|Item # and Description||Irek Voted||Council Voted||Type of Item|
|1 – Sidewalk Cafes and Outdoor Ovens||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|2- Coin operated viewing devices||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|3 –Update – social housing||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|4 –Corporate telecommunication upgrade||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|5 – Healthy kids community challenge||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|6 – Status of Woodlot – Greek Community||Yay||8-1||Delegation|
|7 – Land lease agreement WUC||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|8 – East Pelton Land Development||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|9 – Street light replacement EC Row||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|10 – Annual Tax Sale||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|11 – Labelle Street pedestrian||Yay||9-0||Consent|
|12 – Ontario Summer Games budget||Yay||8-1||Regular|
Item #6 – Council passed two bylaws this evening that designated a one acre woodlot on the property of the Greek Orthodox Community of Windsor located on Walker Road as Natural Heritage in the Official Plan and zoned to a Green District (GD) category thereby precluding any further alteration or development of this woodlot.
Some context: A year ago City Council approved a request by the Greek Orthodox Community of Windsor to rezone twelve (12) acres of land alongside Walker Road from Industrial to Institutional which would allow the Greek Community to build a church, centre and other facilities. In exchange, as part of the deal, the Greek Community agreed that the one-acre woodlot would be protected by being designated Green District and Natural Heritage. Over the course of a year, the City held up its end of the deal. The Greek Community, on the other hand, cut down the woodlot without any consultation or warning.
Our city has below average tree coverage compared to other cities in Ontario. Having lived in a city that was designated an Urban Forest—Nashville—I am sensitive to the need to protect our city’s green space—including woodlots—which have a positive impact on the quality of life of our city. For this reason, I voted in favour of passing—without delay—Natural Heritage designation and Green District Rezoning that will protect what is left of the woodlot and send a powerful message to the community that the City is serious about striking a balance between economic and environmental aims.