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Spring 2020

 

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New Seniors Living Comes to New Street

Martin Quarcoopome, Associate with Weston Consulting, represented TRG New Guelph Inc., a division of Rosseau Development Corporation, in their Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to redesignate and rezone their lands for high-density residential uses. These applications were needed to facilitate the development of two 11-storey, mid-rise buildings. The proposed development is to accommodate a seniors with rental apartment and a retirement residence with long-term assisted living care.
 
TRG’s development proposal includes 197 units (including 33 memory care units) in the retirement building and 145 seniors rental units in the apartment building. Approximately 500 sq.m of Community Institutional space is proposed in the apartment building to accommodate a future non-profit organization that will provide seniors with support care services to the public.
 
TRG and Weston worked closely to address massing and transitional matters related to the surrounding established low-rise residential neighbourbood. Ultimately, a design that met good planning and urban design principles was established. Planning Staff presented their recommendation report to the City Planning and Development Committee on November 12, 2019 to support the proposed development. Final approval of their development applications was granted by City Council in January, 2020.

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New Subdivision Near the Credit River Valley

Weston Consulting submitted Rezoning and Draft Plan of Subdivision applications on behalf of Hanlon Glen Homes Inc. to the City of Mississauga in December 2019 which were declared complete under the Planning Act on January 20, 2020. The applications apply to 20.9 hectares (52 acres) of tableland adjacent the Credit River Valley at 1200 Old Derry Road and facilitate the development of 322 lots for single and semi-detached dwellings on new public streets that offer a public view with corridors to the Credit River Valley, and a stormwater management block within the valley.  

The proposed draft plan incorporates the historically-designated Simpson-Humphries House into the plan. To alleviate construction and resident traffic from entering the existing Meadowvale neighbourhood to the east, the subdivision includes a new local road to Old Derry Road. The applications respect various environmental constraint limits and buffers along the valley and required the preparation of a Planning Justification Report by Weston Consulting and the coordination of 14 other studies, including an Environmental Impact Study, Transportation Impact Study, Hydrogeological/Water Balance Study, and a Functional Servicing Study. These applications are currently in circulation to various City departments and public bodies for review and comment. A community meeting is expected to be scheduled shortly with a public meeting at the City’s Planning and Development Committee in late June 2020.

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Expanding the Historic Maple Community 

Ryan Guetter, Senior Vice President with Weston Consulting, secured a favourable decision from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal regarding the planning applications for 9560 & 9570 Keele Street in the City of Vaughan. Weston Consulting had submitted applications on behalf of Laurier Harbour (Keele) Inc. for Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-Law Amendment, and Draft Plan of Subdivision in December 2015 to facilitate a 19-unit townhouse development accessed by a private condominium road on the subject properties.  The proposed development is located in the area of Rutherford Road and Keele Street in the historic Maple Community. Maple is designated for gentle and contextually-appropriate intensification within the City’s Official Plan. An appeal was filed in 2017 against the City of Vaughan following its failure to make a decision regarding the applications, which then went to the LPAT and resulted in Case No. PL170640. 

A hearing was held in February 2019 to reach a decision on the appeals. At the outset of the hearing, the Tribunal was advised that the Appellant, the City, and York Region had reached a settlement of their issues on the basis of revised applications. A nearby land owner continued to oppose the planning applications resulting from concerns regarding proposed tree removals, privacy, lack of potential snow storage sites, and adverse impacts on his property value. As a result, Ryan Guetter provided expert planning evidence in support of the applications. The Tribunal rendered a decision in favour of Weston’s client, approving the OPA while withholding final approval for the ZBA and DPS. Subsequent LPAT Orders approved the ZBA and DPS in October 2019 and April 2020. The client is currently working towards clearing Draft Plan conditions with the City. 
 
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Full Steam Ahead

As the concern surrounding COVID-19 remains in the forefront, Weston continues its ability to adapt operations in order to meet the needs of our clients and staff.  All planners, design, accounting and administrative staff are fully operating remotely and are equipped with all tools necessary to provide undisrupted, quality service to our clients.
 
During this unprecedented situation, municipalities are also changing the way they function on a day to day basis and Weston is continuously monitoring all changes to planning processes all over the Province. We are very pleased to see many municipalities are also adapting the constantly-evolving situation this pandemic has brought on by accepting new submissions and holding virtual Pre-Application Consultation, Committee and Council meetings.

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The ‘business as usual’ philosophy of many jurisdictions allows for the continued growth and development of their communities. Weston fully supports this philosophy and continues to work vigorously to assist our clients with moving their projects forward. 
 
Feel free to contact us through phone or email and we will gladly schedule a conference call or virtual meeting to discuss how we can help you navigate your current or new endeavors through these uncharted waters.
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