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EMMERGING ISSUE IN ARGYLE by by Tara Gover
It has recently come to our attention that a Type 2 group home has been proposed for 313 Clark Rd. (directly across from Clarke Rd SS). This would be a correctional facility (half way house) for women recently released from prison. Most of our neighbourhood was not informed of this and the word is being spread to ensure everyone within the community who will be affected by this change will be notified. This will give them the forum to speak and have their questions answered about how the community may be affected.
Most residents in the neighbourhood feel that this property is not sufficient for these purposes. Among the reasons for this conclusion is the lack of green space or outdoor lifestyle space at the property. There is insufficient parking and several problems have already occurred due to the lack of parking on Churchill Avenue which is the northern border of the property. The community believes the residents of this proposed home will not have anywhere near the proper space to benefit their reintegration back into society. Everyone deserves a degree of privacy to enjoy the sun and meet with family and friends without being on display. This property situated on such a busy street does not have a safe place for children to play when they visit the residents.
It is understood these facilities have successfully run in communities without being noticed by the neighbours, but that would not be the case with this particular location. With eight women living in the facility but lacking the private outdoor space required, there is no doubt the neighbourhood would be changed by the accommodations made to the home to facilitate outdoor activity.
Past issues with this residence have already marred the neighbourhood and would only worsen by increasing to eight non-related adult live-in residents. Area residents fear that less than desirable activity will increase if the zoning change is approved. These activities include infringing on neighbourhood parking, noise and disturbances, an increased police presence and loitering due to lack of privacy issues with this property.
The proposed rezoning should take into consideration how it will affect the local traffic flow and circulation, parking conditions, lack of outdoor space, and the potential nuisance to the community. The city should consider ensuring the protection of the wider interests of the general public, not the least of which is the lack of respect to the female residents of this facility due to inadequate outdoor privacy. The existing situation should not be aggravated by the use of the proposed rezoning.
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