420 Bathurst OMB decision announced

Photo taken by Perry King, courtesy of The Gleaner

The OMB Hearing for 410-446 Bathurst Street (aka 420 Bathurst Street, including the former Kromer Radio site) has been announced.

Background: The proposed RioCan development involved demolishing the existing three buildings to construct a new three-storey commercial building with a three-level below grade parking garage. The application included 8 variances to the zoning by-laws. Initially, the city refused the variances on the grounds that they were not well aligned with the Official Plan. The developers then decided to bring the application to the OMB.

Decision: The OMB has denied all of the proposed variances on grounds that they failed at least 2 of the 4 tests in the Planning Act. As a result the site plan appeal has also been dismissed.

This decision is seen as a victory for both the city and the community as the proposed development raised a number of serious concerns regarding impacts on:

  • the character of the neighborhood, green spaces and natural heritage features.
  • lower height neighbourhoods near the development, which would have suffered due to lack of adequate proposed height setbacks.
  • the economic health of nearby shopping districts (e.g. Kensington Market) that would have been adversely affected by the planned large scale retail store.

Thank you to those that worked on this and made their opinions known. Congratulations to all!!

OMB Case File – PL120648 – 420 Bathurst St. Toronto

Community Consultation for the Ossington Official Plan — Thursday December 13th

City Planning is holding the third of three community consultation meetings this Thursday on the Ossington Official Plan—for the strip of Ossington between Dundas and Queen Street West. This meeting will present the results of the community visioning process and present a draft version of a new area-specific policy. Community members are invited to attend to learn more about the plan and provide feedback. Following the community consultation, City Planning will report to Community Council with their findings and provide recommendations for changes to the planning framework.

Details:

  • Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Place: CAMH – Cafeteria, 1001 Queen Street West (map below)

Directions to the CAMH Cafeteria (purple star)

To submit your comments to the City Planner:
The City Planner working on this study is Thomas Rees. He is requesting your thoughts and feedback either at the meeting or through other means. Please note that if you sent comments to City Planning regarding the development application at 109 Ossington, but you would like to make comments regarding all of Ossington between Dundas and Queen, you must submit them directly to Thomas. To speak to the planner directly, contact Thomas Rees at 416-392-0758 or trees2@toronto.ca . You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W , Floor 18E, Toronto , ON M5H 2N2 .

If you have any questions please contact Mike Layton  or Ashley Da Silva at (416) 392-4010 or adasilv2@toronto.ca.