Item - 2024.TE12.22

Tracking Status

  • This item was considered by Toronto and East York Community Council on April 3, 2024. The Toronto and East York Community Council postponed consideration of this item. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.

TE12.22 - 38 Walmer Road - Alterations to and Demolition of Heritage Attributes and Demolition of Buildings on a Designated Property - Refusal

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred
Ward:
11 - University - Rosedale

Community Council Decision

The Toronto and East York Community Council:

 

1. Deferred consideration of the Item until the June 11, 2024 meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council.

Origin

(February 26, 2024) Report from the Acting Senior Manager, Heritage Planning, Urban Design, City Planning

Summary

This report recommends that City Council refuse an application under Sections 33, Section 34(1)1 and Section 34(1)2 of the Ontario Heritage Act to alter and demolish heritage attributes of the property and the demolition of two heritage buildings at the Walmer Road Baptist Church property at 38 Walmer Road (including entrance address at 188 Lowther Avenue).

 

On August 4, 2022, Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications were submitted to permit an 80-metre (20-storey) mixed-use building for the subject property. These applications proposed alterations to and demolition of attributes at the Walmer Road Baptist Church sanctuary and the demolition the Memorial Building and Sunday School building which are located to the at 188 Lowther Avenue.

 

On May 31, 2023, the applicant appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application and referred the Site Plan Control application to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) due to Council not making a decision within the time frame in the Planning Act.

 

On July 19, 2023, City Council adopted the staff report recommending designation of the subject property at 38 Walmer Road under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act

 

On October 11, 2023 City Council directed the City Solicitor, together with City Planning staff and appropriate City staff to attend the Ontario Land Tribunal hearing to oppose the Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications in their current form.

 

On December 13, 2023 an application under Sections 33, 34(1)1 and 34(1)2 of the Ontario Heritage Act was submitted to alter the property and demolish heritage attributes and demolish two buildings to allow for the construction of a 20-storey mixed-use building on the subject lands. This report recommends that this application is refused as it has not been demonstrated that the cultural heritage value and attributes of the heritage property will be conserved consistent with the heritage planning policy framework, or that the heritage impacts of the proposal would be appropriately mitigated.

Background Information

(February 26, 2024) Report and Attachments 1-4 from the Acting Senior Manager, Heritage Planning, Urban Design, City Planning on 38 Walmer Road - Alterations to and Demolition of Heritage Attributes and Demolition of Buildings on a Designated Property - Refusal
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-243753.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Defer Item moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That consideration of the item be deferred until the June 11, 2024 meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council.

22a - 38 Walmer Road - Alterations to and Demolition of Heritage Attributes and Demolition of Buildings on a Designated Property - Refusal

Origin
(March 18, 2024) Letter from the Toronto Preservation Board
Summary

At its meeting on March 18, 2024 the Toronto Preservation Board considered Item PB15.8 and made recommendations to City Council.

 

 

Summary from the report (February 26, 2024) from the Acting Senior Manager, Heritage Planning, Urban Design, City Planning:

 

This report recommends that City Council refuse an application under Sections 33, Section 34(1)1 and Section 34(1)2 of the Ontario Heritage Act to alter and demolish heritage attributes of the property and the demolition of two heritage buildings at the Walmer Road Baptist Church property at 38 Walmer Road (including entrance address at 188 Lowther Avenue).

 

On August 4, 2022, Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications were submitted to permit an 80-metre (20-storey) mixed-use building for the subject property. These applications proposed alterations to and demolition of attributes at the Walmer Road Baptist Church sanctuary and the demolition the Memorial Building and Sunday School building which are located to the at 188 Lowther Avenue.

 

On May 31, 2023, the applicant appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application and referred the Site Plan Control application to the Ontario Land Tribunal due to Council not making a decision within the time frame in the Planning Act.

 

On July 19, 2023, City Council adopted the staff report recommending designation of the subject property at 38 Walmer Road under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

 

On October 11, 2023 City Council directed the City Solicitor, together with City Planning staff and appropriate City staff to attend the Ontario Land Tribunal hearing to oppose the Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications in their current form.

 

On December 13, 2023 an application under Sections 33, 34(1)1 and 34(1)2 of the Ontario Heritage Act was submitted to alter the property and demolish heritage attributes and demolish two buildings to allow for the construction of a 20-storey mixed-use building on the subject lands. This report recommends that this application is refused as it has not been demonstrated that the cultural heritage value and attributes of the heritage property will be conserved consistent with the heritage planning policy framework, or that the heritage impacts of the proposal would be appropriately mitigated.

Background Information
(March 18, 2024) Letter from the Toronto Preservation Board on 38 Walmer Road - Alterations to and Demolition of Heritage Attributes and Demolition of Buildings on a Designated Property - Refusal
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-244471.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council