Dear Friends and Neighbours,
Thank you to those who attended City Planning's Community Consultation meeting in February to discuss the development application submitted for 4155 Yonge Street.
Earlier this year at North York Community Council, I extended the notice area for the meeting to ensure that a much larger part of the neighbourhood received advance written notice of the public consultation.
We had a fantastic turn out at the meeting. As I've told many of you, I was very impressed by the neighbourhood's well-informed comments and questions about the proposed development.
I heard a number of concerns from the community at the meeting, including:
The height and massing of the proposed building in relation to the surrounding neighbourhood, top-of-ridge, and the historic St. John's York Mills Anglican Church;
- The close proximity to the toe-of-slope of a designated natural heritage feature;
- The potential traffic impacts, with particular consideration of the daily Summit deliveries;
- The potential to exacerbate flood risks in an already sensitive area, and
- Other concerns about the existing TTC tunnels, construction process, and potential impacts on the surrounding neighbourhood.
I share your concerns and continue to believe that the proposed development is not appropriate for the subject site in its current form.
Since our meeting, I have sent an official letter to the CEO of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) stating that I will not support a 14-storey building in such close proximity to a designated natural heritage area.
As many of you know, Valeria Maurizio is the City Planner with carriage of this application. If you haven't already, I'd encourage you to write to Valeria and let her know what you think about this application. Please copy me on these emails so that I can stay in the loop. Valeria is also available to answer any and all questions about the planning process and the application. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks to the Yonge Ridge Homeowners' Association, St. Andrew's Ratepayers Association, York Mills Valley Association, William Carson Crescent Condo Boards, and the St. John's York Mills Anglican Church for their overwhelming support in this process.
I have already received a number of emails from concerned neighbours and I truly appreciate the community's continued engagement on this file.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.