The Committee of Adjustment denied the original 5-storey proposal for 1912-1914 Avenue Rd. This was appealed to the OMB and the hearing has been scheduled for February 24th. I held a community meeting on January 20th to get feedback from the community on a revised proposal submitted by the developer and to determine next steps.
Residents’ Associations and community representatives came to oppose the revised 4-storey proposal. Their main concerns were with the requested variances to the minimum parking requirement and the rear angular plane requirement on the site.
To address the first issue, the developer responded by saying that they could not efficiently accommodate any parking on this site but they would be willing to work on a settlement with the city which could include approximately $500,000 in funding for increased parking in the immediate area.
To respond to the second concern, the developer had explained that the angular plane requirement at the rear of the property is in place to protect residential homes which may be impacted by privacy and shadowing, but in this case they point to the parking lot in the rear of the property as being an exception. They also point to the neighbouring property which has been granted a similar variance to what they are requesting.
The community, led by the South Armour Heights Residents’ Association and the Old Orchard Grove Residents’ Association, requested that the City not settle but instead fight this proposal at the Ontario Municipal Board. As your elected representative, I will be acting on the voice of the community and against the recommendation of the city’s planning experts in requesting City Council to send City Legal and outside planning consultants to oppose this application at the Ontario Municipal Board hearing on February 24th.