A conference planning the future of Weston was held last month, and the report summarizing community feedback has now been released. It discusses 10 messages from the community, none of will surprise residents, but any of which, if acted upon, would make Weston a better place to live.
In short, the recommendations were:
- Weston Road could be nicer if it had better design and more varied retail
- The tracks and Lawrence are physical barriers that separate us
- Weston is a culturally and economically diverse village, with few ties between communities
- Don’t touch the Farmers’ Market, but make the surrounding area better; make the GO Station area better, too
- Convince developers to pay for everything—don’t make taxpayers
- Tall buildings are generally undesirable; rental high rises are especially undesirable
- Community arts and spaces are good. A movie theatre would be good too.
- Weston is not an intersection. It is a village with history.
- The schools could use some help—especially St John, which is crowded and threatened by the train
- Some parts of Weston feel unsafe
You can download the entire report, which has much more detail, here: Weston Charrette Community Feedback Summary