At the last City Council meeting I supported sending City Legal and City Planning to oppose Rockport’s 733 Mount Pleasant development application that was appealed to the provincial Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT). The City has carefully reviewed the proposal for a 27-storey tower on a site that was originally identified as a midrise site in our Midtown in Focus Plan, and presented strong evidence in their Refusal Report that the development does not meet relevant Official Plan and provincial policies. Some of the issues the City has raised include inappropriate transition to the adjacent neighbourhoods, significant shadowing and wind impacts and lack of adherence to the City’s Tall Building Guidelines.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has also registered their opposition stating that the timing of the development should align with the provision of accommodating pupil capacity in local schools and have been made party to the appeal. Currently, there are 18 newly constructed or under-construction buildings within the Yonge-Eglinton area that cannot accommodate new students who move in within local schools and new families to the area are being told that their children will need to be bussed to schools across the city. The unprecedented rate of concentrated growth that the province has mandated in Midtown is unsustainable and objectively does not reflect good planning where social services and infrastructure can keep pace with growth.
The South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents Association (SERRA) and the newly formed Taunton Residents Association have also been granted party status and are actively making a strong case to oppose this development alongside the City and TDSB on behalf of their local community. SERRA has made a helpful document outlining the appeals process, issues with the development proposal and how you can support them in their fight which can accessed here.
If the City and opposing parties are successful in their opposition to the appeal, it could set an important precedent for how current and future developments are reviewed in the context of the Province’s developer-friendly Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan. I would also encourage you to review and sign my campaign here to the Province to reverse the changes made to our Midtown in Focus plan, repeal Bill 108 and support a strong quality of life for midtown residents.