Thank you to all of the community panelists, city planning and each of you who took the time to attend community meeting for this proposal in the fall of 2020. The meeting was recorded, so if you were unable to attend, you can watch it by clicking here and emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments. Please note that this recording starts part way into the meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As your representative, it was clear to me during these meetings that there were a significant number of outstanding concerns with the proposal. Following these meetings, Madison, the company that the property, appealed their application to the provincial Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT). The Settlement Offer stemming from the discussions at the OLT was presented at Council last week for approval. Madison refused my request to hold a public meeting with you this month to ensure you were informed about the status of the application, and that your voice was heard.
It is for this reason that I voted against the development last week at City Council. While some of my colleagues also voted against the item, given that the developer’s proposal had a positive recommendation by City staff, the settlement ultimately was approved. More detailed information, including the current drawings, can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2022.CC39.7
Many of the improvements I worked to achieve with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee have been succesfully reflected in the approved Settlement Offer. These include:
- The massing of the podium has been substantially reduced to provide for a required public park and a 10 m setback. The development site immediately to the north will provide a similar amount of land for a park creating a decent sized new public park.
- A community agency space will be provided adjacent to the new public park creating a substantial public amenity of green space and community services/facilities.
- 4 accessible live/work units along the laneway and a unique micro-retail space in the lobby with a service window to the laneway were also secured and will help animate the laneway.
- The total community benefit contribution includes the community agency space, a cash contribution of $400,000 for capital improvements to that space, a one-time cash contribution of $100,000 for road and pedestrian safety improvements, and a one-time cash contribution of $50,000 for a bike share station in the area
Although Council has approved it to protect the gains we made, I remain concerned about the impact on traffic that this, along with cumulative development pressures in the area. I’m working closely with local residents associations, other residents and city staff, to focus on this priority before the site plan is approved.
If you would like to be involved in this process, or have any questions, please feel welcome to email the city planner at: email@example.com and/or my office.