City Planning issued a refusal report to construct a 9-storey mixed-use building at 390-398 Spadina Rd, consisting of 46 residential units. Unfortunately, the developer has appealed this decision to the OMB.
While this development is actually located in Ward 21 (on the west side of Spadina Road), it will obviously impact many Ward 22 residents directly across Spadina Road and throughout the Ward 22 portion of Forest Hill Village. In fact, it threatens the very unique character of the Forest Hill Village.
In February 2014, I successfully moved a motion requesting City Planning Staff to study Forest Hill Village (located along Spadina Road) and prepare Urban Design Guidelines to protect the small town feeling of this distinctive area. The mandate for the Forest Hill Village Urban Design Guidelines is to maintain the small town character of the area by identifying the appropriate urban character, materials and building rhythm and articulation for future developments and/or renovations within the study area. This includes a Staff recommendation for a maximum of a four storeys street wall for the Village.
These new guidelines will help strengthen City Planning’s position when assessing future development applications for the Village. To learn more about the new guidelines, please see this City report that was approved today by Toronto & East York Community Council. To speak to the planner directly, please contact David Driedger at 416-392-7613 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to joining my colleague, Councillor Joe Mihevc, and the South Forest Hill Residents’ Association (SFHRA) for a community meeting about this proposal at 7:30pm in the West Tower Party Room at 400 Walmer Road. To view the full meeting flyer, please click here.
I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the South Forest Hill Residents’ Association (SFHRA) in fighting the current development proposal, their shared passion to preserve the character of the Village and to ensure that any development at this location is an appropriate one. For more information about SFHRA, please click here.