Conserving Long Branch, January 2018 – Message from esteemed citizen-activist, David Godley

David Godley sent out the following message on Jan. 2, 2018. I am slow in posting it.

I have not formatted the message. I trust you will, nonetheless, find the content of interest.

Message from David Godley

Happy 1439,2018,5778…

1) Long Branch Urban Design Guidelines

The Long Branch Character Guidelines clarify the intent of Official Plan
Item EY26.4 – Final Report – Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines
Referred by City Council on December 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2017
City Council on December 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2017, referred Item EY26.4 to the Acting Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the City Solicitor for review and directed the Acting Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the City Solicitor to report directly to the January 31, February 1 and 2, 2017 meeting of City Council on any recommended changes in content and approach so that the Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines meet the objective of strengthening the ability to reinforce the City’s zoning by-laws and to defend these before appeal bodies.

(TLAB has authorised their eligibility as non legal evidence at hearings, Dec 12 2017 hearing on 38 36th Street.)

2) New Applications No details available
15 Elton, Variances
21 Phlox, Variances
11 Shamrock, Severance and Variances
10 31st, Variances
56 31st, Variances
83 26th, Variances
79 Laburnham, Severance and variance for semis in detached house zone. Planning consulted. March 11 COA

3) December COA decisions
15 38th Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.70. Deferred
70 36th Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.67. Refused, appealed by Applicant
99 27th Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.0.96. Deferred
75 25th Soldier house. Approved. City Appeal Pending
67 30th Soldier house needing height variance. Approved.
38 31st Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.65. Deferred
32 36th Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.81 and 0.91. Deferred

4) January 11 COA agenda (Deadline for inclusion in COA member’s package 4 Jan 3pm, Thursday)
90 Ash, Soldier houses 0.35 to 1.04. 3pm
58 Laburnham Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.65 1pm
93 Lake Promenade. Monster House, 0.35 to 1.54 3pm
27 39th Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.98. 3pm
89 27th Monster house 0.35 to 0.78. Community working with the owner to reduce density and impact. 3pm
17 Evergreen, 2 (2)storey houses 0.35 to 0.58. Jan 11 COA. 10am

5) February 8 COA agenda
72 Arcadian, Soldier Houses. 0.35 to 1.06 and 1.01. To be withdrawn
10 Lake Promenade, Soldier houses 0.35 to 0.59
76 29th 0.35 to 1.01 Soldier House (definition 3 storey, about double density on narrow lot)
80 23rd Severance previously approved by OMB but not density. Soldier Houses. 0.35 to 0.60

6) Outstanding Applications
56 31st Minor Variances. No details
10 31st Minor Variances. No details
74 38th, Soldier Houses. 0.35 to 0.62
69 Marina, Soldier houses – No details
80 39th, Soldier House 0.35 to 0.65
11 Garden Place Soldier Houses 0.35 to 0.71.

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
However the number of applications in Ward 6 has outstripped the capacity of the Applications Information Website and you cannot view the whole list of applications together.

7) Toronto Local Appeal Board
9 38th Street. A revised application from February 2016. 2 storey modern 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.

This is Long Branch ‘s first appeal to TLAB. Hearing postponed from October 13 to November 13 2017. Last minute revised proposal and adjournment to April 16-17 Venue TLAB Offices 40 Orchard View Blvd Suite 211 (Eglinton and Yonge) 9am

38 36th Street. 3 storey soldier houses 0.35 density to 0.70. Refused by COA and appealed by applicant. Hearing 12 December 2017 deferred to 7 March 2018 for 1 more day. Clarifying whether additional material can be submitted. Venue, York Civic Offices, 2700 Eglinton West, 9am

8) OMB Hearings

30 38th Street, 27 June 2017 Awaiting Decision

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

82 Twenty Seventh Street, March 21 2017 continued August 21 2017 PL161006 Awaiting decision.

5 Ramsgate, 16 May 2017 PL161257 Awaiting Decision

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

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

9 Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, The following officers were elected at the General meeting at the Long Branch Legion on 23 October: Co Chairs Brian Liberty, Christine Mercado; Vice Chair Judy Gibson; Jenny Ribiero; Bill Zufeldt: Doe Orser. Christine and Judy, two very bright women, are covering COA meeting and putting forward LBNA points of view. The quality of their written submissions is excellent and they are canvassing residents around controversial proposals as well as attempting to minimise impacts with redesign. Experience has shown easier to deal with residents who are rebuilding themselves (usually with a sympathetic architect) than with speculative builders sometimes referred to as gangers.

10 Minor Variance, Definition The new City Solicitor Wendy Walberg ( has asked Legal staff to consult with Planning Staff and the issue has been acknowledged by TLAB (
An independent Lawyer is preparing a report on “What is Minor” to be produced shortly.

11 Committee of Adjustment Mandate. The Committee of Adjustment for the last couple of years has been ignoring their mandate and replacing it with their own uninformed opinions.
Attached is the mandate which was followed at one tine but has been abandoned. The Long Branch Character Guidelines clarify the intent of the Official Plan.

12 A satirical short play on new vs not so new housing in Long Branch by Mark Davidson (attached).

13 [David refers to Resident’s Letters]

14 Mediation Pilot Project Private consultants were brought in to assist with settling issues at the Committee of Adjustment meetings prior to hearing. Attached is my comment.

All the best, David, for a year which has at least light on the horizon.

PS Late News
Subject: Re: Heritage tree consent form for 23 Long Branch
To: “Bill Zufelt” <>

Good Morning Bill.. And… the story gets better!

Your tree, Bill, was approved by the Panel! Congratulations!!
It will now join other significant trees in Ontario that enjoy the lofty status as recognized Heritage Trees!

The Plaque and Certificate are likely a number of weeks off – as there is bit of a line at the busy graphics department. I can ask for a copy of the certificate to go to you (as well as the city. The City will liekly want to attach the plaque – maybe there will be a little ceremony to mark this occasion?

Thank you for being part of the Heritage Tree Program! It’s been fun to work with you and read all the really interesting history of Long Branch!

All the best for the new year, Bill!


Toni Ellis
Heritage Tree Coordinator
Forests Ontario
144 Front St. West, Suite 700
Toronto, ON, M5J 2L7

Celebrate Canada’s 150th by nominating a Heritage Tree & help us recognize 150 significant trees in Ontario!

On Dec 21, 2017, at 5:48 PM, Bill Zufelt <> wrote:

Hallelujah! There is a Santa Claus!

Thank you everyone

Bill Zufelt
Sherway Academy of Music
416 259 0251


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