January 20, 2016: Bylaw Adjustments for Properties on Queen W and Crocker

The following items will be before the Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in Committee Room 2 of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Within the files below you will find instructions on how to submit your comments to the Committee of Adjustment and how to sign up to speak. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at councillor_layton@toronto.ca or call (416) 392-4009.

Meeting time: 9:30am

1079 Queen Street West (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)
To convert the existing three-storey building into a mixed-use building with commercial uses on the ground floor, and one residential unit on the second and third floor. A rear exterior stair addition will be constructed for access to the residential unit.

2 Crocker Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)
To construct a new two-storey row house dwelling with integral garage.

About the Committee of Adjustment:
The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of citizen members and Councillors do not sit on this committee. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents. To learn more about the Committee of Adjustment please visit: www.toronto.ca/abcc/qj-committee-adjustment.htm

Note: Committee of Adjustment Decisions are posted online here.

TBCA Nov 2015 Meeting Summary Minutes

Attendees:

  • Chair – Chris Walker
  • Ashley Da Silva – Councillor Layton’s Office
  • Craig Daniels
  • Ben Pakuts
  • Dominic Valela
  • Steph Wechsler
  • Bjarne Peterson
  • Ross Burnett
  • Carolyn Wong (for part)
  • Evan Saskin

Agenda:

  1. 161 Palmerston Ave conversion – Triplex
  2. Neighbourhood laneway naming
  3. Zamboni building design opportunity
  4. Lighting of Trees in Trinity Bellwoods
GENERAL DISCUSSION

 161 Palmerston Avenue Conversion – Triplex

  • Development is a 3 unit, 3 storey new residential building.
  • Development is on side lane as well as rear lane.
  • Developer has redeveloped six properties in neighbourhood to date. Converts single family homes in duplexes and triplexes.
  • 161 Palmerston is their first Triplex development.
  • Development will have a zero setback from neighbour (so will look like a semi, but is actually detached).
  • Proposed density is 1.2 fsi. This is double what is currently permitted in zoning.
  • Planning wrote a refusal letter and requested a deferral of the CofA. Not granted by applicant.
  • Developer is going to CofA in December to seek variances.
  • Developer hopes to redevelop 2 or 3 sites per year in the neighbouhood under this model of conversion and intensification.

 Zamboni Building Design Opportunity

  • Zamboni building on east side of park has recently been painted grey/beige by City.
  • Following painting of building, structure has already been tagged and graffitied. This had not been a problem before building was painted.
  • Residents of Gore Vale Ave are interested in how to improve the visual impression of the building and limit opportunities for future vandalism.
  • Ideas presented include a mural/wall art and a planting wall/climbing plants.
  • Councillor’s office indicated that community input could be pursued in how to improve look of structure. Some funding may even be available.
  • Residents are to contact Councillors Office to discuss options.

Lights Opportunity for Trees along Queen St W. in Trinity Bellwoods Park

  • TBCA would like to see trees lit up along Queen Street frontage of park. This is done in other City parks (Christie Pitts, College and Grace parkette) and may be an opportunity to do so here.
  • WQW BIA is also in support of idea.
  • Lights could be year round and not just seasonally.
  • Issue is that there is no power supply available, so this would need to be provided.
  • There may be opportunities for sponsorship by local shops and restaurants.
  • Idea presented that main gates to park could be lit up (flood lights or other).
  • Councillor‘s Office to check where power lines and power sources are located along Queen St West edge of park.
  • TBCA to seek letter of support from WQW BIA.
  • TBCA and Councillors office need to have discussions with (new) Park Supervisor.

 Laneway Naming

  • Initiative is still underway at Councillor`s office.
  • Nominations can be sent to the Councillor`s office at ca
  • Councillor Layton is trying to introduce street names for all laneways in the area for safety benefits and community spirit.
  • Volunteers needed to help flyer streets to promote opportunity to name lanes. Goal is for spring promotional blitz. Ashley will resend the map to TBCA so group can assist with flyering.
  • An information booklet has been prepared by the Councillor and is available through his office.
  • Residents are encouraged to contact Councillor Layton’s office to contribute their ideas for lane names.

Next TBCA Meeting is January 25th, 7pm – 9pm
At the Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre,
PLEASE JOIN US!

Bylaw Adjustments for Properties on College, Palmerston, Manning, Montrose, Delaware and Churchill

Within the files below you will find instructions on how to submit your comments to the Committee of Adjustment and how to sign up to speak. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at councillor_layton@toronto.ca or call (416) 392-4009.

9:30am
489 College Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

1:30pm
242 Palmerston Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

2:30pm
128 Delaware Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

491 College Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

649 Manning Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

433 Montrose Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

3:30pm
45 Churchill Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

About the Committee of Adjustment:
The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of citizen members and Councillors do not sit on this committee. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents. To learn more about the Committee of Adjustment please visit: www.toronto.ca/abcc/qj-committee-adjustment.htm

Note: Committee of Adjustment Decisions are posted online here.

More Vertical Duplexes are Coming to Ward 19: Have Your Say

85-Bellwoods-Ave-Plans-DuplexThe City has recently changed residential street zoning to allow vertical duplexes—two side-by-side units on a single lot. Some residents feel that this type of building, which can have a large footprint and looms over adjacent properties, is threatening the character of residential neighborhoods.

Developers are responding to the new zoning laws by buying single normal-size houses, tearing them down, and building vertical duplexes (as some have called “mega-houses”), which contain two units, each the size of a large semi. Developers then condominiumize the units and sell them separately (for 1M-1.2M).

In response to pressure from the Ossington Community Association, on Tuesday July 14, the City of Toronto will be holding the first and only community consultation regarding the building of vertical duplexes.

Toronto’s Official Plan says that our residential streets are supposed to remain physically stable, with new development that “preserves the existing character” of the neighborhood. Community concerns regarding the new developments are:

  • Inadequate step backs and increased lot coverage, which “boxes in” neighbors
  • Failure to preserve street character
  • Decreased house affordability
  • Increased property taxes

As this is the only consultation planned for this important change, please be sure to attend.

Meeting Details:
Tuesday July 14, 6-8pm
West Neighbourhood House (formerly St. Christopher House)
248 Ossington Ave (at the intersection of Ossington and Dundas Street West)

Building Variance Applications: Patio for Carmen, Shaw Street Rebuild, and more. Hearing on June 24, 2015

queen-street-shawThe following items will be before the Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Committee Room 2 of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Within the files below you will find instructions on how to submit your comments to the Committee of Adjustment and how to sign up to speak. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at councillor_layton@toronto.ca or call (416) 392-4009.

9:00am
221 Ossington Avenue [Pizza Libretto] (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To legalize and to maintain the conversion of the first floor restaurant billiard area into restaurant seating that was completed without a permit.

711 Adelaide Street West (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To construct a detached carport in the rear yard.

1:30pm
289 Manning Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To construct a rear two-storey addition. To demolish a detached garage/ancillary building at the rear of the lot; and, to replace the detached garage/ancilliary building with a parking pad.

244 Markham Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To alter the existing two-storey semi-detached dwelling by constructing a canopy over the front porch.

2:30pm
1012 Shaw Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To construct a new three-storey detached dwelling.

922 Queen Street West [Carmen Restaurant] (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To construct a rear outdoor patio servicing the main floor restaurant of the existing two-storey mixed use building.

183 Grace Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To convert the existing two-storey semi-detached dwelling containing two dwelling units into three dwelling units.

About the Committee of Adjustment:
The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of citizen members and Councillors do not sit on this committee. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents. To learn more about the Committee of Adjustment please visit: www.toronto.ca/abcc/qj-committee-adjustment.htm

Note: Committee of Adjustment Decisions are posted online here.