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President's Report

By Hans Looije

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Since the last newsletter, we have seen city council approve the new Queen Street East Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) for the Beach. This has resulted in the developers of 200 Woodbine (north-west corner of Queen and Woodbine) and of the former Shell station property (north-east corner of Queen and Woodbine) to appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The plans for the properties do not conform without major changes. If the guidelines are not upheld at the OMB, we can expect the four sites that developers have assembled along Queen between Woodbine and Lee to look more like the 'Licks' development, which was approved under former zoning.

The Greater Beach Neighbourhood Association (GBNA), of which the BTRA is a member, is working closely with city hall to make sure the guidelines are upheld, and report that pressure on city planners has resulted in adoption by the Toronto-East York Community Council of zoning amendments based on the UDG between Coxwell and Neville Park, including:

  1. Increased setback from the curb (4.8 metres)
  2. Building 'chamfers' for new developments on corner properties
  3. A 3 metre 'step back' above three storeys (9.5m) east of Woodbine
  4. Further height restrictions to protect views of the Fire Hall clock tower

We extend welcome to Above Ground arts supply, which has just moved into the Triangle, and welcome as well to the new retailers that will soon be moving into the completed Rainsford One development. Triangle residents will be glad to see the last of the construction noise, traffic and dust.

Have a great summer! I hope to see many of you at the BTRA information booth at the Police Picnic on May 22 or at our Annual General Meeting on June 5 at Corpus Christi Church.