200 Keele Street Development

High Park Residents' Association (HPRA)

200 Keele StreetA large development is being proposed by proponent Sedona Development Inc. for the heart of the Lithuania Park ravine, in the rear yards of 195-203 Oakmount Road and 200 Keele Street.

Fifteen 3-bedroom rental townhomes currently occupy the east side of the 200 Keele Street property, while the rear yards of 195-203 Oakmount Road and the western portion of 200 Keele Street are home to the Lithuania Park Ravine - a natural environment consisting of new and mature trees, small animal habitats and a creek.

Development on the site as currently proposed would require the demolition of the rental townhomes and the destruction of the ravine.

Proposal history and timeline:

On January 26 and 27, 2010, Etobicoke York Community Council refused applications for a 2-block, 27-unit townhouse proposal on the subject lands and instructed staff to appear at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in support of the decision.

Planning staff’s concerns included:

1) Official Plan policies relating to land use, built form, the environment, etc.
2) Ravine protection
3) Rental housing policies
4) Development and Infrastructure Policies and Standards (DIPS)

In February 2010, the scheduled OMB pre-hearing and hearing were adjourned to an unspecified date at the proponent's request. No hearing in this case has since occurred.Lithuania Ravine

On April 19, 2011 a revised proposal for a 2-block, 76-unit apartment building development on the property was submitted to the City of Toronto.

A further revised proposal was submitted on May 31, 2011. The new proposal includes almost triple the amount of units in the original proposal refused by Council in January 2010. The number of storeys in the proposed buildings has risen from three to four.

On March 20, 2012 Etobicoke York Community Council heeded the advice of a City of Toronto Plannding Department staff report strongly recommending against the proposed application. Sitting members of the Community Council voted 8 to 1 to refuse the revised development application fromSedona Development Inc.

It is still unconfirmed, but likely that the developer will appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Documents related to the development proposal:

Staff report to the December 16, 2009 meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council

Staff report to the June 2, 2011 meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council

Staff report to the March 20, 2012 meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council

For more information, contact Leslie Gooding.

High Park Residents' Association (HPRA)