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Memoirs of London City Hall: Rezoning of woodlands, plan for affordable housing

By February 1, 2022Site plan

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The rezoning of a wetland in a wooded area is approved

A woodland that includes a provincially significant wetland on the western outskirts of London will soon be donated to the Thames Talbot Land Trust. Eric and Karen Auzins told politicians they left a 15-hectare area of ​​their property at 3207 Woodhull Rd. alone for nature to take its course and want to allow ‘mother nature (to) continue her work in perpetuity’ . A rezoning for 3207 Woodhull Rd. was unanimously approved by the council’s planning committee. Ward 9 County. Anna Hopkins, who chairs the planning committee, called it “g tremendous opportunity they offer our city.

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Neighbors raise the usual concerns over the affordable housing plan

A public meeting to iron out site plans for a city-led affordable housing development at 345 Sylvan St. was held as part of the planning committee on Monday evening. Through letters and a presentation, neighbors expressed concerns about lighting, noise, fencing and landscaping to provide privacy, as well as protection of existing trees. Any issues will be escalated to City staff prior to the start of construction of the three-storey, 42-unit building. It will include 40 one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units.

The secondary plan application fails to convince the committee

A community group appealing a council decision to allow a controversial development at 101 Meadowlily Rd. S. is now asking City Hall to prepare a secondary plan for the sensitive area. A secondary plan is a guide to describe and limit development in a particular area. London is in the process of creating secondary plans for all of its “transit villages”, such as the area around Masonville Place and at the southern end around Wellington Road. The planning committee was split on whether to accept the proposal, with a motion asking the staff to begin preparing special policies for the area lost in a tie vote.

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The limit value of contracts awarded to staff could double

The council’s general services committee approved a recommendation to increase the value of road projects where city staff can award underbudget contracts without going to council for final approval. Staff suggests increasing this limit from $3 million to $6 million to account for inflation and construction pressures such as supply chain issues. The last increase under this policy was approved in 2013. All projects are still approved by City Council as part of the budget process, but through “delegated authority” City staff have the ability to award underbudget contracts to the lowest bidder without waiting several minutes. weeks for the reports to reach the committee and the board. Last year, 20 contracts were approved this way, another 10 could have been expedited with the $6 million cap.