Town­house pro­pos­als never end for Bayview

Bayview Post - - News -

To say Bayview Av­enue has ex­pe­ri­enced a boom in the de­vel­op­ment of town­houses over the last cou­ple years is an un­der­state­ment, and res­i­dents have had lit­tle say in the process. Now, another pro­posal near Wim­pole Drive has been sub­mit­ted to the City of Toronto.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for 2706 Bayview Ave., by Lau­ren­dale Group of Com­pa­nies, out­lines plans to move an ex­ist­ing sin­gle de­tached home to the back of the lot and build three, three-storey town­houses in its place. The lot is 1,812 square me­tres (or 1.8 hectares) and has 30 me­tres of frontage on Bayview Av­enue.

“There’s been huge un­wanted, un­war­ranted in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion,” said lo­cal coun­cil­lor Jaye Robin­son of Ward 25.

Robin­son said she and lo­cal res­i­dents are frus­trated with the nega­tive im­pli­ca­tions of the devel­op­ments, as well as the lack of con­trol they have had over the plan­ning process, as so many of the City of Toronto’s de­ci­sions are ap­pealed to the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board. She said the iconic Toronto area, full of lush green­ery, is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a chain re­ac­tion in which de­vel­op­ers are as­sem­bling lots un­til they can de­velop a num­ber of town­houses.

Res­i­dents ar­gue the in­flux of high-end town­houses be­ing built is neg­a­tively im­pact­ing the area’s tree canopy and cre­at­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion on Bayview.

Kathryn Moore, the city plan­ner for the 2706 Bayview Ave. de­vel­op­ment, said they are still months away from any de­ci­sion for this lot. How­ever, she said the city pro­vides a manda­tory frame­work that must be fol­lowed, in or­der to pro­duce qual­ity grade town­houses on Bayview.

A com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion for the pro­posal has not yet been sched­uled.

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