President, Rockwood Homeowners' Association
In what has been termed one of the coldest winters of the last few years, I wish you good health and positive spirits as we move on from a year of tumultuous weather with the expectant vision of spring flowers to come!
In November, RHA attended the meeting at the GTAA offices for CENAC (Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee). NAV Canada made a presentation on their Airspace and Services Review focusing on safety in the airspace as well as improved tracking procedures for flights. In December 2013, GTAA launched WebTrak, an online tool that provides near-real time and historical flight data so residents can investigate aircraft operations from any computer with internet access. It’s accessible 24/7 and is now more convenient to register a noise complaint. Try it at www.torontopearson.com/webtrak All CENAC meetings are open to the public. Details of upcoming meetings are listed in the Calendar of Events, found on the back page.
In response to a Rockwood resident’s request earlier this year, for a 4-way stop at the intersection of Corkstone Glade/Rowntree Court and Fieldgate Drive, City of Mississauga’s Transportation and Works Department conducted a feasibility study on traffic volume in that area. In conclusion of the review, Transportation and Works Department did not recommend the installation of an all way stop at this intersection. Driver compliance in stopping, zero collision history in a three year period as well as the immediate signal lights located within 250m from the suggested intersection were some of the factors which resulted in the decision that a 4-way stop at that intersection was not warranted. The Traffic Safety Committee has been requested to provide information to parents of Sts. Martha and Mary School about using caution when crossing the street while walking children to school.
In the past 10 years, Mississauga has seen much of its available land developed. With building sites becoming scarce, developers are looking for infill and smaller tracts of land for development or expansion. Currently Rockwood is the target for several developments. Two years ago, a plan was approved for a new Condominium project at Rathburn and Boughbeeches. This year Forest Park has approached the City to develop a large project on its land at Ponytrail and Rathburn. Yet another development is potentially about to be reviewed at Audubon and Fieldgate. All of these proposed projects are for either apartment buildings or multiple family dwellings.
It is important to note that in order to move these projects forward, the developers need The City to approve changes to the zoning to either change current usage or the density or both. If the City is too slow to react, or the developer does not like the decision rendered by the City, they can appeal the decision to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board).
Throughout the planning process, residents are given a voice to speak via the Ward Councillor, Community Public meetings, Planning and Development meetings, written submissions and continuous dialogue. In the absence of strong communication from the community and the City, developers will take their plan to OMB, and in the end will probably be successful in getting the OMB to approve the project, forcing the City to allow the project.
The RHA is committed to listening to the concerns of our community, and communicating their expectations to the relevant parties. To this end, at a scheduled Board Meeting last November, Lormel homes requested and was permitted to address the RHA Board with regards to their proposal at Forest Park. It was an opportunity to speak frankly with the developer without the passion or emotion sparked from open forum meetings. We believe that further face to face dialogue with all stakeholders should continue and welcome any opportunity to connect and converse in various issues in order to maintain the integrity or Rockwood Village as a premium community.
Remember to save the date for our next AGM! Last year’s venue was enjoyed by all in attendance so we’ve booked it again at the Knights of Columbus Hall, adjacent to Sts. Martha and Mary Church. As always, we welcome your comments, questions and concerns. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook and Twitter pages.
~ Simi Kapur, Rockwood Homeowners' Association President
*Please note this article was originally published in the Spring 2014 edition of The Rockwood Times.