I will definitely support a 15 storey limit and would love to see that across the board.
But since there is a 20 storey building already approved around the corner and the Slessor Square site is within the dotted boundary of the Ontario plan for redevelopment, I think a 15 storey max height would be hard to make stick.
That being said, I do not want to see 29 stories either, twenty might be a compromise.
Instead of 15 stories height, I would like to see a height measurement that is equivalent to 15 stories. That way the floor levels can be any height as long as they do not go beyond a certain overall measured height. It would give the architect more freedom of design while not exceeding a height parameter.
There are items included in the existing bylaws as well as the spirit of the secondary plan I would like to see incorporated in the development such as: communal park land, abiding by setbacks and step backs, connectivity between Yonge Street. through the property to George Street, business rental spaces that open directly onto Young Street.
Is the Town prepared to expropriate adjacent property to provide access from Yonge to George, which is one of their desires?
I think this is going to boil down to a game of trade-offs. We won’t get everything but neither will the developer. The question then becomes, what can we live with?
In the end, I want to see the future development of Newmarket to progress in a managed fashion that is pleasing to the eye and socially functional.