- Chair – Chris Walker
- Ashley Da Silva – Councillor Mike Layton’s Office
- Elspeth Cassar
- Tom Dean
- Ann Dean
- Bjarne Pedersen
- Evan Saskin
- Carol Craighead
- Ben Pakuts
- Penny Firth-Eagland
- John Amoriaex
- David Martin
- Tatum Wilson (CAMH)
- Darlene Giroux
- Carol Keates
- Liz Magner
- Amy Hamblin
- Blair Hobbs
November 26, 2012 Attendees:
- Chair – Chris Walker
- Ashley Da Silva – Councillor Mike Layton’s Office
- Ross Burnett
- Sue Campbell
- Bjarne Pedersen
- Lubomyr Lahodynskyt
- Louis Skalar
- Jennifer Gagner
- Steven Burkes
- Stephanie Partson
- Anne Keary
- Origami Lofts
- Studio Bar
- 110 Palmerston
- Urban Forestry Management Plan
- Mocca Redevelopment
- Camh Update
- Dog-Watering Station
- Fresh Patio
- Kromer Radio Redevelopment
- TBCA Executive Business
Presented by Lubomyr Lahodynskyt
- New seven storey condo development at 202-204 Bathurst Avenue (Origami Lofts)
- Community Information meeting completed on November 21st , approx. 50 participants
- Concern that development is being assessed under the Mid-Rise Building Guidelines, even though Bathurst is not considered an ‘Avenue’.
- Primary concerns have not been resolved – parking, height, servicing arrangements, impact on Wolseley Street. Additional concern with shadows, sewer capacity, etc.
- Local community blog set up: 202BathurstImprove.org
- Preliminary Staff Report released.
Action: TBCA to help direct Wolseley Street residents to Councillor’s Layton’s Office
Presented by Tatum Wilson
- Neighborhood liaison committee exists to provide input into development.
- addressing dust issues, etc.
- Liaison needs to be refreshed/re-energized.
- Next meeting April 25th, during work week (6-8pm range). Tours of current new bldgs. May be a part of the meeting. Catherine Zhan, CEO of Development will be attending.
- Phase 1B complete
- Phase 2: two years from new construction – 3 new bldgs, placement.
- Workmans Arts will have a space; full time arts residence to be incorporated, including art, theatre space, new patient beds, etc.
- Previous concerns addressed by community liason: ~safety, elopees (missing patients), location of gym (available to community at certain times), forensics unit placement, parking of cement trucks, dust/noise issues.
- Sign up for: “CAMH Connections” newsletter; see blog/twitter. TBCA to post callout for volunteers as well.
110 Palmerston Redevelopment
- Complaint regarding variance 1 (change of use)
- Property that currently exists: 1 story, “Queen Anne Cottage” style; but 2 story on paper. Will be adding 2 more stories (3 stories in total).
- 20 metres is proposed new height.
- Increase in density proposed.
- Evan Saskin is the developer
- Developing a number of projects in the neighborhood (similar property exists on Givens, other being built on Markham).
- This Variance 1 is a “Use Variance” because a traditional split would be floor based or cut perpendicular to street.
- Evan received a lot of opposition/letters and has reviewed the concerns.
- Use Variance ~ regarding how property is divided.
- House would occupy half of the property.
- Offset from the street is the same as current property.
- No height variance is required (~permitted)
- CW: Other variance is a setback issue (SEE PLANS)
- Variance being proposed is to match adjacent house #1 (which is much closer to street) rather than having a setback averaged between two adjacent (ie. Adjacent house #2 is much further setback than adjacent house #1).
- CW: severance is not possible because of shared hallway; thus no danger of property being split into two in the future.
- Evan: reason for this design is to help to gradually increase intensification.
- Ashley: anyone can apply for a CofA. Mike’s office can assess input and work with community to make sure everyone is ok.
- Community concern with lack of substantial backyard; loss of light and airflow (due to lack of stepbacks), future use and possibility of further increase in density (ie. If it becomes a boarding house in the future).
- Community Question: why not build more appropriately?
- Evan: Is there anything that we could do to improve community support?
- Community: yes, a single family house with apartment.
- CW: technical point that you may not know, density = floorspace/property area.
- CW: only variance 1 is an issue. The other variances already have precedence.
- Ashley: CofA Kromer site: MLayton was involved because it was big/massive. For smaller CofAs, community must become informed.
- Community & CW: Requested shadow study. Evan has agreed to provide.
- Evan: most of the CofA would be approved; until draft bylaw passes, at which point it would most likely be approved (inferring that this will eventually go through, so best to work with him in a positive, non-antagonistic manner).
- Evan: proposes changes: to meet front setback requirement (ie. Loss of that variance); and to end 3rd story to match length of adjacent properties.
- Deliverables: Stepback at back and shadow studies.
- Evan: is solid on the “Use Variance”; but is amendable to making other changes.
- Some in the Community: not happy with 2 houses scheme on one property.
- Request to make 110 Palmerston email group. Interested parties to email CW.
Studio Bar, 824 Dundas Street
Presented by Chris Walker
- CofA for restaurant; AGCO liquor licence for a Bar.
- Tried to sell community on community space/restaurant, when actually a bar.
- Ashley: AGCO application stopped; conditions added.
- Spoke to supervisor for bldg. supervisor; concern was that there must be a kitchen.
- Owners of Studio Bar revised plans have been submitted; proper use must be determined.
- Noise issue, as residents abut on all sides.
- Issue: tribunal would allow owners to cancel/redraft the condition(s) if this occurs.
- CW: we are waiting for new plans to review
- Ashley: solicitor corrected language pertaining to light pollution/issue on conditions.
822 Dundas “Creatures Collective” http://www.creaturescreating.com/
- Resident who lives on 2nd floor: issue with special events; special occasions permit (SOP)/liquor license. Thus, regarding 824 Dundas, resident still has serious concerns about 824 as an event space (ie. Does not need to be a bar to be a source of unreasonable sound / smoke / vomit / underage drinking).
- Ashley, update: if they apply for another SOP (special occasion permit), they will be stringently reviewed.
- AGCO inspection is random currently.
- Ashley: to lodge an effective noise complaint, must (1) contact licencing enforcement/main email (2) call customer service at AGCO.
- SOP pulled by event organizer, not owner. Thus not the same person is involved each time.
- Jane Letbetter from the AGCO will be attending one of the upcoming TBCA meetings to discuss/inform.
1247 Dundas, Milkglass Gallery
- Liquor licence application in the works.
Urban Forestry Plan (Presented in November Meeting)
Presented by Jennifer Gagner
- Area of study is bounded by Bathurst to Dovercourt and College to Queen.
- Plan will provides an up to date tree inventory for all trees in community (street trees, private trees, parks).
- Goal is to prepare a strategic 20 year tree protection plan with 5 year sub-plans to allow it to be more flexible and responsive.
- Sets goals for expanding tree canopy cover, securing appropriate mix of tree types, pest management, heritage tree designations.
- Will be used as a tool to decide what should be planted at new developments, what should be planted when trees need to be replaced, etc etc.
- In preparing the study, the group worked with various Parks groups, community associations, parent teacher groups and the Councillors office.
- Will start with an Operating Plan for Years 1 and 2.
- When Plan completed, it will be circulated for comment to community groups for comment.
- Completion of draft is expected mid-December 2012. Comments due by mid-January and final report by end of January 2013.
Urban Forestry Plan (Discussed in January Meeting)
- Comprehensive, but a lot of work (all trees in the neighborhood must be measured/classified, door to door).
- To organize a steering committee.
- 1st meeting Feb 6th.
- Preapplication meeting was held at the councillor’s meeting.
- Biggest/highest/densest of all applications put forth in this ward.
- Plans to demolish entire property, including a non-designated heritage building.
- New building: retail ground, 8 stories on top
- 151 units (~700 sq. ft, smallest 400).
- Curbcut!!! to drive in and out of condo parking.
- Allan Saskan (Urbancore) developers.
- Possible precedence setter.
- Ashley: next step: developers in process of submitting application. Community to be kept informed.
Dog Watering Station
- Program partnership application form; dog watering station near bottom of east stairway in dog bowl.
- Application for permanent patio denied. Use of public land for private gain was an issue for some.
- Fresh is now proposing a temporary patio structure.
- CW requested changes to the application:
- Change “can be dismantled” to “must” at the end of the swing season.
- Bicycle parking along patio also proposed: but may impede sidewalk traffic.
Kromer Radio Redevelopment
- Ashley: developer likely to apply for a rezoning application to help minimize degree of variances from major to minor.
Next TBCA Meeting is Monday February 25th, 7pm – 9pm
Note NEW meeting place:
The Tampered Press — B-256 Crawford Street (entrance on Dundas Street West)
PLEASE JOIN US!