Please write a letter today regarding 48 – 35th Street Severance – Jan. 23, 2014 Committee of Adjustment Hearing

The following message is from a concerned resident of Long Branch.

The message includes the following four documents (the fourth provides a draft of a letter that you are urged to write):

48 – 35th CofA Prt. 2 (Lot & Frontage Analysis )

48 35th CofA Prt.1 (Notice)

48-35th CofA Prt.3 ( Drawings)

48 35 th street (2013) – General

To get in touch with the resident, please contact me at this website and I will forward your message or question.

The message:

Dear South Long Branch Neighbours,

Happy New Year to All!

I am sending this note and documents concerning a new application for severance of 48-35th St. coming up at the Committee of Adjustment (CofA) hearing on January 23rd. The hearing notice is attached in 3 parts.

In May 2012, the builder’s previous application for a severance and 2 massive 3 story homes with GFA of 0.95 was deferred by CofA so he could arrange a meeting with Councillor Grimes, the immediate neighbours and community (which was never done). The builder’s new application for severance and two 3 story homes is still massive with a GFA of 0.73 (pushing the limit of other approved severances in the area). The homes in close proximity to this application will be greatly impacted in many ways including loss or privacy, shading, sight lines, noise and street parking issues. The character of the street will be undermined by the massing, building style, scale, loss of green space and other variables. These points are covered in the attached objection letter.

Having the community behind us in May 2012 had a significant impact by reinforcing Councillor Grimes and the Community Planner’s concerns that led to CofA’s direction to this builder. We would like to leverage “people power” again to work it’s magic. We are appealing for support from the neighourhood by asking if you could submit an objection letter to the Committee of Adjustment. In your letter it would be appreciated if you could include the statement “I/We request that these applications be denied. I/We also wish to be notified of the Committee’s decision on these files.” which enables comment if there is an OMB hearing.

Letters can be faxed directly to the Committee of Adjustment c/o Susanne Pringle at # 416 394-6042 or mailed to her at the address on the Notice. Alternatively you can drop your letter in my door mail slot at 52 – 35th street or I would be happy to pick it up from you if you let me know. I will be taking the letters I have collected to the C of A office regularly until the hearing. I will also be canvasing 35th and surrounding streets as time and weather permits.

Please share this message with your friends and neighbours in your network of contacts wishing to help our community. It would also be helpful to voice your concerns to Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes, Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore at Phone: 416-397-9273, Fax: 416 397-9279; Email: If you can attend the Public Hearing on January 23rd at 1:00 p.m. it would be appreciated.

Please feel free to give me a call if you would like information or with to discuss.

Thank you in advance for your time and effort supporting our neighbourhood. It is greatly appreciated.

[End of message – As noted above, you can contact the resident via the Preserved Stories website.]


4 replies
  1. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    Colleen O’Marra writes:

    Re: Three-storey homes sprouting up on 35th Street…I wouldn’t even
    call these new developments homes any more.Smaller families are now
    needing massive amounts of space for their toys and car collections.
    We lost most of the historic Long Branch homes from the last century,
    many of them standing once on 35th Street and Long Branch Avenue.Let’s
    not lose more of the very appealing village look of the charming homes
    still occupying these streets.( C. O’Marra)

  2. John Berdeklis
    John Berdeklis says:

    Email me to stop these ugly homes in lb. let them build then in alder wood which looks like garbage. I live on 38 th at the edge of the lake and I’m sick of these builders trying to make a quick buck. Hopefully I am not too late to stop the madness on your street.

  3. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    The following posts address recent discussions regarding these topics:

    I look forward to learning your thoughts, in additional detail, about these topics.

    I would add that I like Alderwood; it’s a great community, facing the same kind of developmental pressures as other communities across south Etobicoke.

  4. John Berdeklis
    John Berdeklis says:

    I was looking to buy in alderwood but fortunately we purchased in LB. I drove down Valermo and was shocked to see all the nice lots converted to 25 ft lots with sliver homes on them. It looks like The LB community has had better luck in preventing these homes from popping up but you still see some on James, ash, and 27th. My neighbors house sold his lot and one offer was had a condition for the seller to help sever the land lol. That is why this area will never become Like PC due to the vast multifam, semis, sliver homes, and appt buildings. Please let me know if you hear of anyone severing thei land to make a quick buck as I will join the fight preserve this area as best as I can.


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