Not sure what you mean. The province and municipalities have had the power to control land use for a century at this point. Creating a land use plan that limits areas outside a certain boundary for agricultural or natural uses is no different than them being able to say whether you can have commerical or residential uses on your property.Dictatorial lifestyles are, however.
while i concur that exhibition lands is likely to be a bit of an opportunity lost, you can't compare a project with a total development/planning area of 200 acres with millwoods which had an overall planning area of 6,500 acres.Well sprawl is an issue. For example the plan to build another community south of Ellerslie road that will be the size of Mill woods. There is good farmland that way but leave it to developers they will destroy all that land.
I think exhibition lands had an opportunity, especially if done right.
I got an amazing response which has some good news about Coliseum Station!I didn't notice it before, but the city has launched a website (https://www.exhibitionlands.ca/) for the project. The timeline section is informative, but frustratingly vague in regards to the *actual* timeline. It's more of an outline of what order the different components of the project will be completed in, rather than an actual timeline with general dates we should expect to see progress in these different areas.
I'm also disappointed to see that the Coliseum station's replacement isn't scheduled for the short or medium terms, despite the 115th Ave station being planned for the short term (before the arena is even demolished). I sent them an email asking if they'd at least construct at-grade crossings for folks who don't feel safe in the underground concourse. I'll be sure to let you know if/when they respond.
I got the promised follow-up yesterday.I got an amazing response which has some good news about Coliseum Station!
"My apologies for the delayed response to your inquiry via the new website - there were some issues with getting the Exhibition Lands email account properly transferred to the new Project Lead (myself).
In relation to your questions around the current and proposed LRT facilities at the Exhibition Lands, firstly I will comment that the two new proposed stations are not yet approved for funding by Council. That said, our current development timeline proposes that the new 115 Ave station be constructed within the next 6 years or so to facilitate the surrounding neighbourhood development parcels, most notably the South Transit Village which surrounds that station. The 119th Ave station that is proposed falls under the "long term" timeline for the neighbourhood's redevelopment. Construction of this station will be contingent upon development progressing north up the site to the current Coliseum lands. When this area of the proposed redevelopment becomes viable will be contingent on market factors primarily, with absorption and sales of the development lands to the south by private industry and homeowners being the biggest driver.
As for the current Coliseum station, there are planned improvements for this station similar to those implemented at Stadium station - these improvements have been budgeted for and my belief is that they will occur in the short-term. I will have to connect with my colleagues in Transit for more information but I will be sure to get back to you with more information once they let me know. I wanted to get this response back out to you today however as quite some time has passed since your initial inquiry and I wanted you to get at least some answers to your questions.
I hope this has been useful for you and I will be sure to send along a follow-up email once I get more details from Transit on the Coliseum station improvements. My apologies again for the extremely delayed response, but now that ownership of the Exhibition Lands communications have been transferred over situations like this should hopefully no longer occur."
Bottom line is that, legally speaking, there's not a lot to do to repurpose it that is not too expensive in terms of CAPEX. Is it short sighted? Maybe, but it is also a little bit of financial caution, exacerbated by the fact that nothing has been done in over four years, so people are desperate for a quick answer to their problems, and that puts some extra degree of pressure on council membersI'm a bit disappointed to read that Ashley Salvador wants the Coliseum demolished. I had such high hopes for her.