Virtual Community Consultation on the 1488 Queen St West Rezoning Application

Posted on September 24, 2020

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 1488 Queen Street West Re-Zoning Application. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development.

The application proposes a new 6-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 29 dwelling units on the upper floors.

The property is currently occupied by a one-storey commercial building currently functioning as a Guardian Drug Store Pharmacy and a Canada Post outlet.

Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, https://aic.to/1488QueenStW

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-148436.pdf .

The meeting will take place on Monday, October 5th, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will be online and phone-in only.

How to participate:

A link to the meeting is available online at www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations. Participants will be able to join the meeting either by phone or online as of 5:45 PM on the day of the meeting.

Note: Participants by phone will not be able to ask live questions during the meeting. Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff or the Councillor’s Office.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Patrick Miller, City Planner, patrick.miller@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Virtual Community Consultation on the 3194-3206 Dundas Street West Rezoning Application

Posted on September 24, 2020

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 3194-3206 Dundas Street West Re-Zoning Application. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development.

The application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with an eight-storey mixed-use building at 3194-3206 Dundas Street West.  Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information here.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will be online and phone-in only.

How to participate:

A link to the meeting is available online at www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations. Participants will be able to join the meeting either by phone or online as of 5:45 PM on the day of the meeting.

Note: Participants by phone will not be able to ask live questions during the meeting. Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff or the Councillor’s Office.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Carla Tsang, City Planner, carla.tsang@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

 

High Park Community Alliance AGM & my views on where we stand

Posted on September 17, 2020

The High Park Community Alliance’s AGM will be held virtually on WebEx at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 23.  Please click here just prior to the meeting to attend.  For additional IT support or to join by phone, see the bottom of this letter. 

Friends, 

For a number of years the High Park North community has been confronted with serious development pressure. Working together with the City, community members rallied to confront the development pressure and protect the things that make the neighbourhood great. 

Now, with most of the issues settled, it’s time to take stock and see how we did.

On Wednesday, September 23 at the High Park Community Alliance general meeting, the incredible leaders who emerged to work on this issue and I will be presenting a detailed review. For now, I have a quick summary of my thoughts on how our community did.

In December of 2016 the two largest property owners in the High Park North neighbourhood, Minto and Great West Life (GWL) submitted applications for additional towers.

In response, the community and City Planning worked to create the High Park Area Urban Design Guidelines (OPA 419), a blueprint for how the neighbourhood could grow while protecting the existing values of the community.

While we were working there was a bewildering series of changes in Provincial Planning law. First, in 2016, the Province improved the rights of municipalities by reforming the OMB. Then, the election of Premier Ford led to those improvements being overturned and planning law once again favouring developers. On top of that the Province stripped away some of the tools which gave the City and neighbourhoods a fighting chance. Of particular importance was the reduction of publicly administered mediation.

At every turn the developers took aggressive action.

Without any meaningful public consultation both developers filed appeals to the OMB. They did this days before the 2016 reforms came into effect. This strengthened their hand at the expense of the community.

Next, when the Design Guidelines were finalized both property owners went to the OMB to be exempted from those new rules.

Finally, as the deadline for the OMB hearings approached the developers would not participate in any further public meetings. In fact, GWL refused to make key concessions until the last day of the last Council meeting before the OMB hearing was due to start.

In those last minute negotiations City staff fought to get concessions that reflected the community concerns. We had mixed results.There are still more total units than we would have wanted. However, the number of buildings and the heights of buildings were reduced to be more in line with Design Guidelines. Finally, we were able to bring the proposals very close to Design Guidelines in terms how the ground level functions. The community mentioned again and again that the green space, and ecological function of the area was critical.

In specific terms the total number of units has been reduced by 315, with narrower buildings, all building came in lower, with one being removed altogether.  We dramatically increased the amount of Parkland (up to the level in our Guidelines) and the separation distances between all the buildings was increased.

All, in all, with the deck stacked against us we got to a much better place than where we started. The lesson is that we need a Provincial planning framework that creates incentives for developers to better respect the community. We also learned that the many hours put in by community leaders to work with the City to develop our own vision lead to significant improvements.

There are two outstanding development issues in the community. Another application came in after Minto and GWL. This proposal at 299 Glenlake meets all the requirements in our Design Guidelines. Finally, one property owner at Oakmount and Mountview has appealed the Design Guideline as it pertains to their property. There is no development application for this property. City staff are working to settle this matter. I will keep you informed. The Guidelines are now in force for the rest of the neighbourhood.

If you’re joining through a computer, just before 7pm on September 23rd:

1) Visit this link to access the meeting.
2) Click on ‘Join from your browser’.
3) You will be asked to enter your name and email, and then should gain access to the meeting room.

We’ve found this video to be helpful to guide us through the process of joining:
https://youtu.be/fE5FnEUKtaE

If you’re joining through a phone, just before 7:00 pm on September 23:

1) Dial 647-484-1598.
2) Enter 132 601 8267# when asked for the access code.
3) Enter 4722# as the password.
4) You should be able to hear the meeting progress through the phone.

Virtual Community Consultation on the 1375 Queen St West Rezoning Application

Posted on September 17, 2020

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 1375 Queen Street West Re-Zoning Application. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development.

The application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with an eight-storey mixed-use building at 1375 Queen St West, at Close Ave.  Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-148376.pdf

The meeting will take place on Monday, September 28, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will be online and phone-in only.

How to participate:

A link to the meeting is available online at www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations. Participants will be able to join the meeting either by phone or online as of 5:45 PM on the day of the meeting.

Note: Participants by phone will not be able to ask live questions during the meeting. Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff or the Councillor’s Office.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Patrick Miller, City Planner, patrick.miller@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

1375 Queen Street West - Community Consultation - Notice

Pre-application Meeting – 1360 Queen St W

Posted on September 11, 2020

Kingsett Capital, the developer of 1360 Queen St West, the N/W corner of Queen and Brock, will be holding a virtual pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

The proposal includes a 9-storey terraced mixed-use development containing 117 units with ground floor commercial uses and a community hub space.

The Virtual Community Consultation meeting will take place on

Thursday September 17th, from 6:30 – 8 PM .

Meeting Link (Webex Events):  https://bit.ly/3bIaqyQ

Councillor Perks and City Planner Patrick Miller will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information on this application as it becomes available please contact Councillor Perks’ Office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Pre-application Meeting Notice - 1360 Queen St W

3194-3206 Dundas Street West Preliminary report at TEYCC – September 16, 2020

Posted on September 10, 2020

The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application for 3194-3206 Dundas Street West will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Wednesday, September 16.  For a link to the report, please click here.

The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with an eight-storey mixed-use building. Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre.

The Preliminary Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning staff will notify neighbouring residents when a meeting date is secured. My office will provide general notice throughout Ward 4, as well as direct emails to anyone who contacted us in regards to this file.  Due to COVID-19 rules, this meeting will be held virtually, over the WebEx platform.

Please feel free to contact my office or City Planner Carla Tsang (carla.tsang@toronto.ca) for more information or to share your comments.

1221 King St West – Construction Staging Report

Posted on September 10, 2020

A Construction Staging Report for 1221 King St West will be reviewed at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) on September 16th.

Lifetime Developments is constructing a 14-storey condominium building with ground floor retail at 1221 King Street West. The site is located on the southwest corner of King Street West and Dufferin Street.

The Construction Staging Report is available to review online at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE18.45

Please feel free to share your comments or questions to Councillor Perks Office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Further, to depute on this item on September 16th at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC), please contact TEYCC clerk at email: teycc@toronto.ca, phone: 416-392-7033, fax: 416-397-0111.

2706-2730 Dundas St West – Construction Staging Report

Posted on September 10, 2020

A Construction Staging Report for 2706-2730 Dundas Street West will be reviewed at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) on September 16th.

2720 Dundas Junction Limited Partnership is constructing a nine-storey residential condominium building at 2706-2730 Dundas Street West. The site is located on the northeast corner of Dundas Street West and Watkinson Avenue.

The details of the Construction Staging proposal were reviewed at the Community Working Group meeting in March of 2020.

The Construction Staging Report is available to review online at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE18.44

Please feel free to share your comments or questions to Councillor Perks Office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Further, to depute on this item on September 16th at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC), please contact TEYCC clerk at email: teycc@toronto.ca, phone: 416-392-7033, fax: 416-397-0111.

2376 Dundas Street West Development Update

Posted on August 13, 2020

Update on 2376 Dundas St West, site just north of The Crossways

A Site Plan application has been submitted to the City of Toronto by Bousfields Inc. proposing 3 additional storeys to the approved 24-storey building at 2376-2388 Dundas St West. A minor variance application has also been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment (File A1176/19TEY), however, a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

In 2014, the Ontario Municipal Board approved a 24-storey building -storey building for this site.

The applicant is now proposing to add an additional 3 storeys, increase the permitted gross floor area and revise the layout of interior areas.

There are two concurrent applications in process.

The Site Plan Application:
Details on the Site Plan application are available on the City’s Application Information centre at http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do

City staff will begin process of reviewing the changes proposed. Carla Tsang is the City Planner responsible for this file. She can be reached at Carla.tsang@toronto.ca .

The Committee of Adjustment Application:
The community will have an opportunity during the Committee of Adjustment process, yet to be scheduled, to comment on the application.
Councillor Perks will share any information, including dates of Committee meetings, as they become available.
In the meantime, please feel free to reach out for clarification or to share your comments

Spring & Summer Newsletter: Planning Studies

Posted on July 9, 2020

City Planning Studies 

Heritage Conservation District (HCD) studies involve a combination of research, field review, and analysis, including extensive consultation with the community prior to Council considering the designation. 

Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Study 

The Toronto Preservation Board, in July 2018, received a report and endorsed the suggested plan to proceed with developing an HCD Plan for the Baby Point neighbourhood. The HCD Plan process has not yet been initiated and a project start date has yet to be confirmed. 

Bloor West Village Character Study and Heritage Conservation District

There is currently an Avenue Study as well as an HCD Study underway for Bloor St W between Keele St and the Humber River. The Avenue Study assesses the land uses, transportation infrastructure, community services, built form, character, and redevelopment potential of the corridor. Policy and design guidelines will be developed alongside the HCD Study, which will include research, a built form survey, and analysis to determine if the Study Area warrants designation as an HCD.

High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Character Area and Urban Design Guidelines 

In response to significant development applications within the High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area, City Council directed staff to undertake a study of the neighbourhood. The resulting Site and Area Specific Policy 419 identifies appropriate policies to guide change and compatible infill development. This policy approved by City Council in 2018 remains under appeal. No hearing dates have been scheduled. 

Junction Heritage Conservation District

 The process has begun towards an HCD for the Junction. Once the first steps are complete Heritage staff will begin Phase 1 of the Study, which will include extensive engagement and consultation with the neighbourhood along Dundas St W between Humberside Ave and Gilmour Ave.

West Queen West Planning Study

After several years of work,  Toronto East York Community Council  has approved City Planning staff’s recommendations on guiding development and public initiatives on Queen St West between Bathurst and Roncesvalles. The recommendations are intended to:

  • Guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
  • Conserve and enhance the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St W as a commercial main street; and
  • Provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

City Council review is scheduled for June, 2020. Following, the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and TEYCC in the fall of 2020.

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