Comment 48279

By Gary Santucci (anonymous) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 06:12:43

Planning Process - Is it working?

When we met with the Superintendent of By-Law, Glyn Wide, he verified what the residents of Ward 3 already knew; On Councillor Morelli's watch over the last 20 years, Ward 3 has become the area that has the highest concentration of illegal multiple dwellings. That is to say, single family homes that have been converted to duplexes, triplexes etc. They continue to be taxed at single family residential rates. This also includes storefronts that are also being used as residences, illegally in contravention of the By-Laws. There is an interesting side bar to all of this. Horizon Utilities have installed multiple meters on these properties in contravention of the stated policy of the City that requires that all of the approvals be in place before doing so. All of these properties have escaped the public scrutiny that the Pearl Company has undergone. The residents in our neighbourhoods were never given the opportunity for public consultation.

Note: The Pearl Company is assessed and pays commercial taxes that are twice as high as residential and they are up to date. Our taxes have climbed by 20% since we purchased the building almost 5 years ago. One of the first things that the City said to us about our project was " We(the City) are going to ask your immediate neighbours what they think about your project" We took that very seriously. However it would seem that not all projects are created equally.

Gary Santucci

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