Comment 17746

By highwater (registered) | Posted January 28, 2008 at 13:22:31

Hi Dave,

To the best of my knowledge, 'shovel-ready' refers to a site that is available, fully-serviced, and developable, ie. no outstanding environmental mitigation, utility rights of way, etc., which is why the city is so anxious to expand the urban boundary and service the lands around the airport. The Innovation lands certainly qualify under the first two conditions, and I'm guessing that any environmental mitigation is minimal or Trinity would not be so interested.

As for the city's strategy, I'm afraid I have no special knowledge. I'm just a concerned citizen who is hoping the Innovation Park will contribute to the revitalization of my neighbourhood, and doesn't want to see this once-in-a-generation opportunity pissed away on surface parking and a handful of part-time, minimum wage jobs. Honestly though, I don't know that there is much more that the city could have done. I am not aware of anything that prevents a corporation from challenging zoning bylaws at the OMB. But I wouldn't be surprised if there's someone on this site more erudite than myself who could give you a better answer.

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