At the recent Etobicoke York Community Council, two strikingly similar motions were passed. Both give the go-ahead to Toronto City Council to review the current planning framework for two stretches of Weston Road, receive input from the community and report back with recommendations. Here is an extract from the Parke to Wilby stretch:
That Etobicoke York Community Council:
1. Request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to:
- undertake a review of the current planning framework for the study area including: built-form, density, height, and public realm of the properties on Weston Road between Parke Street and Wilby Crescent/Wright Avenue;
- consult with the community, including landowners and other stakeholder groups, together with the Ward Councillor, to understand the community’s concerns and to develop a vision for future development in the study area; and
- report back on the findings of the review and to provide recommendations for changes, if necessary, to the planning framework for the study area.
2. Request that the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning prioritize this planning study on the work program for 2017 or earlier.
According to the councillor,Â we need to re-visit the planning frameworks because of transportation changes like the UP Express and the Crosstown Line’s new Mount Dennis station.
Call me a cynic but we had a very nice plan for the northern section of Weston Road corridor keeping building heights to between 3 and 8Â storeys but it was easilyÂ circumventedÂ when the Weston Hub was approved.
Why bother coming up with a ‘vision’ and planning by-laws when these things are carved in jello and so easily put aside?