Site Plan Application – approval granted! We are so delighted to finally have in our hands the Final Site Plan approval for Phase 3.
Yes, it has been five years since we started talking about it and two years since we completed and submitted our designs to the Town of Oakville. The comprehensive package for submission was prepared by Glenn Reinders of Reinders and Rieder Ltd. Throughout the process, we had multiple conversations with the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton and various other consultants. The issues discussed included: the Town’s master plan, flood control, conservation of 14 Mile Creek, Dundas Road widening, septic tanks verses sewer connections and mains water supply, landscaping design, fire route accessibility, easement issues … and … the list seemed endless at times. As each hurdle was jumped we slowly crept forward and in God’s timing, we are finally at the beginning of something new.
In summary, and to give some perspective here is a brief timeline:
August 2012 – Glenn Reinders of Reinders + Rieder Ltd. contracted for design of Phase 3
June 2015 – submission to Town of Oakville for site plan approval
June 2017 – site plan approval received.
As I contemplated writing this blog post, I re-read previous ones and was pleasantly reminded of one that Cyril wrote back in January of this year. He called us to prayer for our church and alluded to the very verse Steve quoted on Sunday. Take a look: http://forestviewchurch.ca/week-of-prayer/visionmission-leadership- staff/
There is so much to do oh Lord, and yet we know if we do not do it by keeping in step with your Holy Spirit that we will labour in vain.
The Phase 3 team included Maria Ojutalayo, Deb Roblin, Paul Graham, Steve Cranna and myself with Paul particularly putting in the lion share of the work over many years. Since January we have lived in hope of getting this little piece of paper “any day now”, in fact at times we looked at each other in amazement that there could be yet another hurdle. When I received the email last week that the paperwork was ready to be picked up from the Town Hall I rushed over, concerned that there might still be some mistake! It almost felt surreal! So long a pursuit, SO much waiting!
Please join us in thanking God for this significant success – our labour was not in vain!
However, like we said earlier, this is really a beginning! I believe we are at the start of a new chapter and as always, we dare only move forward in step with the Holy Spirit.
Will you pray with us?
Will you join us in seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance?
The Town and Region have approved our continued occupancy and expanded use of this property and we believe we have the necessary tools for this project.
20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!