Notice of Public Meeting – Thornhill Square Development – March 22, 2022 at 7:00pm

The city will be holding a Development Services Public Meeting on March 22, 2022 at 7:00pm where they will discuss the application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the Thornhill Square property (288, 298 and 300 John Street).

Meeting Details:

For more information on the application for rezoning, please click the link below to read the notice that was circulated to local residents. 
Notice – Public Meeting

Please CLICK HERE for more details around the proposed development, please visit this link to access associated documents including the preliminary report, site plan and mass viewings for each of the proposed buildings for this proposed development.

What you can do:

  1. Email a Written Submission:
    • Members of the public may submit written deputations by email to
    • Written submissions must be received by 4:00 p.m. the day before the meeting*
    • *If the deadline for written submission has passed, you may:
      • Email your written submission directly to Members of Council; or
      • Make a virtual deputation at the meeting by completing and submitting an online Request to Speak Form
    • *If the deadline for written submission has passed and Council has finished debate on the item at the meeting, you may email your written submission directly to Members of Council.
  2. Request to Speak / Virtual Deputation:
    • Members of the public who wish to make a live virtual deputation, please register prior to the start of the meeting by:
      • Completing an online Request to Speak Form , or,
      • E-mail providing full name, contact information and item they wish to speak, or,
      • If you do not have access to email, contact the Clerk’s office at 905-479-7760 on the day of the meeting.
    • *If Committee has finished debate at the meeting on the item, you may email your written submission directly to Members of Council. The list of Members of Council is available online at this link.

Newly-Formed Coalition – A Better GTA

RORA has agreed to provide support to a newly-formed coalition of ratepayers’ and residents’ associations in Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan and elsewhere in the GTA.  The goal is to work together with our neighbouring communities and local representatives in addressing the many development challenges and opportunities we  all currently face.

If you would like to access the most recent letter that was sent to Doug Ford in response the Housing Affordability Report, please CLICK HERE.

RORA Letter re: Liberty Development Proposal (Shouldice Lands)

As the community information sessions are currently underway to discuss the Liberty Development proposal for the Shouldice Hospital Lands, RORA has submitted a second objection letter outlining several concerns and objections. 

This letter declares our opposition to the proposal by 7750 Bayview Avenue Limited Partnership (Liberty) to construct five high-rise residential condominium towers on the north/west portion of the Shouldice Hospital lands property, being Phase 1 of a multi-phase plan. 

Click the link below to view this letter:

Reminder: Metrolinx Town Hall Meeting Tonight (May 19 @ 6:30pm)

Metrolinx is holding their virtual Town Hall meeting to provide updates and to discuss its Environmental Assessment (EA) analysis related to the Yonge North Subway Extension. This meeting is open to all members of York Region.

Meeting Details
Date: Wednesday, May 19th
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (EST)
Link to Meeting: Click Here

A video recording of their virtual Town Hall will be made available after the event.

Reminder: Thornhill Flood Control Community Information Meeting: May 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Please be advised that a Community Information Meeting regarding the West Thornhill Flood Control Implementation Projects (Phases 3B & 4A) will be held Wednesday, May 5 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The following projects will be discussed:

Phase 3B: Johnson Street, Dove Lane, Ida Street, Wiarton Court, St. Andres Court); and
Phase 4A: Royal Orchard Blvd (from Pomona Creek to Bayview Ave), Kirk Drive, Knotty Pine Trail, Augusta Court, Doral Gate and Blue Spruce Lane

The meeting will be held electronically and can be accessed via the following link:
Meeting Link: CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 897 2675 4472
Passcode: vtR0J4B

Please find a copy of the meeting notice here:

Notice of Annual Meeting – May 4, 2021

We will be holding our annual meeting.

Meeting Details
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom (details below)

Annual memberships are $20 per household.

To review the minutes from our last AGM, please click on the link:

If you would like to become more active in your community, consider joining RORA’s Board. To express your interest, please send an email to our mailbox at: We hope to see you on Tuesday at the AGM!

Zoom login details:

Join on your computer or mobile app:

Or call in (audio only):
+1 647 374 4685 Canada
+1 647 558 0588 Canada

Meeting ID: 978 6133 1429
Passcode: 512299

Gypsy Moths – Removing Egg Masses

As the trees are beginning to bud, we urge residents to please check their trees for Gypsy Moth egg masses and destroy them.

Gypsy moths are invasive pests that feed on the leaves of trees. Controlling the spread of gypsy moths is important to help protect Markham’s urban forest.

Egg masses can be found on tree trunks, branches, buildings, and objects around the house. One egg mass contains about 300 eggs. By destroying them you will significantly reduce the number of caterpillars that emerge this year.

To remove and destroy the egg masses, gently scrape them off the bark into soapy water.

For more details on what we can do, please visit Markham’s webpage:
Tree Care – Gypsy Moths

Letter to Metrolinx re: Yonge North Subway Extension (Option 3)

Last week, Metrolinx met with RORA Executive to provide more information about their Initial Business Case for the Yonge North Subway Extension. Please find attached our follow-up letter that we sent to Metrolinx on April 7, 2021.

Metrolinx’s Presentation on its Initial Business Case for the Subway Extension

Below is the link to Metrolinx’s presentation on its Initial Business Case for the Yonge North Subway Extension. This presentation was shared at the March 22nd General Committee of Markham Council.