the West Thornhill Stormwater Flood Remediation Class EA Study completed in 2010.

During the period of April 8, 2019 and May 31, 2019, field work is scheduled in order to assist with the system design.  This field work will include underground utility location (paint markings) and investigative test pits to verify information the location of underground utilities.  We expect the impact to Royal Orchard residents to be quite minimal, as the field work is generally confined to a small area and completed within a short period of time.

If you have any general questions concerning the upcoming Phase 4 (Royal Orchard and Romfield area) work, please feel free to contact Robert J. Muir (Manager, Stormwater – Environmental Services for Markham) at (905) 477-7000 ext. 2894.

RORA Commentary on Tridel Development

RORA’s Executive is aware of the proposed multi-residential development to be built by Tridel, on Ladies’ Golf Club lands, facing Bayview Avenue.  RORA’s Executive is concerned about changes to our neighbourhood that could have a significant negative impact on RORA residents and the community in which we live, including development that adversely affects the flow of traffic, diminishes our greenspace and parklands, or has a detrimental impact on wildlife and the environment.  Our association will continue to monitor developments and engage with the City to advocate for matters of interest to our community.  We will work to minimize the negative impacts of development activities in our community.

RORA’s Executive supports the proposal submitted to the City of Markham in the Fall of 2018 by a neighbourhood resident requesting that the City work with the Developer (Tridel), to create a link between the north and south sections of the existing trail network (Royal Orchard Park running south from Royal Orchard and east behind the houses abutting the golf course, and Pomona Mills Park).  Currently the east boundaries of these trails are “blocked” by the Ladies Golf Club lands.  Concurrent with the sale of this eastern parcel of land, RORA’s Executive considers this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the City of Markham to create a legacy trail system that will benefit residents both within and beyond our boundaries, for generations to come.  Connecting the existing trail systems will allow unhindered recreational public access to City parkland for approximately a 5 km span.  This initiative will enhance Markham’s valuable greenspace, and satisfy Section 37 requirements.

If you are a resident of the Royal Orchard neighbourhood and have concerns about the new development feel free to connect with us (royalorchardra@gmail.com) or communicate your concerns to Councillor Irish (kirish@markham.ca), or the City of Markham Planning Department (clerks@markham.ca).

RORA’s Executive is comprised of volunteers who care about the community, and commit time to advocating on behalf of concerned residents.  Join RORA today, because Community Matters!

Public Meeting – January 22, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm – Tridel Development/ Ladies’ Golf Club

A public meeting will be held to discuss the development application to amend the Zoning By-law.  Details for the meeting are below:

Date:    January 22, 2019
Time:   7:00pm to 9:00pm
Place:   Council Chambers
              Anthony Roman Centre
              101 Town Centre Boulevard
              Markham, Ontario  L3R 9W3

Here is the link to the meeting’s agenda and more details about the specific development application – Public Meeting Agenda – January 22, 2019.  As you will see that the Ladies’ Golf Club property is the second item on the agenda.

What to expect at the meeting:

  • Anyone who wants to participate can speak at the public meeting to express their concerns.
  • You will be given 5 minutes to speak.  While there will be no timer counting down, the Chair will let you know when it is time to wrap up.
  • A computer and n projector will be available.  If you have a presentation, please bring it on a USB stick and it can be loaded up before your 5 minutes begins.
  • Powerpoint and PDF are acceptable file formats.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can still present your concerns by:

  • Emailing Council (clerk@markham.ca) and copy our local Councillor, Keith Irish (kirish@markham.ca).
  • Tell them that you are a resident of Markham and live near the Ladies’ Golf Club.
  • Let them know you are unable to attend the January 22, 2019 Public Meeting concerning the Ladies’ Golf Course (City File No. OP 18 171600 AND ZA 18 171600), but want this email to be provided to Council and form part of the public record.

Please click here to see the Meeting Minutes.

Butterflyway Project – David Suzuki Foundation

The goal of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project is to provide food and shelter for butterflies and bees by establishing a network of wildflower patches through neighbourhoods across Canada, starting in five cities in 2017.

The project has begun in neighbourhoods in Markham, Montreal, Richmond, Toronto and Victoria. In each city we have recruited a team of community volunteers, called Butterflyway Rangers. These local Rangers were trained by the David Suzuki Foundation in March and April and have been sent back to their neighbourhoods with a mission to plant networks of native wildflowers in yards, schools, streets and parks.

More information: http://butterflyway.davidsuzuki.org/