The OMB has in the summer of 2017 ruled in favour of the severance/applications. The neighbours who were living west of 14 Villa Road sold their house, before the OB hearing, and have moved away from Long Branch. Neighbours who have been living across the street, from the neighbours who have moved, will be moving in 2018.
Anecdotal evidence – on Valermo Drive, Lake Promenade, and on Twenty Third St., by way of example – indicates that long-term residents living next door to new constructions approved by the CofA / OMB in recent years, in Long Branch and Alderwood, not infrequently make the choice to leave the community, in the event they have the opportunity to do so. For newcomers moving in, it is easier (I would say, as an observer) to move in, given that newcomers face a clean slate. For long-term residents, who are aware of the Before & After, moving out can be a welcome and viable option.
We owe thanks to each person who wrote a letter, and each person who turned up at the Nov. 3, 2016 Committee of Adjust-ment meeting. We are proud of the presentations that Villa Road residents made. The outcome was not what we had hoped for but we were aware that we do what we can, knowing that the decision is not in our hands.
We were pleased that City News and 680 News carried an item about Dorothy’s story on Nov. 3, 2016. We are gratified that, through Dorothy’s story, we have been able to reach a wider audience, with our concerns as residents, than would otherwise have been the case:
Please contact us through this website if you have any questions or would like to help us in our community self-organizing efforts.
History of Villa Road
We will soon post a brief history of the street.
The issue we are concerned with extends across Long Branch, across Alderwood, across Willowdale.It is an issue where someone needs to speak out on behalf of everyday, ordinary, tax-paying residents. There is value in us working together, as residents, to address this ongoing and significant urban planning issue.
If we do not speak out on behalf of residents, who will?
In this context, we strongly support the Long Branch Urban Design Guidelines Project and the similar one under way in Willowdale. Long Branch and Willowdale have in a sense been at the epicentre of what has been happening with lot severances and overbuilding of lots at the City of Toronto in recent years.
Previous posts of interest
Among related items, that you can find through a search of this website, are the following posts:
3 tweets (Nov. 4, 2016) from CBC reporter John Lancaster regarding committees of adjustment
1) Seems like a lot of people in Toronto are complaining about development decisions made by committees of adjustment.
2) Worth noting it’s elected officials who select members of the COAs. In other words if COAs aren’t representing the will of people
3) then perhaps pols should do a better job selecting COA members. #Toronto