The Committee of Adjustment was put in place to deal with MINOR VARIANCES (defined as small changes or exceptions to existing land use or development restrictions to city bylaws). ABCRA does not usually become involved in the small changes to private residences. However, developers are increasingly trying to use this shortened approval process to seek approval for more significant development applications. Using this process for significant developments has a number of issues such as limited notice to surrounding residents and lack of site plan scrutiny. We do not support this practice and have advocated against it.
1128 Yonge Street (the north west corner of Yonge Street and Macpherson Avenue) is a case in point. ABCRA opposed this application. A local resident was able to make significant improvements to a development that affected the whole neighbourhood.
Read about Frank Copping’s experience and what he learned.
- Pay attention to the mail you receive from the City of Toronto
- Get your neighbours involved early even if it takes time and effort.
- Contact your local Residents' Association for advice.
- Lobby your local Councillor and contact your community planner to make them aware of concerns.