City employees oppose "over-development" of former golf course land

City employees oppose “over-development” of former golf course land

The Board will discuss a recommendation to reject the 12 Paul Street motion on June 13

Referring to it as an “excessive development,” city employees are urging the council to reject a proposal to build townhouses and a six- to 10-story apartment building on part of the former Victoria Park West Golf Club property.

“The applicant has not demonstrated that the proposed development can achieve an appropriate transition to surrounding low-density residential land, has not demonstrated compliance with urban design policies and guidelines, and has not demonstrated any adverse impact on the adjacent Torrance Creek Regional Wetland (PSW),” states a summary of concerns Staff to report to the board. Taken together, these issues show an over-development of the subject site.

If their status is approved, Village Park Inc. will He built 308 townhouses stacked four floors in 12 buildings around a 2.37-hectare (5.88-acre) perimeter known as 12 Bull Street, with a six- to 10-story apartment building with 185 units in the center. Each of the four-storey homes will include two stacked units.

The proposal comes with 644 underground parking spaces and 18 surface parking spaces.

In order to move the development forward, the owner wants the city council to change the property’s official plan designation to High Density from the current Low Density, as well as increase the maximum allowable height from six to 10 stories.

The site in question is located off the western side of Victoria Road, south of Stone Road.

The Board is scheduled to consider the working group’s recommendation during its planning meeting on June 13.

“The proposed high-density development is incompatible and out of scope with the nature of the surrounding area,” notes the task force’s recommendation report. “Redesigning the site to allocate a ‘high density’ residential land use with a site-specific policy of increased density does not constitute good land use planning.”

During a public meeting in April, area residents and council members raised a number of concerns about the proposal.

Chief among these is the impact of this development on already congested traffic – particularly when turning left from DeCorso Drive onto Victoria Road, heading north – as well as the lack of parking for visitors in the area, exacerbating an already ‘disruption’ of enrollment in nearby schools and the possibility of Negative effects on wildlife.

During that meeting, resident neighbor Keefe Pires submitted to the board a petition signed by 125 area residents opposing the project.

This is the last step in the long-discussed subdivision, which was initially proposed in 2005, and which is largely established at this point.

The 39.3 hectare subdivision was approved by the Ontario Municipal Council in 2013 to house 489 total units. This latest proposal seeks to increase this by 325 housing units.

When the project was first announced in 2005, then-owner Deodoro Investments Ltd. sought permission to build 224 sub-residential units across the entire 39.3-hectare site.

It has since undergone several reviews and a change of ownership and was the subject of an OMB appeal in 2013 due to the City Council not taking a decision on the proposal.

It was this appeal that settled the overall partition plan.

The first phase of subdivision was registered with the city in 2017, with the second phase registered last September, except for the currently proposed block, and it outlines a planning report from the developer posted on the city’s website.

The deadline for registering as a delegate or submitting a written report to the plenary meeting on June 13 is Friday at 10 a.m.

2022-06-06 16:33:30

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