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Councilor Buck's blog has a recent entry in regards to the Westhill Development: http://evelynmbuck.blogspot.com/2010/03/westhill-argument-continues-to-go.html

In continually defending Lebovic's push to develop land on the moraine into 75 homes and a golf course, she dives right into the shallow end of the water supply debate.

There are several reasons why I object to the development of these lands.

As far as I'm concerned neither Aurora nor the moraine need another golf course, but of course that is only my opinion, I don't have a financial stake in these lands.

The fact that Lebovic has paid out big $ to make sure that he can develop his land regardless of environmental impact disgusts me.

Check out this Toronto Star article from the Greenbelt Ontario Site:  http://www.greenbeltontario.org/pages/torstarapril62000.htm

One of the big reasons why I am opposed is indeed the water supply issue in Aurora.

Aurora used to be a water rich town, yet for some reason we now buy a vast percentage of our water from neighboring municipalities like Newmarket.

What's up with that?

I fail to see that water shortages are soley due to careless use, but more likely a sharp spike in demand.

I'm not saying that there isn't water misuse in Aurora, quite the opposite.  In fact in my subdivision alone one can often see water waste.  Yes we could all do a better part of consumption, but the bigger picture is very telling.

Let's not forget that Aurora is under "intensification".  We will grow by another 20,000 people in 20 years.
How do we intend to meet the increased water needs?  By adding more McMansions and a golf course?

Whatever.

In trying to reach a greater understanding on the impact that subdivisions and golf courses have on both the Moraine and the water aquifers I found a Toronto Star article back in July of 2008 titled "Report urges province to tighten tap on moraine" : http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/469579

Here is a snippet from the article:

Lebovic Enterprises's year-old permit to draw water for the planned Westhill course was revoked because the ministry suddenly realized an environmental assessment had not been done.

"The fact that no one appeared to notice this most basic requirement had not yet been met raises serious questions about common practice at the Ministry," the report states.

In it it mentions a 32-page report, titled Ontario's Water Hazard, one can read here : http://earthroots.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=8&Itemid=

The entire report is worth reading, I didn't feel it necessary to repost it in its entirety here, but the follwing conclusion helps identify where we are:

Our preliminary assessment of available technical information indicates incomplete understanding of the sustainable yield of the groundwater resource to support all the current demands within the Aurora-Newmarket area.

The Historic decline in water levels in the Yonge Street Aquifer and interference complaints in the community of Vandorf indicates a potential over-draft that may be due to cumulative effects of integrated groundwater takings.

So, anyone telling you that there is enough water to go around, or that there is little environmental impact, or even better yet that this application has been ""grandfathered in" and therefore should not subject to review by government bodies like the OMB is refusing to look at the impact a development like this will have.

The arguments in support of such development are all dried up.

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