SORE is very pleased to announce that it has won the prestigious Margaret and Nicholas Hill Award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. The ACO’s announcement can be viewed at acoheritageawards.ca/save-our-rand-estate/. SORE is grateful for the recognition both of its almost four years of hard work and of the provincial and national significance of the […]
In the latest installment of Benny Marotta’s legal assaults on the Town over the historic Rand Estate, Mr. Marotta has now instructed his lawyers to challenge orders issued by the Town under its Property Standards By-Law.
SORE has filed Reply Witness Statements to the evidence of the Solmar/Two Sisters in the Conservation Review Board hearing initiated by the Marotta companies. The Witness Statements can be found on our website.
In a meeting that stretched to 5 hours, Council and the community on July 14 heard numerous delegations from members of the public as well as SORE on the myriad issues raised by the Marotta subdivision proposal.
SORE has filed three peer review reports with the Town concerning the proposed Marotta subdivision covering Stormwater and Drainage, Grading and Servicing, Natural Environment.
The Marotta companies, the Town and SORE have all now filed their expert reports for the upcoming Conservation Review Board hearing beginning on July 19. As a reminder, the Marotta companies are asking the CRB to advise on the merits of the Town’s August 2018 Notices of Intent to Designate 200 John and 588 Charlotte (the back half of the Rand Estate) under the Heritage Act.
The SORE core team has undertaken a comparison of the density of the proposed Marotta Rand Estate subdivision with the closest neighbourhoods to the Estate. Provided are both “Gross” and “Net” density graphs illustrating the comparison.
SORE thanks the almost 200 households that signed up for the June 15 Open House and the 30 or so people who asked questions. The evening illustrated the extreme challenges of conducting public consultations by video.
We have prepared and present an aerial depiction of the subdivision proposed by the Marotta Group for the Rand Estate. This is truly one of those cases where a picture tells a thousand words. The Marotta application proposes to festoon virtually every square foot of 200 John and 588 Charlotte Streets with houses.
The Town has published a Notice of Complete Application for the subdivision proposed by the Marotta Group for the back half of the Rand Estate. There will no longer be a LPAT hearing in July on whether the application is complete. The Town has now accepted the application as complete with the filing of a report the Town had requested.
SORE is pleased to report on a decision last week of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice of relevance to both the Rand Estate and to heritage protection in NOTL.
Save Our Rand Estate – also known as “SORE” – was created to support responsible development, specifically of the Rand Estate. We welcome projects that respect the unique historical and cultural heritage of NOTL. At the same time, we are prepared to stand up against developers who show little regard for our cultural heritage and the Town Official Plan.