Re: [gardeners] Heritage battle

George Shirley (
Tue, 17 Sep 2002 18:26:11 -0500

Victories over developers are usually short-lived, they have more money
for bribes. Thus speaketh a resident of Louisiana, the state that has
the best politicians money can buy. <VBG>

Sounds like you're having fun with the "new" house though.


lneuru wrote:
> Some will remember we have recently moved to get away from a 17 storey high
> rise planned for the lot behind our old house in contravention of the
> heritage act (we're in a heritage-protected district).  Well, we had the
> final decision at city council last night on the heritage permit.  The
> builder was willing to lower it to 14 storeys with a lengthy dog-leg...same
> number of units spread out instead of up.  He was denied.  So we won, sort
> of.  Since there is a conflict between the zoning laws and the Heritage
> Planning Act he can now appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board
> and maybe get his 17 storeys back.  I don't really thing so, but we'll see.
> We really don't know what he'll do next.  He could always sue the city, too.
> They have given him 3 weeks to come up with a more acceptable plan, and
> limited it to 10 storeys.  I kind of don't think he'll go there.  Anyway,
> more fireworks to come, for sure; he is a very nasty piece of goods.
> Despite the victory, if it is, I am still glad we moved.  I like my new
> garden better and i even have more closets in the house.  The new house is
> about 80 years old, the old one nearly 100, but in the intervening years
> people obviously acquired more possessions, hence more storage.
> We spent most of this morning digging out the oldest yew bush (=tree),
> probably the first thing planted.  I don't like them; we'll have roses
> instead.  We also put up a garden gate so we can put St. Fiasco back in the
> garden and not have him visible from the street.  And we spread manure.
> Lucinda