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Advocacy Update – From Mark Brown

Village Centre – Zoning application to town

Advocacy activities have continued, slowly, throughout the summer.
On July 9th, the Public Meeting regarding a rezoning application for the commercial lands in the Village was held at Town Hall. Previously, an Open House was held at Town Hall regarding the application.
The application looks to consolidate some different land uses, already approved and add some additional uses or change a use. Currently, the site zoning permits a grocery store, at a specific size. The application asks to increase the size of the grocery store.
Additional uses include a boutique hotel of approximately 80-100 rooms in total, with a building height of 56 feet. Although taller than what is currently allowed in the Village, it is no taller than what is already approved elsewhere in Town.
An additional use would grant approval for an assembly hall, which could be used for a variety of assembly uses on an indoor basis.
Traffic flows and building design are not part of the rezoning application, and should be addressed at the Site Plan stage.
Understanding that not all residents support the changes, at the Public Hearing the VCA did indicate that there appeared to be a consensus in overall support. At least one Village resident spoke against the proposed changes.
The next step is for the final staff report, which will contain a recommendation to Council on whether to approve the proposed changes, or not, to be prepared and distributed to Council. Prior to the presentation of the report to Council, we expect to conduct a survey of Village Community Association members to assist in finalizing our comments to Council.

Recent article on the Village proposed developments from

Street Lights

Retrofitting the street lights in the final Phase of the Village with frosted globes to match the rest of the Village lights may not be possible at this time.
According to the Town, the manufacturer does not have a globe that works with the LED lights actually installed. Over time, the existing lights in the Village will be converted to LED, which could result in the light heads being replaced throughout the Village. No timeline has been provided.

However the town has responded to say they have been very successful in adjusting the lights for residents that contact the Town.  If the street lights are positioned to glare into any second story windows please feel free to contact them and ask for the light shields to be adjusted.   

Here is the contact info if you would like to request this service from the Town:
  • Rob Andrea, C.E.T.
  • Engineering Technologist
  • 905-468-3061 ext. 283 Fax: 905-468-2959
  • 1593 Four Mile Creek Road, PO Box 100, Virgil, ON L0S 1T0

Pathway lights between Brock and Ravine

We have not heard back from the Town on this request at this time. 

Meet the VCA Executive
– we have some new members!

We realized that not all the residents on the Village know the Executive of the Village Community Association.  A couple of us are brand new to the Executive – joining after the last Annual General Meeting.  So I felt it was a good time to formally introduce ourselves.    Drum Roll Please!
Mark Brown – President – Since April 2017
Mark and his wife Heidi moved to the Village over two years ago from Oakville. A Realtor™, Mark has been working in the Commercial Real Estate field since 2009. Prior to becoming a Realtor™, he was involved in sales of high technology in Canada, the United States and Europe. Mark and Heidi have two children who live in Mississauga and Copenhagen, and live with their Havanese dog, Lucy.
Bob Stelmach – Vice President – Since May 2018 (Appointed)
Bob moved to the Village in fall of 2016 from Whitby with his wife Geri.  He is retired from practice of law after 41 years.  Prior to that Bob was a mechanical engineer with Ontario Hydro.
Bob joined the VCA hoping to help and to be part of the Village in this unique and beautiful part of Ontario.
Ron McKenzie – Treasurer – Since October 2016
Before moving to the Village seven years ago, Ron and family lived in Leaside.  Now retired, my career as an accountant included both public and private positions with an emphasis on sales taxes.  I am a CPA-CGA.

Mona Babin – Recording Secretary – Since May 2018 (Appointed)
Originally from Orleans (a suburb of Ottawa), Mona lived in Unionville for over 30 years before moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake with her husband Rob Williams in September, 2015.  She spent her career working at Procter & Gamble in Sales Management.  Now retired, she volunteers with several organizations including the NOTL library, the Niagara Historical Society (Director), the Shaw Guild (training), La Maison de la culture francophone du Niagara (Coordinator), and of course the VCA.  In her spare time, she golfs, reads, and is a frequent visitor at the Shaw.
Sue Henry – Communications – Since January 2017
Sue moved to the Village in December 2016 from Mississauga and was immediately recruited for the VCA to write the newsletter. By the time her husband Greg Fedoryn, arrived permanently in the Village the following summer Sue was already involved in several NOTL groups in addition to the VCA.   She retired in 2012 from a career in corporate communications focusing on Web and electronic communications (since the last century) and before that as a college professor in computer studies.  Sue has used her skills (newsletter and Web) to support the VCA and has worked to become part of this wonderful community.
Randy Churchill – Membership Co-ordinator, Gardening Convenor
Randy and his wife, Margie, moved to the Village in April of 2015. Both are active members of NOTL Golf Club and the Shaw Guild. Randy is a volunteer gardener at the Shaw Festival, and captains the Village garden volunteers. In addition, Randy manages the VCA membership roster.
Thanks to our community members who volunteer their time and skills
to help make the Village a better place to live!
Thanks to Randy and the Village Gardeners for doing such a great job on the garden at Samuel Street. 
Volunteers Rock!
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