Our councillor Sarah Doucette sent the following note:
I have just been informed by the proponents for the proposed 2265-2279 Bloor Street development have taken their proposal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). As the proponent has heard from me, and the community as a whole, we do not support this application. The proponent has now decided to exercise their right to go the OMB 120 days after applying, skipping the city process and going straight to the province.
To say I am disappointed is an understatement. I have heard overwhelmingly that residents share my concerns over the size and density of this building, and have expressed unease regarding traffic, retail plans, and the overall feel the building project. If approved this development will greatly alter our village and our community as a whole. By going to the OMB the proponent is not waiting to hear the city planning report, your views, or the ruling of City Council. The decisions are now left in the hands of an unelected board that is made up of members from across the province who may have never step a foot into Bloor West Village.
Moving forward, City Planner Phillip Carvalino will now be writing a Request for Directions report to Community Council to recommend the actions the City should take at the OMB. I will be putting forth a motion to send city legal and planning to the OMB. You can still share your thoughts and concerns with Mr. Carvalino, as well as my office. Council will not be sitting from September to December due to the municipal election. While it is highly unlikely that an OMB hearing will occur during this time, if a pre-hearing does occur the City Solicitor will go to represent the City.
With the OMB now hearing this case, the decision has left City hands and now lies with the Province. Despite this fact I will continue to fight for reasonable development that maintains the character of Bloor West Village.
I will update you as soon as I have more information.
Councillor Sarah Doucette
The BWVRA will of course pass along any further updates as they arise.