Proposed Development at Major Mackenzie Drive West and Arnold Crescent

A revised and significantly more dense development application has been submitted by the owner of the lands at Major Mackenzie and Arnold Crescent known municipality as 129-147 Arnold Crescent.
 
This application replaces the one that Richmond Hill Planning Staff received previously. The new proposal consists of 4 apartment buildings (10, 12, 14 and 19 storeys in height) with at-grade townhouse dwelling units. The proposal includes a total of 790 dwellings units, 63,102 square metres of Gross Floor Area (GFA), a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 2.35, a total of 838 parking spaces and vehicular access from Major Mackenzie Drive and Arnold Crescent.
 
I am very concerned by the size and scale of this application. In its current form it is significantly larger than what is allowed under Richmond Hill’s current Official Plan. I do not believe this proposed development is appropriate for the neighbourhood for a number of reasons.  
 
I will be working with our Planning Staff, area residents, and the applicant, to achieve significant reductions in the density and significant changes to the built form so that it would represent a much better fit for the existing and well established neighbourhood. As with all community matters it is important that the public is well informed as the process proceeds, and as always I will continue to work toward keeping the public informed.
 
A process will be followed for this application that includes opportunities for citizen participation and input. As we are at the beginning of this process dates for a Council Public Meeting to solicit comments from the neighbourhood has not yet been announced. In the mean time I am happy to hear your thoughts on this matter by phone (416-346-3090) or by email ([email protected]). I will be hosting a Neighbourhood Meeting at some point in the future so please stay tuned for the details of this meeting date.
 
I will work to keep neighbourhood residents informed as this process progresses by publishing updates in this monthly e newsletter.