Letters & Opinion

A Hill To Die On.

Field turning into subdivision
Written by Patti Foley

A hill to die on. Metaphorically speaking, to pursue some course of action with total, whole-hearted, perhaps blind conviction despite the difficulty, or cost, or potential consequences of doing so. Even if that course of action could significantly affect one’s reputation.

This week Caledon’s mayor disappointingly chose to renege on a promise to residents.   Some residents say they felt stunned, others admitted to not being surprised by another reversal. Some even feel that all of Caledon should be outraged.

Despite committing during the May 23rd public information session to not holding a vote on her proposal to pre-zone a bundle of 12 development applications, totalling 35,000 units, before summer was over, Groves now says that vote will happen next Tuesday, June 25th.

So, while parents are rushing about with end-of-year school activities, what we believe to be the largest single residential expansion in Caledon’s history will be rushed along as well. A valid reason for that escapes us.

What now holds the balance, is the balance of Council. The people you elected to represent you. They each should have a lot on their mind, and their conscience, between now and June 25th.

Knowing that the total infrastructure costs are huge, knowing that the burden on taxpayers is unclear, knowing that residents have been asking for the 12 applications to be unbundled so they can be dealt with separately and comprehensively, knowing that there is absolutely no reason why this issue cannot wait until fall as residents respectfully requested, knowing that Caledon’s future is at stake…..how will they vote?

Are they confident that voting in favour of this scheme is truly acting in the best interests of the people for whom they sit at the council table to represent?

Councillors, how will your vote be assessed on the next Caledon Council Report Card?

Your voters are watching and will remember. What do you want your legacy to be? Is this really your hill to die on?

 

Note: The Caledon Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday June 25th, 2024, at Town Hall, 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon East. The Council calendar indicates Council is having a confidential session at 3:00PM and open (to the public) session at 7:00PM

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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  • Why such a rush? Could it be to ram them through before any more constituents realize the implications and start leaning on their councillors to vote against the mayor and to break up the bundle? Could it be, as has been suggested elsewhere, that this is the best way to maximize the land value for the developer land owners? How is driving land prices up going to do anything in favour of affordable housing?

  • How can the zoning of a site be determined without first considering environmental, transportation, infrastructure, transit and other criteria to ensure that the zoning is appropriate for the location?