Condo brouhaha headed to OMB
Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Councillor
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is now in place and will give the city more power over how development happens. Many developers put their applications for appeal in before the deadline, meaning there are still thousands of applications that will be heard by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
One of these applications is for the site at 250 Lawrence Ave. W. With the OMB hearing approaching on May 22, the applicant reduced its proposal to a 10-storey apartment building. Despite these last-minute revisions and the time constraints placed on the city by the OMB, I was able to organize a consultation meeting with City of Toronto Planning and Legal Services, area residents and a representative f rom surrounding residents’ associations: the Lytton Park Residents’ Organization, Old Orchard Grove Ratepayers Association and South Armour Heights Residents’ Association.
After discussing the planning rationale and city staff ’s position, the community agreed on how they would like to proceed with the appeal. The city legal team will continue to fight the overall height and density of the proposal using local context — the overall height of 515 Rosewell Ave.
City legal staff is working to mount the best possible defence, which can be found on my website and includes parks, infrastructure, angular planes and other requests. I want to assure you I will do everything in my power to fight for the community’s position. I look forward to the day when this obscure process of appeals has fully transitioned to the LPAT.
Carmichael Greb in front of the site in 2016