GBNA is an umbrella group of multiple Resident Associations in the Greater Beach area of the City of Toronto. We believe in responsible property development policies and practices. Read more
Queen St – Woodbine Ave condo proposals are a risk to Queen St.
Queen Street can lose its precious ‘small town’ character with big condo developments. Recognizing this, the City conducted a comprehensive ‘Visioning study’ with broad community input. City Council unanimously supported the study recommendations by enacting new Urban Design Guidelines for Queen St E. in November, 2012, (UDG details) which aim to maintain the unique character and heritage features of Queen St. E.
Two condo proposals at the northeast and northwest corners of Queen and Woodbine are now before the OMB. They significantly exceed the UDG, do not fit in with the neighbourhood and would be a bad precedent on Queen Street.
GBNA is contesting these OMB appeals
The City as well as the GBNA will contest both appeals at the OMB. The first OMB hearing, related to the former ‘Shell’ site proposal, commenced on October 7 and lasted 2 weeks. We are waiting for the OMB final ruling on this development proposal.
The second OMB appeal hearing – for the development known as ’200 Woodbine’ – is scheduled for the latter part of February, 2014. Please visit this site for further updates
The respected law firm of WoodBull LLP is representing GBNA at the OMB on a pro-bono basis, an outstanding community service on their part. They will be assisted by Urban Design and Heritage experts, and community volunteers.
Our costs incurred to oppose the developments at the OMB are a very reasonable investment towards an important outcome in the community.
Join the effort!
The Beach community has a history of active engagement in issues dealing with the future of Queen Street. You can help by:
- Make a financial contribution to GBNA’s ’200 Woodbine’ action (use Pay Now button in the side bar).
- Help pass our information to neighbours on your street