The first activity moving towards an OMB (now re-named LPAT – Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) hearing is the pre-hearing. The pre-hearing is a forum at which the duration and date of the eventual hearing is established. Much of that determination depends on what roles the various "players" will play at the hearing. At the pre-hearing, "players" seek status as either a party or a participant. Party status allows one to present witnesses and to cross-examine witnesses called by the other parties at the hearing proper. It also requires a commitment in terms of time (one is required to appear throughout the hearing which may last weeks) and cost (mostly for printed documentation and display boards). Participants need only appear at an agreed date/time and may incur little or no expense. They say their bit and may need to answer questions on cross-examination. Party status obviously allows one to participate more fully in the hearing’s outcome. Issues not raised by the City can be championed and issues dear to the hearts of participants can be supported. At the very least, party status satisfies this maxim … if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu (quote thanks to Chris Glover).
Developers for this proposal have appealed to the OMB ... case # PL171452. To date, no pre-hearing has been scheduled.
However the City did produce a report for the April 4th meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council outlining the reasons it will contest this proposal at the OMB. Access that "Request for Direction" report here.
The GDNA will alert Members and Friends (those on our mailing list) when a pre-hearing date has been scheduled. Plans are also in progress for an "OMB Workshop" at which residents can learn about their options for participating at an OMB hearing. Join the GDNA or subscribe to our mailing list to keep informed regarding this initiative.
If you want to preview the submitted plans and reports, take this link and expand the "Supporting Documentation" section.
Doug Taylor of tayloronhistory.com fame (and a GDNA member) was disappointed to learn that the house of the corner of Adelaide West and Morrison was earmarked for demolition. He feels that this house has substantial heritage significance and should be protected. Read his blog post from 2012 about this architectural gem.
Once again UrbanToronto.ca introduces us to a new development application in our community with this article.
In this proposal, the four lots 445, 447, 449 and 451 will be demolished despite the fact that they were built between the 1880s and 1906. Lot 453 is not included in the development plans.
This 11 storey office tower will sit directly south of St. Andrew's Playground and add additional shadow to the park in the fall, winter and spring.
The blank walls on the tower's south and west faces will certainly destroy any view or direct sunlight for residents of 10 Morrison.