Over the course of a 12-day hearing, the TLAB heard evidence from the Applicant, the City and Long Branch residents about a proposal to sever 80 Thirty Ninth Street into two 7.62 meter (25-foot) lots and to construct two oversized homes.
The hearing was chaired by TLAB member Stanley Makuch and was conducted through a mix of in-person and virtual sessions, the latter being required due to COVID-19 measures.
Mr. Makuch’s 10-page decision to refuse the application to sever the property at 80 Thirty Ninth was based on the scale of the homes relative to the proposed lot sizes and preservation of trees that exist on the property and along the property line on the south side of the property.
He states the ”… frontages do not maintain the intent of policy 4.5.1 of the Official Plan” and, combined with the scale of the proposed homes, ”… will give the appearance of an overdevelopment of the lots.”
He further states that it was ”… clear that no attempt was made to design the development in a manner to preserve and enhance the urban forest in a neighbourhood where the forest and canopy are part of its character.”
He had high praise for all parties involved in the hearing, including the LBNA, who formally represented the residents during the hearing.
To read the full text of the decision, click here.