As a community, Aurora is uniquely blessed with a wonderful mix of developable land and protected open space. We must carefully navigate the development of our community to ensure that this mix is protected.
Under my leadership, we successfully defended our position that the lands between Leslie and the 404, north of Wellington remain employment lands. Despite a spirited case by developers, the Ontario Municipal Board saw the wisdom of our position and ruled in our favour.
And, we will aggressively defend our Official Plan in every corner of Aurora!
We continue to be a community of choice for people to move to. Our housing market is booming! With houses valued at 20% more in comparison to our closest neighbours, they are still snapped up within days of being on the market. We have great schools, great amenities, and great trails and parks. Our sports, cultural programs and Town events are the envy of the Region.
Bulk Barn has chosen to locate its headquarters in Aurora which has brought hundreds of jobs to Our Town.
York Regional Police have moved their entire headquarters operation to Aurora. While the operational units had already moved to the new Aurora building, we successfully negotiated getting the senior management to move as well.
We’ve had a number of other commercial businesses set up shop during this term of Council:
- Target has moved into the former Zellers store
- Tilemaster has expanded their space
- The speciality furniture company Niche Decor has moved to town
- State & Main, a restaurant chain from Calgary has chosen Aurora as it’s entrée to the GTA market
- Aurora-based Helix BioPharma has opened a subsidiary in Poland
- Prollenium Medical Technologies has expanded their operations
We are creating an environment where others wish to join the world class companies that we already have – companies such as Magna and State Farm. Companies that recognize the special character of Aurora!
Aurora is changing – it is not the town of 13,000 that Henny and I moved to in 1977. Today, we are a community of about 58,000 – and growing! The commercial base has expanded to include a vibrant community east towards Bayview. There are a multitude of languages heard. There is a growing, and I think, exciting diversity.
Our challenge is to engage all of Aurora, – to celebrate this diversity, and to ensure that there is one Aurora – neither East nor West – and to continue to build this place we call home.
As we move into the next 4 years, if elected, I will continue my commitment to our community by:
- Building strong community relationships for all Aurorans
- Promoting investment in our historic downtown and throughout Aurora
- Engaging in our community by participating in the rich diversity of events held within and around our Town
- Bring forward a Bold Parking Plan for Yonge Street.