Conserving Long Branch, November 2017 – David Godley

David Godley sent out the following message on Nov. 7, 2017; I share it today (without formatting) for the record:


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Greetings from Long Branch

1 Long Branch Urban Design Guidelines The Planning Department prepared their report and shared this with Long Branch Neighbourhood Association on November 6 2017.



DATE: 14 November 2017
TIME: 3pm or as soon as possible thereafter

PLACE: Etobicoke Civic Offices, East Mall
In my view some amendments of clarification and reinforcement are needed to prevent further destruction of the character of Long Branch. See attached.

This is a critical issue for Long Branch and you can either submit comments in writing ( appear at the Committee to voice your concerns
The adoption is planned to take place at Council at their meeting starting December 6 2017.

Applications Update

2) New Applications

72 Arcadian Circle, Severance and Variance, Soldier Houses 1.06 and 1.01 density
22 Fairfield, Minor Variance, no details
58 Laburnham, Soldier Houses, 0.35 to 0.67 density
70 29th Street, Soldier House, 0.35 to 0.66 density ?
74 38th Street, Soldier Houses, 0.35 to 0.62 density 7 December COA
62 36th Street, 2 storey house, 0.35 to 0.39 density 23 November COA
67 30th Street, Soldier house needing height variance, 23 November COA
69 Long Branch Avenue, Soldier houses on Marina, no details

80 39th Soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.65 density

27 Evergreen, no details

3) Recent COA decisions

11 James Street. 2 soldier houses 0.35 to 0.93 density. 26 October COA Deferred for Community Meeting

50 36th street, Variance 0.35 to 0.67 to add a second floor. 26 October COA Approved

32 36th Street. Severance and Variances. 2 Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.81 and 0.91 density. 26 October COA Deferred for Community meeting

350 Lake Promenade. Additions Density 0.35 to 0.55. Objected to by Forestry for loss of 60cm diameter maple and much greenery, Councillor and Residents. Despite a wine and cheeses no reduction in density October 26 COA Approved

70 29th Street Soldier House 0.35 density to 0.67 density. 26 October COA Approved

4) Outstanding Applications

15 38th Street. Severance and variances. Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.70 density. 23 November COA

10 Lake Promenade. Severance and Variances. Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.59. Community meeting held. No hearing date.

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

75 25th Street. Severance and Variances Soldier House 0.35 to 0.73 density, 23 November COA
70 36th St, Severances and Variances, Soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.67 density, December 7 COA

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

99 27th Street, Severance and Variances. 2 soldier houses 0.35 to 0.96 density. 7 December COA

90 Ash Crescent. Severance and variances. 2 soldier houses 0.35 to 1.04 and 1.08 density. 7 December COA

38 31st Street. Severance and variances. 2 soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.65 and 0.68 Density. 7 December COA

11 Garden Place Soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.71 density. Deferred

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

5) Toronto Local Appeal Board aka Tealab

9 38th Street. A revised application from February 2016. 2 storey modern traditional and ultra modern on 25 feet frontage lots from 0.35 to 0.56 density in an area of wide lots. Approved by COA and appealed by the City to TLAB. You can still email unsigned letters to TLAB expressing your opinion but they must be in pdf. 14 people have done this. Venue TLAB Offices 40 Orchard View Blvd Suite 211 (Eglinton and Yonge)

This is Long Branch ‘s first appeal to TLAB. Hearing postponed from October 13 to 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. See comments below.

38 36th Street. 3 storey soldier houses 0.35 density to 0.70. Refused by COA after 30 people showed up. Well organosed Robert Davis. Deadline for registering as a participant or party September 12, for witness outline of issues October 12 to If you do not have pdf and signature software you can fax to TLAB 416 696 4307. Hearing 12 December 2017 Revised Venue, York Civic Offices, 2700 Eglinton West

6) OMB Hearings
55 Long Branch Avenue. Doubling density of existing house and blocking sun, light and views from 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. A settlement approved at hearing 14 September 2017. PL170469 Well done, Vlad and Cristina.

30 38th Street, 27 June 2017 Awaiting Decision

40 37th Street, 18 April Awaiting Decision PL161248. Approved

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

82 Twenty Seventh Street, March 21 2017 to be continued August 21 2017 PL161006 Mike Flynn attended to help Gord Whicher the solicitor attending for the City. Awaiting decision.

5 Ramsgate, 16 May 2017 Awaiting Decision PL161257

24 33rd, 1/2 May 2017 No planner on board Approved PL161073 Review request submitted to OMB by Lakeshore Planning Council Corporation

22 33rd, Severance and Variances for semi soldier houses 0.60 to 0.70 to density PL170413, 18 January 2018

7 Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, The following officers were elected at the Gewneral meeting at the Long Branch Legion on 23 October: Co Chairs Brian Liberty, Christine Mercado; Vice Chair Judy Gibson; Secretary Jane Darragh (resigned); Jenny Ribiero; Bill Zufeldt

8 Minor Variance, Definition (see comments attached) The new City Solicitor Wendy Walberg ( has asked Legal staff to consult with Planning Staff

All the best, David


Comment from Jaan Pill

In 2018 I’ll be moving to Stratford, Ontario and will no longer be posting David’s items. If you wish to be on his email list, and in that way receive his updates, please contact him at

I want to add that I attended the Nov. 14, 2017 COA meeting, at which the staff report regarding the Long Branch Guidelines was unanimously adopted. I would not have attended the event, had I not received an email earlier that day from David.

As residents, we owe many thanks to David’s work, and the work of other Long Branch residents, who have made some measure of progress, against strong odds, to keep intact as much of the physical character of Long Branch, as is possible to keep intact.

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