CITY PLANNING FILE NUMBER

08 192870 WET 06 OZ
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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, June 12, 2009

LAST NIGHT'S LPC MEETING WITH IRENE JONES

Eighty or more residents came to last night's Lakeshore Planning Council meeting to hear what amounted to a sustained defense of Dunpar's position by Irene Jones who told the audience at the outset that she was a paid lobbyist for Dunpar. Her emphasis was on the inevitability of change and Dunpar's beneficial role in that throughout South Etobicoke. She found that concept difficult to defend when the audience challenged her by noting that the exchange of precious public views of the lake for the right of a few individuals to own that view outright and forever did not amount to a community asset and is against the word and intent of Toronto's official policy. As attractive as Dunpar's tightly-packed, "Mimico Georgian", cookie cutter creations might be to Irene Jones, the lake and magnificent view of the city were deemed by many to be even more attractive! There were repeated calls for the developer to limit building to the footprint of the existing structure and to construct what zoning and building standards allow for - one semi or one single. Others suggested that a small four or five storey condo development on the original footprint in a zoning-adjustment exchange for a Section 37 donation of the lower half of the property to the public realm as a waterfront parquette might be appropriate. But, the developer's representative was clearly there not to negotiate or compromise but to relay to the community that Dunpar was intent on pushing this all the way, regardless of City regulations and almost total community opposition.
Posted by Terry Smith

Thursday, June 11, 2009

LAST MINUTE CHANGE FOR TONIGHT'S MEETING

4.30 p.m.
I have just heard from Lakeshore Planning Council that the representatives from Dunpar will not be attending tonight's meeting at LAMP due to illness.
Irene Jones, former Ward 6 Councillor, will present their proposal and represent them.

ETOBICOKE GUARDIAN COVERAGE OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

DUNPAR'S SITE DRAWING FOR REVISED PROPOSAL

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Note how densely packed the six four storey semis and one single are, with no room for gardens. There is minimal setback. The lot design does not conform in any way with the neighbourhood norm as outlined in the Designated Neighbourhoods section of the City's Official Plan.
The construction footprint is virtually the same as the previous seven townhome proposal, encroaching on green space and presenting a physical and visual barrier to the lake.

SIX SEMIS AND ONE SINGLE PROPOSAL WENT TO COMMUNITY COUNCIL TODAY

At today’s Etobicoke-York Community Council meeting, Dunpar’s lawyer confirmed that his client will proceed to the Ontario Municipal Board over the revised proposal (six semis, one single). He said the reason for the appeal is a “timing thing” and that “Dunpar has waited long enough”. When questioned by the chair (Councillor Nunziata), who reminded him that it was the applicant and not the City who withdrew the application, he said that his client “withdrew the proposal not the application”. Greg Garcia-Hobson, the City planner responsible for this application, told the council that the e-mail he received from Dunpar stated, “we are not going through with the townhome application – we’ll get back to you”. That’s when Councillor Grimes, if you recall, sent a letter to the community saying that the developer had withdrawn his application. So, if the weasel wording that Dunpar feels entitles them to appeal to the OMB on the grounds of City delay confuses the City, politicians and planners alike, is it any wonder that the community is nonplussed too?

Six local residents spoke to the Community Council today and reiterated many of the arguments the community presented at the last two community consultations on development at this site (90 people attended the first meeting and 140 the second). All speakers spoke in defense of the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws that clearly prohibits the content of this proposal. There were calls for a full community consultation on this third proposal before it goes to City Council.

The City’s planning department has no position yet on this latest proposal. TRCA should complete its report in a week’s time and Planning should have its final staff report, including its decision, shortly afterwards. A motion passed today will allow planning staff to take their report directly to City Council’s next meeting on July 6th. Assuming that report again decides against the applicant for all the reasons brought up before, then City Council will have to consider whether to support that decision, to modify that decision or to override that decision and allow the application. The direction in which Councillor Grimes speaks to that report will assuredly have a strong influence on council and its decision.

Community Council today passed a motion presented by Councllor Grimes that directs the City to send its solicitor to any OMB hearing to defend the City’s position should City Council vote against the developer’s application. (If it goes to the OMB, that hearing should be sometime in August or September.) Residents will have the opportunity to speak at that hearing if they have previously shown themselves to be an interested party - watch this space for information on how to to sign up for that.

Councillor Mammoliti asked legal counsel today whether Dunpar could “flip flop their application back to townhomes at the OMB” and was told that they could not. Community Council today also moved that the planning department take into account for their final report today’s deputations from residents.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING ......

If you are not able to attend next Tuesday’s Community Council meeting to make a presentation (June 9th), it is important that you send written comments. Your comments will provide public input as well as indicating your status as an interested party should there be an OMB hearing later in the Fall that you wish to attend.

Send comments to the Etobicoke-York Community Council: City Clerk’s Office etcc@toronto.ca

Your communication will be distributed to the Members of the Etobicoke York Community Council for consideration.

(Please note that City staff will not accept any communication which is unsigned or which does not include a mailing address.)

Copies should also be sent to :

Frances Nunziata, Chair Etobicoke Community Council

councillor_nunziata@toronto.ca

Mark Grimes, Councillor, Ward 6

councillor_grimes@toronto.ca

Greg Garcia-Hobson – City Planner

ghobson@toronto.ca


PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING FROM THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE .....

Notice to people writing or making a presentation to the Etobicoke York Community Council

The City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the City of Toronto Municipal Code authorize the City of Toronto to collect any personal information in your communication or presentation to City Councilor its committees.

The City collects this information to enable it to make informed decisions on the relevant issue(s). If you are submitting letters, faxes, e-mails, presentations or other communications to the City, you should be aware that your name and the fact that you communicated with the City will become part of the public record and will appear on the City's website. The City will also make your communication and any personal information in it - such as your postal address, telephone number or e-mail address - available to the public, unless you expressly request the City to remove it.


CCFEW INVOLVED

CCFEW (Citizens Concerned for the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront) have a keen interest in development on this site. Check out their website
http://www.ccfew.org/html/what_s_up.html#060109

DUNPAR REPRESENTATIVES INVITED TO LAKESHORE PLANNING COUNCIL

Tom Jiancos and John Zanini from Dunpar have accepted an invitation from Lakeshore Planning Council to attend next Thursday’s LPC meeting at LAMP (June 11th. 7.30 to 8.30 p.m.) to present their revised proposal. The purpose of this meeting will be to try and resolve as many issues as possible. The developers will present for about twenty minutes and that will leave forty minutes for discussion. All are welcome!

This may be the community’s only chance to meet with the developers to discuss this issue before a possible later OMB hearing, probably in the Fall.

Remember that Dunpar already has a strong sense of the community’s opinions and feelings about development on this site – they have been at two previous, well-attended, public meetings where the community came down pretty hard on them in our efforts to keep development within the intent of Toronto’s Official Plan and Etobicoke’s Zoning By-Laws. Next Thursday’s LPC meeting might be a good opportunity for the community to make suggestions about what it would accept on this site.

It is probably a good idea to become familiar with Etobicoke’s Zoning By-Laws, building standards and permitted uses for this R2 zoned site.

They can be viewed at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/etobicokecodes/0894_350.pdf

Previous posts on this blog can direct you to relevant sections of Toronto’s Official Plan as well as previous OMB rulings that cover conformity to existing neighbourhood structures.

Monday, June 1, 2009

GOING TO COMMUNITY COUNCIL JUNE 9TH

The Etobicoke York Community Council will discuss 51 Lakeshore Drive on June 9th, 2009 in the afternoon sometime after 1.30 p.m. Planning staff is presenting a “Request for Direction “ in the light of the developer’s appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. They are seeking authority to report directly to the City Council meeting of July 6 and 7th, 2009 to establish the City’s position.
Because of what has happened (outlined in previous posts), there will not be a public meeting on this new proposal until the OMB hearing, if, in fact, that comes to be. Citizens cannot make presentations at City Council. Making a presentation at Community Council is the community's opportunity to continue to raise our concerns.
The agenda item and staff report including the developer's site drawings can be seen at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/ey/agendas/2009-06-09-ey28-ai.htm Scroll down and look for item EY28.49
To participate in this meeting, Glenda Jagai, Committee Administrator at the City Clerk’s office must be contacted at 416 394 8101 or by e-mail at etcc@toronto.ca
Speakers will be given only five minutes to present their views. A speaker's card will have to be filled out prior to speaking so that your presentation becomes part of the public record. You can declare yourself as a speaker in the council chamber right up the moment the item is dealt with.