Ward 4 Development Applications – Update

There are a number of development applications active in Ward 4 that continue to generate significant interest from residents.  This newsletter section is intended to keep everyone informed and updated about the status of these applications. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all active development applications in the ward, but a brief synopsis of select applications. Information that is new since the last newsletter is marked as “**NEW**” Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have questions about applications described below or questions about an application that is not included here. 
Current and ongoing applications with little or no significant developments to report are listed below with a brief summary of the application only. New applications, since last month, or ones with significant developments since last month are listed with greater detail below.
 
A good general resource related to Land Use Planning can be found on the Minstry of Municipal Affirs website at www.ontario.ca/document/citizens-guide-land-use-planning
Current Applications with no significant Changes to report since last month 
 
1. 129, 133, 141 Arnold Cres and 230 Major Mackenzie Dr. W. 
Potential townhouse development near Arnold Cres. and Major Mackenzie Dr.
 
2. 35 Wright Street
Redevelopment of a Heritage designated home on Wright Street just west of Yonge Street.
 
3.  251, 253 and 259 Oxford Street
A single detached home project on the south side of Oxford St West of Regent St. 
 
4. 11488 Yonge St and 49 Gamble Rd. (south west corner of Gamble and Yonge)
A proposed townhouse and condominium development near the south west corner of Gamble Rd. and Yonge St.
 
New Applications / Older Applications with new changes since the last month to report
 
1. 116 Lucas St. **New**
The applicant is proposing to build a semi detached dwelling on the subject lands. A Council Public Meeting was held in February related to this application. I recently held an additional Residents Meeting to discuss this application in more detail with residents. All of the input gathered from these meetings will be referred to our Planing Staff and the applicant as the application moves through the process. 
 
2. 10922, 10944 and 10956 Yonge St. Diogliola Developments Inc.
This application is for lands south of Canyon Hill Avenue, on the west side of Yonge St. The lands are a part of the Key Development Area Secondary Plan that was recently passed by Council. The applicant has made a number of appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board during the process leading up to the passing of the Secondary Plan. A settlement offer that was considered before Council on Monday, February 11th, 2019 to settle the outstanding appeals. The full staff report can be found at https://pub-richmondhill.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=20333. At the meeting on February 11th, Council voted to give direction to our Planning Staff to approve the settlement offer. This approval will give the applicant the ability to move forward with the Townhouse component of the application described in the staff report.
 
3. Downtown Secondary Plan Repeal coming to Council on April 3rd CPM
Council recently repealed the Downtown Secondary Plan. I remain opposed to repealing this Plan as it set out a plan for a vibrant and revitalized Village Core, cost a great deal of tax payer money, included extensive citizen input in its creation, and was only passed in 2017. 
 
In order to officially repeal this plan a Council Public Meeting will be legally required and this matter will be heard at the Council Public Meeting on April 3rd at 7:30 in the Council Chambers. There will be a staff report available on this subject approximately a week before the meeting on the Town website under the Calendar Tab – https://calendar.richmondhill.ca/default/Detail/2019-04-03-1930-Council-Public-Meeting
 
Citizens are welcome to attend this meeting to have their opinions heard by Council and staff. No final decisions will be made at the April 3rd meeting, but a staff report and bylaw to repeal this Plan will come to Council likely in May. Details of this meeting are contained below.
 
COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
CONCERNING PROPOSED REPEAL OF BY-LAW 23-17 ADOPTING AMENDMENT No.6 TO THE RICHMOND HILL OFFICIAL PLAN
(THE DOWNTOWN LOCAL CENTRE SECONDARY PLAN)
Pursuant to the Planning Act
 
 
A PUBLIC MEETING is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Offices, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, to receive comments and notify the public of Council’s proposal to repeal OPA 6 (the Downtown Local Centre Secondary Plan).
Inquiries Refer To:
Town File: D11-19001
Town Planner: Christine Lee, Planning Researcher
Telephone: 905-747-6428
 
Subject Lands
Amendment No. 6 to the Richmond Hill Official Plan, also known as OPA 6 (Downtown Local Centre Secondary Plan) applies to the area bounded by Harding Boulevard in the south and Levendale Road in the north. It includes properties on the east and west sides of Yonge Street.
 
Purpose and Effect
Council is proposing to repeal By-law 23-17, by which OPA 6 was adopted on February 27, 2017. If the proposed repeal is approved by Council, it will mean that all policies and schedules of OPA 6 will no longer be in effect and will not apply to the subject lands, subject to any appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal respecting those policies and schedules of OPA 6 which have already been determined to be in force (i.e. those relating to the Uptown District).
 
Should the repeal of OPA 6 be approved by Council, the Town will advise the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal of this decision of Council and the hearing process related to matters that are not yet in effect with respect to OPA 6 will conclude.
 
Any person may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed repeal of OPA 6. Written comments by any person unable to attend the meeting should be mailed/faxed/emailed to the Town Clerk, The Corporation of the Town of Richmond Hill, to be received no later than 12:00 p.m. noon on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Please ensure that you include your name and address so that you may be contacted if necessary.
 
Repealing By-law Appeal: If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Council of the Town of Richmond Hill to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Richmond Hill before the proposed Repealing By-law is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of Town Council to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and 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 do so.
 
If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of the Town of Richmond Hill in respect of the adoption or refusal of the proposed repeal of OPA 6, you must make a written request to the Town Clerk, The Corporation of the Town of Richmond Hill, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3P4 or by e-mail to [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 Town 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 Town 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 to [email protected].
 
Additional information: For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, please contact the Office of the Clerk at 905-771-8800 or by e-mail to [email protected].
 
Questions respecting the information and recommendations contained in the staff report regarding the proposed amendment related to the Repeal of OPA 6 should be directed to Christine Lee, Planning Researcher, 905-747-6428 or by e-mail to [email protected] The staff report will be available at the Office of the Clerk, Ground Floor of the Municipal Offices, on March 27, 2019 after 3:00 PM. The staff report will also be available on the Town’s website at RichmondHill.ca. To find it, select the Calendar and click on the April 3, 2019 Council Public Meeting date.
 
 
Stephen M.A. Huycke, Town Clerk
Town of Richmond Hill
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3P4
Telephone: 905-771-8800
Fax: 905-771-2502
Dated This 7th Day of March, 2019