TE28.7 

ACTION 

Adopted 

 

Ward: 27 

Request for Direction Report - 102 Shuter Street - Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application
Community Council Recommendations

The Toronto and East York Community Council recommends that:

 

1.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and other appropriate staff to attend any Ontario Municipal Board hearing in opposition to the current proposal.

Origin
(August 25, 2009) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District
Summary

This application was made on or after January 1, 2007 and is subject to the new provisions of the Planning Act and the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

 

The applicant has appealed the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) due to Council’s failure to make a decision within the time allotted by the Planning Act.  A pre-hearing conference is scheduled to be held September 28, 2009.  A full hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

 

The application before the Ontario Municipal Board proposes to amend the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to permit a 20-storey residential condominium building with 69 units.  The base of the building includes three 2-storey townhouses fronting on Shuter Street.  There are 56 parking spaces proposed within a four level underground garage accessed from an existing public lane.  A valet will take cars to the underground garage via a car elevator.

 

The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s direction on the appeal of this application to the Ontario Municipal Board.

 

The proposal is inappropriate and too intense a form of development for this site.  The proposed height and density considerably exceed that permitted in the Official Plan, the Zoning By-law and that of the previous Ontario Municipal Board approval, which was granted based on the premise of preserving the historical building which once existed on site and has since been demolished.

Financial Impact

The recommendation in this report has no financial impact.

Background Information
TE28.7 - Staff Report - 102 Shuter Street - Request for Direction Report
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-23524.pdf)

Communications
(September 14, 2009) Letter from David Bronskill, Goodmans LLP (TE.Main.TE28.7.1)
(September 14, 2009) Letter from Choi Wong, Owner of 226 and 232 George Street (TE.Main.TE28.7.2)
(September 14, 2009) E-mail from Brent Swan, Debbie Meredith, Marilyn Crawford and Jerry Crawford (TE.Main.TE28.7.3)
(September 15, 2009) E-mail from Eva Curlanis-Bart - President, The Garden District Residents' Association (TE.Main.TE28.7.4)
(September 16, 2009) E-mail from John Knowles (TE.New.TE28.7.5)
(September 17, 2009) E-mail from John Knowles, addressed to Councillor Rae (TE.New.TE28.7.6)

7a 102 Shuter Street - Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application - Supplementary Ontario Municipal Board Request for Direction Report
Origin
(October 5, 2009) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District
Summary

The Toronto and East York Community Council deferred consideration of the report (August 25, 2009) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, respecting “Request for Direction Report - 102 Shuter Street - Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application”, until its next meeting to be held on October 13, 2009, with a request that the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District:

 

1.         consider and report back to the next meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council on the appropriateness of re-designating the lands known municipally as 102-110 Shuter Street from Neighbourhoods to Mixed-Use Areas; and

 

2.         have further consultation with the applicant prior to City Council giving direction to the City Solicitor, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and other appropriate staff to attend any Ontario Municipal Board hearing in opposition to the current proposal.

 

The purpose of this report is to respond to Community Council’s directions above and seek further direction on the appeal of this application to the Ontario Municipal Board.

 

Community Planning staff do not support re-designating the subject property at 102 Shuter Street from Neighbourhoods to Mixed-Use Areas.  The current designation is appropriate and any potential development should be in keeping with the Neighbourhoods designation.  During further consultation, the applicant and staff could not reach an agreement on an appropriate development for this site beyond the 4-storeys permitted within the Official Plan.  As a result, City Council should authorize the City Solicitor, the Chief Planner and Executive Director and other appropriate staff to attend any Ontario Municipal Board hearing in opposition to the current proposal.

Financial Impact

The recommendations in this report have no financial impact.

Background Information
TE28.7a - Staff Report - 102 Shuter Street - Official Plan Amendment
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-24097.pdf)