I am happy to write with good news about our community's fight to stop big box development on Eastern Ave. Yesterday Justice Karakatsanis of the Divisional Court denied SmartCentres Inc. leave to appeal the decision of the Ontario Municipal Board.
The ruling upholds the decision of the OMB to refuse an a...pplication to amend the Official Plan and the zoning by-law and denied smart centres application to build a 700,000 sq foot big box development on the toronto film studio lands.After extensive arguments by both parties, Justice Karakatsanis concluded that the decision was policy based and was within the expertise of the Board to interpret and apply the Official Plan policies: "At the conclusion of a lengthy hearing, the OMB was persuaded that the proposal did not constitute good planning and would very likely destabilize the area including the formerly designated industrial lands within the context of Policy 9.18 of the 1994 Official Plan. I am not persuaded that there is some reason to doubt the legal correctness of the Board's original decision on a question of law."
Ward 30 Community Meeting: Harmonized Zoning By-Law Project
Thursday, November 12, 2009
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ralph Thorton Centre
Since 2003, City staff have been working on a consolidated zoning by-law which would harmonize the zoning by-laws inherited from the six pre-amalgamation municipalities.
The objective of the project is provide a single coherent set of by-laws. The project is intended to make it easier for staff to manage building, licensing, and planning issues and for the public and other stakeholders to understand and work with the zoning by-laws. The draft zoning by-law will also bring the City's zoning by-laws into conformity with the new Official Plan.
Councillor Paula Fletcher, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff, playground designer Adam Bienenstock and more than 400 volunteers from ING Direct Canada descended upon McCleary Playground Sept 17 to transform it into a natural playground. Some of the play features include a mister, climbing boulders, musical instruments, and a hill slide. At Queen and McGee streets, "Leslieville is a perfect location for a natural playground because this is one of the greenest neighbourhoods in the city," says Councillor Paula Fletcher.