Weston Consulting News: December 2013
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Construction to start on Oakville business park in 2014.

Weston sets stage for high-profile Oakville business park 

Weston Consulting has been instrumental in setting the stage for a high-profile Oakville business park, one that will comprise office and light industrial uses, as well as service commercial and retail development. Located at 1455 Joshua Creek Drive, bordered by Upper Middle Road East and North Service Road East, the 48-acre property will be developed in a series of phased blocks.
Weston’s Oakville team assisted client Carttera Private Equities in successfully achieving Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment approvals and Draft Plan of Subdivison approval in a short time frame. Weston worked closely with consulting team members Pearce McClusky Architects, Trafalgar Engineering, C.F.Crozier & Associates and Townsend & Associates (now WeirFounds LLP).
Construction on the business park is slated to begin in September 2014. Construction has already begun on Carttera’s neighbouring Joshua Creek Corporate Centre, with phase one complete and available for purchase/lease.

Weston ready to review impact of Oakville zoning by-law

If you own land in Oakville, now is the time to review whether your property may be impacted as a result of the InZone Project, the process of updating the Town of Oakville's aging Comprehensive Zoning By-law to support the new Livable Oakville Official Plan. Initiated in 2011, the InZone Project  released the second stage of the new Zoning By-law for public consultation and comments in September. Town Council will consider the final version of the Zoning By-law on February 10, 2014.  As staff begin making final revisions to the Draft Zoning By-law, they have issued a ‘last call’  for submission of written comments regarding the draft provisions. Some landowners may want to submit comments to Town staff both for their consideration in the final version and to preserve their appeal rights upon the adoption of the new Zoning By-law.

Weston Consulting is prepared to review any properties that may be impacted by the InZone Project and recommend appropriate actions to preserve your property rights. We encourage anyone wondering how their lands may be impacted to contact us before the current window of opportunity closes.

Weston Consulting represents many clients in Oakville who own lands that are affected to varying degrees by the InZone Project, and has engaged the Town on several occasions to discuss potential revisions to draft zoning provisions that mitigate negative impacts on development potential. 

New Senior Planner

Weston Consulting is extremely pleased to announce that Deborah Alexander, MCIP, RPP has joined the firm as a Senior Planner.
Deborah will manage a wide range of project files of varying sizes and complexities, working from the Vaughan office.
Deborah previously operated her own planning firm, Alexander Planning Inc., working on projects ranging from high density, multi-phase developments, residential subdivisions, commercial, retail and institutional projects through to assisting small property owners. Deborah also worked as a Planner with the Town of Richmond Hill and the Town of Georgina.
In addition to all aspects of land use planning within both the private and public sector, Deborah has a background in planning for institutional uses including places of worship and daycare centres.
Deborah can be reached at 905-738-8080 extension 296 or by email at

Weston Consulting spoke to the Toronto Real Estate Board on November 27 about the planning and development process. From left to right, Jane McFarlane, Mark Emery, Evan Pearlman and Ryan Guetter.

Message from the president

As we move closer to the end of 2013, it is notable that Weston Consulting quietly marked its 32nd year of providing high quality land use planning and urban design services to a growing number of clients.  At a recent presentation that our team made to the Toronto Real Estate Board on November 27th, I was proud to boast about the fact that we recently opened an office in downtown Toronto.  In addition, our Oakville and Vaughan locations are thriving and we now have projects in Saskatchewan and Alberta.  It has been a noteworthy, exciting (and somewhat hectic) year. With further growth planned for 2014, it is very exciting to be on the cusp of new development activity in the fastest growing and most diverse regions in North America. Here’s to a very happy and healthy holiday season for all of our clients, friends and associates!

 Mark Emery, President, Weston Consulting

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Weston makes successful appeal at OMB

Jane McFarlane, Senior Planner with Weston Consulting, was successful in appealing a variance application at an Ontario Municipal Board hearing in the City of Toronto.  Representing the appellant, S.A. Armstrong Limited, Jane provided professional land use planning evidence and expert opinion to The Board which determined, in a decision issued on September 30, 2013, that the proposed variance failed three of the four tests for a minor variance as set out in the Planning Act.

The subject property, 30 Bertrand Avenue in Toronto, is in an industrial area located east of Warden Avenue and north of Eglinton Avenue, which the City of Toronto Official Plan designates “Employment District” and is zoned MG – General Industrial. The Applicant proposed to build a take-out restaurant and a convenience store in 2 units of an existing industrial/office complex. This is a complex of three new buildings with small units internal to each building.

While The Board determined that the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan is maintained by the proposed variance, the proposal failed on the other three tests. Jane argued that the proposed variance is not appropriate for the subject lands. Typical operations in the Golden Mile Employment District would require larger floor plates than the three proposed structures can offer. This proposal would have disrupted the future development of the site and would be inconsistent with the predominant character of the area.

Congratulations to Jane on another successful hearing.

Jane can be reached at 416-640-9917 at Weston's Toronto office or by email at jmcfarlane


New designation

Congratulations to Hilary Vaillancourt, a planner with Weston Consulting, on receipt of her Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and Member, Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) designations. Hilary joined the Weston team earlier this year. Her work includes research, planning and project management  for a wide range of project types; preparation of materials for Ontario Municipal Board hearings; and coordinating project applications, zoning by-law amendments and plans of condominium.

You can reach Hilary at 905-738-8080 extension 288 or by email at hvaillancourt

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