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Quotes from Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Case (LPAT) #PL200606
“The City…did not attend to defend their proposal.”
“In all respects, the tribunal finds that the minor variance does not meet any of the statutory tests…and is particularly not desirable or appropriate for the development of the subject lands or site.”
“Order: The Tribunal allows the Appeal, and the minor variance to the City of Windsor…is denied.”
“The proposed building is simply too large and too high for the subject property.”
“The development or use of land is not desirable or appropriate.”
“Existing buildings along the riverfront are low in height and worked into the south bank, so they are barely noticeable when travelling along Riverside Drive.”
“The Zoning Bylaw…establishes…that for all (park) lands…situated on the north side of Riverside Drive East and West, no new building or parts (of buildings) shall be permitted to extend above the crown of the pavement (of) Riverside Drive.”
“To allow a building to extend above the crown of the road is in direct contravention of the rather purposeful requirement…of the Zoning Bylaw.”
“The city’s Official Plan…designates the…Central Riverfront Park Lands…(as a) Special Policy Area.”
“The Central Riverfront’s identity is rooted in the physical and cultural links to its past. The Central Riverfront has a rich cultural heritage including native, early colonial settlement, railway, military and urban development. Opportunities for recognizing, conserving and enhancing the heritage and archaeological significance of this area will be integrated into the overall interpretation and development of the Central Riverfront. The following policies will guide the development of the Central Riverfront’s Cultural Heritage.”
“Specifically cited…Beacon Policies…state that…(s1.13.20) d. the roofs of the Beacons are to be designed as a landscaped terrace accessible from the Riverside Drive Promenade, e. the roof level of the Beacons will be at or below the sight line of Riverside Drive, …all the proposed Beacons will be set within the south slope of the riverbank.”
“It is equally important to consider the contextual impacts on what surrounds it and the people or structure uses it impacts.”
“Considering the totality of elements including impacts on residential dwellings along Riverside Drive, the approved variance is not minor.”
“The proposal is out of character with the area that includes bike paths, riverbank sidewalks, pedestrian gathering places, vistas of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit City skylines.”
“(It) violates the objectives of the City’s own Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Plan.”
“Assumption Park and Parish Church…has discovered historic land donations by Huron Indians.”
“A thorough review and consultation with indigenous communities is warranted.”