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New Condo 2117 Bloor Street West - Attend the Preliminary Consultation

The 2117 Bloor Street West pre-application proposal will be shared with local residents on August 20th at 7pm at the Swansea Town Hall.

Fourth Condo Proposed! Attend Preliminary Consultation 2117 Bloor Street West

Main and Main Developments has sent out an invitation (Preliminary Consultation Session- Notification Flyer – 2117 Bloor Street West) to attend a preliminary consultation session for a proposed redevelopment project at 2117 Bloor Street West (and 19 Harcroft Road). Details:

This is a meeting that our local councillor, Sarah Doucette, encourages developers to hold before submitting their application to the city. While the developers of 2265 Bloor Street West refused, it is helpful that Main and Main Developments will invest the time to share what is being proposed. This gives residents a preview of what is planned and the opportunity to provide some early input. Since the application isn’t submitted, city staff in attendance can only answer general questions. The proponent will answer questions about the proposal.

This is consistent with our expectation that developers will focus on Bloor West Village and create a Canyon of Condos.

Here is the proposed location. It is across the street from the proposed condo at 2114 Bloor Street West in the empty lot. Based on 19 Harcroft Road being in the project address, it is likely the developers intend on removing the house adjacent to the empty lot, potentially similar to the approach at 2265 Bloor Street West where a neighbourhood house is removed to make room for larger buildings that still technically meet the maximum criteria in the mid-rise guidelines. Attend the meeting to find out.

This brings the total number of proposed or approved developments in Bloor West Village to four:

  1. 1990 Bloor Street West [settled at OMB]
  2. 2114 Bloor Street West [paused by the Developer]
  3. 2665 Bloor Street West [community council voted to oppose at OMB; no date set]
  4. 2117 Bloor Street West [application not yet submitted]

 

 

Vote Success: Community Council 2265 Bloor Street West

You’ll be pleased to hear that, at the Etobicoke Community Council Meeting on Tuesday this week the motion was passed to have the Planning Department attend the OMB and object to the planned development at 2265 Bloor Street West. Included with this motion was the amendment that our Community must be consulted in all future discussions regarding this development.
You’ll be even more pleased to hear that, on the basis of the presentation made by Nancy LeBlanc and by all of the letters and faxes (53 electronic letters!) that were sent in by Residents objecting to the development, the Community Council accepted her recommendation that they send a motion to the OMB requesting them to disregard any and all submissions regarding the planned development at 2265 Bloor Street West until such time as an Area Study that’s being scheduled for Bloor West Village can be completed, reviewed and accepted.
Here is the agenda item and the details of the resolutions: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.EY35.11
Also, here is a copy of the email from Sarah Doucette:

Our neighborhood has taken the next step in the fight to stop the condo at 2265 Bloor Street West. Yesterday I convinced my colleagues on the Etobicoke-York Community Council to unanimously support my motion to oppose the condo proposal at the OMB. I am already working on the next step, winning the vote at the full Council meeting on August 24.

Together we have developed a vision for Bloor West Village as a greener, walkable, family-friendly community, with businesses that meet neighbours’ needs, and buildings in tune with the character of our low-rise, bricks-and-mortar neighbourhood. I’ve oppose 2265 Bloor because it would take us in the opposite direction.

Bloor West Village is not just a commercial strip. This proposal sets a dangerous precedent for a style of development that would destroy what has made the Village great – a village feeling and connection between the businesses and the neighbours. That relationship has made Bloor West and Swansea wonderful places to live and has made the Village a great place to run a business.

City planners agree with our vision and had recommended that the City oppose the development. We added two community amendments to the staff report.  First, I’ve ensured that our local resident associations would be consulted on any working groups or site plan control applications that may arise from the proposed development.  It is vital that residents are consulted throughout this process, as it is we, the local residents, who will be living with the results of these decisions.

Secondly, Community Council directed the City Solicitor to request an adjournment of the OMB hearing until after the area study I proposed is complete. In 2012 I got City Council to agree to do an area study for Bloor West Village.  Earlier this year it was upgraded to an area study for all of Bloor Street West in our ward.

This development once again highlights that the OMB is an unfair appeals system. I am a strong supporter of MPPs’ private members’ bills that would remove the OMB’s jurisdiction over Toronto. City Council supports this position and it has editorial support from the Toronto Star. The OMB is letting developers erode the Village character; the Premier needs to listen.

I would like to ask for your help in this ongoing battle. Can you please email Premier Wynne at premier@ontario.ca and Ted McMeekin, the Minister of Municipal Affairs at minister.mah@ontario.ca and tell them Toronto doesn’t need the OMB.

Finally I want to thank all the community members who have been working for better planning in Ward 13. The continued success of Toronto rests on more than just building more gleaming towers; it’s about ensuring development preserves what made this city livable and desirable in the first place – strong and vibrant neighbourhoods.

Best regards,

Sarah

Sarah Doucette
Toronto City Councillor, Ward 13

Attend 2265 Bloor Community Council Meeting

We need your help to win a key community council vote to oppose 2265 Bloor

On August 12 at 2:30 the Etobicoke York Community Council will consider an agenda item for 2265 Bloor Street West. As noted in May, the Developer previously chose to appeal straight to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), bypassing the city’s decision. This community council meeting is important because it will define the recommendation to city council for assigning resources to oppose the proposal at OMB. This will help augment our own resources and is key to helping make a positive outcome more likely.

According to the direction report provided by city planning staff, the recommendation from staff is to oppose the proposal in its current form. This is a positive step and a result of all of the work the community has done to communicate the challenges with the current proposal.

A recommendation from staff doesn’t mean city council follows it. We still need to win the community council vote. We have the strong support of our councillor, Sarah Doucette, and that is part of the solution, but there are other councillors voting. The community council vote we lost for 1990 Bloor is a reminder that Councillor Doucette’s support is not enough.

And so the Save our Village committee of concerned neighbours is asking for your help:

  1. To attend the Etobicoke York Community Council meeting on August 12, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe & the West Mall) to show support for the community and the list of neighbourhood presenters. The most supporters we have physically at the meeting, the clearer it is to community council how important this decision is.
  2. To write a Letter of Concern e-mail outlining your personal concerns about the negative and precedent setting impacts of this development on our neighbourhood. If you’ve already written to the city councillor, you can reuse the same content. This link for sending in your comments should automatically start email with the appropriate email address and subject line, or follow the instructions here.

Thank you!

You can read Councillor Doucette’s response to the report here:

Good afternoon,

Earlier today the City Planning report for the proposed development at 2265 Bloor Street West was released.  I am happy to state the report shares my concern with this development, and those of the vast majority of residents who have written in.  The request for direction recommends:

“City Council authorize the City Solicitor, City Planning staff and other appropriate City staff to attend the Ontario Municipal Board to oppose the appeal of the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 2265-2279 Bloor Street West and 116 and 240 Durie Street in their current form.”

At the August 12 Etobicoke York Community Council I will be moving this recommendation, and encouraging my fellow Councillors to oppose this development.  Residents, planning staff and I all agree that this building is too dense for this location, and needs to be fought at the OMB.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, this proposal is scheduled to be discussed at 2:30 pm. If you wish to speak, please email the EYCC secretariat at etcc@toronto.ca. For a copy of the report please follow this link:

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-72079.pdf

Thank you to all those that have shared your thoughts with the planner, and my office, to ensure the neighbourhood’s voice has been heard in this report.