|On Monday, October 6, 2021 I hosted a public meeting regarding the proposed development at 3776 and 3780 Albion Road, where the Applicant presented their revised drawings for the site. The proposed plans for this site have evolved over the last year, from the initially proposed three-storey, low-rise apartment building containing 36 units, to a similar three-storey building with 23 units, to 8 townhouses (and 8 basement apartment units) for a total of 16 units.|
When the original application was submitted in the fall of 2020, I heard from many community members who were opposed to the level of density being proposed. I shared community concerns, and asked that the Applicant revise their proposal so that it was more in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood.
After the second proposal was submitted, I hosted a public meeting, where we heard from many residents who still had major reservations about insufficient parking for visitors and residents, increased traffic on Albion Road, privacy concerns for those living at abutting properties, increased shadowing over backyards, inadequate buffering, and concern that the scale of the development was too big for the neighbourhood.
The revised drawings that were presented last week addressed feedback from community members, including a reduction in the number of units, a reduction in the overall height of the development, and the inclusion of dedicated parking spaces provided to each of the townhomes. However, there are still some concerns that remain. At the meeting, residents highlighted the removal of mature trees from the site, the logistical challenges of garbage collection on Albion Road for all 16 units, and a lack of information being provided to members of the public to understand the new drawings.
This application has come a long way from where it was a year ago, but I know that community members still have reservations about the proposed development. The Applicant is required to submit a full revised proposal that will include more detailed information that residents want to see. We have not yet received confirmation about when the revised proposal is expected to be submitted, but I will share information about this development application with the community as it becomes available. In the meantime, please continue sharing your comments on this proposal with me and with Tracey Scaramozzino, who is the City Planner on this file. You can reach her by email at email@example.com