The letter writer is also with Save Queen Street and the Beach Residents Association - apparently doesn't have much love for planners following their professional support for six-storey mid-rise along an avenue with frequent streetcar service.
yes, that is me.
Is this a "scientific" opinion? So, the mere presence of a streetcar line justifies 6 storeys? The community was built around the streetcar - a "stretcar suburb", from a time when it was in the country and cars were a novelty for the rich. From this logic, all major streets with streetcar lines should be a 1:1 ratio, regardless of other considerations.. like the fact that the 501 streetcar is unrelaible and at the end of the line, Queen is effectively a dead-end as it connects to no major streets east of Woodbine, and it is identified as a potential heriage area.
What is funny is that Queen Street from University to Bathurst does not automitacally get midrise buildings, despite being downtown, while Queen and every other avenue is governed by the Avenues Guidelines... ooops - Queen East was removed by Council and the planners refused to accept policy - lets see a private sector planner ignore the directions of their employers.
The Official Plan Avenues policies are ignored - there was supposed to be no "one size fits all" policy and each Avenue was supposed to have an Avenue Study before redevelopment precedents took place - (the "Avenue Segment Review" provision was because the City could not just apply an Interim Control Bylaw for all the Avenues and get them all done within 2 years).
Some Avenues "already" have appropriate zoning or are to have no growth - apparently that only applies until a rezoning application comes in...
I usually ignore this website because it is a foregone conclusion about the views that will be expressed.