January 2012

Mark Chlon, Senior Planner, mchlon@toronto.ca Dear Mark Chlon, We are writing regarding the revised proposal for the development at 100 Ranleigh Ave. as we believe this is a city-wide issue relating to Official Plan policies and is more than just a local development requesting amendments to the Zoning By-law. From an e-mail written by Councillor […]

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Kramer’s Bar & Grill FoNTRA General Meeting Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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The following selected Official Plan Policies may be useful for resident associations and individuals in determining whether a proposed development is in harmony or not as set out in the Official Plan Neighbourhood protection policies and Zoning By-laws. In addition, an example is provided concerning an area specific policy for a selected residential area..

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Planners Preliminary Staff Report Planners Final Staff Report Community Council City Council Possible Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board

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FoNTRA believes that long-term planning can be improved through stabilizing Toronto’s Official Plan. Accordingly, we encourage rules-based planning and discourage site-specific Official Plan amendments. To enhance the Official Plan as a planning instrument, FoNTRA advocates two changes to the Planning Act.

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Protecting Heritage Views of Queen’s Park, and Preserving the Dignity of Ontario’s Capital Precinct. The Ontario Legislature is the seat of government for the province and its most important ceremonial space. The protection of the views of the Ontario Legislature is therefore not only a downtown or City of Toronto issue, but also a provincial […]

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• FoNTRA recommends: 1) Councillors should get information about the use of Section 37 benefits from all stakeholders; 2) Section 37 benefits should not be negotiated by individual Councillors but by staff; 3) Section 37 benefits should have a clear planning relationship to the increased height and/or density granted; and 4) Section 37 benefits should […]

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• FoNTRA recommends that development application fees be at a level that provide for full-cost recovery and that a minimum standard, such as the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, be implemented for all new development in Toronto. The City of Toronto needs to actively support these changes that again require action by […]

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• FoNTRA is concerned that the OMB interprets the PPS in a manner that focuses on intensification regardless of the suitability of the location, • FoNTRA is concerned that the OMB disregards the express wishes of the municipalities (both lower and upper tier) in upholding an Official Plan designation from a different era by adding […]

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• FoNTRA supports less control by the Mayor and strongly recommends that the majority of City Council approve the membership of the Executive Committee. Also, chairs of standing committees should be approved by City Council. Finally, chairs of standing committees should not sit on the Executive Committee. • FoNTRA strongly supports the election of Community […]

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