Category Archives: process

*NIMBY or NOT?

residents of Palmerston Blvd win a ruling at OMB to restrict restaurants on the west side of Markham
 The attached video is an editorial  from TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.  Is there NIMBYism in Residents’ Associations or is there merit to citizens’ concerns? The Agenda speaks to Toronto’s outgoing chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, who is a champion of densification, about the opposition to development. The development in question is an 8 storey building in the Annex but the discussion also references the Mirvish Village Task Group.
click here to view :

http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/condo-conundrum-in-the-annex

 

*Four Corners OPA will go to the Ontario Municipal Board (updated Sept 7, 2017)

 500 Bloor Street Property Inc V. Toronto (City)

Ontario Municipal Board file number PL170103

Joseph Bloor, innkeeper, brewer, land speculator and name sake of Toronto’s Bloor Street
Aird & Berlis and Westbank, other developers with interests in the area of Bathurst and Bloor streets, have appealed the Four Corners Official Plan Amendment to the Ontario Municipal Board
A pre-hearing was held on September 6, 2017 regarding Official Plan Amendment 349, known as the Four Corners, the rules covering development of the sites close to the intersection of Bloor and Bathurst Streets.
Three appellants  with development interest in the area were identified : Westbank the developer of Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village as well as the other developers of 844 Bathurst Street (the Paulist Centre) and 570 Bloor Street.
All four local residents’ associations – Seaton Village, Palmerston Area, Annex and Harbord Village – were given party status along with the City of Toronto. An additional pre-hearing has been scheduled for January 4, 2018. Mediation may follow.

 

Click here to view notes : Update on OMB challenge to the Official Plan Amendment

For more on the Ontario Municipal Board, you can view The Toronto Star’s series, Contested Development, Here: http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/contested-development/

Contested Development, Part twohttp://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/planning-power-politics/

Contested Development, Part 3 http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/onward-upward/