Eight town­homes pro­posed for Bayview-York Mills

Bayview Post - - NEWS | NEIGHBOURHOOD -

York Mills residents want to see sig­nif­i­cant changes to a pro­posed town­house de­vel­op­ment on Bayview Av­enue, the lat­est in a string of new builds that are chang­ing the char­ac­ter of the area.

Walker, Nott, Drag­ice­vic As­so­ci­ates has pro­posed to build eight town­houses fronting onto 2535 and 2537 Bayview Ave. with four sin­gle-fam­ily de­tached homes to the rear, ac­cessed via a pri­vate drive­way. A sin­gle de­tached home and the Ar­me­nian Em­manuel Church of the Nazarene cur­rently sit on the site.

The pro­posal does not meet much of the cri­te­ria es­tab­lished in the City of Toronto’s Bayview Town­house De­sign Guide­lines in 2015, and zon­ing al­lows for sin­gle­fam­ily de­tached homes and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

Coun­cil­lor Jaye Robin­son, of Ward 25, said the pro­posal sets a “wor­ri­some prece­dent” for the neigh­bour­hood, specif­i­cally by adding a sec­ond row of houses be­hind the town­homes.

“The de­vel­op­ers are get­ting more and more ag­gres­sive. Why did we de­velop Bayview guide­lines if they’re not go­ing to fol­low them?” Robin­son said.

A pub­lic meet­ing was held on April 23, where residents voiced con­cerns about the de­vel­op­ment, cit­ing is­sues with den­sity, pri­vacy and traf­fic.

The con­tin­ued loss of Bayview’s tree canopy is an­other con­cern to residents. How­ever, Walker, Nott, Drag­ice­vic has not yet said how many of the 23 trees on the two lots would be af­fected.

Robert Drag­ice­vic, se­nior prin­ci­pal of Walker, Nott, Drag­ice­vic, called the cur­rent zon­ing by­law “aged” and “not in keep­ing with con­tem­po­rary stan­dards.”

“We’re happy to sit down with a se­lect group of peo­ple” he said, re­gard­ing dis­cussing op­po­si­tion to the pro­posal.

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