Velmar Condo Proposal will be voted on by Council May 12, 2021 at 1:00PM

By May 5, 2021 May 9th, 2021 City of Vaughan

The community has just received notice that the City of Vaughan Planners have released their report on the 4101 Rutherford Road redevelopment proposal.  The actual report can be found here:

Report.

Unfortunately the City Planners are recommending that the proposal be accepted by the city.

The WDRA and the local councilor have met with the developer and City Planners to voice the communities concerns.   We delivered a number of issues that we requested the Developer and the City Planners address before they issued a final report.  Our recommendations:

  • Ensuring that the appearance and structure of the building respects the character of the community.
  • Increase size of units to 3 bedroom to achieve Family-friendly units.  Currently 70% of the units are 700sqft 1 bedroom + Den.
  • Replace overhanging balconies and replace them with “Juliette” style balconies.
  • Reduce the FSI of the building from 2.74 which grossly exceeds the 1.5 FSI in the approved Vaughan Official Plan 2010 (VOP2010).
  • Reduce the 6 story height which exceeds approved height in the VOP2010 by 50%.
  • Address parking issues.  Only 3 of the 231 spots are above ground.
  • Address the traffic issues which will compound our current problems with infiltration.
  • etc…

Over the past few weeks the local Councilor and city planners met with the developer and had made great strides to improve the quality and character of the building.  We understand that these discussion ended when the Councilor attempted to address the height and FSI of the building.  The landowner and his agent abruptly ended the discussion and completely pulled the improved design.

To put this into perspective the following images show the progression of the building since the builder submitted his initial proposal back in 2019.  The landowner is now using Version 3.

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Version 4

Version 5

Version 6

We need your help!

We only have a few days left before Wednesday May 12th to let the councilors know that they should not approve this proposal.  We have collected some key letters that have been submitted by the WDRA and residents for you to draw points from.  The reference material can be found in our document library in the Reference Material\Reference Letters sub folder.  Here is a link to the document library.

Remember that the Property Owner is in his right through the VOP2010 to build a 4 story mixed use building.

Here is a list of email addresses of the city councilors that you can use in your emails/letters:

rosanna.defrancesca@vaughan.ca
maurizio.bevilacqua@vaughan.ca
mario.ferri@vaughan.ca
gino.rosati@vaughan.ca
linda.jackson@vaughan.ca
marilyn.iafrate@vaughan.ca
tony.carella@vaughan.ca
sandra.racco@vaughan.ca
alan.shefman@vaughan.ca
clerks@vaughan.ca
developmentplanning@vaughan.ca
info@westondownsra.ca

Please ensure that you copy the city clerk @ clerks@vaughan.ca.

Register to speak Live to Mayor Bevilacqua and Members of Council on Wednesday, May 12th

To speak live via teleconference to Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council at the meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 1pm, you must register to sby 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting.

To pre-register to speak, send a completed Request to Speak form (PDF) to clerks@vaughan.ca or call Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281. For additional details about submitting a communication or speaking live, visit vaughan.ca/HaveYourSay.

Working together we can make a difference!