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HPCA Updates

(Soon to be) Spring update from HPCA - March 2019


It’s been a long winter and there’s some news to report.

Firstly, thanks to  everyone who joined us for the Village Players’ Moonlight and Magnolias fundraiser in January.  It was a fun show, and the audience seemed to have a great time.  

We raised $1400 for the HPCA legal fund.  Special thanks to Janet, the winner of the 50/50 draw, who donated her winnings back to the fund.




MINTO/GWL OMB Updates:

As you know, the High Park North Apartment Neighbourhood Character Study resulted in an Official Plan Amendment (called OPA #419).

In a decision issued on January 2nd, the OMB/LPAT said it will not recognize OPA #419 as part of the City’s Official Plan when evaluating the GWL and Minto development applications. The reason the OMB gave for their decision is because OPA #419 was developed and adopted by City Council after the two applications were submitted.

This means that the OMB Chairperson hearing each case will note the many guidelines in OPA #419 setting out limits on height and size for development in the High Park North Apartment Neighbourhood.  But, those limits will not absolutely determine the outcome, they are only recommendations to be considered.

The OMB has scheduled a full contested hearing on the GWL application for January 2020. It is estimated the hearing will last 3 weeks. 

A second pre-hearing date for the Minto application has been scheduled for June 25, 2019.




A new tower application:  299 Glenlake

You may have seen new billboards at 299 Glenlake Avenue.  It appears the owner submitted a development application in June 2018 for an 11 storey building with a 4-storey podium.  

This building is in addition to the 3 buildings proposed by Minto and the 4 proposed by GWL. So, it’s of serious concern to the community.

HPCA’s founding mandate is to address only the two GWL and Minto applications. The 299 Glenlake proposal has been submitted by a separate company. However, HPCA will follow it closely and report back. 

 We urge all who are able to attend the Community Meeting on April 23, 2019, at which City Planning will review the proposal for 299 Glenlake and solicit public input.  The meeting starts at 7pm in the parish hall of St.-Martin-in-the-Field Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Ave (East of Keele).

You are encouraged to express your concerns about the scope of all of these developments to our new Councillor for Ward 4, Gord Perks. Email: councillor_perks@toronto.ca 

Background information on the application can be viewed at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-130447.pdf 

You can view their application at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4387362




Moving Forward: 

 HPCA is planning to meet Councillor Gord Perks and the City’s Community Planner to coordinate the launch of community consultations. The goal is to continue to give the community an active role in shaping future development, including the recommendations of the Area Character Study.

Fundraising continues to be a major focus in order to cover the costs of legal representation at the OMB/LPAT, and for the professional services of an urban designer. New events will be launched soon.

Donations can be made any time through our website:
http://highparkcommunityalliance.com/donations/


 

 Thank you for your continued involvement with HPCA. Please feel free to share this notice with anyone you think may be interested.




Please donate!

HPCA needs your support to challenge Minto and Great West Life’s development applications at the Ontario Municipal Board.

To date, we’ve raised: $25,500. 

There are several ways to donate:  

  1. Paypal  
  2. GoFundMe
  3. If you prefer to make a cash or cheque donation, email us at highparkcommunityalliance@gmail.com to arrange drop off or pickup

  4. You can also send a cheque, payable to:
    High Park Community Alliance
    255 Glenlake Avenue, Apt 204,
    Toronto,ON M6P 1G2