Last week, I held community meetings to discuss two precedent-setting development proposals which have the potential to nullify most of the Planning rules which have protected our neighbourhoods along Yonge Street between Sheppard and Cummer/Drewry. Both developments are more than twice as large as what the City allows.
The risk is not so much that City Council would approve them but that the applicant will appeal to the unelected, provincially-appointed Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, to which the Province has granted authority to over-rule City planning decisions.
I’ll be writing more about this in future newsletters. In the meantime, here’s a list of more upcoming meetings. Click on the header to register:
The City has initiated a planning study to develop a vision for the future of the Yonge Street corridor between Cummer/Drewry and Steeles, and from Willowdale to Hilda. The study will determine the boundaries of the development area and what will be allowed in specific parts of it. It will also decide where new roads will be located.
If you live in this area and want to have anything to say about its future, please try to attend. Too often, residents make the mistake of not getting involved at this stage of the planning and are later surprised by the changes in their neighbourhood.
Two years ago the developer appealed to the provincially-appointed Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and got approval for an 11-storey building. Now, even as construction is underway, they have appealed to the LPAT again, this time asking for 14 storeys. An example of how porous the planning process has become.
This one is good news – a new 50,000 sq. ft community centre. Before we built the highly-successful Edithvale Community Centre 10 years ago, we went out to the community to get suggestions and got some great ones. This is your chance to learn about and/or help improve this exciting new project for our community.
5. Monday, May 31; 45 – 47 Hendon Avenue – 7:00 p.m.
This is a community consultation meeting to discuss a relatively straightforward application for a 3-storey residential building with 11 proposed parking spaces.