An application for rezoning has been made for the three single-family homes at 84 Weybourne Crescent and 49 and 51 Lawrence Avenue East, two blocks east of the Locke Library. The proposal contemplates two apartment buildings, with 22 units of 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, set parallel to Lawrence Avenue. They are connected by a sky bridge on the west end and an underground parking garage exiting onto Weybourne Crescent.
The full proposal is available at the LPRA website at the following link (http://lpra.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Weybourne-Drawings-Original-Application.pdf). There are no developments of this scale or format on Lawrence Avenue east of Yonge, and this is the first attempt we have seen of a developer attempting to build a multi-family unit on a side street in the neighbourhood (off of Lawrence Avenue). If this rezoning is approved, additional similar developments may be proposed in the future on or near Lawrence Avenue, our border streets or Mt. Pleasant Road. The LPRA opposes this rezoning.
The review process for this application is underway by City planning staff who have produced a preliminary report. The City information page in respect of this project has been posted online (click to link to that page). More information can also be found at supportgoodplanning.ca.
Resident input is important – a concerned group has formed the Lawrence Park Community Preservation Initiative (LPCPI) and is raising an OMB defense fund to stop this proposed development from becoming a reality and ensure it is modified to fit better in the existing context. They are asking the rest of the neighbourhood for help. Cheques can be sent to LPCPI, 77 Weybourne Crescent, Toronto, ON M4N 2R6.
Community members are encouraged to express their views about the application in writing to the planner responsible for the review, Guy Matthew:
Guy Matthew MCIP RPP
East Section, Community Planning, North York District
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
T: (416) 395-7102; F: (416) 395-7155; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LPRA has had several discussions with the proponents of this development. This proposal is not good planning and does not fit with, respect or reinforce the local neighbourhood. These apartment buildings will dramatically affect the character of the neighbourhood along Lawrence Avenue East and set a dangerous precedent for development all along both Lawrence Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road.