Condo brouhaha headed to OMB

Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Coun­cil­lor

North Toronto Post - - News -

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 from 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

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