Res­i­dents and de­vel­oper reach set­tle­ment at OMB

Minto’s plan in­cludes 192 town­homes, con­struc­tion set to be­gin this year by Jes­sica Wei

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Fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with lo­cal res­i­dents, de­vel­op­ment com­pany Minto’s pro­posal for 192 town­homes at 740–750 York Mills Rd. and 17 Farm­stead Rd. was ap­proved by the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB). The ap­pli­ca­tion faced op­po­si­tion from city coun­cil, which re­jected it in June, and the York Mills–Les­lie Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (YMLRA).

The YMLRA pre­sented the OMB with a pe­ti­tion with 1,600 sig­na­tures op­pos­ing the orig­i­nal pro­posal of 260 town­homes by the Minto Group. The as­so­ci­a­tion had also raised funds from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, but were still un­able to af­ford a lawyer for rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the hear­ing. In­stead, a set­tle­ment was reached by all par­ties.

As part of the deal, Minto agreed to re­duce the num­ber of town­houses and com­pen­sate the city with $650,000 to go to­ward main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing Moss­grove Park and Kirk­wood Park.

The con­struc­tion stag­ing area will also be turned into a pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble green space upon the pro­jec­tion’s com­ple­tion.

“We agreed not to op­pose the project, but we are not in sup­port of it,” said Tom Wein­berger, the pres­i­dent of the YMLRA.

Wein­beger ad­mit­ted res­i­dents still have ex­ist­ing con­cerns about in­creased traf­fic and noise in the neigh­bour­hood.

“We as res­i­dents feel like [the de­vel­op­ment] will cre­ate sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems past the con­struc­tion time pe­riod. It will prob­a­bly take about three years, and it’s go­ing to cre­ate havoc for the neigh­bour­hood,” he said.

Minto is more op­ti­mistic about the im­pact to the neigh­bour­hood. Given that the town­homes will bring be­tween 200 and 380 new res­i­dents to the area, Minto has promised to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture around the prop­erty to ac­com­mo­date a larger pop­u­la­tion.

“It will def­i­nitely be an en­hance­ment to the way that the site looks to­day, es­thet­i­cally,” said Matthew Kingston, vice-pres­i­dent of de­vel­op­ment at Minto.

“And the kind of im­prove­ments to the land­scape, in my opin­ion, in the end will be a bet­ter look­ing site, which, it could be ar­gued, would help the com­mu­nity,” he added.

Minto hopes to start con­struc­tion this year, with an an­tic­i­pated oc­cu­pancy date set for 2020.

“We agreed not to op­pose the project, but we are not in sup­port of it. ”

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