As most residents in the area of Yonge and Arten/Creekview Avenue know, Richmond Hill Planning staff received a development application for 10684 and 10692 Yonge Street (on Yonge St. between Oxford St. and Elgin Mills Rd.) proposing a 28 storey apartment building on the subject lands with a residential density measured by Floor Space index of 4.15.
The Official Plan for this land allows for a maximum of 15 storeys and a Floor Space index of 2 so the application as proposed, significantly exceeds the limits set out in the Official Plan.
I share a number of concerns with area residents about this proposed development. The limits set out in the Official Plan are important to respect in any application. These limits guide development in a given area but they also ensure that both local neighbourhoods and the community as a whole are protected by ensuring roads and other infrastructure in the wider area function properly.
There is a Council Public Meeting scheduled for the public to make their views known on Wednesday September 23rd at 7:30PM. This meeting will be conducted remotely by Zoom given the Pandemic protocols currently in place. However the public is welcome to participate by speaking to Council at this time or they may also write an email expressing their thoughts regarding the application. The email to send your correspondence is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also encourage you to copy me on any emails as well at email@example.com.
To participate in the meeting as a delegate you may email the Clerk at the above address. The Clerk will also give you instructions how to join the meeting virtually either by phone or by Zoom. If you have any questions about this procedure please feel free to contact me.
A staff report will be available one week prior to the meeting and this report will be available on the city’s website at www.richmondhill.ca (click on the calendar link and then click on the Council Public Meeting on September 23rd for the link when it’s available)
After the Council Public Meeting all comments from the public and from members of Council will be referred back to our Planning Staff for their consideration as they do their full analysis of the application. A final staff report and recommendation to Council will then be presented at a future Council meeting where Council will make a decision regarding the application.
It would be my hope and expectation that a significantly modified, and more appropriate application that respects the Official Plan may be able to be negotiated with the applicant instead of this current one.
Please feel free to each out to me if you have any questions or comments.
For a good summary of this issue visit – https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/10072444-richmond-hill-residents-poised-to-fight-28-storey-building-proposed-at-yonge-and-elgin-mills/