We are still overjoyed from yesterday’s 6-1 vote by Town Council to reject TSMV’s Village Centre ASP. Thank you once again for engaging and playing a vital role in yesterday’s outcome. We feel so proud and happy to be part of this amazing community!
So while yesterday we celebrated, today it’s back to reality. In the afterglow of seeing TSMV’s audacious proposals rejected, what happens next?
It’s no surprise that TSMV intends to appeal Council’s decision to the Municipal Government Board. Although, it’s difficult to imagine how Council could be found at fault for voting to uphold an Urban Growth Boundary and Private Recreation zoning that’s clearly delineated in our Municipal Development Plan.
Regardless of how the appeal unfolds, you can bet TSMV will be back with another suite of proposals for the same lands in the future. So how do we turn yesterday’s temporary win into a victory that lasts forever? How do we avoid having to live through the turmoil of the last 6 months all over again?
As many of you have indicated, a community-led purchase of the unfinished golf course would be a good start. Such a purchase could enable us to turn the southern (and most heavily undermined) portion of the unfinished golf course into a conservation reserve that gets added to the too-narrow wildlife corridor. And the northern section could become a Town-controlled development consisting solely of affordable housing.
Sound like a pipe dream? We don’t think so. The pathway and partnerships to achieve such a vision are being researched right now. We plan to use the momentum that got us to our temporary goal to work towards a permanent solution for the wildlife corridor and prevent any development on the most heavily undermined lands.
We will be back in touch soon with more info on how YOU can be involved.
Have a great night!