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President's Update

Written by Georgina Balascas, President MWHA on .

Georgina Balascas

Hello everyone!

Spring is finally here and Markland Wood is in full bloom so get out and enjoy this lovely spring weather!

It is so wonderful to see our community come alive after a very long and cold winter. As everyone knows, the Markland spring rite includes our Annual Garage Sale. This year it takes place on Saturday, May 30th so start your spring cleaning now and get rid of that clutter that has been piling up all winter!

On April 26th, we held our first “Circle of Friends” Breakfast at the Markland Wood Golf Club. Our thanks to the community members who joined us. We enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast while getting to know some of our neighbours. The next breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 24th between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon at the Markland Wood Golf Club. We would love to have you and your family join us again. Invite your friends as well. If you would like to attend please contact Anna Schaefer by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a reservation. We are looking forward to meeting you. 

In April, Brian Brennand and I met with the Superintendent of 22 Division, Shaun Narine, to discuss safety and traffic issues in Markland Wood. It was a very positive and productive meeting. You will notice in the Marklander this month that there is an article written by one of the constables from this division. We are hoping to make this a monthly column that will provide advice to help us keep our community safe.

In the March and April Marklander we published an article about the 240 Markland Drive Development Proposal. I hope you had the opportunity to read this article.

This application for rezoning was originally submitted in March 2011. At that time, the City of Toronto Planning Department expressed a significant number of concerns to the developer and in June 2013 a new design was submitted to the City for approval. The Planning Department continued to express concern with some of the features of the new design. The second submission was sent back to the developer by the Planning department requesting additional changes.

We did not hear anything about this proposal until February of this year when a completely new design was resubmitted by the developer. The rezoning application is currently being reviewed by the City of Toronto Planning Department for the West Region Office. We are awaiting the results of their findings. It is our hope that the Planning Department will deem this current submission inappropriate for our community as it does not preserve the integrity of our neighbourhood due to its size and density.

This is a very serious and important issue for every resident in Markland Wood as it will greatly impact us all. Your MWHA strongly believes that this proposal will be precedent setting for the reasons we have stated in the flyer we have circulated with The Marklander this month. Please read it carefully and review the chart that is included in the information. This chart indicates that very little has changed from the original submission. The MWHA is inviting all members of the association to a Special Community Meeting to be held on Monday, May 25th at 7 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in the Parish Hall.

Our Councillor, Stephen Holyday, will be in attendance at this meeting. Yvan Baker, our MPP, will also be joining us.

We would like to see as many of you as possible at this meeting so that we may hear your views and concerns. In addition, you will learn how the MWHA is continuing to advocate on your behalf.

Please note that if you cannot attend this meeting you should contact me and our Councillor, Stephen Holyday to express your concerns. You will find his contact information on the flyer.

Many thanks for your support,
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association