Dear Ward 4 Resident:
Re: Proposed Development at Major Mackenzie Drive West and Arnold Crescent
As I previously described in a letter to the community dated February 5th, 2021, a development proposal at 129-147 Arnold Crescent and 190-230 Major Mackenzie Drive West has been received by Richmond Hill Planning Staff. These lands are located at the north west corner of Arnold Crescent and Major Mackenzie Drive West. Details of this proposal and details of a meeting date pertaining to the application are included on the reverse of this letter.
This proposed development far exceeds the development permissions outlined in the current Official Plan. I have heard from many residents since the proposal was released that reinforce my existing and continuing view that this application does not meet the expectation and vision that residents in this area have for their community. I have consistently heard the proposal represents development that is too big, too high, and as such is not appropriate for the area. I appreciate all of you who took time to contact me and discuss this matter and I generally agree with what I have heard from area residents opposing this application.
The next step in the process is for Richmond Hill Council to host a Council Public Meeting and this meeting has been set for Wednesday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m.Due to COVID-19 public health protocols the meeting will be hosted virtually. The purpose of this meeting is to solicit and hear feedback from the public, in front of Council, Planning Staff, and the applicant. There will be no decisions made by Council at this meeting other than to refer all comments back to our Planning Staff for further analysis. It is very important at Council Public Meetings that the public make their voices heard and I would strongly encourage people to take this opportunity in one or more of the following 3 ways.
You can most effectively participate by:
- Registering to speak to Council. Delegates will have up to 5 minutes to speak to Richmond Hill Council via Zoom concerning their thoughts regarding the application. To do so delegates must register with the Richmond Hill Clerk by March 23rd at noon. If you wish to be a delegate please send the Clerk an email request at [email protected]
- Writing an email to Council about this application. In addition to, or instead of being a delegate, citizens can write down their thoughts about the application and send this to [email protected]. All emails and letters will become a part of the agenda package so all Council members can understand your thoughts on this matter.
- Attend the Virtual Council Public Meeting (by visiting www.richmondhill.ca and clicking on the Mayor and Council tab which will then take you to the watch livestream tab). You can also read the preliminary staff report that will be available approximately one week before the Council Public Meeting (this report will be available by visiting www.richmondhill.ca and then going to the calendar tab and selecting the March 24th Council Public Meeting (or try https://calendar.richmondhill.ca/default/Detail/2021-03-24-1930-Council-Public-Meeting). Citizens are welcome to tune in to the meeting on the scheduled date to learn about the details of the development application and will also be able to hear their neighbours’ views regarding the application. If you are not able to attend the meeting, the video will also be archived on the Richmond Hill website.
After the Council Public Meeting, Richmond Hill Planning Staff will take the input from the community and all other details regarding the application and weigh that input against the Official Plan and all other in place policy that applies to this specific development application. At a future date, when this analysis is complete, there will be a staff report that will be presented to Council with a recommendation for Council to approve or deny the application.
As I mentioned above I would always encourage the public to be well informed and participate as fully as they can in any aspect of our community, not just this one. I would hope that people can participate in this case. To stay up to date on this, and other local news, please feel free to sign up for my monthly e newsletter by sending me an email to [email protected] with “Newsletter” in the subject line.
Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councillor
Council Public Meeting – Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Concerning a Proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment
A Public Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:30 PM to notify the public and receive comments on the following applications that have been received by the City. In support of the efforts of our public health partners and the Province of Ontario to stop the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will be held using electronic video conference technology. Details on how you can participate in the meeting are included in this notice. You can also view the livestream of the meeting at RichmondHill.ca/CouncilMeetings.
Inquiries Refer To:
City Files: D01-20014 and D02-20028
City Planner: Leigh Ann Penner, Senior Planner – Subdivisions Telephone: 905-771-2462
Email: [email protected]
A request has been received from The Acorn Development Corporation, Acorn Major Mack Inc. and Woodcreek Development Corporation to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for lands described as Part of Lot 46, Concession 1, W.Y.S., and municipally known as 190, 210 and 230 Major Mackenzie Drive West and 129, 133, 137, 141, 143 and 147 Arnold Crescent. The subject lands have a combined frontage of approximately 130 metres (426.51 feet) along Major Mackenzie Drive West and approximately 180 metres (590.55 feet) along Arnold Crescent, and a total area of approximately 2.68 hectares (6.64 acres). The applications seek to permit a high density residential development comprised of four apartment buildings ranging in height from 10 to 19 storeys with at-grade townhouse dwelling units along Arnold Crescent, and a combined total of 790 dwelling units on the subject lands.
The Official Plan Amendment application proposes to re-designate a portion of the subject lands from “Neighbourhood” to “Local Development Area”, to modify the existing “Natural Core” designation to correspond with a proposed re-alignment of an existing watercourse, and to implement site specific policies to permit high density residential uses with a maximum building height of 19 storeys, a maximum tower floor plate size of 750 square metres, a maximum Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 62,200 square metres (669,537.13 square feet) and overall maximum Floor Space Index (FSI) of 2.35 on the subject lands.
The Zoning By-law Amendment application proposes to rezone the subject lands from “Residential First Density (R1) Zone” under By-law 66-71, as amended, and “First Density Residential (R1) Zone” under By-law 2523, as amended, to “Multiple Residential Ten (RM10) Zone” and “Open Space (O) Zone” under By-law 66-71, as amended, and By-law 2523, as amended, with site specific development standards to facilitate the proposed development.
Lands Containing Seven (7) or More Residential Units: A copy of this notice must be posted by the owner of any land that contains seven (7) or more residential units in a location that is visible to all of the residents.
Any person may attend the meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By- law Amendment. Written comments by any person unable to attend the meeting should be made by email to [email protected], or by mail to the City Clerk, The Corporation of the City of Richmond Hill, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3P4, or fax to 905-771-3502, as is to be received no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Please ensure that you include your name and address so that you may be contacted if necessary.
COVID-19 Emergency: During the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency (declared by the City of Richmond Hill under Section 4(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.E.9) and as permitted by Section 238 (3.3) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, the City of Richmond Hill Council is holding electronic meetings, and in-person meeting attendance is restricted to electronic attendance only. Any person, who wishes to make a verbal presentation is required to do so electronically via the internet or telephone, and is required to register with the Office of the Clerk by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the date of the meeting. Registrations can be submitted by email to [email protected]. The Clerk will provide any such person with instructions on how to make their electronic delegation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the City of Richmond Hill declares the COVID-19 Emergency terminated prior to the scheduled public meeting, this meeting may be held in person in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Offices, 225 East Beaver Creek Road. Visit RichmondHill.ca/CouncilMeetings for updates in regards to City-held meetings including this matter.
Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment Appeal:
If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the City of Richmond Hill to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Richmond Hill before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted and the proposed Zoning By-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Richmond Hill before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted and the proposed Zoning By-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning
Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.
If you wish to be notified of the adoption, passing or refusal of the proposed Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-law Amendment, you must make a written request to the City Clerk, The Corporation of the City of Richmond Hill, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3P4 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Notice of Collection: Personal information is collected under the authority of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13 and may be contained in an appendix of a staff report, published in the meeting agenda, delegation list and/or the minutes of the public meeting and made part of the public record. The City collects this information in order to make informed decisions on the relevant issues and to notify interested parties of Council’s decisions. It may also be used to serve notice of a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing. Names and addresses contained in submitted letters and other information will be available to the public, unless the individual expressly requests the City to remove their personal information when submitting their written comments. The disclosure of this information is governed by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.56. Questions about this collection and disclosure should be directed to the Office of the Clerk at 905-771-8800 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Additional Information: For more information about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, please contact the Office of the Clerk at 905-771- 8800 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Questions about the information and recommendations contained in the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment Staff Report should be directed to the Planning and Infrastructure Department by calling 905-771-8910 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. The Staff Report will be available on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 after 3 PM. You can email the Office of the Clerk at [email protected] for an electronic copy. It will also be available on RichmondHill.ca. To find it, select the Calendar and click on the relevant meeting for a list of items.
City of Richmond Hill, 225 East Beaver Creek Road Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3P4 Telephone: 905-771-8800
E-mail: [email protected], Stephen M.A. Huycke, City Clerk Dated this 25th day of February, 2021