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Five Local Residents Win at the Committee of Adjustment

Yes, residents can be successful opposing developments near their homes. Five South Eglinton homeowners went to Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment with SERRA’s help. These South Eglinton residents didn’t want tall replacement homes beside them, with decks that overlook their backyards and blank walls that shade out the sun. Each time, the Committee agreed with the residents and turned down the supposedly minor variances that developers were requesting.

Four of these widely welcomed decisions have been appealed to the provincial Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) by the builders. Local councillor Josh Matlow therefore convinced his Toronto and East York Community Council colleagues to instruct City staff to defend the decisions of the Committee of Adjustment. This is a terrific support to South Eglinton residents. Fighting an appeal at the OMB requires lawyers and planners, which can cost over $10,000 if you hire them yourself. The City has lawyers and planners who know the issues. This action by Councillor Matlow shows the city government does work on behalf of the people.

Apathy and a feeling of helplessness have grown in the last decade. Many residents tell us they see no point to fighting for good planning. They say, “The developers have deep pockets and will always win, so why bother!” SERRA applauds the homeowners who would not lie down and who fought this battle. “The best part of it” one said after winning at the Committee of Adjustment, “was the happy surprise on my neighbours’ faces when they saw that we are not helpless.”

SERRA does not intervene in every dispute between neighbours. When it’s an issue of planning and good development, though, we feel the rights of existing residents have to be protected. SERRA lobbied City government, helped residents develop a winning strategy, and a SERRA Board member argued in front of the Committee of Adjustment to defend the neighbourhood.

Contact us at serra@southeglinton.ca if you need help on a planning issue. We know how the Committee of Adjustment works and the issues that they find important. This knowledge gives you the power to change things.

Mark your calendars! Important community consultation on January 20, 2021.

The hugely busy Davisville area is seeing another development proposal, this time at 185 Balliol. Come to a virtual community consultation on January 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more.     185 Balliol Public Notice (002)

Davisville Village Planning – Town Hall Meeting

HOSTED BY COUNCILLOR MATLOW (Tuesday, Dec 8 at 6:30 pm)   Please find below an invite from City Councillor Matlow to all residents in the Davisville apartment neighbourhood and the immediate adjacent area to attend an important DAVISVILLE VILLAGE PLANNING meeting. In addition to our Councillor and his staff, various City Planning groups will attend (Community Planning, Parks). City Transportation Services staff, who can answer questions about future construction will be there as will SERRA. … Read more

November 2020 Newsletter

  Read about what is happening in our neighbourhood in our latest newsletter.   Please click here: November 2020 Newsletter  

Virtual Town Hall 2020 – Invitation to Non-Members

If you are not a current member of SERRA, we would ask you to pre-register for the Town Hall at the following link. When: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: SERRA AGM/Town Hall Virtual Meeting Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_caSK-6VcSomoxS3inZcv_A If you are unable to pre-register, you may join the Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82387651823 Questions related to … Read more