OMB Reform status

The province has committed to OMB reform by promising an independent planning information and support centre for residents and vowing to stop overriding city planning decisions. We expect OMB reform legislation to be passed in the coming months.

Developers, knowing their days at the OMB may be numbered, have been frantically putting in new applications and rushing applications to the OMB
with the expectation they will be “grandfathered” from the tighter planning regulations and the limited opportunity to appeal to a reformed OMB.
SERRA has seen its share of expedited applications.

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City planning and council have fought back, stating that all applications in process or being submitted will be tested against the new draft planning regimen.

One thing is certain, the OMB will be a very busy place over the next few years.


Tall/Mid-Rise development; How big a deal is development in our area?

City planning stated that the Y-E Centre ranks among the densest communities in Canada.

At the Y-E centre the population (from a 2016 base)  is expected to grow by more than 100% (from 20K to 44K) and in the Y-E Secondary Plan area by more than 50% (from 61K to 95K). The SERRA area is wholly inside and comprises the largest part of the Y-E area. By 2025 there will be at least 34,000 more people in our midtown area. This projection only includes known applications, and every month new ones are being submitted.

In the SERRA area alone, “post Minto” (our first tall towers at Y-E) development  has brought us more than 20 big projects, including more than 25 towers, yielding in excess of 8,000 units with an estimated value of well over $3B. So far new residents have moved into only three of those 20+ projects so the full impact of the increasing population has not yet been felt.
In our last newsletter, we highlighted development activities in the Soudan apartment neighbourhood (link to last week’s newsletter for 18 Brownlow). However, new development is also very active in the Davisville apartment neighbourhood with five active applications, one of which was just appealed to the OMB.

New development (three projects) is occurring along Yonge at Davisville and Yonge and farther north at Manor (on the west side).

Lastly, two projects are active along Eglinton between Mt. Pleasant and Bayview (north side), as well as a 44-storey tower project at the site of the Roehampton Hotel on Mt Pleasant.




Community Consultation – 537 Eglinton Avenue East

This application proposes to amend City of Toronto Zoning By-law to permit a 23-storey (72.6 metre) high residential building with a 7-storey base building that measures 23.1 metres in height. The proposal contains a total of 128 dwelling units and a total gross floor area of 9,073 square metres, resulting in a density of 16.58 times the lot area. A total of 37 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in two levels of underground parking. City … Read more

The Midtown Working Group asks local residents to support the new vision for Canada Square development.

A new Midtown Town Centre vision for the Canada Square site at Yonge and Eglinton has been developed by the Midtown Working Group and endorsed by Midtown Councillors Josh Matlow, Mike Colle and Jaye Robinson. This vision is a once-in-a-century legacy city-building opportunity on City-owned land, for what will soon be the second most significant transit hub – right in the middle of Toronto. The Town Centre will provide sorely needed education, childcare, affordable housing, … Read more

How to make a submission to City Council and Committees – Instruction Guide

We have had many questions related to how to make a submission to the scheduled meetings for Canada Square. Council and committee meetings are scheduled with a system called TMMIS that can be found on the City’s website or just type ‘TMMIS’ into Google search. So we have prepared a quick tutorial. Read the instruction Guide here  

The Future of Yonge and Eglinton’s Canada Square: Supporting Midtown Existing and Future Residents’ Quality of Life

City Planning has completed its Special Study Area Report with Guiding Principles following working group meetings with residents’ groups supported by an inter-Divisional staff team.   You can find a copy of the planning department’s report at this link: Get Report For Action   Next Steps The Zoning By-law Amendment application for the Canada Square site was submitted to the City on December 21, 2020. The community consultation process with the broader community was put … Read more