Planning & DevelopmentIssues Affecting Erindale Village
1646 Dundas Street West – EV Royale Condo
OZ 16/009 W7 (PL171203)
Erindale Village Condo a Springboard to Change on the Credit
EV Royale saga a mini-history of development tug-of-war, says John Stewart
“It is not to be expected that the village will remain frozen in time.”
With those words, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Vice-Chair Mary-Anne Sills shattered the hopes of the 100 homeowners in the “culturally significant landscape” of Erindale Village and approved a highly-contested application for the eight-storey EV Royale condominium beside historic Erindale Community Hall.
Sills, the mayor of Belleville for 18 years before becoming a tribunal hearing officer in 2007, handed down a decision June 12 to approve a project that opposing villagers consider totally incompatible with their “Springfield on the Credit” homestead.
“We’re all devastated,” says ratepayer head Jane Phillips. What they thought were indisputable faults with the 96-unit building — its scale, conflict with heritage values, traffic problems, proximity to the Credit River and violation of “village” precepts — didn’t stop its approval.
Not only that, but residents had to wait nine months after the hearing for an answer and the application — although subject to several conditions, such as an updated traffic study — was basically approved as is.
“It’s a quiet village, which there are very few of left in Mississauga,” says Phillips, who lives on the street closest to the site. “If you really want to maintain heritage, don’t be messing around with heritage places.”
“I’ve lived here 58 years,” says unofficial village archivist Brad Schneller, whose mailing address was originally Box 49 Erindale before being upgraded to RR#2 Cooksville. “I’ve seen all the changes. It’s just a massive building. It will demolish the village.”
Not so, found Sills, supporting city planners who recommended approval. Council unanimously rejected their advice and hired expensive outside legal and planning advisers to argue against their own professionals — with predictable results.
Another big bill and another resounding loss.
Councillors now get to express their outrage, blame Ontario’s Growth Plan mandate and avoid the wrath of local voters.
The site north of Dundas east of the Credit, where Piatto Restaurant has long been a culinary landmark, is underutilized land ripe for redevelopment and identified for intensification and higher order transit, the ruling pointed out.
The city’s recently-completed Dundas Connects plan recommends six storeys, noted Sills, subtly pointing out that newer village homes have been intensified themselves, with much larger building footprints and heights of three storeys.
The heritage attributes will be conserved, Sills believes, because of design considerations. Architect Rick Mateljan, vice-chair of Mississauga’s heritage committee, testified for the applicants, suggesting the 43-metre distance to the nearest home, grades changes and heavy tree cover will minimize impacts.
The strong architectural statement of the building will engage the street, becoming a marker and provide a gateway into the village, he suggested.
The first multi-residential building in a historic village that is “by far the tallest building,” as the decision noted, is indeed a marker.
The EV Royale story is so captivating because it miniaturizes our fraught relationship with development.
It’s a marker of both our historic past, in which we try to take solace and pride, and our uncertain future, in which we pray we can have some faith.
Despite the objections of Erindale Village residents — who’ve been fighting an application for a highrise condominium on the property beside the historic Erindale Community Hall on Dundas Street West for six years — it has now been approved by the Local Planning Appeal Board.
– John Stewart
John Stewart is a retired longtime journalist with the Mississauga News. His column, My Back Pages, appears each week.
The LPAT decision was made public June 12, 2020, and can be found here. There were several errors and omissions within the decision that prompted Erindale Village Association to send a letter to the Mayor and Council on June 23, 2020 with our comments.
Our official letter to council based on the decision can be found here.
LPAT Appeal – Erindale Academy
|CASE DESCRIPTION||STATUS||CASE NUMBER||APPEAL PROCESS|
|The Erindale Academy, 1576 Dundas St W||Decision||PL180737||The Tribunal orders that the appeal is dismissed and the variances in the amended application are not authorized.|