Appeal Decision – Development at 422-424 Wellington Street West
After almost 4 years defending our community's vision for Wellington Street at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), last week we received a decision on the 422-424 Wellington Street West appeal – a decision that is an overwhelming victory for our community.
I am pleased to inform you that the LPAT has ruled that the proposal for 422-424 Wellington Street West does not represent appropriate development for the site.
Back in 2016 a zoning bylaw amendment was submitted to the City, proposing a 23 storey mixed-use building, integrating the existing heritage building on the site. In 2017, the developer, Lamb Development Corp, appealed the rezoning to the Ontario Municipal Board (now called the LPAT). The developer then resubmitted plans showing a 17 story tower atop the heritage building on site. Staff identified a number of issues with the proposal, including the appropriateness of the built form for the site, the treatment of the heritage building, the proposed building height, and consistency with the character of the surrounding area and policies of the King-Spadina Secondary Plan.
I want to sincerely thank City staff for their tireless work on this file, and the community members who took time out of their lives to protect our vision for Wellington Street. Additionally, this result would not have been possible without the leadership and commitment of the Wellington Place Neighbourhood Association (WPNA).