Conserving Long Branch August 2017 – David Godley

Please note: Correct term is Toronto Local Appeal Body not Toronto Local Area Appeal Board. A minor point, that however bears noting.

Following message is from David Godley


Attached file from David Godley




August Already, Best Wishes from Long Branch by the Lake. Congratulations Peter Milczyn on being appointed Housing Minister. David


Source: David Godley

Source: David Godley

Toronto Local Appeal Body (see attached)

1) Great news, TLAB have offered to come to Long Branch to address a community meeting on Early Disclosure Rules. This has been placed in Councillor Mark Grimes hands.

This is the first time real empathy has been expressed for the public although some of the clarifications on their new process have yielded some flexibility. Some of their staff are very efficient.

2) 9 38th TLAB hearing, Help Save Long Branch. (See attached 9 38th save LB.) In order to convince TLAB that the community is reasonable and not a set of NIMBY’s we need groups and individuals to write in so we can break the cycle of OMB and COA approvals. This first hearing is the place to do it. Let TLAB know there is an overall issue of crisis in character loss as well as in confidence. At the moment the OMB have a formula for taking the development planners evidence as sacrosanct and giving the Official Plan no real weight. Planning is not black and white as is the OMB’s web site. It has greys and greens and the OMB’s superficial decisions never look to achieving both community and development objectives. Only one submission has reached the TLAB (from Garden Place) list. Numerous people have offered to write, so thanks. Send to me by Aug 27th and I will make sure they get to the right place. Alternatively send to with title 9 Thirty-Eighth Street – File Nos 17 165404 S53 06 TLAB, 17 165406 S45 06 TLAB, 17 165408 S45 06 TLAB.

There are about 100 entries on the TLAB AIC site already showing that Early Disclosure is a lot more work than the OMB pre-hearing process.

Source: David Godley

Source: David Godley

Applications Update

1) Recent COA decisions

22 33rd Street, Variances for semis 0.60 density to 0.69. Consent already appealed by owner to OMB. Refused. June Appealed to TLAB

38 36th Street. 3 storey soldier houses 0.35 density to 0.70. Refused . June Appealed to TLAB

31 25th 2 storey house, 0.35 to 0.59 density. 27 July COA. Deferred

51 Elder, 3 storey house density 0.35 to 0.98. Approved June .

2) Outstanding Committee of Adjustment Applications (note the new issue of monster houses)

35 38th, modern monster house 0.35 density to 0.63, 28 September COA

350 Lake Promenade, modern monster house, 0.35 to 0.5, Density, 26 October COA

50 36th Street, No information

90 Ash Crescent. Severance and variances. Postponed

14 Atherton Crescent. Variance Second Storey Addition 0.35 to 0.51 density. 28 September COA.

59 31st Street. Variance. 0.35 to 0.67 density. 24 August COA

56 31st Street. Variance. Soldier house 0.35 to 0.55 density. 24 August COA

76 33rd Street. Severance/variances. Soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.67 density. 26 October COA

15 38th Street. severance and variances. Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.70, October 26 COA

70 36th Street. severance and variances. Soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.67 density, October 26 COA

27 39th Street. Severance and variances. Soldier House 0.35 to 0.98 density. 23 November COA

38 31st Street. Severance and variances. No details.

15 24th Street. Variance. Postponed.

11 Garden Place Soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.71 density. Deferred

10 Lake Promenade, 2 soldier houses density 0.35 to 0.59 in a solid area of 50 feet wide lots. 28 Sep 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

3) Toronto Local Appeal Body

9 38th Street. A revised application from February 2016. 2 storey modern traditional and ultra modern on 25 feet frontage lots from 0.35 at 0.56 density in a solid area of wide lots. Approved by COA and appealed by the City to TLAB.

This is Long Branch ‘s first appeal to TLAB. Hearing November 13 2017. Deadline for registering as party or participant was 11 July 2017. Deadline for witness issues August 8 2017. TLAB is the last great hope to put planning back on an even keel.

22 33rd Street. Appeal of consent only after COA refusal. A new application has been submitted for semis instead of singles Appealed to TLAB.

38 36th Street. 3 storey soldier houses 0.35 density to 0.70. Refused . June Appealed to TLAB

4) OMB Hearings

24 33rd, 1/2 May 2017 No planner on board Approved PL161073

55 Long Branch Avenue. Doubling density of existing house and blocking sun, light and viewsfrom their rear garden. Appealed by owners to the north who were away for a couple of weeks with the notice delivered after they went away and decision made before they returned. No comments from Planning. Community have put them in touch with planner and lawyer. Hearing 14 September 2017. PL170469

30 38th Street, 27 June 2017 No planner on board. Awaiting Decision

34 27th, Appeal by City dismissed due to lack of City Approval to appeal. PL161254. Apparently this still may be heard but I am mystified as to why.

40 37th Street, 18 April Awaiting Decision PL161248.

14 Villa Road, July 17 2017. Severance and variances for Soldier houses (3 story, double density or near on narrow (usually 25 feet frontage) lot. PL170039 [OMB has accepted the Application]

80 Twenty Third Street, January 4 2017. Decision to approve severance but deny variances. Same hearing officer as 30 36th with same decision. PL160622

68 Daisy Avenue, 73 4 storey townhouse units, February 24 2017. Pre-hearing Conference for 1 day held. Hearing Day 10 October 2017

82 Twenty Seventh Street, March 21 2017 to be continued August 21 2017 PL161006

9 Meaford , April 11 2017 No planner on board. Refused PL161048

5 Ramsgate, 16 May 2017 Awaiting Decision PL161257

24 33rd, 1/2 May 2017 No planner on board Approved PL161073


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