The remaking of the Ontario Municipal Board may have profound effects in Weston and Mount Dennis. Under proposed rules, community members will be unable to challenge high-density buildings built within 500 meters of a transit station—such as the Eglinton Crosstown stop in Mount Dennis and the GO Transit stop in Weston.
The 500 meter radius would encompass much of the village of Weston and some of the developed parts of Mount Dennis.
The CEO of the Ontario Homebuilders’ Association told the Globe and Mail,
“I would imagine that ratepayer groups would be up in arms,” Mr. Vaccaro said. “It is almost like trying to find a way to shield the municipalities … by saying to them: ‘If you make that tough decision, you don’t have to worry about the OMB appeal. We’re going to shield you from your angry residents.’”
Weston had the controversial Weston Common project approved despite considerable community opposition, including by us at WestonWeb. The 30-storey building was mandated by Toronto planners adhering to tall building guidelines meant for downtown.
Under the new guidelines, similar buildings could be put up without appeal to the OMB if they are first approved by City Council.
Update: Chris sent in a much better map based on the fact that the station is linear. 500m covers much more of Weston.