There are several community consultation meetings coming up in May that I want to make sure you know about. Even though notices were sent to a large number of mailboxes, I am concerned that virtual meetings are generally not as well attended as the pre-COVID in person ones, resulting in fewer residents being fully aware of what is being proposed in their neighbourhoods.
Specifically, there are two development applications – 5215 Yonge St. (at Parkview) and 5051 – 5061 Yonge St. (at Elmwood) – that are more than double the density allowed in the North York Secondary Plan. The community meetings on those are this Monday and Tuesday.
Applications like these started coming in after the current provincial government eliminated the reforms belatedly introduced by the previous administration. The effect was to allow developers to once again propose projects that ignored City planning rules and to quickly appeal them to an unelected, provincially-appointed, developer-friendly body.
It is highly unlikely that the City will approve these proposals but, because this appeal body can and usually does overturn decisions of City Council, the end result falls outside of my control. Approval of applications like this will drastically increase the already-high impact of development on local transportation capacity, schools and community facilities. If you care about this, please get involved.
Here’s a list of upcoming meetings, click on the header to register:
An Official Plan and Zoning Amendment to permit a 32- storey residential building with 329 dwelling units. The density (as measured in floor space index) almost 15 times the site area. By comparison, none of the large condos between 401 and Finch have been approved at more than 6.
An Official Plan and Zoning Amendment to permit for a 42-storey mixed-use building with a density more than 13 times the site area. This proposal is much taller and larger than allowed under the North York Secondary Plan.
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, mark this date in your calendar.
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.
5. Wednesday, May 19; Newtonbrook Community Centre – 7:00 p.m.
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.
6. 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.