West Queen West Planning Policy Update

I am writing to update you on the West Queen West Planning Policy, adopted by City Council in October 2020 following many years of study by City planning staff and community members.

The outcome of the study is to provide policy to one of Toronto’s most important and historic main streets 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;
    • assist in the conservation of the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
    • provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

The Staff report is available on line at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE14.5

The approved West Queen West Planning policy has been appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly called the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

A Case Management conference by video has been scheduled for 10 AM on April 27, 2021.

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 defend the West Queen West Planning study and planning policy.

The attached LPAT Notice details the requirements for those who wish to participate in the Case Management Conference. The Conference will take place via video conference software and a link to the conference is provided..

I have heard from many of you during the course of the Planning study. Your informed comments have been a crucial part of this process.

If you wish to have your concerns heard by the LPAT, you should file a request form to be a “participant” 10 days in advance of the the April 27 video Case Management Conference. Instructions can be found at the bottom page 3 of the attached notice. Participants will receive updates leading up to the hearing, and will be permitted to submit written correspondence to be considered by the Tribunal as part of the hearing. Deadlines for submitting that written statement will be set out in a procedural order that will be approved by the Tribunal following the CMC.

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.