Dear Mayor and Councillors
My name is John Pearson and I am the owner of 36 Victoria Street. I concur with the article in the Municipal World, February 2014, "current and future owners who wish to alter the exterior, renovate, or replace, or demolish the structure face a long and uncertain review process. Typically the authorities can delay such actions, impose penalties for noncompliance or "illegal" work or, in some jurisdictions, simply and unequivocally deny the request".
My experience in consulting with The Heritage Program Planner, which is required as the property is "listed", would verify the above article.
For this reason I do not want a BY LAW registered against my title forcing Heritage Designation on my property or that of my fellow neighbours
VOTE THIS STUDY DOWN -- DO NOT DEFER IT -- AND PUT IT TO REST FOR GOOD.
A Public Planning Meeting will be held at the town hall tomorrow night.
A report giving the entire history of a consultant study with appendices attached should be accessible on the town's web site . It is part of the program.
No better example exists to illustrate how a "Study"comes about on a pretext of demand from the community .
Get the popcorn and chips and whatever libation is to your taste and settle down to watch the shoot-out at the old coral.
A determined effort will be made to keep the study going.
An even more determined fight to stop it in the here and now is on track.
I am wholeheartedly with the opposition.
For the life of me , I see no reason why anybody in his or her right mind would voluntarily agree to a restrictive bylaw being registered against title of their property, to be administered no less, by a faceless bureaucracy.
Furthermore, no business case has been made to suggest neighborhood heritage designation is of any benefit whatsoever to the municipal corporation.
Council can and should make the decision at the Public Planning Meeting.
They may not. That's happened before.
This is not the first hearing. A delegation expressing strong opposition has already presented.
Council members, in favor of the project, expressed themselves surprised and astounded by the strength of opposition. They stated they were certainly opposed to imposing something not supported by the majority.
Since then, a measure of reversal appears to have happened.
Forces in support ,mainly staff ,consultant and original handful of proponents, have presented purported rebuttal on shaky premise.
Opposing Forces continue to gather strength each and every day .
Powerfully worded e-mails from people with deep roots in Aurora have been forwarded to Mayor and Council .
Desperate accusations of lies ,misrepresentation and worse have been hurled by proponents at opponents.
Who , in turn, have held their ground and maintained dignity.
I do not suggest to-morrow's meeting starts out without bias .
The outcome is not a foregone conclusion.
This fight will be well worth watching.
To coin a phrase ... or two ....
it will separate the men from the boys....
the women from the girls.