Londoners push for specifics on Victoria Park developments
Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:47AM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:52AM EDT
London City Hall
Victoria Park is feeling the squeeze from mounting development pressure downtown.
As city hall prepares new planning rules for properties surrounding the park Londoners shared very different visions for the future Monday night.
City staff is preparing a "secondary plan" which will establish development goals for the properties overlooking Victoria Park.
Monday’s meeting was intended to be about "guiding principles" but the public wanted to talk specifics focusing on the height of buildings permitted around the park.
Low intensity options would limit heights to 12 stories while high intensity options would permit buildings up to 35-stories.
Some neighbours have expressed concern about over-intensification fearing the park will be negatively impacted.
Prominent developers argue that high rise buildings work well next to parks in other cities.
The planning committee recommended endorsing the guiding principles of the study and predicted the debate over Victoria Park will heat up when the draft secondary plan comes forward in June.