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Letter From Councillor Doucette - March 28, 2013

posted Jun 2, 2013, 8:33 PM by 70HP Webmaster   [ updated Jun 2, 2013, 8:33 PM ]
I have been hearing from several residents in the ward about the proposed new "Grenadier Square" development at 51-77 Quebec Avenue and 40-66 High Park Avenue and I would like to give you an update.
I have concerns about this development, particularly in relation to the height of the two towers. When the proposal was brought to my attention I recommended to the proponent that they hold an optional public meeting to allow residents to see and comment on what they were planning to submit. Unfortunately they chose not to do this and on January 9th City Planning received their application for a zoning by-law amendment for the demolition of the existing town houses and to construct two new residential apartment buildings. This application was then circulated to the relevant city divisions for technical review.

We have now reached the next step in the process where City Planning's Preliminary Report on this development is coming to the April 9th Community Council. At Community Council City Planning will highlight the application and ask for a community consultation meeting, the city requires that this meeting be held within two months. I will also ask for the notice of distribution for this meeting to be increased to twice the city recommended distance.

City Planning hosts this first community consultation meeting and it is where the proponent will publically present their proposal. This meeting will provide the community with the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the proposal and this input is taken into account by City staff when they review the proposal. At this time I will tell the proponent that I recommend they consider working group meetings to ensure that the community is able to have meaningful dialogue regarding areas of the plan where they have concerns. I will also host further public meetings to make sure everyone's opinions are heard.

Regards,

Sarah

Sarah Doucette
City Councillor Ward 13
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