Letter to Councillor Peter Milczyn

December 15, 2011

in Committees of Adjustment, Correspondence


Chair, Planning and Growth Management Committee
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C51
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

RE: Committee of Adjustment Proposed Study

Dear Councillor Milczyn:

We are writing to provide you with a FoNTRA proposal for a study on the Committee of Adjustment (CofA) process for the City of Toronto.

Specifically, the study would determine how well the various CofA are working across the City of Toronto; the impacts and costs to the City of Toronto of appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board; and recommendations on the CofA process.

FoNTRA is concerned that the approval process by which homeowners get so-called minor variances to the Zoning By-law is ineffective, time consuming, and expensive. As well, requests for larger and larger variances are by no means “minor” in nature and are regularly approved by the CofA. We would like to have a detailed, statistically valid study to confirm our concerns – or not.

We look forward to discussing this proposed study with you at your earliest convenience.

Yours truly,

Geoff KettelPeter Baker
Co-Chair, FoNTRACo-Chair, FoNTRA
129 Hanna Road124 Sherwood Avenue
Toronto, OntarioToronto, Ontario
M4G 3N6M4P2A7

Cc: FoNTRA Representatives & Other Interested Individuals
City of Toronto Councillors

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