If you didn’t live in the neighbourhood you’d think that there were angry protests going on constantly from the amount of press one development proposal has received. Much of this attention can be attributed to a group formerly known as Smart Growth for Ossington, which has recently changed its name to the Ossington Community Association. They have been successfully soliciting media to focus on the 109 Ossington Proposal. Now, Torontoist, The Grid, The Star, the National Post, Global TV, Omni TV, and Toronto Life have all produced stories about both the community meeting itself and this issue as a reflection of the general Toronto tension between condo developers/residents and the homeowners who live near them. Spacing recently did a cross post from Alex Bozikovic, an architecture writer, which took an editorial stance on the issue.
Mike Layton has been actively listening to his constituents and has undertaken a couple of processes to get things moving, including the area study approved yesterday in council. Area studies generally don’t get approved on first passage, often having to go to community approval and then back to council. The area study takes time, as it enters a queue with a number of other area studies running concurrently. The purpose of the study is to help city planners decide how to handle applications made by developers.
Mike also endeavored to push through an area visioning study which will help to guide the area study. The visioning study involves a panel of 15 or so local residents and experts to help guide the visioning process. The visioning study group will host a series of community meetings to involve a broader number of community members and get their opinions. Details will be released in the next few days and we will keep you informed.