Townhouse proposals never end for Bayview
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.