Guelph Mercury – November 17th, 2015: Heritage group pulls its support from Guelph’s controversial plan to replace Niska Road bridge
it is important to emphasize that the 8 hectares currently under OMB appeal contain more than green space because they are part of the overall cultural heritage landscape that extends from the Ptarmigan Drive on both sides of Niska Road. All of these lands including the Bailey Bridge meet the requirements for designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. A Heritage Impact Assessment was supposed to be completed before the Niska Road Environmental assessment was completed and released for public comment in 2016. This never happened (an apparent violation of the EA Act) and to date as far as we are aware the Heritage Impact Assessment is still not complete. It is normal planning procedure to recognize the heritage features valued by the community and to identify these important features before you make a decision on removing a Heritage bridge and widening a road that will change the heritage landscape forever!
What is the city waiting for?
When will the public have access to view the document when it is completed?
How does the re-designation from Open Space to medium density apartments affect the cultural Heritage Landscape and our beautiful view of the Speed River Valley Lands?
Only Public outcry in Waterloo prevented the Grand River Conservation Authority from selling off part of their Laurel Creek Conservation Lands to the developers. We can do it too with your support!
Nature Reserve or Apartments???
The Hanlon Creek Conservation is under Threat! The GRCA wants the Ontario Municipal Board to allow development on 8 hectares of Conservation zoned greenspace on Niska Rd in the Speed River Valleylands.
Please Come to the Ontario Municipal Board Pre-hearing on June 21 at 10 at the Provincial Offences Court (Guelph), Court Room 3, Beside Guelph City Hall on Carden Street.
Lets the fill the seats to show you care! The simple act of being there lets the City of Guelph and the Grand River Conservation Authority know that you support the Heritage Speed River Working Group and Dr. Hugh Whiteley’s OPA#48 Appeal to Ontario Municipal Board against the change in use of the former Niska Waterfowl Park (part of the Hanlon Creek Conservation Area lands) from Open Space and Parkland to Medium and low-density Housing. 100%of the original purchase price to protect this area as a nature reserve was paid for out of public dollars. Grand River Conservation Authority as the current landowner paid 10% but stands to gain the most financially if the land is sold for development.With Guelph’s new increased housing density targets we need all our open spaces and parkland; especially this unique area by the Speed River. The land was purchased in 1977 to protect it from development. You can make a difference! Please come to the pre-hearing on June 21.
ACTION ITEM If you believe that a nature reserve is a better use of Guelph’s conservation land than allowing urban sprawl to continue to destroy greenspace next to the Speed River, there is something you can do,please contact the GRCA and let them know that public river valleylands should not be sold for development:
- Email the GRCA Chair Helen Jowett, Vice Chair Chris White,and Board members of the Grand River Conservation Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org,
- post on the GRCA twitter feeds @grandriverca and@grandriverparks and on their Facebook page (#GRCA #protectourgreenspace #guelph)
- Let the GRCA know that you do not support the sell off of part of the Hanlon Creek Conservation lands on Niska Rd. in Guelph. Protect our greenspace .
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Thank you for your time and support
Please see attached for details and information the upcoming Ontario Municipal Board Pre Hearing on June 21 at 10 AM.
Walk & OMB Pre-hearing Flyer
We want to prevent the sell off of 8 hectares owned Grand River Conservation Authority in Speed River Valley lands conservation greenspace to developers!
Please join us on our walk to show your support to protection our conservation lands.
We only need one hour of your time on Saturday June 17 from 11 am to 12 at the corner of Niska Rd and Ptarmigan near the Guelph Transit Route 7 bus stop.
Facebook Event details and RSVP here: https://goo.gl/A53RYB
Please see attached for details and information about our walk and the upcoming Ontario Municipal Board Pre Hearing on June 21 at 10 AM.
Walk & OMB Pre-hearing Flyer
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Please join us on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at the corner of Ptarmigan Drive and Niska Road for our Speed River Heritage Hike as part of the 2 Rivers Festival in Guelph. Bring your mug for lemonade and cookies at the end of the walk!
Event Information: https://sites.google.com/site/www2riversfestivalorg/
When: Wednesday, June 9, 2015 to Sunday, June 14, 2015.
The 2 Rivers Festival offers many great events that celebrate life along the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, including two hikes on both sides of the Speed River in our area.