Since I first hosted a pre-planning meeting with residents and the applicant almost 2 years ago, and before they were required to do so under the Planning Act, the developers have made significant changes to the proposal in response to resident input and feedback.
The applicant is now preparing to re-submit their plans to City Planning. As always, I remain committed to an open and transparent process that involves resident input. Therefore, in advance of this application re-submission, I am notifying residents of these changes.
- The number of homes proposed for the site has been reduced from 11 to 8 homes.
- Second floor rear bedroom windows that would have overlooked onto neighbouring properties have now been removed.
- Elevated first floor stair walk ups have been removed and front entrances will now be located at ground floor level.
- Elevated rear yard decks that created overlook onto neighbouring properties have been removed and replaced with ground floor walkouts.
- The built form (design) of the homes now feature wider frontages and are more reflective of the surrounding community.
- Garage doors have been moved back/ recessed so they do not protrude from the homes and create an even frontage.
- Homes will remain as two storey dwellings.
Once the new plans are submitted, the review process from the City Planning Department will resume and eventually a public report will go to North York Community Council. I will continue to keep residents updated on this application. View Community Notice
Published January 2014: A Plan of Subdivision to permit the construction of 11 single-detached dwellings fronting a new public street has been made. This site currently contains two properties at 36 & 37 Jane Osler with single-detached dwellings, and portions of the rear yards of 42 & 44 Cartwright Ave.
Before they were required to do so, I requested the applicant meet with area residents to discuss this application. In May 2012, more than twenty residents came out to provide feedback and to ask questions about the proposal.
A preliminary report to North York Community Council on June 13, 2012 suggested that the scale and density of these lot sizes was not appropriate. At a public meeting with residents in September 2012 concerns about the number of houses and lot configurations; height and overlook of the homes onto neighbouring properties, and traffic concerns were raised.
A final application for this site has yet to be submitted and I continue to work with City Staff to ensure resident concerns are addressed and to reduce the number of houses in any final proposal.