1540 – 1550 Bloor St W Development Update: LPAT Case Management Conference

Posted on October 29, 2020

I am writing to update you on the first video Case Management Conference held today at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) for 1540-1550 Bloor Street West development application. This application, at the N/W corner of Bloor and Dundas Sts West, proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow a 25-storey mixed-use building with commercial uses on the ground floor and residential uses above.

The owner of the site at 1540-1550 Bloor Street West has appealed its Zoning Amendment application to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly called the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

A Case Management conference was held today by video.

The outcome of the Case Management Conference was the scheduling of the next Case Management Conference- February 10, 2021 and a 10-day hearing July 5-16th, 2021.

A City Solicitor attended the conference to advise that City Planning staff will submit a Request for Directions Report with recommendations to December Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC). The Directions Report will be based on a an evaluation of the application by City Planning staff including input received from the community at a pre-application and a virtual community meeting, as well as communications by email and phone.

My office will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.

Report impacting UHN lands at the Planning and Housing Committee

Posted on October 15, 2020

PH 17.4 Creating New Supportive Housing Opportunities in Parkdale in Partnership with the University Health Network and United Way of Greater Toronto.

The October 20th, 2020, Planning and Housing Committee will be reviewing a report impacting UHN lands at 150 Dunn Avenue (Including 74, 82, 130, 160, and 162 Dunn Avenue, 1-17 Close Avenue, and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue) .

The Report, prepared by the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, outlines a framework to begin a housing partnership and create new permanent supportive housing on the UHN site by the City of Toronto, United Way and UHN. The proposal commits to a community inclusive process.

The Staff Report is available for your review at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.PH17.4 

I will be reviewing the Staff Report in detail and will take into consideration comments from Housing and Planning staff, and the community. The community has been very concerned about current housing issues on this site and I will be paying close attention to those issues.

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.

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 Planning and Housing Committee, or submit written comment, please email phc@toronto.ca . Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

Planning and Housing Committee will also be streamed live online at  www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

 

1540 Bloor Development Application Update

Posted on October 5, 2020

I am writing to update you on the 1540-1550 Bloor Street West development application. This application, at the N/W corner of Bloor and Dundas St West, proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow a 25-storey mixed-use building with commercial uses on the ground floor and residential uses above.

The owner of the site at 1540-1550 Bloor Street West has appealed its Zoning Amendment application to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly called the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

A Case Management conference by video has been scheduled for 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

The purpose of the Case Management conference is to identify parties and participants, provide procedural directions, and to potentially fix a date and place for the hearing and estimate its length.

A City Solicitor will attend the conference to advise that City Planning staff are targeting the submission of a Request for Direction Report with recommendations to November Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC), provided comments on the applicant’s submission. from all relevant operational divisions, have been provided.  The Direction Report will be based on a an evaluation of the application by City Planning staff including input received from commenting divisions and agencies, the community at a pre-application and a virtual community meeting, as well as communications by email and phone.

The  LPAT Notice below details the requirements for those who wish to participate in the Case Management conference. Further it details the process to view the Case Conference.

I have heard from many of you during the first stages of this application process. Your concerns and informed comments are a crucial part of this process. Your involvement at this stage of the process is important. If you wish to have your concerns heard by the LPAT, you should attend the October 29th video Case Management Conference and obtain permission to speak at the LPAT hearing that is to be set for a later date.  If there are a number of community members present holding the same position on the application, the LPAT Adjudicator may ask one or two members to speak for the group at the hearing.

If you are interested in attending the LPAT Conference but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office for assistance councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

My office will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.

1540 LPAT notice

Update on West Queen West Planning Study, Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District

Posted on October 2, 2020

City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Queen St. West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street. It was presented and adopted this week at City Council.

This is wonderful news for one of Toronto’s most important and historic main streets.

This Staff report summarizes the study, and proposes to amend the Official Plan by adopting ‘Site and Area Specific Policy 566’ for the properties fronting Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.
This policy is 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 as a commercial main street; and
  • provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

The proposed amendments to the Official Plan will also inform civic investment and improvements to transportation infrastructure, public open spaces and community facilities within this area.
The Staff report is available on line at:   http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE14.5

Please note that the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) in the spring of 2021. My office will keep you up-to-date as it moves forward.

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates this main street.

340-376R Dufferin Street & 2 Melbourne Avenue Virtual Community Consultation

Posted on October 2, 2020

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 340-376R Dufferin Street & 2 Melbourne Avenue 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.

This application proposes to amend the Zoning Bylaws and the Official Plan to modify the range of non-residential use permissions for the site. The site consists of a series of 1-2 storey former industrial buildings which have been readapted and leased to various commercial tenants.  No physical alterations are proposed to the existing buildings, on-site parking supply or loading facilities in the current application.

Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do?folderRsn=TpV64kf1jU31PdupLv6zNw%3D%3D

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-147697.pdf.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 6:30 – 8 PM 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.
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

Final staff report on Rezoning of UHN lands at TEYCC

Posted on October 2, 2020

The October 15th, 2020, Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing the Final Staff Report on Rezoning of UHN lands at 150 Dunn Avenue (Including 74, 82, 130, 160, and 162 Dunn Avenue, 1-17 Close Avenue, and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue)

This application proposes to construct a 6-storey, 192-bed long-term care addition to the University Health Network’s (UHN) existing four-storey Lakeside Long-term Care Centre at 150 Dunn Avenue. It also proposes to secure the rental tenure of all existing rental dwelling units located at 74 and 82 Dunn Avenue, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 Close Avenue and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue.

Following a review of the application as well as two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application.
The full report is available on-line at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE19.1 .

I will be reviewing the details of the Staff Report and will take into consideration comments from Planning staff and the community. The community has been very concerned about housing issues on this site and I will be paying close attention to those issues.

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.
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

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.

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