Is Leiper Channeling His Inner Hobbs?

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“I’m cynical that if Mizrahi come up with jaw-dropping architecture, that might not be what’s built. There’s going to be a lot of cynicism that we won’t be given some kind of bait and switch.”

– Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper on Mizrahi wanting three more storeys at Island Park Drive and Wellington Street

Actually that’s not the problem, councillor.

The difficulty is that if Mizrahi gets three more storeys with “jaw-dropping” architecture to appease the Ontario Municipal Board, every other blandifying developer will want three more storeys, thus destroying the local community design plan.

That’s what happened in Westboro with Westboro Station. The developer got three more storeys so almost every other developer on the street got three more storeys. The Westboro Community Design Plan was destroyed and zoning was treated as a suggestion from there on in. Business as usual.

And that’s what will happen in Wellington Village if Mizrahi gets three more storeys.

Councillor Leiper should know that and should be defending the local CDP to the hilt … not worrying about bait and switch.

If he won’t defend the CDP, why do we even do these arduous CDP exercises?

It’s not about Mizrahi. It’s about the next guy.

And Leiper was elected to stop this very thing. If not, maybe defeated former councillor Katherine Hobbs was a better bet.

We knew how she would react to this.

Leiper needs to remember who elected him and why.

It was to stop things like this.


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