As we mentioned last week, a developer has filed an application with the City of Vaughan to build 220 stacked townhouses on a vacant piece of land on the north-west corner of Thornhill Woods. All four corners of the intersection of Dufferin and Rutherford have been identified for intensification and are zoned for high density (high rise) development within the City’s newly approved VOP2010 plan. It is interesting to note that this new development is actually completely isolated from Thornhill Woods by conservation lands and the only pedestrian and vehicle access into our neighbourhood is via Dufferin Street or Rutherford Road.
While this development meets the current zoning, PTWA’s biggest concerns are traffic congestion and local school capacity. Traffic during the rush hour periods is currently backed up in all directions and new high density development on three of the four corners will turn this intersection in a virtual parking lot. Expanding both Dufferin Street and Rutherford Road to six lanes will help but York Region isn’t overflowing with funding right now and we are concerned that major road widening projects are still years away. It goes without saying that townhouse are often targeted at new families and we are also quite concerned that the schools within Thornhill Woods do not have sufficient capacity to handle the addition of hundreds of new students.
That being said, you can expect more traffic within Thornhill Woods and the Lebovic campus communities as frustrated motorists cut through our communities to avoid the traffic chaos. You can also expect to see more portables in the parking lots of our schools as most of these schools are currently above capacity.
PTWA has contacted the City and we have asked them to forward any future updates on this development.
We will be attending all public hearings pertaining to this application so that we can voice our concerns about traffic, infrastructure and school capacity.
We have been assured that this development, unlike another in our area, will be open to the public and everyone will be welcome to purchase! That at least is a little bit of good news for people looking for affordable housing within Thornhill Woods