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Planning

Posted May 2014

Bryan Gawtrey, Planning Chair

 

145 Bathgate Drive

The application to sever the property into two lots was made to the Committee of Adjustment, Scarborough Panel on April 15th, 2014. The application proposed to sever the property into two lots and demolish the existing house to build two new detached houses (Lot 1 & Lot 2).

 

While Lot 1 would have a lot area of 696 m2, the applicant applied for a variance as Lot 2, at 556 m2, does NOT meet the Zoning By-law that requires a minimum lot area of 696 m2.  The application was refused by the Committee. 

 

 

89 Colonel Danforth Trail

An application will be heard at the May 13th meeting of the Committee of Adjustment, Scarborough Panel.  The applicant wants relief from current Zoning By-laws to construct an addition over the existing dwelling and add a front yard garage. Current By-Laws do NOT permit an ancillary building to be located in the front yard and only allows a maximum of two-storeys.  The proposed application is looking to build a 7.38 metres three-storey high building, whereas the maximum allowed is 7.2 metres and two storeys

 

The CCRA strongly opposes this application as it will set a new precedence for permitting garages to be built on front yards and increased height levels that will significantly alter the neighbourhood’s streetscape appearance. The CCRA has submitted a letter expressing our view to the Committee and have requested formal notification on the decision so we can keep the community informed.

 

 

Correction Re:Toronto Development Permit System Open House

The May report noted in error that an Open House was to be held by the City of Toronto’s Planning & Growth Management Committee on June 9th 2014.  The date is actually June 19th 2014.

 

 

Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body Update

The City of Toronto is considering the implementation of a Local Appeal Body (LAB) for the City of Toronto to hear appeals on Committee of Adjustment decisions for minor variances and consents. The report by City Planning on the results of public consultation has been moved from the April 10th Planning & Growth Management Committee meeting to the Committee's May 29th, 2014 meeting.

 

 

Other news:

City of Toronto staffers, Counsellor Moeser and his assistant Calum MacMillan hosted a public consultation meeting at the Heron Park Community Centre last evening providing residents with an opportunity to review the proposed site and preliminary design options for an Off Leash Dog area at Colonel Danforth Park. The meeting was fairly well attended and participants had an opportunity to share their feedback which was generally quite positive and supportive. Some residents did express concerns about general safety, traffic, hygiene etc. all of which were noted and addressed by City staff and the Counsellor during the meeting. The City will be preparing minutes and we will share these in a future post once we receive them. 
In the interim, please continue to spread the word and help us generate support among neighbours and friends across Ward 44. As well, you may want to consider dropping Counsellor Moeser a note of thanks to show your support as we move forward!


posted May 2014

33 Brumwell Street

The application to sever the location into two lots was made to the Committee of Adjustment, Scarborough Panel on January 23rd, 2014.  The application was refused by the Committee and has since been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board by the applicant.The CCRA supports the Committee’s decision to refuse the application as the sizes of the proposed lots do not conform to the character of the neighbourhood or the surrounding homes.

The appeal will be heard during a 1-day hearing on Wednesday July 2nd, 2014 at the OMB’s office (655 Bay St, 16th Floor).

 

Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body

The City of Toronto is considering the implementation of a Local Appeal Body (LAB) for the City of Toronto to hear appeals on Committee of Adjustment decisions for minor variances and consents. These are small changes or exceptions to existing land use or development restrictions contained in the zoning bylaw. Examples include small changes to building setbacks or parking requirements,dividing (severing) land into new lots, adding land to an abutting lot, enlargements or extensions to structures that are Legal Non-Conforming, and establishing easements or rights-of-way.

The LAB is being considered as a way to create an appeal panel that is more responsive to Toronto’s neighbourhood planning environment instead of using the Ontario Municipal Board, which currently makes decisions on appeals.  Public consultation meetings were concluded in April.

More information can be found at www.toronto.ca/localappealbody.

 

Toronto Development Permit System

The City of Toronto is also looking at implementing a planning process called the Development Permit System (DPS).  In the current state, development is reviewed on a site-by-site basis, which often forces the needs and vision of local neighbourhoods to adjust or keep pace with ongoing new development. The DPS intends to "reset" the planning process by focusing on area-based plans and rules that reflect local character and distinctiveness.

The DPS is an alternative to the use of zoning to implement the Official Plan. Unlike the city-wide zoning by-law, the DPS will be applied area-by-area at a neighbourhood scale.  Of note is that the DPS process will involve the creation of a comprehensive vision for a particular area with resident participation.

Public meetings were held in March and a report on the public consultations will be discussed at the City of Toronto’s Planning & Growth Management Committee Open House scheduled on June 9th 2014.

More information can be found at www.toronto.ca/planning/reset.