Building Our Future

Building Our Future

 Building Our Future  

What’s New as of SEPTEMBER 6, 2017  

The EDGE Property Committee has created a communication process to keep the congregation in the loop on developments and actions on an ongoing basis. Updates will appear on the website, as well as in the weekly bulletin. As always, please contact one of the EDGE Property Committee members with any questions or concerns − we’re happy to help!  

PLANNING – Progress Report

•     December 16, 2016 - Original site plan agreement presented to Town of Aurora

•     January 31, 2017 - Offer to Lease signed by the Trustees of AUC on behalf of the Congregation and by Southbound Developments. A deposit cheque is being held by our lawyer.

We are now in full swing to get things moving!

•     March 22, 2017 - Public Planning Meeting at Town Hall – concerns of neighbors and Town Council about the plan submitted are heard

•     May 9, 2017 - AUC owned houses along Temperance and Tyler are de-listed as houses of interest from the Heritage listings

•     May 24, 2017 – Public Planning Meeting - Revised drawings, submitted to the Town of Aurora for the site plan approval are presented and discussed         

Revisions include:
-        the height of the retirement building reduced by two floors
-        building style along Temperance modified to better reflect the residential style of the                        surrounding neighborhood
-        the parking lot off Yonge St. removed from design proposal freeing space for retail or                      community purpose

•    July 04, 2017 – Aurora Town Council, General Committee – approval of staff recommendations to approve AUC applications for Official Plan Amendment to increase the max. building height to (7) stories and By-law Amendment to rezone church property to Promenade Downtown Zone to permit a 2 storey church and a retirement development of 6 stories on Yonge and 7 stories on Temperance

•    July 11, 2017 – Aurora Town Council, in a 7-2 vote approve the applications for all Amendments

•    July 25, 2017 – Congregational Meeting – updates on our progress are presented to the congregation by the EGDE team, Architect Bob Murphy, Southbound Developments and Fontenn Consultants   Several meetings, emails and conversations have been made to open the  discussions and planning process with our Neighbours - Ratepayers Association as we continue to try to address their concerns     

Activity on Site

•    The church site is now closed. Construction site fencing was erected in August and the Phase 3 Archeological testing began on August 29.  We would ask that everyone - members of the church and the public, please respect it as a construction site and stay on the outside of the fence.  
•    Application will soon be made to the Town of Aurora for the demolition of the houses this fall.  

Upcoming Dates

•     Next EDGE Meeting – the EDGE Committee members will be exploring ideas and taking suggestions in the interim summer weeks in preparation for the design process for the new church building
•     Approvals completed/building permits received and shovels in the ground  - Winter 2017 (anticipated)
•     Completion - Winter 2019 (anticipated)  Keep watching this webpage for full updates on the progress of the church building.

See the presentation made to our Congregation on October 30th, 2016 by Michael Wright our EDGE Property Consultant.

EDGE Committee members: Brian North (chair), John Clement, Doug Gilpin, Crawford Heritage,
Pat Innes, Scott Sinclair, Dave Snelgrove, Holly Todd Williamson, Rev. Andy Comar  and
Rev. Lorraine Newton-Comar  


Missed these Town of Aurora meetings? Click on the links below to view them. New links will be added as they are made public. 

Town of Aurora Public Planning Meeting, March 22, 2017 

Town of Aurora Council Meeting, May 9, 2017 (Decision on AUC Houses)

Town of Aurora Public Planning Meeting, May 24, 2017

Town of Aurora General Committee Meeting, July 4, 2017

Town of Aurora Council Meeting, July 11, 2017 (Approval of development project)