Trees at 103 and 108 Bayview Ridge
Dear Friends and Neighbours,
As you know, I was devastated to learn of the clear cutting of over 30 trees last week at 103 and 108 Bayview Ridge. Staff have confirmed that this is one of the most significant violations of the City’s Tree By-laws.
Bayview is one of the greenest and most vibrant neighbourhoods in the entire city, and I’m heartbroken to see the loss of these trees, particularly in view of the increasing intensification this area has experienced in the last several years.
I am committed to ensuring that the City enacts every legal mechanism possible to hold the developer accountable for their reprehensible actions, including applying the maximum penalties for illegal tree removal.
To that effect, I’ve attached a letter I sent to the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Director of Urban Forestry, Deputy City Manager, City Manager and Mayor Tory.
Over the years at the City level, I’ve worked hard to improve tree protection with regard to Toronto’s planning processes. Last December, I moved a motion directing Urban Forestry staff to develop an action plan to better integrate tree protection into the development review and building permit processes so that we can prioritize the preservation and growth of our City’s tree canopy.
Moving forward, I’m going to push for stronger Tree By-laws with more severe consequences and increased fines for developers who violate our regulations.
However, when it comes to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), a provincial body that hears planning appeals from the municipal level, my hands are tied.
In my two terms in office, every single development application on Bayview has been appealed to the OMB – including 103 and 108 Bayview Ridge, which was approved in 2015. I’ve voted four times with City Council to remove Toronto from the jurisdiction of the OMB, but the province has yet to respond to Council’s requests.
I wholeheartedly support the preservation of the character and integrity of our neighbourhoods, including Ward 25’s incredible tree canopy and green spaces.
That’s why I’m urging a call to action by the community. Write to your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and let them know that you want Toronto to have the final say over planning decisions in our city and that it’s time for the OMB to be abolished.
The province is conducting a review of the OMB this year, so please also send your comments to OMBReview@ontario.ca.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your engagement on this important issue.
All the best,
City Councillor | Ward 25-Don Valley West
Chair, Public Works & Infrastructure Committee
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