Final Report and Recommendation on
application to construct a mosque at 6496/6508 Winston Churchill Blvd. - September 21, 2015
I have been advised that the staff recommendation will be to approve this application and I understand that there will be support from the Mayor and some Members of Council.
This has been a very contentious proposal and I have been consistent in not supporting it. The site chosen is much too small to support a use of this magnitude and will have serious traffic, parking and noise impacts on the community. The height of the building will also seriously impact the quality of life for the adjacent residents, many of whom have lived there for over 30 years.
While I support the need for the Meadowvale Islamic community to have a place to worship, I feel very strongly that this location is not the right one for such a use.
I have held several Ward meetings regarding this proposed development and the concerns of the Meadowvale community have consistently focused on traffic, parking and size and height of the building.
The formal public meeting for the Meadowvale Islamic Centre application was held on March 24th at the Planning and Development Committee meeting at City Hall. A
t that time, Council formally received the proposal and also received all comments that have been emailed to date and heard from many residents.
The final report and recommendation will be considered by Council at the Planning and Development Meeting at City Hall on September 21, 2015 starting at 7:00 pm. The Mayor as well as all City Councillors sit on this committee and the final decision will be made that evening.
If you would like to see the site plans for this proposal please visit my website at www.ward9.ca. Click on "City Info" and then click on "Development" in the drop down menu.
I will be presenting an alternate recommendation asking Council to refuse the application but as noted I am aware of some Councillors and the Mayor who have already indicated they will be voting in favour of it. I encourage residents to attend the meeting and let Council hear your concerns. You can also email the Mayor and Councillors with your comments and concerns prior to the meeting.
You may also send formal written comments to be received by Council if you cannot attend the meeting. Please email them to me at
. Please state in your email that you grant me permission to forward your comments.