Eight townhomes proposed for Bayview-York Mills
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.