According to Michael Clark, there is a long history of a promise of a Park on Daintry Crescent. Michael is a resident of Daintry Cres and he spoke at last night’s Committee of the Whole (CoW) Council meeting. Michael said that when houses were first built on Daintry crescent in 1992, they were on the north side of the road with a strip on the south side that bordered on the railway line. The developer intended to then build Townhouses on that strip but permission was denied because they would be too close to the Railway – so the land has been vacant since that time and the Town eventually took ownership. There were promises that it would be made a Park but the Town did nothing except for occasional grass cutting. Michael and other residents are now looking for some kind of guarantee that a Park will be created.
In December 2021, Council tentatively agreed that Habitat for Humanity could move a house onto a piece of the Daintry Crescent land (at the end) but did not decide on what the rest of the land would be used for. Given that homes may not be built there, there are two options: 1. Leave it as it is – with occasional cutting of the grass, or 2. Declare it a park with money being spent to add trees and amenities like benches.
Staff and Council seemed to think that this would mean a rezoning of the land to Parkland. However, when asked, the new Director of Planning and Development, Anne Taylor-Scott, said that in her experience it just needed a decision by Council to make it a Park.
Also on the CoW agenda was a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to proceed with re-zoning and take measures to make the strip of land a Park. In line with these recommendations, Councillor Emily Chorley made the following motion:
THAT Council receive the recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee regarding Daintry Crescent Park.
And FURTHER THAT Council authorize the Committee’s recommendations as follows:
- That Daintry Crescent Park be rezoned as park land in a timely manner (subject to the rezoning process outlined in the Ontario Planning Act):
- That Daintry Crescent Park be subjected to an accessibility audit and urgently upgraded to enhance accessibility (curb cuts, etc)
- If the municipal land currently under consideration for development were to be deemed unsuitable for development that the lot(s) be reincorporated into parkland:
- That a plan for new signage, trees, benches, pathways and accessible features be drafted and costed, and that funding options be presented to Council by May 30 2022.
After debate on whether the rezoning could be part of the comprehensive zoning by-law review currently being done (it could), Council passed the motion. Since there is no money in the 2022 budget for the required conversion to a Park, the earliest implementation would be 2023. So there is still no real guarantee that Daintry Cres Park will happen.