I’ve been extremely pleased to see a very large turnout of residents for our community consultation meetings the past two weeks. On May 3 and 4, community members turned out to learn more and express concerns about two very large Yonge Street proposals – one at Yonge and Parkview and another nearby at Yonge and Hillcrest.
In both cases, developers are proposing buildings more than double the size of what’s allowed. I have never supported any development that ignores the City’s planning rules and I expect that Planning staff and City Council will have similar views. But both developers would have known that before filing the applications, so I have no doubt that they are intending to appeal to the provincially-appointed Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. In 2019, the current provincial government changed the rules so that developers could ignore the City’s Official Plan and ask the LPAT to over-rule City planning decisions.
This poses a very serious risk to the live-ability of our community. Please take an interest. I’ll be writing more about this in future newsletters.
Last week, we had a remarkable 280 residents participate in a consultation for a proposed Plan for the area on both sides of Yonge between Cummer/Drewry and Steeles. It’s great to see this level of interest and I look forward to engaging further with this group of residents.
We all look forward to the day when we can have these meetings in person.
This week’s meetings relate to good news about the construction of a major new community centre at Newtonbrook and a fairly minor planning application on Hendon Ave.
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.
2. 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.