Council receives public input on proposed apartment building in Bronte

Wed, 23 Mar 2016

Staff recommendation coming to Council once Bronte Growth Area Review is complete

A number of residents provided feedback to Council and staff on Monday, March 21, 2016, regarding Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications by Symgine (Lake East) Inc. for 2266 Lakeshore Road West and 83 East Street in Bronte Village. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input prior to staff putting forth a recommendation to Council.

“Public input is always critical for Council when making community decisions,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We continue to welcome additional feedback leading up to Council’s consideration of the staff recommendation.”

Symgine’s applications submitted on November 24, 2015, proposes a mixed use apartment building up to 20 storeys in height containing 144 units with retail and service commercial uses at ground level. The town’s Official Plan — Livable Oakville Plan, permits a four storey building with the potential of two additional storeys.

Public concerns raised pertained to building height and design, shadowing, increased traffic, pedestrian safety, parking, parkland dedication, infrastructure capacity, viability of proposed commercial space and construction management.

Residents also questioned why advertising was up at the property when the application wasn’t approved. The signage on the hoarding on the property did not comply with the Town of Oakville’s sign bylaw and was removed. The applicant is permitted however to advertise and promote the proposed building through other means prior to its approval.

As part of the Town of Oakville’s process, once the planning application was received in November 2015 a public meeting was held in January 2016 where almost 100 residents came out to provide input. The staff report introduced Members of Council to the application and included the feedback received at the January meeting, as well as a number of written comments sent to the town. Monday’s Council meeting served as a statutory public meeting to give residents a chance to provide additional feedback, ask questions and seek clarification on the application.

Once the Official Plan Review of the Bronte Growth Area is sufficiently completed and public feedback thoroughly reviewed a staff recommendation on the application is anticipated to go to Council for consideration in May.

The Livable Oakville Plan was approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in May 2011 and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and conforms to the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

To read the staff report, review the March 21, 2016, Planning and Development Council agenda.