Planning Studies & Initiatives

Bathurst Manor Plaza Development Application


Rezoning, Site Plan Control and Plan of Subdivision applications have been submitted to the City for review for the redevelopment of the Bathurst Manor Plaza at 221-245 Wilmington Avenue, north of Overbrook Place.


What's New

Community Consultation Meeting #3 - September 30, 2013


A third community consultation meeting is scheduled for September 30, 2013 at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue (100 Elder Street) in the Fischtein Hall. There will be an open house from 6:00 - 7:00pm where plans will be on display and you can ask questions of staff and the applicant about the proposal. Formal presentations and a Q & A will occur from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Revised Rezoning, Site Plan and Plan of Subdivision applications

On October 30, 2012, a revised submission was received for the rezoning, Plan of Subdivision and Site Plan applications submitted for this site.

The following reports and plans were submitted to the City for the review:

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Contents


Development Site

The subject property is centrally located within the Bathurst Manor residential community at the northeast corner of the intersection of Wilmington Avenue and Overbrook Place, the main collector roads serving the area. Three buildings currently exist on the 2.31 hectare (5.72 acre) property: an 8,180 m2 (88,047 sq. ft.) commercial plaza with second storey offices, a 158 m2 (1,703 sq. ft) freestanding restaurant building, and a 788 m2 (8,484 sq. ft.) freestanding commercial building. A fourth building that was located immediately to the south of the freestanding commercial building was demolished in 2004.

   
 


Process

For information on rezoning applications and the process that City Planning staff use to review rezoning applications, view Building Toronto Together: A Development Guide.

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Planning Context

Official Plan:


The City's Official Plan is the City's vision for how the City should grow over the long-term. S. 24 of the Planning Act requires that By-laws and requests to amend Zoning By-laws conform to the City's Official Plan.

A key implementation tool of the Official Plan are land use designations. The Official Plan designates the subject site Mixed Use Areas. Mixed use Areas are one of four land use designations intended to accommodate growth. The designation encourages a broad range of commercial, residential, institutional and open space uses to accommodate increases in population and jobs along transit lines and reduce automobile dependency.

Development criteria in Mixed Use Areas includes, but is not limited to:

  • requirements for buildings to be located and massed to provide a transition between areas of different development intensity; and
  • providing setbacks for, and stepping down of, building heights towards existing lower scale development.

Zoning:

The majority of the subject property is zoned Local Shopping Centre (C2) by former City of North York Zoning By-law 7625. A range of commercial uses including retail stores, personal services shops, business and professional offices as well as shopping centres are permitted within this zone. The southwest corner of the property has a site specific Local Shopping Centre C2 (8) zoning which also allows for a gasoline station and accessory uses including the servicing and mechanical repair of motor vehicles. In both the C2 and C2 (8) zones, residential uses are not permitted.

 


Community Consultation Meetings

Community Consultation Meeting – October 4, 2006

A community consultation meeting was held on October 4, 2006 and was attended by approximately 500 members of the public.

There was consensus at the meeting that a working group of residents should be formed to meet with the applicant to address areas of concern and explore alternative development concepts. All residents who indicated an interest in joining the group were invited to an organizational meeting that was held on November 29th, 2006. This meeting was attended by approximately 25 residents as well as staff from the local Councillor office and the City Planning Division. Following this meeting, a working group consisting of eight residents and two alternates was created to undertake more detailed discussions with the applicant regarding the proposal.

Community Consultation Meeting - June 29, 2010

A community consultation meeting was held on June 29, 2010 to provide an opportunity for the community to have input on the revised proposal, view the plans and ask questions. The meeting was held at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, Fischtein Hall, 100 Elder Street.

Community Consultation Meeting - September 30, 2013

A third community consultation meeting is scheduled for September 30, 2013 at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue (100 Elder Street) in the Fischtein Hall. There will be an open house from 6:00-7:00pm where plans will be on display and you can ask questions of staff and the applicant about the proposal. Formal presentations and a Q & A will occur from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

 


Bathurst Manor Plaza Working Group Meetings

A working group to facilitate community input on the proposal was established in consultation with the local Councillor following the October 4, 2006 community consultation meeting. The working group is composed of area residents and representatives.
 

Meeting #1

On December 19, 2006 the first meeting of the Working Group was held with the owner's agent, the project architect, a representative of Biddington Property Management and City staff. The meeting was very positive and productive with all parties discussing the merits, problems and issues associated with the concept plan. Mr. Brown agreed to revisit the proposal in consultation with the owner and have a revised proposal prepared in the new year.
 

Meeting #2

Another meeting of the Working Group, the applicant's representatives and City staff was held on February 26, 2007. A revised proposal was presented at this meeting which eliminated the proposed 150 stacked townhouse units, replacing them with 24 three-storey townhouses on the east side of the property and two condominium apartment buildings on the Wilmington Avenue frontage. A total of approximately 430 units and 10,000 square feet of retail space was proposed in the two buildings. Discussion at this meeting on the revised proposal centered around the change in urban form, the building heights, the increase in the number of residential units and the decrease in the amount of commercial space. The applicant agreed to review these issues with his client and hold another meeting with the Working Group on a revised proposal.

Concept Plan - April 2007
 
 

Meeting #3

On May 7, 2007 a further meeting was held which reviewed the same February 2007 concept plan. The group raised height, density, commercial gross floor area, potential residential mix, built form and siting of the buildings as important issues for the owner to consider when revising the proposal.


Meeting #4

Working Group meeting #4 was held on October 27, 2008. The meeting was attended by the Working Group, the Councillor and Councillor's assistant, Planning staff, the applicant's architect and property manager. The applicant's architect presented a revised version of the February 2007 concept plan. A presentation was also given by City staff and the working group was split into two groups to discuss built form, the public realm and the commercial component of the proposed development

Concept Plan - October 27, 2008


 

Meeting #5

Working Group meeting #5 was held on June 10, 2010. The meeting was attended by the Working Group, the Councillor's assistant, Planning staff, the applicant's architect and agent.


Revised Proposals

February 24, 2010 Revised Proposal

A revised proposal was submitted to the City for review on February 24, 2010. The revised proposal consists of:

  • A 7 storey condominium on southwest corner of Wilmington Avenue and Overbrook Drive with 198 units and 973 m2 of retail uses;
  • A 6 storey condominium on northwest corner of the site with 179 units; and
  • A total of 44 townhouse dwelling units.






June 23, 2010 Revised Proposal

Additional revisions were made to the proposal from the February 2010 submission. The application now proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to permit:

  • A 6 storey mixed-use building on the northeast corner of Wilmington Avenue and Overbrook Place with 179 residential units and 1,310 m2 (14,100 sf) of ground floor retail and service uses;
  • A 3 to 6 storey mixed-use building on the northwest corner of the site with 171 residential units and 560 m2 (6,023 sf) of ground floor retail and service uses;
  • A total of 44 townhouse dwelling units on the site; and
  • A total of 595 parking spaces.




 

March 10, 2011 – Revised Submission

The following reports and plans were submitted to the City for the review:

The changes between the June 2010 plans and the current proposal are:

  • Buildings have been moved 1.5 metres closer to Wilmington Boulevard and Overbrook Place;
  • Building exterior treatment and architecture has been modified;
  • Revisions to underground parking layouts and building massing; and
  • Additional information was submitted to assess servicing, stormwater management, parking requirements and traffic impacts.

October 30, 2012 - Revised Submission

The revised proposal consists of:

  • A 4-6 storey condominium on south-west corner with 179 units and 1,360 m2 of retail uses;
  • A 3-6 storey condominium on north-west corner of the lot with 171 units and 560 m2 of retail uses;
  • A total of 43 townhouse dwelling units (20 condo units on Parcel A, 9 condo units on Parcel B and 14 freehold units on Parcel C);
  • A new 18.5 metre public street through the site designed to accommodate on-street parking; and
  • 570 parking spaces (28 for the freehold townhouses, 42 at grade and 500 below grade) located on site and 44 lay-by and on-street parking spaces on Wilmington Avenue and Overbrook Place.

The following reports and plans were submitted to the City for the review:


Reports

Preliminary Report
A preliminary report was approved by North York Community Council on May 9, 2006. The preliminary report recommended that a community consultation meeting be held and provided information on the original proposal.

The preliminary report can be accessed via the following link:
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2006/agendas/committees/ny/
ny060509/it034.pdf.