Tuesday March 21, 2023 at 7:30pm
Request for Comments
A revised request has been received from 101 Bloomington Development Inc. to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for 101 Bloomington Road (Oak Ridges).
The revised Official Plan Amendment application proposes to amend the Neighbourhood policies of the City’s Official Plan to permit a 12 storey residential building with 153 dwelling units and 206 parking spaces. View the Staff report here
Surrounding land uses include natural heritage lands Briar Nine Park and Reserve to the west and south, and to the east is a vacant remnant block which contains a portion of a woodlot. Beyond that remnant parcel is an existing low density residential neighbourhood (Grovepark Street).
The applicant’s Official Plan Amendment application seeks to amend the policies of the Neighbourhood designation in order to:
include a site specific exception within the Neighbourhood designation to permit a high density residential use;
permit a density of 3.5 FSI, a gross floor area of 13,475.2 square metres and 153 dwelling units;
increase the maximum permitted building height from 4 storeys to 12 storeys; and,
permit reductions to the minimum vegetation protection zones.
Comments from Planning Staff's Preliminary review include:
the proposed high-rise, high density residential use on the portion of the lands within the Neighbourhood designation would not be permitted, nor angular plane policies of the City's Official Plan
York Region has advised that the subject lands are located within the Urban Area and are designated Community Area; however, they are not located in an area planned for significant levels of intensification or within a strategic growth area. In this regard, the Region advises that it appears the proposed development does not conform to the Regional Official Plan.
the proposed density of 373.17 units per hectare (153 units per acre) greatly exceeds the maximum permitted density of 50 units per hectare within the Neighourhood designation
the proposed building height of 12 storeys greatly exceeds the maximum height of 4 storeys permitted for lands fronting on arterial roads within the Neighbourhood designation
In November 2019, the City received and deemed complete Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications to permit a
medium density residential development comprised of 18 townhouse dwelling units on the subject lands. This Official Plan Amendment application and revised Zoning By-law Amendment application proposing a high density residential development to be comprised of a 12 storey apartment building were received on December 2, 2022.
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