The Development Committee keeps on top of building development applications. We meet with developers, city planners and elected officials to help guide responsible development in our neighbourhood.
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2012
Two Development Committee activities stand out as having been particularly important in 2012.
First, we provided neighbourhood input on the Lanterra proposal for the 501 block of Yonge Street. This is likely to be the precedent-setting development on Yonge between Carlton and Bloor. Whatever goes up on this site will determine what's to come on Yonge Street north of Carlton. We were active participants in the City Hall Working Group that considered this proposal. It began as twin 58 story towers; it is now a proposed south 52-story tower and a proposed 22-story north tower. Our work has had an impact.
Second, we saw the creation of the North Downtown Yonge Street Planning Framework. which largely grew out of concerns for 501 Yonge (and other expected towers on Yonge Street). We took the lead in formulating a Vision of Yonge Street (between Carlton and Bloor). This Vision was reviewed by the four neighbourhood associations that share a border with Yonge: CWNA, BCCA, BENA, and GYRA. We are proud to say that the Vision has been largely incorporated in the draft Planning Framework.
One positive result is that the height limits in our Vision have been applied to the northern portion of Lanterra's 501 Yonge Street proposal.
In addition to these two important development activities, the Development Committee has been an active participant in more than a dozen additional proposals in our neighbourhood. We are working with Ryerson University and the Church Wellesley Village BIA to develop a Vision for Church Street. And we’re background participants with BCCA in developing a Vision for Bay Street (between College and Bloor).
A typical week in 2012 found the Development Committee participating in two to five events - community meetings, proposal reviews, planning frameworks, design reviews, community council meetings. We have made sufficient progress that developers are now talking to us before they submit a proposal to the city. If you'd like to join the Development Committee, please visit our Volunteer page. There's a lot of work to be done, but the reward will be a sustainable, healthy community.