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BWVRA Provincial Election Debate: June 4

The Bloor West Villag Residents Association presents the Provincial Election Debates High Park Candidates. Come meet the leading candidates for the June 12th vote. Cheri DiNovo – N.D.P. Incumbent; Nancy Leblanc – Liberal Party; Tim Rudkins – Green Party; (invited) Jamie Ellerton – Ontario PCs. Wednesday June 4th, 7:30 pm, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd.

2265 Bloor Appeals to OMB

The developers of 2265 Bloor have decided to appeal their decision to the OMB.

The following is an update from our Councillor, Sarah Doucette:

Dear residents,

I have just been informed by the proponents for the proposed 2265-2279 Bloor Street development have taken their proposal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). As the proponent has heard from me, and the community as a whole, we do not support this application. The proponent has now decided to exercise their right to go the OMB 120 days after applying, skipping the city process and going straight to the province.

To say I am disappointed is an understatement. I have heard overwhelmingly that residents share my concerns over the size and density of this building, and have expressed unease regarding traffic, retail plans, and the overall feel the building project. If approved this development will greatly alter our village and our community as a whole. By going to the OMB the proponent is not waiting to hear the city planning report, your views, or the ruling of City Council. The decisions are now left in the hands of an unelected board that is made up of members from across the province who may have never step a foot into Bloor West Village.

Moving forward, City Planner Phillip Carvalino will now be writing a Request for Directions report to Community Council to recommend the actions the City should take at the OMB. I will be putting forth a motion to send city legal and planning to the OMB. You can still share your thoughts and concerns with Mr. Carvalino, as well as my office. Council will not be sitting from September to December due to the municipal election. While it is highly unlikely that an OMB hearing will occur during this time, if a pre-hearing does occur the City Solicitor will go to represent the City.

With the OMB now hearing this case, the decision has left City hands and now lies with the Province. Despite this fact I will continue to fight for reasonable development that maintains the character of Bloor West Village.

I will update you as soon as I have more information.

Best regards,

Councillor Sarah Doucette

June 4th: Provincial Election Debates High Park Candidates

This is a great neighbourhood! Let’s help keep it that way! The development at 2265 Bloor has just been appealed to the OMB. Perhaps now is a good time to ask our candidates how they intend to help grow our neighbourhood while maintaining its unique character!

Hear their views on the issues. Ask your questions.

  • The BWVRA Annual General Meeting will take place prior to the debate. BWVRA Members, and those wishing to join, are asked to arrive by 7:00 pm for a vote on the slate of candidates for the the Executive and the new President.
  • Elevator access available via the North parking lot.
  • The BWVRA exists to provide a forum for local residents to voice and debate issues of importance to the Bloor West Village community. Visit www.bwvra.ca

Complete 2265 Bloor West Application Material

The developer is not willing or able to host their own website for application material. The following application material was just shared by the City Councilor’s office:

You can visit our complete page of information about 2265 Bloor Street West.

Our rendering of the proposed building on Bloor Street: