Update on 1521 Queen St W

Posted on April 14, 2022

The application at 1521 Queen St West was originally submitted to the City in 2019, then scheduled for an appeal hearing at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) in 2020. In the meantime, the parties to the appeal, including the applicant, the City, and the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land trust, engaged in without prejudice settlement discussions which resulted in the applicant making a settlement offer to resolve the Appeal.

The City Solicitor submitted a Request for Direction Report for 1521 Queen Street West to the March, 2022 City Council meeting.  The report approved by City Council recommended that City Council adopt recommendations contained in a Confidential Attachment and authorize the public release of specific confidential recommendations. That information is now available.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2022.CC41.11 , scroll down to background information.

City Council has accepted the with prejudice settlement offer dated February 28, 2022. The Settlement Proposal is for a mixed-use 8 storey building with three vehicle car share parking spaces. The Settlement offer also includes a contribution of $1,000,000.00 to the City for use in the City’s Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition (MURA) Program toward acquiring affordable housing in the Parkdale neighbourhood, and a contribution of $200,000.00 paid to the City as tenant compensation of up to $10,000.00 (Ten Thousand dollars) per eligible tenant, for the benefit of former tenants and occupants of the Subject Property as determined and as administered by the PNLT in consultation with the City. The Settlement Offer is available to review, labelled as Attachment 1, Appendix “A” in background information.

City staff will attend the OLT Settlement Hearing on May 17, 2022 in support of the approved settlement.

If you wish to observe this hearing, please contact Benjamin Waters, Case Coordinator, Planner, (437) 227-6244 or Benjamin.Waters@ontario.ca to obtain the videoconference link for hearing PL200567.

1488 Queen Street West at TEYCC

Posted on April 14, 2022

The April 21, 2022 Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing TE32.2 1488 Queen Street West – Zoning By-law Amendment Application – Final Report.

This application proposes a six-storey mixed use building at 1488 Queen Street West with 29 residential units and commercial uses at grade.

Following a review of the application and two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application as the proposal is consistent with the pattern and scale of redevelopment along Queen Street West and represents appropriate intensification on an Avenue.

The full report is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-223898.pdf

At this time, I will be supporting staff’s recommendation to approve this application.

This item will be heard on April 21st at Toronto East York Community Council. The meeting will be conducted with members participating remotely and /or in person at Toronto City Hall Council Chambers.

To speak to the Community Council, please register by e-mail to teycc@toronto.ca or by phone at

416-392-7033. Members of the public who register to speak will be provided with instructions on how to participate in the meeting.

For further information on this or any other Ward 4 or city-related matter, go to www.gordperks.ca or contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

An Update on 1660 Bloor St West

Posted on March 24, 2022

The Committee of Adjustment reviewed the 1660 Bloor St West application on March 2, 2022. The application proposes a 13-storey mixed-use building with 171 units, and retail space fronting onto Bloor Street.

The Committee of Adjustment refused the application. The full Notice of Decision can be found here

That decision has now been appealed to the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB).

Councillor Perks Office will share information/dates of hearing as specifics are shared.

Previous correspondence on this application from February 8, 2022:
The owner of 1660 Bloor St West is proposing to build a 13-storey mixed-use building with 171 units, and retail space fronting onto Bloor Street.
A virtual community meeting to review application was held in July 2021.

This application falls within the area of the Bloor Dundas Avenue Planning Report and therefore requires a Site Plan Application and a Committee of Adjustment variance. Two concurrent applications are in process.

A Site Plan application has been submitted to the City of Toronto and a minor variance application has been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment.

The Site Plan application is under review by City Planning staff. Information on the application is available on the Application Information Centre at https://secure.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

The Committee of Adjustment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Community members have an opportunity to comment on the application at the virtual Committee of Adjustment hearing. The Public Notice, with details on how to view and/or participate, is attached. Note that the deadline for comments is no later than 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

As a member of Toronto City Council, Councillor Perks appoints citizens to the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on minor variances based on their review of application and city staff information. As such, and on the advice of the Integrity Commissioner, Councillor Perks cannot attempt to influence a member’s decision on an application.  He can, when requested, ask City Staff to review an application and provide their professional comment to Committee of Adjustment.

 

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3239-3251 Dundas Street West: Community Consultation

Posted on March 17, 2022

The first official public consultation for the development proposal at 3239-3251 Dundas Street West will be taking place on Monday, March 28 at 6:00 pm. The applicants are proposing a zoning change on the site to allow new eight-storey mixed-use building with 88 dwellings units and 219 square metres of commercial space at grade.  While the applicants held a pre-application meeting last spring, this will be the first official meeting organized by City Planning.

To register for the meeting, or see any of the submitted documents on this application, please click here: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/city-planning-consultations/

To see the proposal and all the documents associated with the application, please visit the City’s Application Information Centre at: http://www.Toronto.ca/3239DundasStW

403 Keele Street: Community Consultation

Posted on February 24, 2022

The first official public consultation for the development proposal at 403 Keele Street (the former Canadian Tire gas station site) is taking place next Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 pm. The applicants are proposing a zoning change on the site to allow for a new 11-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 216 dwelling units on the upper floors.  While the applicants held a pre-application meeting in the fall, this will be the first official meeting organized by City Planning.

To register for the meeting, or see any of the submitted documents on this application, please click here: www.Toronto.ca/403KeeleSt

Some residents have been in touch with our office as they are seeing online advertisements for a 5 storey residential project on Keele Street.  That is for the adjacent “Junction Square Condos” at 406-410 Keele Street (west side of Keele Street, at Vine Street).  While this building’s height and massing was approved in 2017, they have since re-applied for a zoning change with a new unit count (65) and changes to the parking and rooftop garden access.  These proposed changes still do not have zoning approval, however we do expect them to return to Council in the next couple of months.

To see this proposal, or any proposal in the City, please visit the City’s Application Information Centre at: https://secure.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do#detail1

Construction to start at 150 Dunn Ave Supportive Housing Project

Posted on February 17, 2022

 The City has received all necessary approvals to begin construction on the new supportive homes at 150 Dunn Avenue. Starting in mid-February, initial site work will begin including installing temporary fencing, tree protection, and the delivery of construction equipment. Construction is expected to take approximately five months.

Contractors and their trades have been asked to be mindful of the adjacent neighbourhood during the construction period and will work within current construction bylaws, working Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and no construction on Sundays or statutory holidays. Future updates on the construction schedule for this site will be available on the website at: www.toronto.ca/150Dunn.

If you need to speak with someone regarding construction at 150 Dunn Avenue, please contact Dennis Chow at 416-392-6066 or Dennis.Chow@Toronto.ca during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

For any after-hours inquiries, please contact 311.

The City’s Community Liaison is also available to respond to other questions regarding the project and can be reached at communityliaison@bigideaspace.ca or 437-684-5857.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT
Learn more about why supportive housing is so important from the people who live and work there by watching a new video on the City’s website: www.toronto.ca/150dunn

The City of Toronto is building supportive housing at 150 Dunn Avenue using modular construction. The new four‑storey building will provide homes for approximately 51 people with on-site services that support health and well-being. The new homes will be furnished studio apartments with a bathroom and kitchen. Future residents will include seniors, women, Indigenous residents, racialized people, people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The building will include amenities such as shared laundry, a commercial kitchen, a dining area, a communal area and programming space.

An experienced non-profit housing operator will be selected by the City to manage the building and provide support services to the residents.

This project is delivered in partnership with all levels of government, the University Health Network (UHN) Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and the United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT).

Update on 1540 Bloor St West (N/W corner Bloor /Dundas) “Giraffe”

Posted on February 17, 2022

Further to my last update on 1540 Bloor St West, copied below, the Ontario Land Tribunal has issued their written decision, attached, on the Settlement Offer from the developer accepted by the City of Toronto in late 2021.

The decision of the Ontario Land Tribunal is to accept the settlement offer agreement, however it is withholding the final Order pending a number of items that need to be addressed to the satisfaction of the City of Toronto. These items include the replacement of the existing rental dwelling units and fourteen (14) new affordable rental dwelling units on the lands for a minimum period of ninety-nine (99) years. The complete list of items with details is available in attachment 1 of the attached document.

As always, my office is always available to assist you or answer questions on Ward 4 or city related manners.

Gord Perks, City Councillor

Parkdale High Park, Ward 4

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My previous December 2, 2021 update:

Update on 1540 Bloor St West (N/W corner Bloor /Dundas) “Giraffe”

The application at 1540 Bloor St West was originally submitted to the City in 2019, and  scheduled for appeal at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) formerly Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). In the meantime, the applicant made a settlement offer to resolve the Appeal.

The City Solicitor submitted a Request for Direction Report for 1540 Bloor St West to the November. 2021 City Council meeting.  The report approved by City Council recommended that City Council adopt recommendations contained in a Confidential Attachment and authorize the public release of specific confidential recommendations. That information is now available.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewPublishedReport.do?function=getCouncilMinutesReport&meetingId=19696 , scroll down to TE28.5 1540-1550 Bloor Street West – Zoning Amendment – Request for Direction Report.

City Council have accepted the with prejudice settlement offer dated September 20, 2021 The Settlement Proposal is for a 27-storey (86.65 metres excluding mechanical penthouse) mixed-use tall building, as compared to the earlier hybrid building typology which included a taller base building with a tower on top – effectively a mid-rise building with a tower added. Additionally, the base building has been redesigned to meet the current standards in the Zoning By-law, as amended by the Bloor Dundas Study implementing By-law 1222-2009. The Settlement Offer is available to review, labelled as Attachment 1, Appendix “A” at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE28.5

City Council have also accepted the without prejudice settlement offer in respect of community benefits proposed to be provided in the building, which consist of fourteen (14) new permanently affordable rental housing units, on the terms set out in Confidential Appendix “A” to the City Solicitor’s report, available here: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-173920.pdf​ 

The City staff will attend the OLT Settlement Hearing on December 10th in support of the approved settlement. If you wish to observe this hearing, please contact Christopher Molnar, Case Coordinator, Planner, (437) 231-5387 or Christopher.Molnar@ontario.ca to obtain the videoconference link for the hearing. A table comparing the Settlement offer, the Original and a previous revised application is available starting on Page 5 of the Request for Directions Report:

https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-171382.pdf

I would also like to add, as a related matter that I am generally quite concerned with the process of negotiations between the City and developers on applications which have been appealed to the Ontario Land Use Tribunal.  Council is often put in a position of having to consider a settlement offer with: very little time for review; limited ability to discuss it publicly; and, advice which can appear to the public as different from the advice provided in previous public reports.

With that in mind, I have submitted a letter to Planning and Housing Committee requesting that the City Solicitor, in consultation with the Chief Planner and the City Clerk staff give advice to Council on the negotiation process for applications which have been appealed. I expect this advice to be provided early in the new year.  I will keep you updated on this item moving forward.

Gord Perks, City Councillor

Parkdale High Park, Ward 4

 

Update on 340-376R Dufferin Street and 2 Melbourne Avenue

Posted on February 10, 2022

On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be reviewing the 340-376R Dufferin Street and 2 Melbourne Avenue -Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment Application – Final Report

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2022.TE31.4

The application proposes to modify the range of permitted employment uses on this site. No physical changes to the existing building are proposed.

The Final Report details City Planning staff’s review of the amendments and concludes the site should permit a wider range of office, retail, and services on the site that are more compatible with the adjacent residential districts, while generating job opportunities, and continuing to encourage the adaptive re-use of the existing buildings. Approval of the application is recommended.

The report can be viewed on line at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-198859.pdf

I will be supporting the staff recommendation. I ask that you review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with my office: councillor_perks@toronto.ca , 416-392-7919.

The items is scheduled for Wednesday, February 16th on or after 10:00 AM.

Due to the pandemic, Civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto and East York Community Council are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto and East York Community council, or submit written comment, please email teycc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

Committee of Adjustment Application for 1660 Bloor St West (N/W corner of Bloor and Indian Rd.)

Posted on February 10, 2022

The owner of 1660 Bloor St West is proposing to build a 13-storey mixed-use building with 171 units, and retail space fronting onto Bloor Street. A virtual community meeting to review application was held in July 2021.

This application falls within the area of the Bloor Dundas Avenue Planning Report and therefore requires a Site Plan Application and a Committee of Adjustment variance.

Two concurrent applications are in process.

A Site Plan application has been submitted to the City of Toronto and a minor variance application has been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment.

The Site Plan application is under review by City Planning staff. Information on the application is available on the Application Information Centre at https://secure.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

The Committee of Adjustment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Community members have an opportunity to comment on the application at the virtual Committee of Adjustment hearing. The Public Notice, with details on how to view and/or participate, is below. Note that the deadline for comments is no later than 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

As a member of Toronto City Council, Councillor Perks appoints citizens to the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on minor variances based on their review of application and city staff information. As such, and on the advice of the Integrity Commissioner, Councillor Perks cannot attempt to influence a member’s decision on an application.  He can, when requested, ask City Staff to review an application and provide their professional comment to Committee of Adjustment.

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Update on 2-6 Howard Park Avenue Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Applications

Posted on February 10, 2022

On Wednesday, February 16th, 2022, Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be reviewing the 2 – 6 Howard Park Avenue – Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Applications – Request for Direction Report.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2022.TE31.19

The application was originally submitted in April, 2021 proposing a 10-storey mixed-use building with 128 units at the N/W corner of Howard Park Avenue and Dundas St West.

The applicant appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) in November 2021.

The Request for Direction Report recommends that City Council direct the City Solicitor, together with appropriate staff, to attend the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) hearing to oppose the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Application for 2-6 Howard Park Avenue in its current form and to continue discussions with the applicant in an attempt to resolve outstanding issues.

The report can be viewed on line at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-198841.pdf

I will be supporting the staff recommendation. I ask that you review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with my office: councillor_perks@toronto.ca , 416-392-7919.

The items is scheduled for Wednesday, February 16th on or after 10:30 AM.

Due to the pandemic, Civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto and East York Community Council are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto and East York Community council, or submit written comment, please email teycc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

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