Newsletters

2015 to present day. Key topics in each newsletter are described after each link.
2023
2024
Email Blast November 2023. AGM notice, Main Street revitalization update, traffic congestion.

Email Blast Sep 12 2023. Upcoming meetings, Markville Secondary Plan, Lobbyist Registry.

Email Blast July 2023. Includes, Thursday Bandstand, Parking Strategy, Markville Mall, Markham Centre Secondary Plan, Union City South, Buttonville Airport.

URA Newsletter July 2023. The Festival (including our survey), the Mayor, Scardred 7, Thursday Night Bandstand returns, Main St public art, By Law enforcement.

Newsletter May 2023. Unionville Festival, Thursday Nights At The Bandstand, Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Update, Survey Results on Provincial Changes to Land Use Planning, Construction Update – 16th Avenue/Kennedy Road, Earth Day Tree Planting Event, Clear the Air! Recycle Your Mower.

Email Blast Feb 2023. Watford Group proposal for Main Street & settlement for 28 Main Street.


Email Blast April 22nd. Update on the status of York University, Discover Unionville Jane’s Walk, Markville Secondary Plan update.

Email Blast March 29th. URA York University Special Event April 15th 2024.

March 8th 2024 URA Position on Traffic Congestion Mitigation from New Developments in Markham.

Email Blast Feb 1st. 2024 Budget Info. Traffic Calming. York Downs.
2022 2021


Newsletter Dec 2022.
2022 AGM, Christmas Parade, Aryeh settlement, Bill 23.

September 2022. Ward 3 candidates meeting. New Main St development proposal. 8111 Kennedy Rd. Vacant Homes Tax. Covid 19 variants.

June 2022. Unionville Festival, No Frills, Main St Streetscape, Scardred, YROP, Markville Secondary Plan.

February 2022. Transit Oriented Communities, YR Official Plan, YNSE Subway Extension.














December 2021. York Region Official Plan. Active Transportation Master Plan. 28 Main Street Development. Hydro Vac.

October 2021. Cell tower, Scardred 7 & Metropia North developments, land needs assessment white belt at risk, ice pad built & trees removed in Heritage Unionville.

May/June 2021 Farmer’s Market, Hilton Hotel Development Application, Managing Growth, Losing all Markham’s farmlands by 2051, Helen Avenue Development.

April 2021 Markham Energy Plan, Markham Centre Secondary Plan, All Markham farm lands to be developed, Kennedy Road EA, Kingdom (Sheridan Lands), Yonge North Subway Extension Realignment, York Downs Tree Cutting.

March 2021 BIA Speaker, 28 Main St, Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZOs), Blue Box Changes, Hildebrand Gardens, York U Open House.

February, 2021. Snow clearing, Markham Secondary Plan, Restrictions on Conservation Authorities, Metrolinx – service changes, accessibility consultation, Notices of Completion
20202019
December, 2020. Markham Centre Secondary Plan Update, We Need Strong Conservation Authorities!, York Region Police Update

November, 2020. Markham Centre Secondary Plan Update

October, 2020. Do you live in the Unionville floodplain, Bill 197 Covid-9 Economic Recovery Act, Villages and Valley Loop, York Downs Site Plan Application, 16th Avenue and Other Road Widenings

September, 2020. York University back on track, Metrolinx Public Consultation, Construction starts at Briarwood Farms, Settlement with Times Group

June, 2020. Updated Markham Secondary Plan, Sheridan Nurseries Development, Unsightly Regional Road Boulevards, Changes to Unionville Main St, New Condo Application in South Unionville

May, 2020. Concerns with Regulatory Proposal on Community Benefits Charge

April, 2020. Progress on Markham Centre Trails, Arterial Road Widening, 28 Main Street development proposal

March, 2020. Markham’s Affordable and Rental Housing Study, Waste Management, 16th Avenue and Regional Road Widening

February, 2020. Arterial Road Widening, Unionville Main St. Streetscape

January, 2020. Transportation Budget, Markham Budget 2020, 28 Main St, 16th Avenue Road Widening, Times Group LPAT Hearing
November, 2019. Regional Government Review, 16th Ave. Road Widening/York Downs/Markham Roads, Development Proposal on west side of Unionville Main Street, Single Use Plastics

October, 2019. Markham Strategic Plan

September, 2019. Future Urban Area, Back-to-back townhouses, First time Home Buyer Incentive, Federal-Provincial bilateral housing agreement

August, 2019. Seniors Housing at Unionville Presbyterian Church, Age-Friendly Community, York Downs Update

June, 2019. Times Group LPAT, URA Comments on Bill 108, GO Expansion Project

May, 2019. Markham Bylaws, Operation of Traffic Signals, Crime Prevention, Your Voice Markham

April, 2019. Updated Secondary Plan needed!, Condo Cancellations

March, 2019. York Downs settlement, Regional Government Review, Ending Hallway Medicine

February, 2019. Times Group LPAT, Bylaw Enforcement, Buttonville Air Tower

January, 2019. Break and Enters, Unionville Home Society construction, Bill 66, Times Group LPAT

20182017
December, 2018. York Downs Development Settlement in Principle, Future Urban Area passes milestone, Buttonville Airport Tower Closure, Federal Cannabis Act

November, 2018. York Downs update

October, 2018. Vote with Confidence, Poll Locations

September, 2018. Arterial Road Widenings, York Downs Negotiations, Neighbourhood Road Safety

Summer, 2018. York Downs update and funding request from Normandale Community Residents Association

June, 2018. Arterial Road Widenings Survey Results, York Downs update, Council meeting on Housing, Housing Affordability Public Survey

May, 2018. Mayor Scarpitti speaks to URA, Main Street Pattern Book, 208 Main St, Times Group Block 3

April, 2018. Traffic Congestion Relief, Is Markham Growing Too Quickly?, Briarwood Farms final OMB decision, Home Invasions, Update on Rooming Houses, Secondary Suites and Short Term Accommodation, Greener Parking Lots

March, 2018. Smart City Challenge, Smart City Toronto Sidewalk Labs, Update on Rooming Houses, Secondary Suites and Short Term Accommodations

February, 2018. Is Markham Growing too Quickly?, Affordable Housing Regulation, Toronto housing affordability, Legalized Marijuana, Unionville Home Society

January, 2018. York Downs redevelopment, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Break and Enters, Markham Campus Innovative Edge, 1600 more units at Warden and Highway 7
December, 2017. York Downs redevelopment. York University plans, Update on Briarwood Farms (4031-16th Ave), Update on Secondary Suites, Rooming Houses and Short Term Accommodations, Preserving trees

November and October, 2017. Status of Road Widening EA, Priority Community Projects, York Downs URA workshop, Electrification of GO Train, Rooming Houses and STAs, Amazon’s second Headquarters, Development Charges Study, Library Service

September, 2017. Affordable Rental Housing, GO Train update, 4031-16th Ave (Briarwood Farms), Unionville Home Society redevelopment, 51 Gainsville update, Shared and Short term accommodations, OMB to be replaced by LPAT, Concerns with Committee of Adjustment, Rouge Valley Trail

August, 2017. Priority Community Projects, GO Transit changes, Unionville Home Society redevelopment, Markham Gardens 150, Housing Affordability Public Survey, York Campus Innovation and Community Engagement Hub, Tree Preservation, Update on Secondary Suites, Rooming Houses and Short Term Accommodations, Update on 47&51 Gainsville

June, 2017. Section 37 projects, Housing affordability, 47&51 Gainsville Resolutions, York Downs development

May, 2017. Housing Affordability Forum, Ontario Fair Housing Plan, Vacant Housing, Inclusionary Zoning, 28 Main Street, Fair Housing Act 2017

April, 2017. Update on Gainsville, 10,000 Trees, York Downs, City Parks, Adult Entertainment Review, Real Estate

March, 2017. York Downs, Gainsville, Foreign Buyers Tax.

February, 2017. Tree Preservation Bylaw, Downsizing on Highway 7, GO Transit, Toronto Housing Market, Sidewall Infill, Housing Affordability

January, 2017. 2017 York Region Budget, 2017 Markham Budget, York Region 10 year housing plan, Ontario affordable housing, Inclusionary Zoning, Bill 73 Smart Growth for Communities, OMB Review Survey Submission
20162015
December, 2016. Historic Unionville Community Vision, Metrolinx Update, Toogood Pond Skating, Bylaw Enforcement, Let’s Talk Housing

-November 25, 2016. Special newsletter on Markham Centre Update – Mobility Hub, Design Review, Park south of LCBO, West of York University, 28 Main St, Highway 7& Village Parkway

November, 2016. York Downs, Rooming Houses and Secondary Suites, OMB Reform, Soaring House Prices, Public Realm Parks Renaissance

October, 2016. Council supports Richmond Hill on park dedication, Main Street Vision, Secondary Suites, Rooming Houses and Short Term Accommodation, Sign Bylaw, Drones

September, 2016. Safe Injection Sites, Sign Bylaw, Tree Preservation Bylaw, Ride Sharing

-Summer, 2016. Yonge Subway Extension, Toogood Pond, Briarwood Farms, 16th Avenue Notice of Commencement, Updated Transportation Master Plan, Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw, Illegal Signs

June, 2016. Transportation Master Plan, 2124123 Ontario (Scardred) Downzoning, New Provincial Land Use Policies, Carleton Park Master Plan, Zoning Bylaw Review

May, 2016. Markham Library Vision. Managing Growth to 2041, Markham Energy Corp. Director Compensation, Digital Markham, Briarwood Farms

April, 2016. Managing Growth in Markham 2041, Transportation Update, Times Group Downzoning on Highway 7, Briarwood Farms, Markham Zoning Analysis

March, 2016. GO Whistle cessation. GO Rail electrification, York Region chair election York University, 2016 Ontario Budget

February, 2016. Tree preservation, Varley Plaza construction, Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw, Land Use Advisory Crombie Report, GO Train Whistle cessation, Unionville Home Society, Syria Refugees

January, 2016. Unionville Home Society, Varley Plaza redevelopment, skating on Toogood Pond, Ontario climate change strategy, York Region Transportation Plan, 2016 Markham Budget
December, 2015. Skating on Toogood Pond, Scardred 7, Unionville Home Society, Main Street Vision

November 2015. Skating on Toogood Pond, Main Street Vision Queen’s Hotel, Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Project

October, 2015. GO Train Anti-Whistle, Scardred 7 Downzone

October, 2015. Federal All Candidate Meeting

September, 2015. GO Train Anti-Horn, Unionville Home Society, Varley Plaza

June, 2015. Pan Am and ParaPan Games, Markham Gobalfest, York University, GO Train Anti-Horn

May, 2015. GO Train Anti-Horn, York University, Times Group Development at Village Parkway, York Downs, Markham Population Forecasts

April, 2015. Go Train Anti-horn, Queen’s Hotel, Significant Provincial Transportation Announcement, Markham Sports, Entertainment and Cultural Centre (“Arena”), Regional Road

March, 2015. Main Street Vision Monitoring Population Growth, Pan Am Games transportation, Ice skating at Toogood Pond
Construction Projects

February, 2015. Times Group development at Village Parkway, GO Train anti-horn, Rouge National Urban Park, Markham Multi-Use Pathway, Markham Sports, Entertainment and Cultural Centre (“Arena”)

January, 2015. Times Group development at Village Parkway, Main Street Vision