Vote Success: Community Council 2265 Bloor Street West
Our neighborhood has taken the next step in the fight to stop the condo at 2265 Bloor Street West. Yesterday I convinced my colleagues on the Etobicoke-York Community Council to unanimously support my motion to oppose the condo proposal at the OMB. I am already working on the next step, winning the vote at the full Council meeting on August 24.
Together we have developed a vision for Bloor West Village as a greener, walkable, family-friendly community, with businesses that meet neighbours’ needs, and buildings in tune with the character of our low-rise, bricks-and-mortar neighbourhood. I’ve oppose 2265 Bloor because it would take us in the opposite direction.
Bloor West Village is not just a commercial strip. This proposal sets a dangerous precedent for a style of development that would destroy what has made the Village great – a village feeling and connection between the businesses and the neighbours. That relationship has made Bloor West and Swansea wonderful places to live and has made the Village a great place to run a business.
City planners agree with our vision and had recommended that the City oppose the development. We added two community amendments to the staff report. First, I’ve ensured that our local resident associations would be consulted on any working groups or site plan control applications that may arise from the proposed development. It is vital that residents are consulted throughout this process, as it is we, the local residents, who will be living with the results of these decisions.
Secondly, Community Council directed the City Solicitor to request an adjournment of the OMB hearing until after the area study I proposed is complete. In 2012 I got City Council to agree to do an area study for Bloor West Village. Earlier this year it was upgraded to an area study for all of Bloor Street West in our ward.
This development once again highlights that the OMB is an unfair appeals system. I am a strong supporter of MPPs’ private members’ bills that would remove the OMB’s jurisdiction over Toronto. City Council supports this position and it has editorial support from the Toronto Star. The OMB is letting developers erode the Village character; the Premier needs to listen.
I would like to ask for your help in this ongoing battle. Can you please email Premier Wynne at email@example.com and Ted McMeekin, the Minister of Municipal Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them Toronto doesn’t need the OMB.
Finally I want to thank all the community members who have been working for better planning in Ward 13. The continued success of Toronto rests on more than just building more gleaming towers; it’s about ensuring development preserves what made this city livable and desirable in the first place – strong and vibrant neighbourhoods.