Comment 67915

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted August 12, 2011 at 09:34:14

I've read Chris Murray's email many times, and the meaning is clear.

What is particularly upsetting is that the City has suspended all work on the vital land use planning that complemented the engineering alignment study, but was not included in the contract with Metrolinx. This study has involved a huge amount of consultation with residents and businesses along the line, as well as potential developers, and was supposed to be presented to Council in March 2012.

Not only is the land use study necessary to get the maximum economic development from LRT by identifying development opportunities and barriers, it would have been useful even if we didn't get LRT because it would allow changing zoning to make mixed-use higher density development more attractive along the Main/King corridor.

On a personal note, the land use study occupied over half the time of the RTCAC (there was even a land-use sub-committee that met separately from the whole committee). This work is now largely wasted.

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