Local Developments

The development of new homes should make our lives better. However there are times when a new construction project can pose serious problems to the surrounding neighbourhood. These include:

  • Negatively impacting the character of the neighbourhood.
  • Reducing the safety of the environment.
  • Heavily increasing local traffic.
  • Negatively impacting the structure of the surrounding neighbourhood.

These problems are important to avoid because once a project is complete, it is very difficult to reverse its impact. This is where the YMNA can help you. See all current and proposed development projects below.

current projects

Current/Proposed Projects

390 Woodsworth Road:

Recently, the York Mills Neighbours Association (YMNA) learned of a proposed major new redevelopment project that will impact our community. The developer, Plaza Partners, proposes to demolish 48 (or 60%) of the townhouses located at 390-400 Woodsworth Road, north of Bannatyne Drive, and replace them with three 8 storey towers.

These towers will be located on the east side of the property along Leslie Street. This development is out of keeping with the character of our neighbourhood. A tenant information virtual meeting was held by the developer with townhouse tenants on Tuesday, October 26. The YMNA attended this meeting as a community stakeholder.

Our concerns with this application including, but not limited to:

·         The demolition of 48 existing, three-bedroom rental units;

·         The exacerbation of existing traffic issues in the area;

·         The height, built form, and massing of the proposed development

·         The proposed removal of 147 trees on site;

·         The impacts of construction on immediate neighbours, particularly those living in the retained townhouses to the west of the site; and

·         The potential for privacy and overlook issues on neighbouring properties.

We will represent the interests of the York Mills community in opposing high density development that is clearly out of character with our local area.

See Councillor Jaye Robinson's letter to the community

801 York Mills Road / 1855 Leslie Street

First Realty Capital has proposed a major redevelopment of the property on the south east quadrant of York Mills Road and Leslie Street – 801 York Mills Road / 1855 Leslie Street.

It includes the buildings currently housing Windfield’s Restaurant and Swiss Chalet. It also includes the property on Leslie where Browns Veterinary clinic was. It does not include the property at the corner containing a strip plaza with the Big Smoke Burger restaurant and Sleep Country.

The development proposal submitted to the City includes:

  1. 2 towers – 21 stories each connected with a 7-storey podium along York Mills Rd where the Winfield’s and Swiss Chalet buildings are.
  2. 1 mid-rise building of 9 stories on Leslie St where Brown’s Vet was located.
  3. Retail businesses in the 7 storey podium of the ‘towers’ building.
  4. A group of townhouses and a very small park located at the east end of the property, fronting on Scarsdale.

This new development borders the areas of YMNA and DMRI (Don Mills Residents Association Inc.) which will have a great negative impact on both our communities. 



Minto has recently started site preparation and removal of trees for the construction of 192 townhouses.  This development has been approved by LPAT (the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) and the City Council, the site plan application has been approved by the Planning, Buildings and Parks departments, and the required permits have been, or soon will be, issued.

The YMNA recently met with representatives of Minto for the purposes of communicating the construction activities and schedule with residents and to help ensure Minto meet their obligations under the LPAT and City Planning agreements.  Minto’s requirements include:

• Communication with local residents

• Removal of the temporary parking structure on the south side of the site within 2 years, from the date of permit issue

• No staging of construction vehicles on local streets, including Farmstead

The information shared by Minto is summarized as follows:

• Minto plans to set-up a website with a Q&A section and a contact phone number, and send a biweekly newsletter to residents.  The website is scheduled for completion in December and residents will need to subscribe to receive the newsletter.

• Minto will provide high level information, including general descriptions of their construction phases, the expected start and completion dates, and any updates.

• The construction phases include:

• Phase 1 – Site preparation – underway November 2021 to February 2022

• Phase 2 – Demolish the existing garages – expect to start in February 2022

• Phase 3 – Construction of the temporary parking structure

• Phase 4 – Excavation on the north side and construction of 4 blocks of new townhouses

• Phase 5 - Landscaping

The YMNA has formed a small group of residents and members to meet with Minto on a monthly basis.  This will be an opportunity to communicate residents’ interests and concerns, and to receive timely information about the project.  

If you live in the vicinity of the Minto site and are interested in joining the communication group, please do not hesitate to contact the YMNA at: info@ymna.ca

For further information about the development, see Minto’s website with activity updates and Q&A: Minto Group Inc. - Rent An Apartment In Toronto - York Mills And Leslie
To contact Minto during working hours:
lymliaison@minto.com or at 416-444-0322
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16 Kirtling Place, east of Harrison Road: City Council refused the application for six townhouses facing York Mills Road with one detached house. The developer appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board at a Hearing Feb. 27 to March 3, 2017. City Planners & Lawyer opposed the development and we with residents spoke as Participants opposing it. The OMB on August 17, 2018 refused approval primarily because the fronts would face York Mills Road.  A new developer now proposes 7 townhouses facing Kirtling Place with underground parking accessible from Kirtling Place. At the Sept.14, 2020 Community Consultation, local residents did not seem loudly opposed, but requested a public sidewalk be added for safety. City Planning staff are reviewing possible “fine tuning” of the plan.



At 2 Harrison Road, 6 townhouses are proposed along York Mills Road. 248 residents signed a petition opposing it. At the City’s Community Consultation meeting on Sept. 20, 2016, attendees strongly opposed the proposal. City Planning staff recommended against the application and City Council refused it on Jan. 31, 2017. The developer appealed at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Hearing Dec. 2 to 5, 2019, City Planners & Lawyer opposed the development and we with 3 neighbours spoke as Participants opposing it, but LPAT approved this application, citing its proximity to the existing very large Bayview Mills townhouse community nearby. Construction has not begun.



A 6 unit townhouse development, 4 storeys tall, was proposed for 1 Heathcote Avenue fronting along Bayview at the SE corner with Heathcote. The developer reduced the plans to 3 storeys and the height by an additional three feet to comply with the City’s Bayview Townhouse Design Guidelines. City Council approved this on Jan. 31, 2018. Construction is now underway.


2617 & 2619 BAYVIEW AVE

A developer plans 6 townhouses at 2617 & 2619 Bayview with a new narrow detached house around the NE corner behind them at 6 Heathcote Avenue. City Planning staff negotiated revisions to the plan and City Council on March 28, 2017 approved the amended plan. Construction has not begun.



At 2706 Bayview, a developer proposed 3 townhouses facing Bayview while moving the existing  large house farther back behind on the property. Caldy Court neighbours opposed the rear view this would create for their street. The developer now proposes to remove the large house and build 4 townhouses and access driveway facing Bayview, with parking area in the rear. Neighbours and City Planning staff seem to prefer this new plan.


2535-2537 BAYVIEW AVE

A double lot on the east side south of York Mills Road, a developer is proposing 8 townhouses facing Bayview, with 2 new separate detached houses in behind them. City staff are discussing plan revisions with the developer and may provide an updated report soon in 2019.


2654, 2656, 2660, 2668 BAYVIEW AVE

At 2654, 2656, 2660, 2668 Bayview, four deep lots on the west side opposite Old Colony Road, a developer proposes 12 townhouses facing Bayview with 5 new detached houses in the rear and a new access road to them from Bayview. City Planning staff held a December 1st Virtual Community Consultation meeting for local residents to listen and participate in. We await further comments from City Planning staff.


2673-2675 BAYVIEW AVE

At 2673-2675 Bayview, east side north of Old Colony Road, 8 townhouses are proposed facing Bayview, with 2 new detached houses in the interior behind them. City staff held a Community Consultation meeting in April, 2019 for nearby residents to see the detailed proposal and ask questions. City Planning ultimately recommended the proposal and North York Community Council approved it on Feb.5, 2020.



At 2710-16-20-22 Bayview, west side, south of the Truman/Fifeshire intersection, 20 townhouses are planned with one new detached house behind them facing Caldy Court. The City and nearby residents negotiated refinements in the plan, including a public parkette, and City Council approved it in December, 2016. The approved site was subsequently sold to new developers and construction has not yet begun.



The Old Colony Road & Bayview Avenue southeast corner townhouse development application was approved by Ontario Municipal Board in March, 2016 to build 10 townhouses on Bayview and 2 new detached houses behind them facing onto Old Colony Road. Construction has not yet begun.


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