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GTA NHL Arena - Siteplan and Related Issues

GTA NHL Arena - Siteplan and Related Issues

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The Markham Live vision belongs to the people of Markham not just the Mayor. It would be appropriate if Markham undertakesa “visioning session” to see what the people’s priorities are. Planning by section 37 for one building and letting the rest of thedevelopment happen around it is very dangerous and ill conceived. It appears this is what Remington would like to see happen inthe Markham Centre. The people of Markham should be involved in finalizing the Markham Live vision and the city produces the revised secondary plan before proceeding with the GTA NHL Arena because Remington and the City had 22 months to producethis plan.

The last 15 years, the developers, the planning department and OMB have gutted the original 1994 Duany Markham Center Plan,by removing roads, connectivity and ignoring city center urban design.
The Markham Live vision belongs to the people of Markham not just the Mayor. It would be appropriate if Markham undertakesa “visioning session” to see what the people’s priorities are. Planning by section 37 for one building and letting the rest of thedevelopment happen around it is very dangerous and ill conceived. It appears this is what Remington would like to see happen inthe Markham Centre. The people of Markham should be involved in finalizing the Markham Live vision and the city produces the revised secondary plan before proceeding with the GTA NHL Arena because Remington and the City had 22 months to producethis plan.

The last 15 years, the developers, the planning department and OMB have gutted the original 1994 Duany Markham Center Plan,by removing roads, connectivity and ignoring city center urban design.

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Markham Center Planning Considerations, Site Plan and Urban Design Issues
1.
 
Holistic Comprehensive Planning
 –
Area to be included
a.
 
North and South Side of 407 Highwayb.
 
Update Markham Center Secondary Planc.
 
Visioning Exercise
 –
Urban Renewal Engine
2.
 
Markham Live Vision Includes:a.
 
100 acre Satellite University Campus for one of the following:
i.
 
Ryerson University IV. University of Torontoii.
 
University of Waterloo V. University of Western Ontarioiii.
 
Queens University VI Master University
b.
 
World Class Markham International Sports Training Academy for the GTAc.
 
Performing Arts Centerd.
 
National Hockey League (20,000 seats) Arenae.
 
World Class Integrated Metrolinx Hubf.
 
3,000-4,000 Convention Center and 5 Star Hotelsg.
 
Up to 2,000,000 square feet of World Class Retail in and around the Hubh.
 
Multi-media Entertainment Center (Casino)i.
 
Class A Office Buildings will happen because of express rail j.
 
High Quality TDD Residential Living because focus is on creating a great placek.
 
Underground Parking - Every building should provide their own parking3.
 
Urban Design Issues - holistic comprehensive planning should be done, not piecemeala.
 
407 Transitway Alignment needs to be moved on either side of 407 highwayb.
 
GTA Sports Center needs to be sited east/west along 407 Hwy and south side of Markham Live Streetc.
 
Roads Issues
 –
Orthogonal road system is superior and creates best the public realm
i.
 
Markham Live
 –
goes over top of the tracks and direct connects Kennedy Road to Birchmount Aveii.
 
Enterprise Drive
 –
connection to Town Center/York Tech
 –
a must
 –
could be a roundaboutiii.
 
Enterprise Drive
 –
Simcoe Promenade
 –
ensure traffic goes both waysiv.
 
YMCA
 –
Enterprise Drive
 –
ensure it is going over the tracksv.
 
Miller Avenue - needed only for NHL Arenavi.
 
Roundabout
 –
connecting Enterprise/YMCA Blvd to Warden Avenuevii.
 
VIVA should be in mixed traffic in the Markham City Center
 
Aerial View of Markham LiveHolistic Comprehensive Vision - People's PrioritiesCreates new ground level, eliminates the East West divideParking Infrastructure for 14-18,000 parking spaces
 
Orthogonal Street System creates a superior public realm andwalkable streets for Markham City Center
 Lets get It Right Going Forward - Creating the Future for the City of Markham
 
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GTA Sports Center (NHL size Arena) - The Remington/Quadrangle Plan
Remington Downtown Vision
 –
City of Markham needs an update Official Plan
 
Remington. Quadrangle Markham Downtown Vision:
I asked the Mayor what his vision for Markham City Center and so far he has yet to answer. Is it Markham Live? The Mayorbelieves that the GTA Sports Center (NHL sized Arena) will be the catalyst that drive
s Markham’s
future economic development. Ibelieve it is a good addition but will not drive the M
ayor’s expected
economic goals.The Markham Live vision belongs to the people of Markham not just the Mayor. It would be appropriate if Markham undertakesa
“visioning
session
 
to see what the people’s prio
rities are. Planning by section 37 for one building and letting the rest of thedevelopment happen around it is very dangerous and ill conceived. It appears this is what Remington would like to see happen inthe Markham Centre. The people of Markham should be involved in finalizing the Markham Live vision and the city produces therevised secondary plan before proceeding with the GTA NHL Arena because Remington and the City had 22 months to producethis plan.The last 15 years, the developers, the planning department and OMB have gutted the original 1994 Duany Markham Center Plan,by removing roads, connectivity and ignoring city center urban design.The City will have to update the official plan to accommodate
Remington’s
additional 4,000 to 5,000 units, plus the developmentthat is going to happen in the surrounding area. This should be addressed before GTA Site plan was submitted and inconjunction with Markham Live, East Precinct and lands situated in the hydro corridor on the south side of the 407 Highway. TheMTO and Environment Ministers said they would consider moving the 407 Transitway Alignments once Council approves anupdated Markham Center Official Plan. The 407 transitway alignment that we are protecting for sterilizing the lands in andaround the Metrolinx Hub, and is estimated to be an additional two hundred million dollars to construct. There is a 95%probability that this alignment will never be built. The Mayor and senior staff have made no progress in the last 22 months toresolve these critical transitway and road/TRCA issues. Unfortunately, members of council were not privy to what was beingdiscussed in all the private meetings between the mayor, senior staff, Remington and GTA Sports Center. An argument could bemade that the CAO and Mayor disenfranchise members of council with these 22 months of private negotiations.
Need an Official Plan Amendment
before proceeding with the GTA Sports Center site plan. Based on what is going on in theeast and west precinct, an OPA update definitely needs to be done. The City Senior Management had over 22 months to makethis happen. In the private sector, this would be considered incompetent management.
 
 
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Calthorpe/Adamson Plan
People Place/Great Public Realm
 
Aerial view of Markham Center - Markham Live is approximately 100 acres on the north side of 407 Highway and 100+ acres on the south side of 407 Highway.Satellite University campus will straddle both sides of the 407 Highway. Arena facing east/west is much better urbanism. Orthogonal system is best.

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