Hey Folks. So here is a quick update regarding what we know, and what is happening right now on the Hanlon Creek Lands.
City applies to loopholes in MNR policy to be able to do development this winter, get granted two of their requests:
from the City’s website:
“the City has received a letter from the Ministry of Natural Resources, indicating the City can proceed with two additional construction projects at the business park site in 2010. Construction in the north western part of the business park along Downey Road will begin in January 2010 and includes the extension of existing water and sanitary services, on-site grading, and the expansion of the existing stormwater management pond. This work will cost approximately $2.5 million and will allow the City to market two serviced employment blocks in the business park.
The second project includes construction of a 300 metre section of road north of Laird Road and related site work to the blocks of land east of this road. These lands are owned by Belmont Equity Partners Inc. and this project is expected to begin later in 2010.”
Silt fencing went up in the fall along the lands owned by Belmont Equity. (See the end of the update for some information about Belmont Equity, which is owned by BCC group of companies)
we have noticed no change along Downey Rd, aside from tire marks in the snow…
Contract granted to XTerra for watermain construction:
In October (a mere month after the City announced that it was putting off construction of the HCBP until spring 2010) the City announced a contract for Hanlon Expressway Watermain and Utility Duct Crossing, to create infrastructure pointing directly at lands proposed for the HCBP. To see information about this contract please visit:
This construction/destruction is currently going on as I write this, and as you read this.
See “Key Players” for information about XTerra.
City pushes the lawsuit forward:
Not only has the city decided to plow ahead on a lawsuit against protestors, but they have ‘upped’ it to 5 million dollars. In the words of Scott Tracy:
“Remember that scene in one of the Austin Powers movies when the mad genius Dr. Evil asks for a ransom of $100 billion?
The president laughs at the ridiculous request, suggesting it would be as likely as “saying I want a kajillion, bajillion dollars.”
I thought of that scene Wednesday afternoon while considering a media release from the city.
It seems the city and Belmont Equity have renewed their $5-million statement of claim against a group of about 30 protesters who occupied the Hanlon Creek Business Park site for 17 days last summer
[….] Seriously, who at City Hall thought this was a good idea?
I’m sure this announcement has come forth right now in an attempt to head off protesting at the site this summer. But does anyone honestly believe the threat of a financial penalty will dissuade protesters from picking up where they left off a year ago, when even the threat of being arrested was met with a community get-together on the occupied lands?
[….]From my limited time at the site last summer, and similarly limited knowledge of some of the folks involved, I think it’s a fair assumption it would be quite difficult to collect $500 from them, let alone $5 million.
Maybe the city could revise its statement of claim and seek an upset limit of a kajillion, bajillion dollars instead. It’s just as likely that amount could find its way into city coffers.”
City’s own water supply program manager speaks out against the HCBP:
On February 4, 2010, hydrogeologist and City of Guelph water supply program manager, Dave Belanger, admitted to the Lake Erie Source Protection Committee: “The Hanlon Creek Business Park may represent future potential significant threats [to water quality].”
HCBP not in accordance with the Natural Heritage Strategy:
In the words of Bob Gordon:
“The Draft Natural Heritage Strategy recently workshopped to the public also raises concerns about developments in and around the Provincially Significant Wetlands in the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex.
Simply put, the draft Natural Heritage Strategy offer greater protection to Provincially Significant Wetlands than does the draft plan for the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex.
The city’s legalistic argument is that the draft plan of subdivision for the land in and around the Provincially Significant Wetlands in the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex has already been approved and that the proposed Natural Heritage Strategy is not applicable to it.
In a purely legal sense that claim is justified. It also entirely undermines the claim that the Hanlon Creek Business Plan is innovative or a model for other communities.
Implicitly, it is an argument that excuses the inadequacies of the protection for the land in and around the Provincially Significant Wetlands in the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex. It is an argument predicated on the claim that the Hanlon Creek Business Park draft plan of subdivision is an old plan and cannot possibly be held to current standards.”
HCBP Buffers not in accordance with GRCA:
While the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) states that Stormwater management ponds and trenches should never be included in Buffers, the City is doing just that, with the proposed buffers not including much more. See: http://www.grandriver.ca/PolicyPlanningRegulations/EIS_Guidelines_August05.pdf for the GRCA guidlines.
Key Player’s information:
City of Guelph info:
Mayor Karen Farbridge
General Manager of Economic Development and Tourism
934 Guelph Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 5Z6
Cooper Construction LTD: www.coopercon.com
2381 Bristol Circle
Oakville, ON L6H 5S9
BCC Group of Companies: http://www.bccgroup.ca/site.htm
(Belmont Equity is owned by BCC)
we found two addresses for them, not sure yet which one is correct:
1301 Fewster Drive.
Phone: 905 602 4200
Fax: 905 602 4201
7895 Tranmere Dr #9
Mississauga ON, L5S 1V9
Phone #: 905-677-1253
Fax #: 905-677-6252
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