Dear Friends,

In response to residents' concerns, I am very pleased with the progress that has been made to address issues regarding an application to build townhomes on the former Briar Hill school site.

  • A beautifcation plan for the site (attached) has now been finalized. This will ensure the site is kept cleaned, maintained and contained throughout the year.
  • The motion I put forward at North York Community Council with input from the local residents group will result in additional Stage 2 Archaeological Assessments being completed in order to further review Heritage significance on the site. Link to decision here. City Staff have also been directed to look at other historically significant sites in the area. (View letter)
  • As promised, we are moving forward to establish a working group made up of local residents, the applicant, City Planning and other Divisional Staff and my office, to review the application and discuss the communities concerns about the proposed built form, density, and zoning considerations. I am pleased to report that my efforts to have additional oversight of this application have been successful  and the Chief Planner has agreed to have an external consultant oversee the working group consultation. If you would like to be a member of the working group, please contact my office by April 15th, 2014.

Once again, I want to thank the local residents group, the Briar Hill-Stayner Residents Community Committee for their continued efforts to bring forward and share resident issues regarding this application.

Sincerely,

Josh

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