At Tuesday evening’s public hearing, a rezoning for a piece of land in Inglewood, to allow for small-scale housing, came before City Council. Many community members came to speak about the impact of this land-use change on the community. I was very moved by their concern for the children who attend the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) Islamic School. Inglewood is a very welcoming place that celebrates diversity and this was demonstrated by the passion with which community members spoke.
The land, located behind the school, is currently zoned as Urban Services as it was part of the green space attached to the Catholic school that used the space prior to MAC buying the building for their school. The space in question is privately owned. Several wanted the city to buy the land and make it green space for the community, however, that is not what was before Council. City Council was to vote on the appropriate land use only. In a 10-3 vote, it was decided that the current Urban Services zoning was the best use for the land.
I made a subsequent motion asking Administration to bring back for discussion a report outlining the benefits and risks of the current process and exploring the potential process improvements for opportunities to purchase open spaces. That report will come before a committee in the fourth quarter of 2021.