City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 12 Meeting?

November’s planning meeting will see the return of a development that reached no conclusion last month, and two new developments that are probably going to generate the same degree of controversy with their size and height. Get ready!

Note: If you want to register as a delegate for any of these items on the Committee agenda, then you have to get in touch with the City Clerk’s office by 10 am on Friday November 8. Also, this meeting is on Tuesday because of the observance of Remembrance Day. 

IDE-2019-119 14 Forbes Avenue: Heritage Permit Application (HP19-0019) – The property owners would like to add a new detached garage with an overhang at the southwest corner of the lot, but because this lot is located in the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District, there’s an extra step they have to jump though. Heritage staff have determined that the proposed design is in keeping with proper heritage conservation practice.

IDE-2019-114 Statutory Public Meeting Report 166 and 178 College Avenue West Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments File: OZS19-010 Ward 5 – Council will hear the statutory public meeting for an all-new six-storey apartment development, this time on College Ave. It will have 116 units, plus space on the ground floor for a seniors or daycare centre; an amenity for seniors might be a nice touch because the new building will replace a one-storey retirement home (along with a two-storey single detached unit on the neighbouring property). The two properties are designated differently as “Low Density Residential” and “Medium Density Residential” but to make this development possible, they’ll have to both be converted to a “High Density Residential” land use designation. No decision on this development will be made at this meeting, the report is only for receipt.

IDE-2019-116 Statutory Public Meeting Report 1354 Gordon Street Proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment File: OZS19-008 Ward 6 – With council’s approval, this spot in Hamilton Corners might be converted from a commercial space on a nearly empty lot to an eight-storey, 88-unit apartment building with a commercial use on the ground floor plus a standalone gas station. The land will be rezoned from the current ‘Urban Reserve’ (UR) zone to a specialized ‘General Apartment’ (R.4A-?) zone. The R4.A will allow for the commercial use oil the property to be a Retail Establishment, Office, Restaurant, Restaurant (take-out), Personal Service Establishment and Vehicle Gas Bar. The plan also has allowances for 212 off-street parking spaces, including 58 to service the retail, and 138 in underground parking to service the apartments. No decision on this development will be made at this meeting, the report is only for receipt.

IDE-2019-89 Decision Report 1533-1557 Gordon Street and 34 Lowes Road West Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File: ZC1710 Ward 6 – Deferred from last month‘s planning meeting because of a tied vote, council will see if they can reach a majority one way or the other on whether or not this project should go forward. People are free to delegate for the first, second or whatever time on this subject.

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