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CofA & OMB accept 14 Villa Road consent & severance application


Dorothy lives just east of 14 Villa Road. She has lived at her house for 74 years, as she has explained in a brief video entitled: Message from Dorothy, age 97, to the Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment, October 2016. Click on the image to enlarge it.

3D rendering of Mike Smith showing view of proposed houses as they would appear at 10:00 am in the month of March.

3D rendering by Mike Smith of Gateway Data and Surveillance Systems, Inc. showing a General Visual Representation of the proposed 14 Villa houses as they would appear at 10:00 am in the month of March. Dorothy’s house is located to the right of the two houses that are proposed in the severance application that was approved by the Committee of Adjustment on Nov. 3, 2016. The decision has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Click on the image to enlarge it.


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:

Nov. 3, 2016 City News: Monster Home Meeting

Nov. 3, 2016 680 News: Monster Home Meeting

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.

Broader issue

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:

Video Message from Dorothy, age 97, to the Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment, October 2016

If you receive a Notice from the Committee of Adjustment, here’s (1) a Guide to the Notice & (2) Things to Think About (for residents nearby and elsewhere)

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


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One Response to CofA & OMB accept 14 Villa Road consent & severance application

  1. Jaan Pill Jaan Pill says:

    An Etobicoke resident has personalized the letter by adding the following text:

    “I am opposed to the Consent and Variance Applications being proposed for 14 Villa Road and request that the Applications be denied and that EYCC direct that a study be undertaken that takes seriously the Neighbourhood Policy of the Official Plan as it affects properties in the Long Branch area. These types of site-specific alterations are undermining the wisdom and impact of the City’s OP. Please notify me of the Decision on these files.”

    The resident has noted, in an email to the residents of Villa Road, who are opposed to the 14 Villa Application:

    “I revise your template as indicated by the highlighted section. All these “one-off” applications for site-specific variances together work to a major change and deterioration of the neighbourhood. I feel it is very important that the systemic issues are kept in view as these individual situations come to the fore. Thanks for your work. ”

    We much appreciate comments regarding our ongoing work, which in the long run is part of our joint efforts, across South Etobicoke, as fellow residents involved in the process of community self-organizing.

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