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This blog was set up by neighbours concerned about development on this site. There is currently a proposal to build seven four storey units (six semis and one single) that would greatly reduce public views of the lake, is partially on green space and lakeside "hazardous lands" and is totally out of character with the neighbourhood. This would require a huge amendment to Toronto's Official Plan and zoning by-laws.

Friday, December 12, 2008


This community notice was hand-delivered this morning to residents living close to the site. Double-click on image for larger view.
The community should be proud of its efforts to make its opinion heard and for standing up to this developer. It is a victory for the neighbourhood and for those who defend our City's Official Plan.
However, it's not over yet. Dunpar will surely come back seeking approval for another type of development. Remember their first application to build a monster home on green space at the water's edge - it did not take the community long to figure out that a property severance and a row of townhouses up to Lake Shore Drive was probably going to come next. This site has huge profit potential for a developer.
However, we can always hope that Dunpar, having seen once again the resolve of Lakeshore residents, will content itself with a development that falls in line with the City's zoning and planning policies.
It is unfortunate that Councillor Grimes, in this notice, chooses to acknowledge only one of the community groups involved in the issue. Many others worked hard to bring the matter to the community's attention and their efforts go unrecognized.
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Monday, December 1, 2008


As of today (Dec 1st), the agenda for the Etobicoke-York Community Council meeting on January 13th, 2009, has not yet been set. The agenda will close on December 16th, 2008 and will, hopefully, include the staff report from Planning on 51 Lake Shore Drive.

Agenda items and other related information can be monitored at (make sure you put 2009 in the selection box)

The meetings are held during the day in two sessions, 9.30 to 12.30 and 1.30 to 6.00. They usually last just the one day. At the Councillor’s request, an evening session can be pre-scheduled (7.30 to 10.00). For this to happen, Councillor Grimes would have to be convinced that a lot of residents wanted to make deputations and that the evening session was the most appropriate.

Public deputations can be made to the Council at the beginning of the meeting’s scheduled agenda. Individuals are only allowed five minutes to depute. If a lot of people wish to make a deputation, it is strongly suggested, in order to hold the Council’s attention, that similar points are not endlessly repeated but different arguments are raised in a pre-planned fashion by successive speakers.

In order to make a deputation, make sure that 51 Lake Shore Drive is on the agenda first. Then call to secure a time slot - Sandra Domotor, City Clerk, at 416 394 8083 or her assistant Glenda at 416 394 8101. Requests for a time slot can be made up to the day preceding the Council meeting. They will also allow speakers who turn up on the day of the meeting to ask for a slot.

Deputation information is available at