DIGIN Development Meeting
Wednesday 10 April 2013
7pm to 8:30pm
Wallace Emerson Community Centre, Ambrico Room
(SW corner of Dufferin & Dupont)
This special Neighourhood Development Update will concentrate
on the implications the emerging Industrial/Employment Lands issue is having on our community.
is a somewhat complicated issue with long-term implications for our
neighbourhood and the city. The preservation of Industrial/Employment
land is a guideline from the Province of Ontario's Planning Act. The
Provincial guidelines are interpreted by the City of Toronto's Official
Plan and Area Plans. These, in turn, guide re-zoning and development
applications. The purpose is to create or maintain sustainable
communities via good live/work mix, short commutes, high employment,
the Wednesday, April 10th DIG IN meeting, the recent 158 Sterling
decision will used as a Case Study. This is a property and an issue
that many in the area are familiar with, so it is a good reference
point. In this case, the developer applied for rezoning from Industrial
to Mixed-Use, ie a mix of office, retail and residential use, and was
turned down by the City. The decision is being appealed to the Ontario
Municipal Board, which rules on land-use disputes.
City of Toronto staff -- Sarah Phipps, Area Planner and Rebecca Condon
of Economic Development -- will present an overview of the Employment
Lands policy, which will help guide discussion. Ana Bailao, or one of
her senior EAs will attend, and our MPP, Jonah Schein, will stop by. As
well, a representative of Castlepoint, the developer, will be on hand to
participate. Nestlé Canada, a local industrial employer, has been invited.
Everyone is welcome!