Re: 400-unit seniors’ facility proposed, Feb. 9.
We were of the few who were invited to an information open house regarding the proposed development of a continuum retirement and long-term care facility at 558 Golf Links Rd. in Ancaster.
I emphasize “few” because only a small number of residents in the community were invited. The city felt the only people who needed to be informed were residents living within 125 meters of the proposed project. Yet this project affects hundreds of residents in the surrounding areas of Rousseau and Halson Street, the Meadowlands and Mohawk and Garner Roads.
How can this be in the best interest of this community?
There has already been a traffic study, last September, apparently for short periods of one day at the intersection of Golf Links, Southcote Road and McNiven Street.
However, other nearby areas are significant because these are the same streets that drivers use to speed through residential neighbourhoods and a school zone trying to avoid the traffic at the lights.
What is even more alarming is the potential for a roundabout instead of traffic lights. It doesn’t take an engineer to know that three out of four approaches to a roundabout on an incline, decreasing visibility, isn’t the answer.
Also raised was the consideration of a long “on-ramp” to the westbound Highway 403 from Golf Links Road on the corner of the proposed property, also drawing more traffic to this area.
Many people at the open house felt this has not been a transparent process and brings forward the question of why Shannex would buy the property if zoning is still needed to be changed for their purpose?
We ask our community electorates to act in the best interests of their constituents, all of their constituents, and not just the select few who will benefit from this project.