Official Plan Change & Rezoning Submission
In April 2014, Cllr Tovey held a charrette to receive ideas from the community on how the redevelopment of affordable housing at East Avenue location (Owned by the Region of Peel) would integrate best within the community. The response was a mixed use building (seniors affordable development) that would include retail space at the ground level and garden space for the residents of the building in the green space at the back with no through traffic but walkable integration between the neighborhoods.
The community wished to ensure these new residents (seniors affordable units) would be integrated with the Lakeside community to the west & the Lakeshore pedestrian orientated corridor. The Lakeview Legacy document captures the idea in point 10 (page 7) when referring to the ’10 guiding design principles’ of the Citizens Visioning Plan. (excerpt below)
Establish the Lakeshore Corridor as a tree lined linear Heritage Park including an LRT and bikeway on the south side of Lakeshore Road flanking and servicing the medium density south of Lakeshore in the Lakeview Core (strategy 6) and linking Lakeview’s existing neighborhoods to the waterfront, core community services, revitalized commercial and employment zone.
The current affordable building development proposal under review and requiring an official plan & zoning change, does not include the above items or allow the stepping back from 2-4 stories along Lakeshore Road, nor does it take into consideration the LAP policy, the future transportation plans or Linear Heritage Park along the Lakeshore Corridor.
In addition, here lies a perfect opportunity to increase the number of units by extending the building from Lakeshore Road and further south along East Avenue, maintaining the ‘L’ shape of the building but stepping back from Lakeshore Road. Ultimately, this will blend the development at this location, with the new community development of Rangeview and Lakeview Village, integrating with the east side of East Avenue as it develops. The unique idea was to extend the building and add additional units over the top of the paramedic station (also owned by the Region) not unusual elsewhere in the world, and achieving more desperately needed housing. Note: The Region owns the former Byngmount School property directly adjacent.
Affordable housing is welcome and has been encouraged on this site by the community. The focus should align with the city strategic plan; completing our neighborhoods through developing walkable, connected neighbourhoods, while building vibrant communities and nurturing ‘villages’.
Further discussions are taking place between between the Region of Peel, Councillor Dasko, local residents, and the Lakeview Ratepayers Association.
Additional reading documents:
Peel Region Agenda Sept 2017 Peel Housing Report – start on page 3