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Thursday, June 20, 2024
Glendale District Plan moving ahead

Steve Hardaker

Community Correspondent

Niagara Region planning staff have completed the final draft of the Glendale District Plan and presented it to the Niagara Region planning and economic development committee on May 13.

Kirsten McCauley, the region’s senior planner for the Glendale District Plan, provided committee members with a recap of the two-phased approach that was taken to develop the plan.

She said the district plan was created in co-operation with Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines planners as well as through a number of public consultation methods among stakeholders that included residents, land owners, municipal politicians, Niagara College and businesses.

The committee was told that process has now concluded with the final draft of the Glendale District Plan.

A timeline for endorsement was discussed with a request for the committee to provide support for moving into this phase.

The endorsement phase will include presentations to the NOTL planning committee of the whole in early June followed by a recommendation report to the region’s planning and economic development committee in mid-June and, finally, to regional council for endorsement later in June.

When development is complete, the plan estimates Glendale will have a population of 15,000 residents along with 7,500 jobs.

In an email response concerning the aggressive endorsement timeline during the COVID-19 restrictions, McCauley said, “I am currently working with staff at the town to confirm the presentation to NOTL planning committee of the whole on June 8. I am still targeting to bring it back to regional planning committee and council on June 17/June 25.”

Once endorsed, there will be a regional Official Plan amendment followed by the updating of the NOTL Glendale Secondary Plan.

Steve Hardaker has lived in Glendale for nine years and is active in many community organizations. He was a member of the Glendale District Plan, Phase 2 Community Focus Group.

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