Item - 2013.TE28.10

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 16, 2013 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Toronto and East York Community Council on November 19, 2013 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on December 16, 2013.

TE28.10 - Request for Directions Report - 2131 Yonge Street and 32 Hillsdale Avenue East - Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment Applications

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
22 - St. Paul's

City Council Decision

City Council on December 16, 17 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor together with City Planning and other appropriate staff to appear before the Ontario Municipal Board to seek refusal of the Official Plan and Zoning Amendment applications for the following reasons:

 

a.         the site is not within the Yonge-Eglinton Urban Growth Centre;    

 

b.         the proposal is not consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, does not conform to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is not consistent with the Official Plan;

 

c.         the proposal is inconsistent with the Council-approved Tall Buildings Design Guidelines; and

 

d.         the proposal represents an over-development of the site.

 

2.         City Council authorize City Planning in consultation with the Ward Councillor to secure services, facilities or matters pursuant to Section 37 of the Planning Act as may be required by the Chief Planner should the proposal be approved in some form by the Ontario Municipal Board.

Background Information (Community Council)

(October 31, 2013) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - 2131 Yonge Street and 32 Hillsdale Avenue East - Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment Applications - Request for Directions Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-63428.pdf

Communications (Community Council)

(November 18, 2013) Letter from Cynthia A. MacDougall, McCarthy Tetrault LLP (TE.Supp.TE28.10.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/te/comm/communicationfile-41342.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-17-2013 12:22 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - TE28.10 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

TE28.10 - Request for Directions Report - 2131 Yonge Street and 32 Hillsdale Avenue East - Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment Applications

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
22 - St. Paul's

Community Council Recommendations

The Toronto and East York Community Council recommends that:

 

1.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor together with City Planning and other appropriate staff to appear before the Ontario Municipal Board to seek refusal of the Official Plan and Zoning Amendment applications for the following reasons:

 

a.         The site is not within the Yonge-Eglinton Urban Growth Centre.    

 

b.         The proposal is not consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, does not conform to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is not consistent with the Official Plan.

 

c.         The proposal is inconsistent with the Council-approved Tall Buildings Design Guidelines.

 

d.         The proposal represents an over-development of the site.

 

2.         City Council authorize City Planning in consultation with the Ward Councillor to secure services, facilities or matters pursuant to Section 37 of the Planning Act as may be required by the Chief Planner should the proposal be approved in some form by the Ontario Municipal Board.

Origin

(October 31, 2013) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District

Summary

This application proposes to redevelop the subject site at 2131 Yonge Street and 32 Hillsdale Avenue.  The current use, a large retail store (The Art Shoppe), is to be demolished.

 

The proposed mixed commercial-residential redevelopment consists of a 38-storey (123.85 metres) north tower and a 29-storey (98.70 metres) south tower (excluding mechanical penthouses).  The height in storeys of both towers includes a common 6-storey base. The north tower includes a proposed restaurant on the 38th floor.

 

A total of 693 residential units are proposed and 497 parking spaces plus 3 car-share spaces are provided in an underground garage.  The total proposed gross floor area is approximately 9.0 times the lot area.  The lot includes the parkette on Hillsdale Avenue East which is owned by the applicant and leased to the City.

 

The base consists of retail uses on floors 1 and 2, residential units on floors 3 to 5 and a residential amenity level on the 6th floor.

 

The applicant has appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board prior to Council making a decision on their request for Official Plan and zoning amendments.  This report reviews and recommends refusal of the application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law.

 

The proposed development on a site outside of the Yonge-Eglinton Urban Growth Centre (UGC) is not consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and neither does it conform to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe or the Official Plan. 

 

The proposed massing and tower heights of 38 storeys (124 metres) and 29 storeys (99 metres) on a lot abutting a Neighbourhoods designated area does not fit its built or planned context.  The proposal does not comply with the policies of the Official Plan, including Section 4.5 which requires transition between areas of different intensity and scale (by stepping down in height among other methods), particularly towards lower scale Neighbourhoods.

Background Information

(October 31, 2013) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - 2131 Yonge Street and 32 Hillsdale Avenue East - Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment Applications - Request for Directions Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-63428.pdf

Communications

(November 18, 2013) Letter from Cynthia A. MacDougall, McCarthy Tetrault LLP (TE.Supp.TE28.10.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/te/comm/communicationfile-41342.pdf

Speakers

Cynthia MacDougall, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

That the Toronto and East York Community Council recommend that:

 

1.         Recommendation 1 be amended to read as follows:

 

            "1.        City Council authorize the City Solicitor together with City Planning and other appropriate staff to appear before the Ontario Municipal Board to seek refusal of the Official Plan and Zoning Amendment applications for the following reasons:

 

a.         The site is not within the Yonge-Eglinton Urban Growth Centre.    

 

b.         The proposal is not consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, does not conform to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is not consistent with the Official Plan.

 

c.         The proposal is inconsistent with the Council-approved Tall Buildings Design Guidelines.

 

d.         The proposal represents an over-development of the site.

 

2.         Recommendation 2 be deleted

 

3.         Recommendation 3 be renumbered as Recommendation 2. 


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council