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John Hawley send out the message below to many residents Monday, June 11.  But we are sending it again to ensure our members didn't miss it.  
(If you didn't receive this message from John, send your email address to him using the address below to be added to his mailing list for further updates.)  

On Monday, June 11, 2018 11:19 AM, John Hawley <john.hawley12@gmail.com> wrote:


Dear Villagers,

You recently may have been made aware of two upcoming meetings regarding the Village Centre at The Village. Information about this in the last VCA newsletter and the Town published notice in Niagara This Week. Two signs have been posted on the Village Centre lands as well.

For the last year we have been working with Andres Duany, and his team at DPZ, on finalizing the plans for the Village Centre. The architecture of the proposed buildings will adhere to strict Architectural Codes and be in keeping with the high standards we've already set in The Village. 

We have recently made an application to the Town to rezone aspects of our Village Centre zoning in anticipation of starting to lease and build in the near future. This is a substantial financial undertaking and we must be sure that there is no ambiguity with the zoning. The significant aspects of our application are detailed below:

1) We believe a boutique grocer and a boutique hotel would be a great fit in the Village Centre and have requested they be added as permitted uses. 

2) We wanted to be more certain of what constituted a "Retail Store" (a currently permitted use) so for clarity we listed uses we believe we already have permission for. For example, while we are currently permitted local and visitor oriented retail uses, we believed the Town's Comprehensive Zoning By Law could be misinterpreted to exclude such things as an art gallery selling art to the public. 

3) Currently there are 2 commercial "zones" in the Village Centre. A C6 zone and a C7 zone. The C6 was to be for local retail and the C7 for visitor oriented retail. The distinction was rather arbitrary and duplicitous so we asked for one comprehensive zone.  

3) We have asked for increased height (from 36 ft to 55.8 ft) for two buildings, the Boutique Hotel and the Assembly Hall,  proposed for the corner of Niven and Niagara Stone Road, as well as an extra 6 feet (from 36 ft to 42 ft) for any new commercial buildings. The Boutique Hotel is proposed to be 4 storeys, while the Assembly Hall is to be a signature architectural building on the corner that will host such things as concerts, speakers, films, church services, etc. CIBC and Shoppers are both 36 ft high and we found it a little tight to design two storey buildings so with the extra 6 ft we will have a the ability to create more interesting variety with the roofs.  

4) We previously had a Committee of Adjustment approval to build within 6 meters of the Regional road allowance for Niagara Stone Road. When the Town's latest Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw was passed this was extinguished because it was not specifically included. The standard Regional setback is 15 meters. We have applied to regain the previously approved setback of 6 metres.

We intend to present a thorough explanation of the application at the two upcoming meetings. 

For more information please plan to attend:

Open House - Thursday June 14, 2018
Council Chambers, 1593 Four Mile Creek Road
 5:00 pm
Public Meeting - Monday July 9, 2018
Council Chambers, 1593 Four Mile Creek Road
 6:30 pm
 
Also for more information you can visit the Town of NOTL website and scroll down to:
111 Garrison Village Drive
http://notl.org/content/public -notices-under-planning-act


Regards,

John Hawley   |   President
Traditional Neighbourhood Developments Inc.
NewArk Niagara Corporation
C: (905) 321-8744
E: John.Hawley12@gmail.com
www.TheVillageNiagara.com

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