2720 Dundas St W Rezoning Proposal

Posted on August 24, 2017

A developer, 2720 Dundas Junction Inc., has put in an application for rezoning. The application is for a 12-storey mixed-use building with 15,035 square metres of floor area, containing 173 residential units. A below grade parking lot is to contain 93 parking spaces with additional bicycle parking on the ground floor.

While the Councillor encourages holding a pre-application meeting, the developer has submitted its application without holding one. Planning staff will be drafting a Preliminary Report on this application to be released in the coming months. As this project moves forward there will be a community meeting held by Councillor Perks and Planning staff. The date for that meeting will be shared as it becomes available.

Comments can be directed toward my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or the planner on file, Barry Brooks at (416) 392-1316 or bbrooks@toronto.ca

More information on the 2720 Dundas St W application can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

421 Roncesvalles Update

Posted on August 24, 2017

Friends,

Toronto City Council has passed By-law No. 716-2017, designating 421 Roncesvalles Avenue as a site of heritage or cultural value/interest. This designation came into effect as of August 23, 2017. Located at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, the building was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

Furthermore, the owner, Propellor Developments Inc, has submitted an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The nature of the appeal is based on a non-decision from City Council within a 120-day period of the applications submission. There is no set hearing date, however, you can track the case on the OMB website here.

We will provide you with further information as it becomes available to us.

City of Toronto Creates Local Appeal Body to Expedite Land Use Hearings

Posted on May 1, 2017

The City of Toronto has established an independent local appeal body to provide quick and efficient hearings on appeals of land use decisions made by the Committee of Adjustment.

On May 3, the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) will replace the function of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pertaining to minor variance and consent applications. TLAB is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal established by authority of the City of Toronto Act and provincial government legislation.

“Toronto residents have long waited for a fair and reasonable process to replace the OMB regarding appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions,” said Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale), Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. “We’ve worked hard to bring local planning matters back to the City’s jurisdiction with the formation of a Toronto Local Appeal Body whose members live in Toronto and understand Toronto’s unique character and communities. As well we’re offering a mediation process where concerns can be discussed before an appeal hearing without the need for expensive professional consultants.”

Most TLAB meetings and hearings will be held in the Toronto Public Library building located at 40 Orchardview Boulevard off Yonge Street just north of Eglinton Avenue. Hearings may be held in person, by telephone or video conferencing, or in written form.

Minor variance applications fall under Section 45 of the Planning Act. For example, a homeowner may request a minor variance to allow for the installation of a garden shed that does not meet the minimum setback requirements from a property boundary.

Consent applications fall under Section 53 of the Planning Act. Typically, they involve requests to divide a property into separate lots or to add adjacent land to an existing lot.

For more information about the Toronto Local Appeal Body please visit http://www.toronto.ca/tlab

6 Noble Street Public Consultation

Posted on April 18, 2017

Please share with your neighbours

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 6 Noble Street Development Application.

This application proposes a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date:   May 4, 2017
Time:   6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place:  Parkdale Library Auditorium

The Preliminary Report will be available April 25th on-line through the 2017 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) Meeting agenda at http://bit.ly/2oDilH4. The Report will also be available at the meeting.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Kirk Hatcher, City Planner, Kirk.Hatcher@toronto.ca and/or Councillor Gord Perks, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Gord

1182 & 1221 King Street West King Street West Community Meeting

Posted on April 10, 2017

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 1182 & 1221 King Street West Rezoning Application. At this consultation, you will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Date: Tuesday April 18th, 2017
Time: 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Place: Holy Family Catholic School – Gymnasium (141 Close Avenue)

The proposed rezoning application is to permit the construction of a 17-storey mixed use building at 1182 King Street West and a 14-storey mixed use building at 1221 King Street West. Both buildings include commercial uses at grade with residential above and 3 levels of underground parking. A community consultation meeting was previously held for this application in October, 2015, when the proposal was for a 21-storey building at 1182 King Street West and a 19-storey building at 1221 King Street West.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-85118.pdf

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Michelle Knieriem, City Planner, michelle.knieriem@toronto.ca and/or Councillor Gord Perks, councillor_perks@toronto.ca

421 Roncesvalles Avenue Community Meeting

Posted on February 21, 2017

Friends,

On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.40

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey bank building with a 7-storey office retail building that retains the original bank facade. The building has a proposed height of 26.1 metres (30.1 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

City Planning will be holding the Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm at St. Casimir’s Parish Hall at 156 Roncesvalles Ave.

Gord

57 Brock Avenue Staff Direction Report

Posted on February 21, 2017

Friends,

On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 57 Brock Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.10

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a Beer Store and parking lot with a 7-storey residential building containing 106 units. A total of 73 parking spaces will be provided in two levels at and above grade, including 16 visitor spaces, 108 bicycle spaces, and 22 short-term bicycle spaces. The building will have a height of 23.45 metres (28.9 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3982741&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

This report will recommend that City Council direct the City Solicitor to oppose the appeal of the 57 Brock Avenue Development application at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing but to also work with the owner to enter into a settlement should the opportunity arise. I will be supporting the Direction Report at TEYCC.

Community meetings have been held about this application. At both meetings, local residents shared concerns with the proposed development.

Remaining concerns raised by the community include:

  1. The overall height, mass, and density of the proposal
  2. Its ability to integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood visually and otherwise, including its proximity to the street
  3. Deficiency of outdoor amenity space and green space
  4. Interactions with pedestrians and the public realm and its effects on the street level
  5. Effects on nearby traffic and parking and servicing
  6. Amount and location of short term bicycle parking on streets
  7. Lack of linearity with front sight lines of adjacent housing

No hearing date has yet been scheduled for the OMB. My office will communicate any further information as it becomes available.

Gord

421 Roncesvalles Ave Heritage Designation

Posted on February 14, 2017

Toronto City Council intends to designate 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, often seen as one of the gateway buildings into Roncesvalles, as a heritage building.

Designation enables City Council to review alterations to the site and enforce heritage property standards and maintenance.

City Planning will be scheduling a meeting in late March, 2017 to review the application and hear from the community. My office will provide details of the meeting once they are secured.

For more information on the designation please click here.

57 Brock Avenue Public Meeting Recap

Posted on February 9, 2017

City Planning held a Community Consultation meeting on February 8th, 2017 to review the 57 Brock Avenue application for a rezoning and Official Plan amendment.

The community raised many of the same concerns that were raised at the pre-application in 2016: massing, height, privacy, impact on local traffic and parking, lack of green space, and the ability of this proposal to integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood visually and otherwise.

While City Planning review the amended application the applicant has filed for decision at the Ontario Municipal Board.
An OMB hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

City Planning will submit a Request for Direction to the February 22nd TEYCC meeting to request City staff attend the OMB hearing.

More information on 57 Brock Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here and my office will send further information as it becomes available.

Update on 421 Roncesvalles Ave.

Posted on February 6, 2017

Friends,

Earlier this week, City Council approved an Intention to Designate 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue, at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed a City staff report recommending that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (including the address at 61 Howard Park Avenue) be included on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PB20.9

As you may recall, on October 21, 2016, the owners of the property applied for a demolition permit which is currently under review.

Following research and evaluation by City staff in Heritage Preservation Services, it was determined that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue meets provincial criteria prescribed for municipal designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its design, associative, and contextual value.

Under the Ontario Heritage Act, initiating a designation is one way of protecting a threatened heritage property to allow more time for considering alternatives. Properties on the Heritage Register will be conserved and maintained in accordance with Official Plan Heritage Policies.

Designation enables City Council to review alterations to the site, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition.

Some useful information on designating a heritage building is available on-line:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a5d20621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/heritage/heritage_designation.shtml

City Planning staff are currently reviewing a Development Application for this site.

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false

City Planning will be scheduling a meeting in late March, 2017 to review the application and hear from the community. My office will provide details of the meeting once they are secured.

Please feel free to contact my office if you require further information.

Gord

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