Report to board, October 2015
The development committee met on Friday, October 16. Present: Keith Veira, Gobnait McAnoy, Michael Brewer, Jane Robinson, Bhavin Lad.
The committee welcomed two new members, Michael Brewer and Bhavin Lad.
1. Meeting with city staff re Cityscape application, 8 October 2015
Present: City: Henry Tang, Planner; Tom Davidson, Councillor's office
GWNA: Lester Brown, Jane Robinson, George Hume, Gobnait McAnoy, Julie Beddoes
(i) This was first of a series of informal meetings with committee as staff work continues. Next meeting will be in November after working hours with larger group to include members from each condo building.
(ii). Three applications are active: 60 Mill St.; 370 & 370R Cherry St., (ribbon building); 31R Parliament (triangle) This means that the original applications are still with the planning department unmodified but the applicant has not been taking further steps.
(iii). City planning is preparing a list of goals, objectives and performance measures for the site as a whole to include heritage issues and pedestrian experience, scale and massing, which will be shared with us as soon as there's a complete draft.
(iv). There will be a new Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for the triangle to go to Council early next year based on item 2 -- but otherwise the list of Objectives etc. will have no statutory force.
(v). It’snot clear at this point what effect process toward HCD status will have on application process. Heritage staff are making a study of the area which will lead to recommendations.
(vi). Planning staff think tower is appropriate at 31R Parliament; committee members urged reduction in size of base building. There will be trade-offs between the height asked for and/or allowed on this building and proposal for 60 Mill. Committee members explained site problems at 60 Mill.
(vii). Staff to meet with triangle owners; situation re: Cityzen purchase not clear.
(viii). A meeting open to the whole neighbourhood will be called when new plan(s), ie revised application(s) can be presented. If appropriate, a larger community working group will be formedwhen revised applications are evaluated,
2. Gardiner East EA: GWNA rep Jane Robinson will attend SAC meeting on 20 October. Three versions of the hybrid proposal are under consideration and evaluation criteria are being developed. We hope to learn if the two other proposals presented at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on September 22 will be subjected to the same analysis.
3. Villiers Island and Port Lands GWNA alternate rep J.Beddoes attended meeting of Villiers Island Precinct plan SAC on September 28. Concerns were expressed about the viability of the plan presented and a lack of a central vision. A new presentation will be prepared to clarify issues raised at the SAC. Development cannot proceed until Lower Don Flood protection is in place.
4. Ward Boundary Review, City Solid Waste Policy, First Gulf development on Unilever site
The development committee believes that these ongoing issues are best left up to individuals to take any opportunity to participate that is offered. If and when there are significant developments or if issues of particular concern to GWNA members arise, the committee will report to the GWNA board and recommend any action considered useful.
5. Mill St. Renovation Working group meeting postponed to 22 October to allow staff to draft possible solutions.
6. First Parliament Site (Delegates Lester Brown and Gobnait McAnoy) Working group has not met for many months. Gobnait McAnoy will inquire about reason for delay and report.
7. Committee record keeping We discussed establishing on-line repository for development committee records independently of GWNA website. Bavin will work with Julie on this.