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Conserving Long Branch – David Godley June 2016 Update Addendum


A previous post, based on my experiences as a Long Branch resident, is entitled:

How to prepare a 5-minute presentation to the Committee of Adjustment

Another previous post is entitled:

The question of lawn signs and the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association (LBNA), which is currently being formed 

Click here to access previous posts featuring input from David Godley >

Following text is from David Godley:

Yet another beautiful morning in Long Branch,

A “fair process document” has been sent to key personnel in the Planning Department and is attached:

fairprocess

Please feel free to agree or disagree [with the document].

Lawn Signs. A complaint led to a “blitz” of the neighbourhood by enforcement staff of the City with varying degrees of subtlety. One member of staff moved signs back behind the property line, another politely asked if this could be done. The signs carted away by tuck [meaning unclear] were returned. Thank you.

May 12, 2016 Committee of Adjustment Hearing from the Planning Department. [In David Godley’s email, the updates are in brown. I have not included the colour formatting, given that my time as a volunteer is limited.]

1. B9/16EYK, A76/16EYK and A77/16EYK – 4 Shamrock Avenue – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Neighbourhood Association (LBNA) recommended refusal. Staff are recommending refusal. Refused

2. B16/16EYK, A167/16EYK and A168/16EYK – 80 Twenty Third Street – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. LBNA recommended refusal. Staff are recommending refusal. Refused

3. A280/16EYK – 32 Twenty Seventh Street – This is an application for Minor Variance. The variances relate to FSI, front yard setback, building height, height of the first floor above established grade and platform size. Staff are concerned with the variance related to height. Staff are recommending the application be deferred in order for Planning staff to schedule a community consultation meeting, together with the Ward Councillor, to provide the applicant an opportunity to develop a revised proposal that is more in keeping with the existing physical character of the neighbourhood. Should the Committee choose not to defer the application and proceed in hearing the deputations, Planning staff recommend that the minor variance application be refused. LBNA recommended deferral. Deferred

Results April 14, 2016 Committee of Adjustment Hearing

1. A102/16EYK – 66 Ash Crescent – This is a Minor Variance application to permit an increase to the permitted floor space index. A new detached dwelling with an attached garage is proposed. Staff have reviewed the application and are of the opinion the four tests outlined in the Planning Act are met. Approved.

2. A125/16EYK – 87 Ash Crescent – This is a Minor Variance Application to permit an increase in gross floor area and a reduced front yard setback. A new two-storey east side addition and a second storey addition above the existing dwelling is proposed. Staff have reviewed the application and are of the opinion the four tests outlined in the Planning Act are met. Approved on condition as amended.

3. A187/16EYK – 29 Thirty Eighth Street – This is a Minor Variance Application seeking variances relating to lot coverage and floor space index. A new detached dwelling with an attached garage is proposed. Staff have reviewed the application and are of the opinion the four tests outlined in the Planning Act are met. Approved on condition.

4. A203/16EYK – 57 Twenty Fifth Street – This is a Minor Variance Application seeking variances relating to floor space index, side yard setback, front yard setback and eaves setback. A second storey addition is proposed. Staff have reviewed the application and are of the opinion the four tests outlined in the Planning Act are met. Approved

5. B75/15EYK, A667/15EYK & A668/15EYK – 2 Ash Crescent – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Staff have reviewed the application and are recommending a deferral to provide the applicant an opportunity to have further discussion with Planning staff and the community to develop a revised proposal that is more in keeping with the established physical character of the neighbourhood and more in accordance with the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-laws. Approved on condition.

6. B2/16EYK, A13/16EYK & A14/16EYK – 30 Thirty Sixth Street – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Staff have reviewed the application and are recommending a deferral to provide the applicant an opportunity to have further discussion with Planning staff and the community to develop a revised proposal that is more in keeping with the established physical character of the neighbourhood and more in accordance with the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-laws. Refused.

Reviewed Applications in Long Branch

1. B77/15EYK, A692/15EYK & A693/15EYK – 42 Exmoor Drive (on the edge of Long Branch) – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Planning staff are recommending that the applications be deferred in order for the applicant to submit revised plans that would be more in keeping with the purpose and intent of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law. LBNA recommended deferral. Approved May 12

2. B8/16EYK, A73/16EYK and A74/16EYK – 2 Shamrock Avenue – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Staff have reviewed the application and are recommending refusal. Hearing date – TBD

3. B11/16EYK, A95/16EYK and A96/16EYK – 9 Thirty Eighth Street- This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Staff have reviewed the application and are recommending a deferral to provide the applicant an opportunity to have further discussion with Planning staff and the community to develop a revised proposal that is more in keeping with the established physical character of the neighbourhood and more in accordance with the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-laws. Hearing date TBD

4. B12/16EYK, A121/16EYK and A122/16EYK – 50 Thirty Sixth Street – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Planning Staff recommend that the consent and related minor variance applications be deferred in order for Planning staff to schedule a community consultation meeting, together with the Ward Councillor, to provide the applicant an opportunity to consult with local area residents. LBNA recommended deferral. Approved May 12 Councillor requested to appeal on behalf of the City and to provide Legal and Planning Services to support.

5. B17/16EYK, A174/16EYK and A175/16EYK – 20 Elton Crescent – This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Staff have reviewed the application and are recommending a deferral to provide the applicant an opportunity to have further discussion with Planning staff and the community to develop a revised proposal that is more in keeping with the established physical character of the neighbourhood and more in accordance with the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-laws. Hearing July 7

6. B22/16EYK, A257/16EYK and A258/16EYK – 28 Twenty First Street. This is an application for consent with associated minor variances. Staff have reviewed the application and are recommending deferral. This is a unique case where the proposed lots meet the frontage and area requirements of the zoning by-laws. Staff are of the view that the proposed houses on each of the newly created lots represent over development and are seeking a deferral to provide the applicant an opportunity to have further discussion with Planning staff and the community to develop a revised proposal that is more in keeping with the established physical character of the neighbourhood and more in accordance with the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-laws. Deferred May 12

10 Garden Place. 14 41st Street. 88 Laburnham – Approved May 12

78 29th Street – Deferred May 12

Applications for July 7 2016 Committee of Adjustment

16 25th Street

9 Meaford Avenue (severance)

93 Lake Promenade (new)

20 Elton (severance)

77 26th St (new)

New Applications

82 27th Street (severance)

48 Elder (severance) This is pushing the boundaries by asking for semis in a single family only zoning district on a 42 feet frontage lot.

This would open up a whole new ball game if approved.

Appealed to Ontario Municipal Board

20 Garden Place (severance)

30 36th Street (severance)

2 Ash Avenue (severance)

80 23rd Street (severance)

OMB Hearings

4/5 July 10 am, OMB Offices 56/58 Ash (severances) Thanks to those who noticed it missing from my previous list.

7 July 10 am, OMB Offices 9 Atherton (severance)

[Additional information regarding David Godley:]

I am an independent retired planner who is trying to achieve an equitable planning process.

I have been helping residents in Long Branch and elsewhere with planning issues pro bono since 2006 when my Committee of Adjustment terms were finished.

I am not a member of the LBNA or for that matter the Lawn Signs group.

Please keep me in touch with anything that you think my 100 or so recipients might wish to know.

Please also let me know if you prefer not to receive Updates.

[If you wish to receive email updates from David Godley, please send him an email at mhairig@pathcom.com]

 

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