Planning & Development
Ward 8 is home to over 100 active development applications.
On Saturday, June 8, I attended the official opening of the first new Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) building at Lawrence Heights - 20 Zachary Court.
20 Zachary Court is the first new TCHC building constructed to replace aging homes as part of the Lawrence Heights revitalization.
Thanks to Mayor Tory, MP Marco Mendicino, Toronto Community Housing, Lawrence Heights Phase 1 development partner Heights Development, and tenants for joining us on this important occasion!
The Planning and Development Process
Planning and Development 101
Planning and development in the City of Toronto is governed by the Province of Ontario. This means the provincial government determines which provincial planning rules it must follow when considering development applications.
The City must accept and consider every planning development that is submitted and report on it within a time-frame set by the Province. Failure to do so within the mandated time-frame, or refusal, authorises the developer the right to Appeal.
In May 2018, the provincial government replaced the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) bringing in wide-ranging changes including a Local Planning Appeal Support Centre which gave legal assistance to residents battling development changes in their local municipality. Unfortunately, the Support Centre has recently been disbanded by the current provincial government.
Before: The OMB would hear arguments from both sides and make decisions based on what it believed to be the "best" planning outcome, most often overruling the decisions of local councils.
Now: The LPAT will answer a simple "yes or no" legal test — does the proposal follow the city's official planning rules? If not, the matter will be sent back to municipal councils to issue another decision. The tribunal will not make planning decisions itself.
Steps of the Planning and Development Process from Beginning to Conclusion
updates on ward 8 developments
East of Bathurst
The Brookdale: 1700 Avenue Road
Empire Communities has purchased the site and expects to re-commence construction in the next few months for this 7-storey mixed-use building with at-grade retail. The proposal is for a total of 80 units including onsite replacement of 18 residential rental units and 191 parking spaces (private and public) within 2 below-grade parking levels. Access to the site is via 2 driveways: from Brookdale Avenue and Fairlawn Avenue.
The Councillor has met with Empire communities and we, like the community, look forward to completion and occupancy of the building.
50-60 Eglinton Ave West at Duplex Avenue - Hydro Building
A 36-storey mixed-use building. Proposal includes 401 residential dwelling units and 1,872.90 square metres of commercial space located on the ground floor and second floor. A total of 112 parking spaces are proposed in a 4-level underground parking garage accessed from a new rear lane. Currently under appeal at the OMB (PL180217) Pre-hearing May 14, 2019
340 St Clements Avenue at Avenue Road
Proposal to construct 6 – three-storey street-related townhouse units, oriented along Avenue Road with access to the underground parking from St. Clements Avenue. The Preliminary Report will go to North York Community Council this coming month. The date for a Community Consultation Meeting is pending.
2400 Yonge St at Roselawn – former Bank of Montreal Site
A mixed use development consisting of two residential towers of 27 and 23 storey's over a 9-storey podium consisting of ground floor commercial uses and residential above; 6 blocks of 3-storey town houses. The City wrote a refusal report. Currently under appeal (PL171386). New owners have purchased the site and the proposal is being redesigned.
Although we didn’t save the Bank from demolition, several buildings south have been added to the Toronto Heritage Inventory. The developer purchased those as lot consolidation. The new developer has met with the Councillor.
2500 Yonge Street at Castlefield - Capitol Theatre/Green P Parking Lot
The theatre building has a Heritage listing and is incorporated into the façade of the building. The proposal is for a 21-storey mixed-use building with 4 storeys of below grade parking. As submitted, the complex would reach back to Duplex Avenue. Staff and the developer, Madison, are working on the plans and a community meeting will be held once staff have submitted their Preliminary Report to North York Community Council.
2908 Yonge Street at Chatsworth Drive – Petro Canada Site
A proposed 13-storey mixed-use building with 85 residential units and at-grade retail. 87 underground parking spaces. City Planning wrote a refusal report. Appealed to the OMB (PL180573). Next Case Management Conference is May 24, 2019.
250 Lawrence Avenue West – site of the Medical Building
City Planning and the developer are currently negotiating outstanding issues. City Planning and the Councillor will be striking a Community Working Group to assist in the implementation of the project including the recovery of the Douglas Greenbelt.
West of Bathurst
Lawrence Heights is Toronto Community Housing's largest revitalization project and almost double the size of Regent Park. Years of community consultation are shaping the re-development of the 100-acre site south of Yorkdale Shopping Centre into a vibrant, mixed-income community. By the time the project is complete (est. 2035) 1,208 Toronto Community Housing units will be replaced in addition to the construction of over 4,000 new market rate units, new parks, retail space, and roads connecting Lawrence Heights to the surrounding community. Currently in Phase 1, the project just achieved a significant milestone in the fall when residents began moving into the first newly built TCHC apartment building. Plans for a new triangular shaped park are underway.
Please Note:A community meeting will be held April 10(6:30PM-8:30PM) at St Margaret's School at 50 Ameer Avenue.
Yorkdale in 2050 - Looking 20 to 30 Years Ahead
The owner of the site has recently submitted applications to amend the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law to allow for a long-term, mixed-use plan for the entire Yorkdale Shopping Centre site. The creation of both land use and transportation plans for the phased re-development of the approximately 30-hectare site over next 20+ years is currently underway. The applications include three conceptual options for the site that comprise of varying ranges of retail, office, hotel and residential uses and an internal private street network.
831 Glencairn Avenue - Southeast Corner
A proposed 10-storey mid-rise, mixed use building containing 222 dwelling units, a mechanical penthouse, green roof and amenity space occupying the 11th storey. A well-attended community meeting was recently held in March to hear from the community. This feedback will help to inform changes that the City has asked for from the developer.
770 Lawrence Avenue West (Treviso)
The final phase of the 3-tower development at Dufferin Street and Lawrence Avenue West is now complete. The on-site park (Dane Park) is on schedule to be completed by the end of summer 2019.
111 Wenderly Drive
A proposal for 10, 3-storey townhouses (2 blocks of 5 each) fronting onto Marlee Avenue.