OMB makes decision on 6279 Fernbank



The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has issued their final decision approving the development of the Chenier Land at 6279 Fernbank Road. The Board gives its approval to the Draft Plan of Subdivision submitted November 2015 as well as the Draft Conditions jointly. The OMB Decision is available on my website and I have also highlighted some key points from the decision below.

  • The Applicant/Appellant had sought approval for 149 lots being a mix of 23 single, 26 semi-detached and 100 townhouse units during the course of the hearing but is now seeking approval for 148 lots.  There are now only two single lots on Meadowland rather than three following the discussions with the City.
  • The City and Applicant/Appellant now agree that the site is serviceable following the discussions that took place between the parties following the adjournment of the hearing on April 28th, 2015.  The Board notes that the City’s Planning Committee and City Council have re-considered these applications and have now concurred in supporting the draft approval and zoning by-law amendment sought at its meeting on October 28th, 2015.
  • It is noted that the City has been studying the flooding problem and concerns raised by the community and that solutions are being developed and will be implemented by the City.
  • The Board finds that the proposed development and amendment to the Zoning By-law constitute good land use planning and design. It is in the public interest that the proposed development be approved. Approval of the development and related amendment to the zoning by-law are consistent with the Provincial Planning Statement 2014; in conformity with the City Official Plan; generally consistent with the City Urban Design Guidelines for Greenfield Neighbourhoods; and, appropriate for the development of the Lands.

This has been an extensive and at time arduous process for all of those involved. At this time I would like to thank the community members who took on an active role through their support, time and dedicated engagement over the past year.  The main concern brought to the forefront, by myself and residents, is the risks and impacts that are associated with water flow on the land. Going forward, I will continue to work with the community, staff and the proponent to monitor the development of this property, with the mitigation of water flow a priority, as building progresses to ensure that the appropriate measures agreed upon are implemented.

For additional background information on this development please visit my website here.