The RHRA has received notice of the intention to demolish 2 homes on Springmount Avenue (49 Springmount, 51 Springmount) and to replace them with 3 new homes.
The proposal can only go ahead if the City grants a number of variances from the zoning bylaw. There will be a hearing to apply for these variances on October 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the York Civic Centre at 2700 Eglinton Ave. West.
Click here to download a copy of the Hearing Notice
You can let the Committee of Adjustment know what you think of the development proposal. Send your comments no later than 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 to: Nicole Milrose at: email@example.com
You will find background documents about the proposal on the City of Toronto Website: Click here for direct access to the application documents
For any other comments or questions contact Harry Lay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2018 Update: Appeal from Jennifer Wigmore to attend upcoming appeal hearing:
Regal Heights Friends and Neighbours,
Much has happened since we all signed our name to the petition to protest the town home development at 49 – 51 Springmount Ave. As you know we won our case at the Committee of Adjustment when the application was refused, but of course they appealed the decision to TLAB. (New Toronto Appeal Board – replacing the old OMB) Councillor Palacio came to the rescue by striking a motion at council to hire the city lawyer to defend the Committee of Adjustments decision. We all thought this would be the answer, however we had a meeting with the lawyer and staff on Monday and it became clear that the city lawyer will be defending the city, but not the community.
Which means that now more than ever we need to stand together.
There is a lot riding on the outcome of this appeal. City staff reports all support the development which is a big blow to our cause and seems to run counter to what council and the mayor have said are important issues in the GTA; addressing the affordable housing crisis, maintaining historic neighbourhoods from gentrification and infill, as well as protecting green space and the Niagara escarpment. Councillor Palacio to his credit has really stepped up to the plate, but we need to do more to make sure that this appeal is refused! If we want to: save families from eviction, redesign a dangerous intersection making the Springmount Parkette and stop this precedent setting development that will change our neighbourhood forever then you must help us.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?!
Come in person to the appeal hearing: We have been told by the city lawyer there really is an impact on the appeal committee when the community objects and shows up in person to these appeals. We saw this the first time, our presence was defiantly felt. A strong voice of objection from the community will counteract city staff’s consent of this project. Please let me know if you can make it.
March 14th – 9:00am. York Civic Centre (Keele St and Eglinton Ave W). 2700 Eglinton Ave West, Toronto, ON M6M 1V1. Courtroom W6
Together we can save our neighbourhood and our neighbours!
Thank you! Jennifer Wigmore, 65 Springmount Ave
February 2018 Update: Press release from the newly-formed group The Springmount Collective
Nov 24 update: Applicant appeals to the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB)
TLAB Hearing Notice
Applicant’s Letter of Appeal
Nov 20 Update: Update from Jennifer Wigmore
I felt it was time to give you an update on what is happening with the Springmount development proposal.
The developer has appealed the decision. No surprise. Our city councillor, Cesar Palacio, has filed a notice of motion with the city to fight the appeal. No date for the appeal hearing has been set yet.
The upcoming Regal Heights annual general membership meeting is this Wednesday and the development will be discussed. Mr. Palacio will be in attendance. I hope to see you there.
Oct 13th Update: Update from Jennifer Wigmore following the Committee of Adjustment Hearing
I wanted to send out an update after the variance meeting yesterday.
Thanks to some hard work from the Regal Heights Association, namely Harry Lay and John Keating, a very strong letter from Councillor Palacio, a strong showing of residents at the meeting and our objection letter signed by all of you, we were successful in our objection and the application for minor variances was DENIED!
This is a small victory for our street and the protection of our neighbourhood as a whole. Thank you to all of you who helped make this possible.
Sadly our fight is not over. The developer/owners will probably appeal or redesign and make another application, but the committee was very forthcoming in their dislike of the way the current design did not fit with the topography of the neighbourhood. Hopefully this means a total rethink, but we will have to wait and see.
So congratulations, enjoy our beautiful trees and rolling green banks at least for a while longer.
65 Springmount Ave
ps. As the developers of this project are not very transparent, if any of you hear from them regarding a new application, please let me know immediately. As I doubt they will reach out so far down Springmount.
Oct 9th Update: 17 Letters of Comment / Objection have been Submitted to the City’s Committee of Adjustment by Local Residents
Below are links to the submissions. Click on links to retrieve a PDF copy. Each will open in a new browser window
Oct 5th Update: Renderings of the Proposed Redevelopment
49 to 51 Springmount Proposed Development Renderings
Oct 5th Update: Message from the Proponent’s Architect
Oct 4th Update on Springmount Zoning Matter
Developers have submitted plans to tear down two rental buildings at 49 and 51 Springmount Ave. and replace them with three three-storey homes with parking garages beneath. The issue goes to the City’s Committee of Adjustment Thursday, October 12. The following letter was drafted by a collection of residents in the area, which they intend to present to the Committee of Adjustment. If you would like to add your name, please contact Jennifer Wigmore at email@example.com
You can find out more about this application including information about the Committee of Adjustment hearing next week, on the RHRA webpage dedicated to this issue.
Letter from concerned residents of Springmount and area submitted to Committee of Adjustment