Happy New Year to all our Rideau Action Group members. Although we have been a little quiet on the communications front of late, the RAG board has not been idle. In December members of the board contacted the new mayor, Mark Sutcliffe and met with our new Ward 21 councillor David Brown to discuss concerns regarding the site plan for 1966 Roger Stevens Drive. We asked what the Council can do to undo or mitigate any harm inherited from the previous council’s planning strategies.
There is both good news and bad news. The good news is that due to the delays caused by RAG taking the case to the Ontario Land Tribunal and beyond, the tenant for the proposed e-distribution centre has gone elsewhere. This means the site plan is no longer relevant as a new tenant may want to build something completely different. Also, good news is that there is currently no new tenant and therefore no new site plan. Unfortunately, due to Bill 23, passed into law by the Ford conservative government, once a new site plan is submitted the city council and the public will no longer be able to provide input regarding what happens at the site.
RAG is committed to continuing to pursue the issue of building on the flood plain, and to trying to mitigate issues that are within the council’s control, such as traffic through the village. We will also be continuing to fundraise throughout the year in order to keep chipping away at our final legal bills related to the appeal to the Divisional Court last summer. For those wondering, we raised an outstanding $62,000 over the three years that RAG has existed.
It’s membership renewal time. Please renew your Rideau Action Group Membership before January 31st. Individual membership is $25 a year. You must be a member in good standing to attend the AGM in late February. Renew here.
If anyone would like to stand for the board please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most of the current board members have been on the board for three years. Fresh faces and ideas would be appreciated.
We would like to thank all of you for your support and help over the past three years. We look forward to continuing to advocate for North Gower and Kars in 2023.