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. 
 
1. 44, 48,54 and 60 Arnold Cres. 
This development application was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) by the applicant. The hearing wrapped up in March and a decision from the OMB will be expected soon. 
2. 129, 133, 141 Arnold Cres and 230 Major Mackenzie Dr. W. 
This property is owned by The Acorn Development Corporation.  At this time the developer is in the later stages of completing an application for redevelopment of this site.  I will host a meeting for the neighbourhood residents as soon as any plans by the developer have been finalized and an application has been submitted to our Planning Staff. I have been informed that this meeting may happen as early as this fall. Please stay tuned to this e newsletter for more information as it becomes available.
 
3. Canyon Hill and Yonge St 10922, 10944 and 10956 Yonge St. & 47 and 59 Brookside Road and 12 and 24 Naughton Drive
A plan that will guide any development on the lands to the north of the KDA, south of Brookside, known as the Tertiary Plan area, is currently being developed by our Planning Staff. It is also important to note that the owner of most of the lands in question has appealed the development application related to those these lands, to the OMB.
 
**New** A meeting has been set for members of the public to provide input related to the Tertiary Plan for this area. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th at 7PM at the Elgin West Community Centre. During this meeting a discussion will take place related to some potential concepts for a Tertiary Plan that will guide future development of these lands. All comments and input from this meeting will be received by our Planning Staff to help guide the formation of the final plan that is expected to come before Council in May. I would encourage any community members to attend this meeting.
 
4. 100 Mill St.
At the Council Public Meeting held on October 25th, 2016 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 applied to sever the existing lot and create two 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. All comments from this meeting were referred back to planning staff. 
 
The applicant recently provided to our Planning Staff, a resubmission in response to comments made by staff and the public. The resubmission was received on August 1, 2017, and appears to address some of the concerns regarding the original submission. Staff is currently in the process of reviewing the new submission material and will continue working with the applicant, providing any further input as required.
 
5. 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 hosted a Residents’ Meeting in February, where public input was gathered. The next step in this process was a Council Public Meeting held in March. Several residents expressed their views related to the proposal. I am particularly concerned about the lack of parking in the plan and the height of the proposed building. Our Planning staff will take away all of these comments and continue the planning process. In the future a staff report will come to Council with a recommendation regarding the application.
 
One of the notable features of this property is the listed heritage building that exists on the property. Before any development permissions that would include the removal of a heritage listed building would be granted, it is a requirement that the heritage listed property be assessed by our Heritage Planning Staff. This assessment would then include a recommendation by staff to either allow the building to be demolished, or a recommendation to designate the building under the Planning Act as a Heritage building. Designation under the Planning Act would negate any possibility of demolishing the building. 
 
On September 12th, 2017 the Heritage Richmond Hill Committee (HRH) considered a staff report, and endorsed a recommendation from our Heritage Planning staff that the house be designated and not allowed to be removed. This recommendation will need to be passed by Council at a future Council Meeting. This is a significant step, because if the existing Heritage building is designated, the original proposal submitted by the applicant will not be possible. However, a proposal that works to incorporate the existing building into a redevelopment may be possible. 
 
I will keep residents informed of next steps and the date for a future Council meeting related to this application when it becomes available. Click here for a link to the HRH staff report.   
 
6. ** NEW**307 Harrris Avenue – RESIDENTS’ INFORMATION MEETING INVITATION
A development proposed at 307 Harris Avenue (near the corner of Harris Avenue and Beech Avenue) will be considered by Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, February 20th at 4:30 PM, and again before Council on Monday, February 26th at 7:30 PM.
 
The application consists of six single detached dwelling lots.  Included in this proposal, there is a plan to connect Beech Avenue to Wicker Drive. In the past I have spoken to a number of residents about this issue and as such, wanted to ensure area residents were aware of the proposed development. A detailed staff report (SRPRS.18.044) regarding this application will be available after Tuesday, February 13th on the Town’s website, www.richmondhill.ca.
 
The report can be found on the website in the calendar section, under the Committee of the Whole Meeting for February 20th, 2018. Alternatively you can access the meeting’s reports using the following link https://calendar.richmondhill.ca/default/Detail/2018-02-20-Committee-of-the-Whole.
 
I would encourage anyone interested in this application to read the staff report. Related comments can be sent to myself at [email protected] and to the Town Clerk at [email protected] before the February 20th meeting so that other Council members can receive your comments as well.
 
Residents may also attend and/or speak in person to this issue at the Committee of the Whole meeting on the 20th or the Council meeting on the 26th.  These two meetings will be held at the Town Hall at 225 East Beaver Creek in the Council Chambers on the first floor. If a resident wishes to speak at a meeting they must contact the Town Clerk and request to be added as a delegation at the meeting.
 
Finally, I will be hosting a Resident’s Information Meeting on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:30 PM in the Woodland Room at the Elgin West Community Centre to discuss this application with interested residents. The Elgin West Community Centre is located at 11099 Bathurst Street. If you wish to attend this meeting it would be helpful if you could RSVP to me in advance of the meeting.