Ward 4 Development Applications – Update

7here are a number of development applications active in Ward 4 that continue to generate significant interest from residents.  This section in the newsletter 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 an application that is not included here. 
 
1. 44, 48,54 and 60 Arnold Cres.  
An application for 37 townhouses and 4 single detached homes was submitted to Richmond Hill planning staff in the summer of 2015. I hosted a well attended Residents’ Meeting in the fall 2015 for this application. The applicant had a Council Public Meeting in the fall of 2015 where comments from the public and Council members were heard. In the winter of 2015 the applicant elected to appeal this application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The OMB is scheduled to hold a pre hearing meeting for this application on February 7th, 2017 at 9AM. The main hearing on this file will be scheduled for March 20th, 2017. 
** New** A With Prejudice Settlement Offer was presented at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on February 6th. This offer included a significant increase in the number of Townhouse units that had been previously proposed (88 up from the previous proposal of 37), a number of other changes including 3 semi detached units facing Arnold Cres. as well as increased setbacks to the lots on Highland Lane from the proposed units south of Arnold. While I appreciate that there are some improvements to the plan relative to the original plan,, it still remains a poor fit for the neighbourhood in my opinion. I moved a motion at Committee of the Whole on February 6th to deny this application, and unless there is a significant change in the plan in the very near future I intend to move this motion forward at Council on February 13th. Given that the application is currently before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) the passing of this motion by Council will unfortunately mean it will go back to the OMB and it will be up to the OMB to make its ruling. I will continue to keep the community informed as this situation unfolds.
 
2. Canyon Hill and Yonge St (10922, 10944 and 10956 Yonge St) 
An application for 160 townhouses was submitted to staff this spring. Letters to area residents were sent out from my office, informing the neighbourhood of this application. The applicant has since appealed this application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The OMB hearing is scheduled for December 12th, 2016. Council recently passed an Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL) that effectively “freezes” development in this area while a Secondary Plan is produced for the portion of the lands that are included in the Key Development Area designation under the Official Plan. This Secondary Plan process will begin immediately and take place over the next year approximately.
**New** See #6 below as this application is with the same ICBL area
 
3. 129, 133, 141 Arnold Cres and 230 Major Mackenzie Dr. W. 
This site is owned by The Acorn Development Corporation.  At this time, I understand the developer is working to complete an application for redevelopment of this site which they are working to complete with our Richmond Hill Planning staff.  The applicant will need to go through the regular planning process prior to obtaining any approvals to building anything new on the site. It is my intention to host a meeting for the neighbourhood residents as soon as any plans by the developer have been solidified. This meeting will serve to make the community aware of the details of this application. Presently, at this very early point in the process, there is no timeline set for such a meeting but I will ensure that the community is informed in a timely manner when a clearer picture becomes available.
 
4. Condo Proposal South West corner of Gamble and Yonge. 
In 2014 there was an application for an 8 and 5 storey condo on the South West Corner of Gamble Rd and Yonge St. The applicant had a Council Public Meeting some time ago but this application has not been presented to Council as of yet. There were a number of issues that were identified during this process, including issues of proximity to a flood plain.
 
5. 47 and 59 Brookside Road and 12 and 24 Naughton Drive
This proposed development application includes 188 townhouses, 4 condo towers and a public park. I hosted a Resident’s Meeting on Wednesday, August 10th. At this meeting residents voiced significant concerns about a number of issues related to the application. Included in these concerns was the overall density of the proposal and the height of the 4 buildings being proposed (as high as 29 storeys), as well as issues related to vehicular access to the site and related traffic concerns.  A very well attended Council Public Meeting was held regarding this application on October 5th. Many residents spoke to council about their concerns with the proposal. Most council members, including myself, reflected these concerns and spoke in support of the residents. All comments from this meeting will be taken by staff as the application undergoes a more thorough analysis and ultimately a recommendation to council to approve or deny the application. I am expecting that we will be able to work with the applicant to make some significant changes to this application so that it can eventually represent a much better “fit” for the neighbourhood than what is currently being proposed. Richmond Hill council has enacted an Interim Control By-law for Yonge/Bernard Area.
 
Council approved the implementation of an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) for an area around the intersection of Yonge Street and Bernard Avenue. The Interim Control By-law temporarily prohibits the use of land, buildings or structures within the specified area for one year while staff to conduct a Planning Study, develop a Key Development Area Secondary Plan and an Implementing Zoning By-law for this area. The ICBL will allow Richmond Hill to obtain input on the Secondary Plan from residents and stakeholders. It will also help ensure that development in the area meets the standards of municipal and provincial policy such as Richmond Hill’s Official Plan, York Region Official Plans and Ontario’s Growth Plan. Richmond Hill will contract with Urban Strategies Inc. to prepare the Planning Study and Yonge/Bernard Key Development Area Secondary Plan and Implementing Zoning By-law. Staff will report back to Council before the end of July 2017 on potential adjustments to the ICBL boundary in accordance with the study findings. During this time there will be an opportunity for community int and I would invite all interested residents to stay tuned as more information becomes available. An interesting article is published in the Richmond Hill Post on page 10. You can view the article by following clicking here.
**New** The Interim Control Bylaw that was passed by Council recently has been appealed to the OMB by several of the landowners in this area. Details of these appeals will be announced when they are available.
**New** As a part of the KDA development process public input will be invited on the following two dates. I would encourage all interested area residents to attend one of these meetings. The input received from these meetings will help to shape the KDA Secondary Plan and the related development in this area.
Event #1: Public Workshop
When:            Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time:             7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where:           Elgin West Community Centre (Palisade Room) 11099 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill
The purpose of this workshop is to engage the public and provide an opportunity to be involved in the KDA planning study. At the workshop, a short presentation will be made, and there will be opportunities to participate in a number of smaller roundtable thematic discussions to obtain feedback and input.
 
Event #2: Community Open House
When:            Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:             7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where:           Elgin West Community Centre (Palisade Room), 11099 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill
 
The Community Open House will provide the public with an opportunity to view the background work and draft options for the KDA that have been developed by the consultants and Town staff, based on input received from the public, agencies, and other stakeholders.
 
If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact me at 905-771-2536.  For more information on the Yonge/Bernard KDA project, please visit the study webpage at: https://www.richmondhill.ca/bernardKDA
 

6. 100 Mill St.

At the Council Public Meeting held on October 25th a zoning bylaw amendment application was considered by Council in order to provide relief from the current zoning bylaw governing building at 100 Mill St. The applicant is applying to sever the existing lot and create 2 homes on the two proposed lots. A number of residents attended the meeting and/or expressed their concerns to me in writing primarily about the size and height of the proposed buildings. Some expressed that it was unnecessary and inappropriate for these proposed buildings to be so large, when many other newer homes in this area have done a good job “fitting” into the existing neighbourhood. All comments from this meeting will be referred back to planning staff. At this meeting the applicant has made a promise to work with staff and the community to propose something more appropriately sized as the process moves forward. At the present time our planning staff will continue to work with the applicant so that a revised application can be brought to Council in the future. 

 
7. **NEW** 35 Wright St.
The proposed application at 35 Wright St. seeks to amend the Zoning By-Law to permit a 6 storey office building to be constructed on the subject lands. I will be be hosting a Residents’ Meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. All residents are welcome to attend this meeting. A mailed invitation has been distributed to the immediate neighbourhood. There will also be a Council Public Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:30 in the Council Chambers. Your input regarding this application can also be submitted to myself at [email protected] and to the staff planner on this file at [email protected]