OMB Review

omb-review_final-public-consultation-document_coverThe provincial government is seeking feedback on possible changes to improve the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

A public-consultation-document provides information about the OMB and the review process.  It also outlines the issues and offers potential modifications to the OMB operation.  The content is organised under five key themes with a list of 24 questions.

Please share your written comments by 19 December 2016 at:  http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page15023.aspx .

You’re Invited

poster_18-oct-2016You’re invited an informal meeting hosted by the Junction HCD Committee on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 7 pm in the       Annette Street Library Community Room.

Our guest speaker is Alex Corey, a heritage planner with         Heritage Preservation Services (HPS).  Please join us to learn more about heritage districts and the nomination process.

In the meantime, perhaps you may be interested in reading an article written by Mary MacDonald, senior manager of HPS, about the value and importance of heritage conservation      districts at:  http://spacing.ca/toronto/2016/09/23/heritage-conservation-districts-long-overdue/

2978 Dundas Street West public consultation

expanded project - south view

expanded project – view on Dundas Street West

You are invited to attend the mandatory public meeting on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 at 7 pm in the West Toronto Baptist Church located at 3049 Dundas Street West.

This is your opportunity to discuss the expanded development application for 2978 Dundas Street West – at the corner of Pacific Avenue.  It will be interesting to learn if the developer has adapted the project based on the many comments and concerns expressed by the community during a preliminary meeting on 29 March 2016.

For further information about the meeting and to review a preliminary proposal report, please refer to the 2978-2988 Dundas Street West consultation notice.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please share your thoughts with senior planner, Greg Byrne at: gbyrne@toronto.ca

Please also share your views with Councillor Doucette at: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca

260 High Park Avenue public meeting

260 High Park existing elevations

260 High Park existing elevations

An application to redevelop the former United Church and school building located at 260 High Park Avenue for a residential purpose has been submitted to the planning department.

On Monday, 20 June 2016 at 7 pm the new owner’s development team will present the    adaptive reuse proposal to the community.

You are invited to attend the public meeting in the West Toronto Baptist Church located at 3049 Dundas Street West.  For further information about the meeting, please refer to the 248-260 High Park Community Consultation Notice.

The former United Church and attached school building was designated as a heritage property by City Council on 8 June 2016.  A summary about the project is available in this backgroundfile-92437.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and wish to share your thoughts, please contact Anthony Hommik at: ahommik@toronto.ca

Please also share your views with Councillor Doucette at: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca

preserving our history and built form

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The former United Church at 260 High Park Avenue was recommended for Designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act by the Toronto Preservation Board.

Heritage Preservation Services prepared a detailed heritage property evaluation report to support the designation application.  Additional research and information was provided by the Etobicoke York Community Preservation Panel, and the Junction HCD Committee.

To learn more about the history of the Junction and the evolution of the church property that shaped the social life and special built form fabric along Annette Street, please read the attached report.

expanded 2978 Dundas Street West development proposal

expanded project - south view

expanded project – view on Dundas Street West

The owner of 2978 Dundas Street West has been successful in acquiring additional properties, and intends to double the scope of the original development proposal that was granted zoning approval in September 2015.

On 29 March 2016, the project team held a voluntary pre-application community meeting.  More than 65 residents, community representatives and Councillor Doucette attended to learn more about the details of this expanded proposal, and to express their concerns and comments.

expanded project - Pacific Avenue view

expanded project – Pacific Avenue view

A new development application was submitted to the City in April 2016, and a mandatory public    consultation meeting is pending.

To read the current application, please visit the    developer’s website at:  https://2978dundasproposal.com/proposal/

Committee of Adjustment hearing notice for 3008 Dundas Street West

Dundas Elevation (IMG_0156)The hearing will be held on Thursday, 28 January 2016 at 3 pm in the Council Chamber at the York Civic Centre located at 2700 Eglinton Avenue West.

If you can’t attend the hearing, share your thoughts about the proposed addition of three storeys to the existing single storey building including construction of a four storey rear addition with the Committee of Adjustment by e-mail to: amorra@toronto.ca

Please also share your views with Councillor Doucette at: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca

Details about the many variances being requested are provided in the public hearing notice.

Cross Section

Cross Section of East Elevation

research study validates preservation value

NTHP_PGL_OlderSmallerBetter_cover-imageOlder, Smaller, Better: Measuring how the character of buildings and blocks influences urban vitality, a 2014 research report by the Preservation Green Lab, validates Jane Jacobs’ long-respected hypothesis — that neighbourhoods containing a mix of older, smaller buildings of different vintages support greater levels of positive economic and social activity than areas dominated by newer, larger buildings.

The findings include:
• Older, mixed-use neighbourhoods are more walk-able
• Young people love old buildings
• Night-life is most alive on streets with a diverse range of building ages
• Older business districts provide affordable, flexible space for entrepreneurs from all backgrounds
• The creative economy thrives in older, mixed-use neighbourhoods
• Older, smaller buildings provide space for strong local economy
• Older commercial and mixed-use districts contain hidden density

To learn more about the research study view an Executive Summary, or read the entire Report.

2978 Dundas Street West public meeting notice

revised image of 2978 Dundas Street West

revised image for 2978 Dundas Street West

You are invited to attend the public meeting to make your views known.

A revised proposal for 2978 Dundas Street West will be considered at the Etobicoke York Community Council meeting on September 8th.

For a brief summary and further details about the meeting, please refer to the 2978 Dundas Notice.

This proposed building will dominate the main street of our Junction HCD.  To learn more about the development project, read the detailed background file-82706.

108 Vine Avenue public meeting

108 Vine Avenue

108 Vine Avenue

You are invited to attend the public meeting to make your views known.

A proposal to change the land-use for a portion of the property at 108 Vine Avenue is on the agenda of the Etobicoke York Community Council meeting on September 8th.

For further information about the meeting, please refer to the 108 Vine Avenue Notice.

To learn more about the project, read the detailed proposal background file-83016.