Brian Ashton's Quarry Lands Presentation


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Brian Ashton's quarry lands presentation from the Concerned Citizens of Quarry Land Development annual general meeting, January 20, 2010

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Brian Ashton's Quarry Lands Presentation

  1. 1. QUARRY LANDS In the Beginning
  2. 2. Quarry Lands in Birch Cliff
  3. 3. Quarry Lands Profile <ul><li>Quarry Lands are about 20-hectares (49-acres). </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly vacant except for a few commercial businesses along Gerrard Street and Victoria Park. </li></ul><ul><li>In the past a sand and gravel quarry and municipal landfill operated on the lands. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Major Property Owners <ul><li>The Conservatory Group owns the largest property -7.5-hectares - on the Quarry Lands. </li></ul><ul><li>The City owns 6.7-hectares, now defunct expressway lands, on the Quarry Lands. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Gerrard Clonmore Lands <ul><li>Used as quarry during the 1940’s and early 1950’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Used as unregulated landfill between 1954 and 1960. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1968, Zoning approved by Borough for 1,455 apartment units. </li></ul><ul><li>Zoning permission to build these units is still in force today. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Current Zoning Permissions <ul><li>Subject lands zoned Apartment Residential – apartment buildings, day nurseries, group homes, multi-family, nursing homes, and senior citizens homes. </li></ul><ul><li>Block 1 permits 367 dwelling units. </li></ul><ul><li>Block 2 permits 369 dwelling units. </li></ul><ul><li>Three blocks to the north, two of which permit a further 714 dwellings units. </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL 1455 units </li></ul>
  7. 8. GCD Site
  8. 9. Environmental Studies…. <ul><li>1991, environmental review commissioned by City of Scarborough. </li></ul><ul><li>Review undertaken at the direction of the Minister of the Environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Minister required the City to retain a consultant to review proposed development and report on waste situation. </li></ul>
  9. 10. … .. Environmental Studies <ul><li>McLaren Engineering completes review in 1992. </li></ul><ul><li>Province reviews and requests additional information. </li></ul><ul><li>City of Scarborough reports in 1995 that it has met obligations of 1990 Minister’s Order. </li></ul><ul><li>It remains the proponent’s responsibility to obtain final approval from the Ministry. </li></ul>
  10. 11. … ..Environmental Studies <ul><li>Proponent undertakes additional studies of the environmental conditions of apartment site and submitted to MOE. Landfill Gas Control report by Dames & Moore, 1996; Risk Assessment for the Proposed Development by SNC Lavalin Engineers & Construction in 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>City of Toronto engages DCS Environmental Engineering Services in 2006 to undertake environmental investigation of the City lands </li></ul><ul><li>CCQLD commissions review of 2007 DCS Report. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Natural Environment <ul><li>Inventory of vegetation and species undertaken in 2000 by Toronto Region Conservation Authority. </li></ul><ul><li>2000 study informs TRCA report “Gerrard Prairie – Biological Inventory and Assessment” in January 2004. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Back to the Future <ul><li>In 2003, Gerrard/Clonmore Developments (Conservatory Group) applied to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance to reduce minimum unit size of 1,455 apartments in four permitted high-rise towers. </li></ul><ul><li>Committee defers application sine die without a decision. Decision cannot be appealed to Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). </li></ul><ul><li>In September 2003, City Council approves Birchcliff Quarry Lands Study. </li></ul><ul><li>Working Group of interested stakeholders and residents established to provide input to study. </li></ul>
  13. 14. … ..Back to the Future <ul><li>In April 2006, GCD files a rezoning application for unit size reductions as proposed in previous minor variance application. </li></ul><ul><li>Council directs Staff to review applications concurrently with Birchcliff Quarry Lands Area Study. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2007, GCD appeals rezoning application to OMB. </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing date set for November 24, 2008. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Standstill Agreement <ul><li>Prior to November OMB Hearing date, GCD agreed to defer hearing – to July, 2009 - to permit discussions of a comprehensive development plan for all of the Quarry Lands east of Victoria Park. </li></ul><ul><li>Deferral conditional on discussions being confidential and without prejudice to parties. </li></ul><ul><li>Special Committee struck including participants from City Planning, GCD, community representatives, Tedco (Toronto Economic Development Corporation), and Councillors Ashton and Bussin. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Time grows short <ul><li>Prior to July, 2009 OMB Hearing, parties agreed to a further deferral - to February 16, 2010 – to permit further discussions between City Planning and Build Toronto (formerly Tedco) on an acceptable development plan. </li></ul><ul><li>It is expected that these side-table discussions will conclude with a report to the Special Committee in the very near term. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Meanwhile <ul><li>City of Toronto Legal and Planning prepare case in opposition to GCD’s appeal at the OMB. </li></ul><ul><li>City will work with community in coordinated approach to OMB Hearing. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Too much secrecy <ul><li>Deferrals would not have been possible without confidentiality agreement. </li></ul><ul><li>If a concept plan is agreed to by Special Committee, plan will then be submitted to the Working Group in public. </li></ul><ul><li>If plan survives Working Group, full public consultation will follow. </li></ul><ul><li>If agreement/consensus is within reach, the City will initiate an Official Plan and Rezoning application that will be subject to full public consultation as required by the Ontario Planning Act. </li></ul><ul><li>If Toronto City Council approves an application, any individual or group can appeal that decision to the Ontario Municipal Board. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Me When This All Started!
  19. 20. Me Now!