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Resident asks City council to reject Reunion rezoning

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  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:28 am

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Dear Editor,

I am writing to you to express my concerns and displeasure of the idea of re-zoning land in the community of Reunion from Senior Living to High Density Multi-Family Housing.

My family and I have lived in Reunion for two years. We love it. We moved here with my four-year-old son in mind. I am now saddened to hear about this re-zoning. I see no good in this idea. Because of this, I now live in a community where when I drive around, I see signs posted expressing outcry of this possible re-zoning, where Facebook groups have been created against the re-zoning, where a planned community celebration will now have a petition table against the rezoning, and where every week articles are published in the local newspapers against the idea.

I have talked to many people who live in Reunion and not one is supportive of this re-zoning. If not one person or a minority are in favour of this plan, should a democratic society not look at this as an idea not supported by citizens and therefore reject it?

Is it really fair or ethical to promote the neighbourhood of Reunion showing the area as zoned as senior complex only to revise it years later? Would you want this in the neighbourhood you live in? Would you not be upset if all of a sudden, your child couldn’t attend the school you were planning to enroll them in because an area was re-zoned and crammed full of families?

A few of the issues I see with this re-zoning is:

• increase in traffic in an area where the infrastructure was not designed for this planned increase of people.

• increase street parking constrains.

• increase strain on the schools in the area.

• increase in crime.

• decrease in senior living space in Airdrie, which is much need.

With no ‘Plan B’ on the table, this is leading all to believe this will be a plan, already ‘approved’ and is just putting in place a facade of a City that listens to its people.

Additionally, I find it sad to read submitted articles in the City View newspaper by writers baffled by possible re-zoning, and confused by signs pointing to approval. With negative implications increasingly outweighing positives, the writers states that perhaps the City is in ‘cahoots’ with the developer. Is this really the city I grew up in and choose to raise my son? I guess looking at it, yes. The City increasingly acts like a corporation rather then a party representing the people and planning for the best of them. I would seriously consider moving if this land is re-zoned. If approved, Reunion, and possible Airdrie wouldn’t be the community for me and my family anymore. Please listen to the people of the City you serve and reject this rezoning.

William Kwas, Airdrie


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