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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, May 15, 2009


City planners will now circulate the OMB application to City lawyers and other staff for comments and then will prepare the planning staff report on the revised proposal requested by the Councillor (see previous post). That report will probably be presented at Community Council on June 9 2009 and go to City Council on July 2009. The OMB process would start at a later date with a prehearing before the main hearing.
The City planner cannot give residents a copy of the developer's site drawings because they are copyrighted but we hope to have a posting soon with a sketch of the proposal (3 semis, 1 single)
The June 9th Community Council meeting may be the only opportunity for resident’s input on the revised proposal at the City level (The process for presenting at the OMB is still unclear). It is a good idea at this stage to let the planner, Greg Garcia-Hobson, know that you disagree with the proposal as you know it at this time, based on the developer's last two applications, and that you wish to be identified as a person of interest for any community consultation, the Community Council meeting and the OMB hearing. Greg's e-mail address is
See previous post for Community Council information
Monday, December 1, 2008


. Fall 2007, Dunpar applies to build a large, three storey single family home (4,746 square feet) at the lake end of the site
. December 5 2007 Dunpar withdraws application after significant community opposition at a public consultation meeting
· August 2008, Dunpar’s submits a development application to the planning department for seven townhouses. Gross Floor Area: 19,134 sq ft Floor Space Index: 1.51 Lot Coverage: 61.42%
· Fall 2008, the application is circulated to city departments and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) for comments.
· December 9th, 2008, a public meeting on this application his held at the Assembly Hall. At this meeting, the application is rejected by the local residents, Councillor and planning staff.
· December 9th, 2008, Dunpar representative forwards an e-mail to Greg Hobson-Garcia, planning staff withdrawing the existing proposal.
. Councillor Grimes sends and posts on his website a letter to residents saying that the "Developer will not be pursuing their application for building town homes" and that "the withdrawal has been submitted in writing".
· January 1,2009 - deadline for a Council decision on Zoning By-Law Amendment
· March 1, 2009, - deadline for a Council decision on an Official Plan Amendment
· April 17th, 2009, Dunpar submits a revised proposal to the planning department for three semi-detached homes and one single family house. Gross Floor Area: 20,542 Floor Space Index: 1.62 Lot Coverage: 61.05%
· April 29th, 2009, City of Toronto Clerk’s Department receives a notification that Dunpar has submitted the application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on the grounds that the city failed to make a decision on the Zoning By-Law Amendment within 120 days and on the Amendment to the Official Plan within the prescribed 180-day time limit.
· May 14th, 2009, Councillor Grimes puts forward a motion at Etobicoke York Community Council meeting, to instruct staff to produce a report.
Important notice:
The developer withdrew the proposal not his application.

Monday, May 11, 2009


According to Greg Garcia-Hobson, the City Clerk's department has just received notification that Dunpar is appealing the seven storey townhouse application to the Ontario Municipal Board on the grounds that the City did not make a decision within the prescribed time limit (120 days for zoning change; 180 days for a revision to the City's Official Plan). Dunpar will propose to the OMB that they be allowed to go ahead with the preliminary proposal, now formal, described in the two previous posts (six semis, one single) instead of the townhouse application. This will now go to the City lawyer for preparation for the hearing - that date will be given to us by Greg when he finds out.