Committee of Adjustment – January 8, 2015

On January 8, 2015, there were 5 CofA applications in ward 26. The LPOA wrote in opposition to 4 of the 5 and deputed on 3. Following is a brief description and a report on the results/outcome. Note: “sine die” means “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing” – and we’ll let you know when/if these applications come up at a later date.

1. #7 196 Wicksteed/89 Research Road

“Mothers to Be” warehouse wanting a retail outlet (limited by the term of the lease) CofA application to permit accessory retail use. Leaside Business Park Association strongly opposed this due to retail encroachment in the Business Park. LPOA also wrote in opposition.

Decision: Approved

2.  #11 328 Bessborough

Construct a two storey addition to the south portion of the existing two-storey dwelling and demolish an existing one storey addition and garage (retains the 2 storey house). Two variances relate to 2013 By-law and two to EY No 1916 By-law (variances for parking space and side yard). LPOA did not oppose, however the immediate neighbour met with the applicants yesterday and showed them how the build would adversely affect their property – the side yard. It reveals how even apparently innocuous variances can be quite damaging to the immediate neighbours. The applicant agreed to ask for a deferral to allow time to consider further.

Decision: Deferred sine die

3. #17 24 Sutherland

Construct a new 2-storey detached house with integral at grade garage and existing home to be demolished. Note this is in an unaltered stretch of original homes and close to the heritage designated Talbot apartments. 12 variances (7 from 2013 and 5 from 1916) including building length, height and FSI (Floor Space Index). LPOA wrote in strong opposition. There were several letters in opposition and the immediate neighbours were present. There was discussion before the hearing that led to the applicant to ask for a deferral to allow time to consider changes.

Decision: Deferred sine die

4. #30 143 Donlea Drive

Construct a new 2 storey house with integral garage, demolish existing dwelling. 8 variances (5 and 3) including height, length and FSI. LPOA wrote in strong opposition. There were several letters in opposition and the immediate neighbours were present. There was discussion before the hearing that led to the applicant to ask for a deferral to allow time to consider changes.

Decision: deferred since die

NOTE: The neighbours  involved are the same ones affected by the Eglinton Connects re-zoning for mid-rise which has been appealed to the OMB by the LPOA.

5. #32 11-25 Industrial Street

Two-storey fitness centre and surface parking connecting to the existing shopping centre (First Capital). It represents a major expansion of the First Capital development at Longo’s north to Industrial Street. It does not front on Laird. Strongly opposed by the LBPA. LPOA also wrote and deputed in opposition. However First Capital’s lawyer stated that First Capital had acquired the land and as a result it fronted on Laird under the definition of “lot”, which was based on ownership. Therefore the lot now fronted on Laird!!

Decision: Approved

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