On Wednesday May 24th, Toronto City Council voted to adopt a motion put forth by Councilor Justin Di Ciano to authorize the city solicitor to attend the Ontario Municipal Board hearing to defend the Bloor Kingsway Avenue study, which recommends a 6 storey height limit for developments. You can find more information on that vote here.
What’s the issue:
A developer has applied to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to build a 9-storey building that would significantly exceed current height and density zoning by-laws at 2915/2917 Bloor Street West (currently the site of a single-storey medical building just west of Prince Edward Drive).
This proposed development would also violate other community protection by-laws, including neighbourhood shading and green space allowance.
An unfavorable OMB decision will be precedent-setting, allowing such excessive-sized buildings to mushroom in our Bloor/Sunnylea/Kingsway neighbourhood.
Current by-laws, policies and guidelines allow for buildings along Bloor Street (from (Prince Edward to Mimico Creek) to be up to 6 storeys, provided that they include appropriate density and green space.
Toronto City planning staff and local City Councillors are united in opposing this application.