After extensive discussions with City Planning staff, I am pleased to report that the City will be conducting a Focus Area Study for the Wynford-Concorde community, including The Palisades at 195, 205 and 215 Wynford Drive.

A Focus Area Study allows the City to work with local residents and various stakeholders to consider the community and examine critical issues such as the availability of City services, public space, and access to transportation. They will work together to decide what level of development is appropriate for this community now, and in the future.

During this period, new Applications aren’t stopped, but they are reviewed concurrently and within the context of the study. During this time if developers choose to appeal their Applications at the Ontario Lands Tribunal, the panel may take into account the fact that the Focus Area Study is in progress.

This initiative comes at a critical time in this community’s development, especially given the development Application for 10-12 Concorde Place and 1-3 Concorde Gate. This mega-development proposes 9 new towers ranging from 40 to 52 storeys. In total, 4,086 residential units are proposed. Combined with 175 Wynford’s planned 2,500 units, these two Applications mean there are more Wynford-Concorde units in development now than the whole of the Celestica site’s 4,982 planned residential units.

This attack from developers will grow and continue because of provincial Transit-Oriented Community policies, which favour development along major transit corridors. That is why I am pleased we are undertaking a Focus Area Study, and supported it at North York Community Council on September 13. We need to have meaningful conversations with the community in order to develop a plan for the future.

I am hopeful this will be a positive step towards developing a better plan for Wynford-Concorde.