The decision by the OMB to award developers everything they asked for in the Queen West Triangle, despite the wishes of City Hall, local residents and the community group Active 18 has once again verified how insane Toronto’s planning process really is.
If you want to know more, check out Active 18’s web site. They are holding a press conference at 11:45 at City Hall, today! Go if you can. Here’s the email they sent along:
ACTIVE 18 PRESS CONFERENCE
TUESDAY JANUARY 16 AT 11:45 AM
TORONTO CITY HALL , 100 QUEEN ST. WEST, MEMBERS ‘ LOUNGE
(behind Council Chambers)
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND ATTEND THIS CRUCIAL MEETING!
Active 18, an association of community residents and business owners advocating for sustainable development of the Queen West Triangle, will hold a press conference on TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 at 11:45 AM to provide their response to last week’s decision by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to grant developers the right to build four high-rise towers and four 8-story buildings in a three-block area.
The OMB rejected almost all of the planning evidence put forth both the City and Active18. Who’s in charge of city planning? Why did this process fail so abjectly, both at the City and before the OMB? And what are the ramifications of the OMB decisions for the community and the city as a whole?
Joining Active 18 representatives Jessica Wyman and Charles Campbell to comment on the OMB decision will be Councillor Adam Giambrone (whose ward includes the Queen West Triangle), prominent architect and urban designer Ken Greenberg, and others.
The Queen West Triangle is the parcel of land bounded by Dufferin Street on the west, Dovercourt on the east, Queen St. on the north, and the railway tracks on the south.
photo by Kevin Steele