The following update is from David Godley, a retired urban planner and former member of the Committee of Adjustment:
1) Status of applications
2) Committee of Adjustment Changes (see 9 38th attachment on integrity commission route to rein in members)
3) Etobicoke Lakeshore Press
4) 24 33rd Street OMB hearing
5) 55 Long Branch Avenue
1) Status of applications
Severance Applications and Variances from 6 April Committee of Adjustment
32 36th Street, (1) 3 storey buildings, soldier houses 0.35 to 0.91 density. Far too high a density. If 30 32nd is approved a new area of character destruction will be started. (Deferred)
20 Daisy (1) 2 storey house 0.35 to 0.53 (Approved)
23 35th addition to heritage building 2 storeys with good design facing Park but affecting abutting properties. (Approved)
39 27th Street. New 2 storey house 0.35 density to 0.39 (Approved)
16 41st Street 2 storey modern 0.35 density to 0.61 (Approved)
62 30th Street. 3 storey modern 0.35 density to 0.84 (Deferred)
119 22nd Street. 3 storey soldier house, 0.35 density to 0.95 with side yard set back of 4 inches. (Approved)
Severance Applications from 4 May Committee of Adjustment
9 38th Street. A revised application from February 2016. 2 storey traditional and ultra modern on 25 feet frontage lots from 0.35at 0.56 density in a solid area of wide lots.
29 Lake Promenade. 2 storey new house, no density change.
99 27th Street (2) 3 storey detached 0.35 to 1.18 – a non-fit proposal at over 3 times density where the character is rapidly becoming that of Brampton North.
People in this area have now faced 6 OMB hearings with 2 outstanding. This is equivalent to harassment by the planning system. Talk about an aggressive application – this takes the biscuit.
Yet it was turned down only 2 to 1. Committee of Adjustment member Gulli supported it demonstrating he has no place on the Committee of Adjustment. He simply has his own agenda and ignores all planning and legal matters. He is blatantly undermining civic policies. He will therefore be the subject of an Integrity Commission Probe.
People in this area and parts of the rest of Long Branch are effectively the subject of psychological warfare which has been created by the OMB. Citizens are suffering physically and psychologically. Mayor Tory stands aside and ignores real people. See attached. [See attached items in Comments below.]
Severance Applications for 9 May Committee of Adjustment
56 31st Street. Modern 2 storey new house, density 0.35 to 0.55.
32 28th St 2 storey 0.35 density to 0.70. Planning recommend deferral
Outstanding Committee of Adjustment Applications
51 Elder Street. 3 storey house density 0.35 to 0.98. 1 June COA
38 36th Street. 3 storey soldier houses 0.35 density to 0.70. 29 June COA.
8 Branch Avenue. Classic split for 2 soldier houses, 0.35 density to 0.98 (very high) plus increase in height 31 feet to 37 feet. 24 August COA
75 James Street. Postponed but can be revived at any time. No details
303 Lake Promenade. Deck 4 sm to 97 sm (2600% increase!) 1 June COA
31 Fairfield Road. increase in density from 0.35 to 0.63. 29 June COA
If you wish to look at all the material online go to “City of Toronto” “Development Applications” “Committee of Adjustment” “Ward 6” “Search” and follow the cues.
OMB Hearings, a long List
30 36th Street. Decision to approve severance and deny variances (see attached)
80 Twenty Third Street, January 4 2017. Awaiting Decision
68 Daisy Avenue, 73 4 storey townhouse units, February 24 2017. Prehearing Conference for 1 day held. Hearing Day 10 October 2017
2 Shamrock Avenue, March 8 2017 Approved. Residents did not show as they are demoralised by taking time off work, being abused and ignored.
82 Twenty Seventh Street, March 21 2017 Awaiting Decision
9 Meaford , April 11 2017 No planner on board. Awaiting Decision
5 31st, 28 March 2017 Approved
5 Ramsgate, 16 May 2017 Good Luck Judy andResidents
20 Elton, 28 March 2017 Awaiting Decision
24 33rd, 1/2 May 2017 No planner on board Awaiting Decision
40 37th, 18 April 2017 Awaiting Decision
14 Villa, July 17 2017
34 27th, 15 May 2017 Good Lick Eileen and Residents
160 30th, 28 June 2017
55 Long Branch Avenue, PL170469. Awaiting hearing date.
Status can be checked on OMB website under E status, Toronto but no index is given so you need to scroll down/up entries.
2) Committee of Adjustment
Posting is required for notice of hearings on front lawns. Research requests for Committee of Adjustment decisions can now be made online. Record numbers of applications have been submitted to the Etobicoke York Committee of Adjustment.
2016 is the first time 1000 applications have been processed. The first few months of 2017 indicate the rate of submission is increasing.
The new service enables users to search for a property and to request up to 10 years of Committee of Adjustment decisions from the surrounding area for a fee.
A resident also wrote
For those interested, the Toronto Committee of Adjustment has launched its online research request portal. You can access it here:
The portal can be helpful in identifying similar consent or variance applications that were approved in the area of a site. It allows you to obtain Committee decisions from the last 10 years for properties within a 500m or 1000m radius. The decisions can be filtered by application type (minor variance or consent) and by outcome (approved, approved with conditions, or refused).
You can conduct a search for free, but ordering the decisions costs $150 for a 500m radius and $300 for a 1000m radius.
Nearly all appeals emanating from the Committee of Adjustment will now end up on TLAB’s desk.
If you notice Susanne Pringle, the Etobicoke/York “boss” has a spring in her step it is because she is contemplating retirement in a few months time. She has served the City dutifully for 35 years. Congratulations Susanne.
3) Etobicoke Lakeshore Press
The April edition contained an article by Mary Marello, Real Estate Agent, encouraging owners to sell to developers. My response is attached which I hope Lakeshore Press will publish.
4) 24 33rd Street,
Report from 655, May, 1 and 2, Severance for semis
Siamese soldier houses, change from existing zoning for detached house 0.35 density to semis 0.79 densities.
No outside planner was secured for the OMB hearing after 3 approaches by Legal. All planning consultants seem to have migrated to the development sector. The Planning Department did a 180 degree turn, suddenly supporting what they had criticised previously – on the day before the hearing without explanation.
Franco Romano did his usual “glossing over” presentation” missing the parts of the OP that were awkward for him. He contends that only land use comprises urban design character. Appears to have zero aesthetic appreciation. If the OMB disagrees with his urban design take he is going to be on a sticky wicket. His professional unit should be made aware.
If Richard Jones, the former planning director for Barrie and hearing officer, decides he going to be a Richard rather than a Dick, it would help all soldier house hearings before TLAB. I would be surprised if this is approved in totality, but look at Trump and Brexit. 6 residents appeared and here is a comment from one of them, not me.
Nick gave up a day’s pay to attend on Monday. And he worked very hard for a week on his written presentation and taking all the photos.
Sandy and Alex were relentless in pursuing City Planning, Councillor, Heritage Staff and City lawyer to get their attention and assistance for this hearing, and they were up all Monday night, typing two fingers on the computer to re-write and add to their statements.
David (Nick’s neighbour), and everyone was very articulate on the witness stand, and stood firm on what was occurring in the neighbourhood, the lot splitting, and that they want it to stop and regulations upheld.
I was very proud to be on this TEAM.
My own long-read evidence attached.
5) 55 Long Branch Avenue
A tale of woe attached.
Feel free to forward anything that may be of interest for June’s newsletter.
Note from Jaan Pill re: Attached files from May 2017 Update from David Godley
In the Comments section below, I will post the text of each of David Godley’s May 2017 attached files. I will post them in alphabetical order by file name.
It will take me an hour or so to post the attached files, after the main post has been published. I am using the comments section as otherwise the main body of the post become too large for easy reading.
After I have posted the Comments, I will work out the spacing. It will take me a while.
Please note that the contents of Comments are not, so far as I know, able to be located through a Google search or through a search using this website’s internal search engine.
- 55 Long Branch
- 9 38th Street Appeal
- The file is entitled: “2433omb.doc”
- 30 36th Street
- Lot Splitting
Note regarding searching for applications at Committee of Adjustment website
You can find the details regarding the Minor Variance application for an application such as, by way of example, 55 Long Branch Ave. by going to the City of Toronto website and looking for the Application Information Centre.
Once you are at the latter page, you have to click on the “Committee of Adjustment” button, located at the top of the page, and you’re ready to do your search.
Initially, when I went to the page in question, I didn’t notice the detail regarding the two buttons at the top of the page. For that reason, I initially ended up doing a search for the default choice that’s in place, at the top of the page.
The default choice is “Community Planning,” but that’s not what you are looking for.
Also, there’s a field where you need to specify whether the address is an “Avenue,” “Road,” “Street,” etc. I have the sense that needs to be filled in, before you will get the results.
I mention this because, given that it took me a while t find my way around, it’s possible that at least a few other people will encounter some similar, initial, challenges, when looking for details about an application such as, by way of example, 55 Long Branch Ave.