Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment applications have been submitted by Greencapital Limited Partnership c/o Gatzios Planning + Development Consultants Inc. to permit mixed use high rise development on the subject lands known municipally as 10 Royal Orchard Blvd. in Thornhill.
The purpose and effect of the proposed amendments to the Markham Official Plan 2014 and Zoning By-laws 2150 and 177-96, is to facilitate the redevelopment of the subject lands with 4 high rise buildings, ranging in height between 25 to 59 storeys with commercial uses proposed in the podium of the building to be located at the north east corner of Yonge Street and Royal Orchard Boulevard, and a park block.
The City of Markham is in receipt of a complete Zoning By-law Amendment application, submitted by 349-351 John Street Inc., to permit motor vehicle sales, a restaurant, and a recreational establishment (bowling alley) on the subject lands. The applicant is proposing to amend the Zoning By-law to add motor vehicle sales with limited accessory outdoor storage and the display of motor vehicles, a restaurant, and a recreational establishment as permitted uses.
Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment applications have been submitted on behalf of the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto by Tridel.
The proposal is to build a 12 storey residential building, a 14 storey residential building and a public park on 2.46 acres of land, currently comprising the 9th hole of the golf course, located at the southwest corner of Royal Orchard Boulevard and Bayview Avenue.
Applications for a Major Zoning Amendment (ZA 18 162178), and a new Draft Plan of Subdivision (SU 18 162178) have been received from Condor Properties Ltd. (Sam Balsamo) c/o Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Ltd. for 25 Langstaff Road East (Langstaff Gateway Phase 1A). The applicant is proposing to develop the first phase of a high-density, mixed-use development that will be comprised of a 47-storey tower and a 38-storey tower connected by an 8-storey podium. The development will include a total of 910 residential units. The applications were deemed complete on October 18, 2018. Additional materials including a precinct plan, phasing plan and a number of studies as required by the Langstaff Gateway Secondary Plan have been submitted in support of the application.
Zonix - 36 Steeles Avenue East
Applications for an Official Plan amendment (Major) and Zoning By-law amendment (Major) have been received by MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Ltd. c/o David McKay for 36-60 Steeles Avenue East; 37-63 Highland Park Boulevard. The applications are intended to facilitate the development of two 13-storey mixed-use buildings and two 8-storey residential buildings.
New faces change look of Markham city council going forward
October 22, 2018 — The issue: What's next for Markham city council Local impact: How will changes to council impact you? Read the full article on York Region website.
Markham council votes to opt out of allowing cannabis stores within city
December 13, 2018 — Vote on Wednesday was 12-1 to say no to local marijuana shops; Ward 1 Councillor Keith Irish was the lone yes vote. Read the full article on York Region website.
Markham council priorities: transit, seniors issues, housing take the lead
January 3, 2019 — The issue: What are council's top priorities for this term? Local impact: Councillors' priorities determine how they focus their time and energy on the work they do for you. Read the full article on York Region website.
Thornhill Post — December 2019
Keith discusses the redevelopment of the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto in the December issue of the Thornhill Post.
1 Talk- An Introduction to the Langstaff Gateway
December 20, 2019 — “Ward 1 Talk” is an opportunity for me to talk about issues important to the residents of Markham’s Ward 1 - Thornhill while promoting local businesses and places of interest. Watch the full interview on YouTube and connect with @ward1talk on Instagram. In this edition, Keith speaks with Regional Councillor and Chair of Markham’s Development Services Committee Jim Jones as well as Sam Morra, Senior Vice President at Condor Properties.
Ward 1 Talk - Ramona’s Kitchen Interview
March 1, 2019 — “Ward 1 Talk” is an opportunity for me to talk about issues important to the residents of Markham’s Ward 1 - Thornhill while promoting local businesses and places of interest. Watch the full interview on YouTube and connect with @ward1talk on Instagram.
Yonge and Steeles is in transition
March 1, 2019
— My first column in the Thornhill Post. Read the full article on Post City website.
‘Wrong to intensify’ Yonge-Steeles ahead of subway, Markham councillor says
March 5, 2019 — Read the full article on York Region website.
Markham committee wants city to eliminate pedestrian, cyclist deaths
April 16, 2019 — Read the full article on York Region website.
Ward 1 Talk - York Farmers Market Interview
May 24, 2019 — “Ward 1 Talk” is an opportunity for me to talk about issues important to the residents of Markham’s Ward 1 - Thornhill while promoting local businesses and places of interest. Watch the full interview on YouTube and connect with @ward1talk on Instagram.
Yonge subway extension to 905 raises questions
June 1, 2019 — Read the full article in the June issue of the Thornhill Post.
Inside The Region with Nirmala Armstrong Interview
Ward 1 Talk — Hockey Camps International Interview
August 26, 2019 — "Ward 1 Talk" is an opportunity for me to talk about issues important to the residents of Markham's Ward 1, Thornhill while promoting local businesses and places of interest. Watch the full
interview on YouTube and connect with @ward1talk on Instagram and @WardTalk on Twitter.
Yonge North could run above ground? — September 2019
Keith discusses the revelation of a provincial panel that has been tasked with reviewing the Yonge and Scarborough subway extensions as first reported by the Toronto Star, and the panel’s potential impact on the Yonge Street North extension in the September issue of the Thornhill Post. Read more.
Neighbours of Olde Thornhill Village — October 2019
I am a 30-year resident of Markham’s Ward 1 having chosen Thornhill as the place I wanted to live after graduating from university. It’s here that I raised my family, operated a business and volunteered.
Markham is a well-managed city with great services and I am proud to live here, represent our community on Council, and work hard every day to make it better.
My background includes being elected at age 26 as a Public School Trustee on the York Region District School Board where I served for six years. In addition, I have served:
As a Board member and Chair, Planning & Finance Committee of the Markham Theatre
As a member of Markham’s Heritage Committee
As a member of the Parent Advisory Council of Thornhill Secondary School
As a member of the citizen panel responsible for rewriting the Thornhill Heritage District Guidelines
As an executive member of the Ward One South Resident’s Association
As a member, from 2014 to 2019, of Markham’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility
As a member of the Society for the Preservation of Historic Thornhill (SPOHT) since 1988
Since January 2017 I have been a member of The Heintzman House Board of Directors and I am now serving my second year as Chair. I count having coached hockey with the Thornhill Community Hockey League –playing at the Thornhill Community Centre and Clatworthy arenas – for six years, and sponsoring a team, as the highlight of my community involvement.
I began my career with Canadian Pacific Limited where I held a number of progressive management positions culminating in Senior Manager, Public Affairs with Canadian Pacific Railway. Before starting my own business in 1998, I served as Vice President with Canada's largest independently owned public relations firm. Prior to that, I was Director of Corporate Communications in the Canadian office of one of the world's largest public and government relations agencies.
For the past 21 years I have owned and operated my own Thornhill-based corporate communications consultancy, providing strategic communications counsel, advice and writing services to clients across a number of industries including retail, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecommunications, transportation, banking and renewable energy. I have written on a variety of subjects for "Special Editorial Reports" in The Globe & Mail. I am also a guest presenter for the “Introduction to Professional Practice” course at Ryerson University that introduces students to the practice of professional communications.