OMB Appeals- 193 McCaul Street and 292 Dundas Street West

As you may know, in early August 2017, Lamb Development submitted an application to the City to develop a 19-storey mixed-use building at 193 McCaul Street, and in late August 2017, Tribute Limited submitted an application to develop a 38-storey mixed-use building at 292 Dundas Street West.

Last week, the City hosted the required public meeting on these applications. Like those of you who expressed concerns about the proposed height, density, traffic impacts and other issues, I agree that these proposals are incredibly inappropriate for these sites and do not fit the character of the neighbourhood. I would like to thank everyone who attended the public meetings and wrote to our office to share their concerns about how these developments would impact our community.

Unfortunately, unlike most of the other development applications in Ward 20, these applications were filed without any formal community consultation prior to the submission. In addition to this, both developers have decided to further circumvent community consultation and the City Planning process, and have appealed their applications to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Not coincidentally, these applications were appealed just in time to be considered under the current OMB, which strongly favours developers and will no longer exist later this year.

What this means is that the decisions regarding these developments have been taken out of the hands of the local community. Despite this, I am committed to defending the interests of our community and vigorously opposing these applications at the OMB.

I will continue to work with the community and City Planning to push for revisions to both of these proposals, and keep you updated on the OMB proceedings.  

If you have any further feedback or questions about these applications, do not hesitate to contact my office at councillor_cressy@toronto.ca