On January 5, the Etobicoke York Community Council will be having (what seems to me) a quite important meeting.
They will be discussing the “Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework”, which will, among other things:
Amend the Official Plan and allow higher buildings near Weston road and the rail corridor
“Draft a Secondary Plan for Mount Dennis to establish a comprehensive planning framework”
“provide a new policy direction for Mount Dennis to support a transit oriented, complete community,
“Provide provisions”—no idea what that means—”for future parkland dedication and Privately Owned Publicly Accessible Spaces”
“Amend the Zoning By-law based on the recommendations of the report to… amend the zoning for lands… with a Neighbourhoods designation, establish maximum retail unit frontage length for new development on Weston Road; include maximum building heights, expressed in metres and number of storeys, for each character area; establish maximum retail sizes and amend zoning boundaries to resolve zoning inconsistencies.”
I’ll be honest: I don’t have the know-how or the time to figure this out. It’s a huge, 220-page, two part (1, 2) report. I’d love your help. If you can explain what this all means, email me.
Etobicoke York Community Council will also continue to consider two very large developments on January 5. One is on Hollis Drive and the other on Photography Drive.
The Hollis Drive proposed development is a 34-storey, 365-unit tower on a residential street.
The owners of 1821 Weston are proposing a 38-storey, 446-unit building that would, according to city staff, violate:
The Provincial policy statement
The Growth Plan
Toronto’s official plan
“Area specific and city wide guidelines”
City planners say it does not fit the local built form, is too close to property lines, and is “out of scale to its surroundings”, and will “negatively impact adjacent lands—among many other complaints.
Development on this site could be supported, if it provides appropriate setbacks, separation distances, massing, building height and density, as directed in the Official Plan, the Weston Urban Design Guidelines, and the City-Wide Tall Building Design Guidelines in cooperation with adjacent property owners.
City staff also oppose the 35-storey, 372-unit proposed building on Locust Street.
They say it violates:
The Provincial Policy Statement
The Growth Plan
Mount Dennis’ urban design guidelines
It is also, they say, too tall, too close to the property line, and out of context with the neighbouring buildings, again, among other complaints. “Given the existing and planned context for the subject property and the surrounding area, the proposed density, height and massing proposed in its current form cannot be supported by staff.”
In both cases, staff recommended “that City Council direct the City Solicitor, together with appropriate City staff, to oppose the current proposal at the OLT and continue discussions with the Applicant to resolve outstanding issues.”
This week, Etobicoke York Community Council will consider a proposal to put a four-way stop at the corner of Walwyn and Chantilly. City staff say it doesn’t make sense because not nearly enough foot- and vehicular-traffic comes through the intersection. It is possible, however, they’ll be overruled.
And get this: staff say common sense ideas about traffic restrictions are completely wrong!
Empirical evidence shows that when all-way stop controls are installed at low volume locations such as this, they have minimal impact on reducing vehicle operating speeds or traffic volume, may encourage non-compliance, and will contribute to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and vehicle noise.
Etobicoke York Council meets about once a month to deal with local issues. Local councillors discuss matters of local concern and adopt, defer or reject motions which are sent to the full council for adoption and enactment. Today’s decisions that may be of interest to our readers are:
Toronto Building recommends that the City Council give consideration to the demolition application for 8 Oak Street and decide to:
Approve the application to demolish the two storey industrial building without entering into a beautification agreement with the City and the appropriate City officials be authorized and directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.
Update: The minutes don’t give details of the amendment yet, however, InsideToronto says that Councillor Nunziata asked for a heritage report on the building that will be delivered at the April EYC meeting.