Today at City Hall, I moved a motion seconded by Councillor Vaughan that puts into place an Interim Control By-law covering both sides of Bathurst Street from Dupont Street to Queen Street West. This is one of the most powerful planning controls available to the City.

In July 2012 Councillor Vaughan and I moved a motion to initiate a Bathurst Street study, for which we held public meetings in June 2013. One of the goals of this study is to help define the role of Bathurst and shape future development along the street from Dupont to Queen Street West. The study has shown that Bathurst is primarily composed of small lots and the retail that exists is generally small scale. Despite the existing uses and heights along Bathurst Street, there is an as-of-right permission in the existing By-law for relatively large retail developments.

In order to preserve the existing scale and character of the street until the Bathurst Study is complete, we have put in place this Interim Control By-law that will prohibit new retail and service uses as well as additions to existing retail and service uses for a period of one year for the lands on and flanking Bathurst Street, between Dupont Street and Queen Street West.

You can see the motion and staff report MM37.30 Bathurst Street – Interim Control By-law – Final Report – by Councillor Mike Layton, seconded by Councillor Adam Vaughan online here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.MM37.70

In addition to this move at Council, Councillor Vaughan and I have been working with staff to bring forward a proposal to hold a community consultation explicitly focussed on the intersection of Bathurst and Bloor. Recent news coverage of the future of Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village makes this decision to focus City Planning’s attention on the four corners critically important. Details of this meeting will be announced shortly. If you are also curious about the application at the Kromer Radio site on Bathurst you can find out more on my website here.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions by phoning my office at (416) 392-4009 or emailing me at councillor_layton@toronto.ca.