City staff will again likely be headed to the Ontario Municipal Board to oppose a developer’s condominium proposal in Etobicoke, this time on the Plant World property.
Lanterra 4000 Eglinton Realty Ltd. appealed last November to the board its application to build five, 18- to 33-storey condo towers on the two-hectare property on the southeast corner of Eglinton Avenue West and Royal York Road.
Etobicoke York Community Council voted without debate Feb. 22 to send city staff to the board to oppose Lanterra’s appeal.
Toronto City Council will consider the matter on March 9 for a final decision.
Lanterra’s proposal is a mixed-use development comprised of five condo towers housing 1,900 residential units.
City planners expressed concerns with the proposal’s “built form, building heights, density and potential traffic impacts,” a Feb. 3 city planning report states, noting the developer did not address those concerns in its December 2015 city submission or since.
Currently, Plant World garden centre consists of a one-storey building, a number of greenhouses, outdoor planter beds and a surface parking lot with one in and one out driveway, the report states.
The site is surrounded by 12- to 15-storey apartment buildings to the north, predominantly single-family detached homes to the south, St. Demetrius Catholic Church to the immediate east, and a 15-storey apartment building to the west.
Last May, approximately 200 people attended a community consultation meeting and expressed concerns about the proposal's:
· neighbourhood compatibility
· height, scale and density
· potential shadow, views and privacy impacts
· health and safety impacts to the adjacent St. Demetrius Catholic School students
· compatibility with the future Eglinton Avenue West LRT
Residents also questioned whether capacity exists in local schools to accommodate children from the proposed development. Adequacy of servicing infrastructure to support the proposal was also cited.
City planners have not received a revised application since they met with the developer last October to discuss their comments, as well as those of other city divisions and agencies, and residents' concerns.
A pre-hearing board conference is likely to be scheduled for the second quarter of this year, the city planning report indicates.