Minor Variance Application for 672 and 684 Henderson Drive

Many residents have expressed concern about an application that has been brought forward to the Town’s Committee of Adjustment regarding two properties located at 672 and 684 Henderson Drive. This webpage has been created in order to provide a central location where all information regarding this matter can be located.

This matter is expected to appear before the Committee of Adjustment at a future meeting.  

Statement from the Town of Aurora

The above mentioned properties have sometimes been referred to by the community as the “Henderson Forest”, however, the area is not a town or regionally-owned forest. The land has always been privately owned and is zoned for residential use. Private land owners are entitled to put forward applications requesting to build on their property. On May 11, an application came before the Committee of Adjustment – a committee consisting of citizen members that considers applications related to building and planning – to build a single, detached home on each of the above mentioned lots. At that meeting, staff expressed concerns regarding the sizes of the building envelopes and requested the applicant provide a more fulsome report detailing the potential environmental impacts of any development. It is expected that the matter will return to the Committee of Adjustment for consideration sometime in the fall, once the Natural Heritage Evaluation is complete.

It is important to note that the lots in question are within the settlement area of the Oak Ridges Moraine and contain natural heritage and environmental features, which is why the land owners were required to seek a minor variance application through the Committee of Adjustment. Because of the designation, any potential development must be done in a way that has the least impact on the natural environment. To be clear, under no circumstances will all the trees on the lot be removed. Any trees that may be removed to allow for the footprint of a home, must be replaced with new trees elsewhere on the lot. In addition, any and all wildlife that may be affected by the possible addition of a home on the lots must be carefully considered and their habitats retained as much as possible. When the Town receives the follow up report detailing the potential environmental impacts, it will be circulated to commenting departments and agencies, including the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSRCA). It is the responsibility of the LSRCA, not the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), to assess the environmental impact of the proposal, however, the Natural Heritage Evaluation report must address the MNR criteria related to Endangered Species.

In addition to the involvement of the LSRCA, the Committee of Adjustment can also impose conditions of approval on the application, that would help ensure the owners proceed in accordance with the final approved plans and natural heritage evaluation recommendations.

Anyone with questions or concerns about this matter can contact planning@aurora.ca or call Justin Leung, Secretary-Treasurer Committee of Adjustment/Planning Technician, Planning and Building Services at 905-727-3123 ext. 4223.

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As of Oct 12, 2017 additional information and plans as requested by the Town has not been received from the applicant of Minor Variance Application Files MV-2017-15 and MV-2017-16  672 and 684 Henderson Drive. Once materials have been received and circulated to departments and agencies for review and comment, a Public Notification of a Committee of Adjustment Meeting will be completed in accordance with Town procedures and Planning Act requirements as follows:

  • Notice of Public Hearing mailed to property owners within 120 metre radius of subject lands

  • Signage will be placed on both properties notifying the date of the Committee of Adjustment meeting

  • Persons who had filled out Interested Party forms will be sent the Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Hearing

  • The Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Hearing and other relevant information will be posted on the Town website

Please find below a list of documents relating to this matter:

MV-2017-15 Minor Variance Application forms

MV-2017-16 Minor Variance Application forms

Proposal drawings

Beacon Environmental Natural Heritage Evaluation dated March 2017

MV-2017-15 Notice of Public Hearing dated April 20, 2017

MV-2017-16 Notice of Public Hearing dated April 20, 2017

Region of York e-mailed memo dated April 25, 2017

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services memo dated May 3, 2017

Infrastructure and Environmental Services memo dated May 4, 2017

Planning Services memo dated May 9, 2017

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority memo dated June19, 2017

May 11, 2017 Committee of Adjustment meeting minutes

Deferral letter to residents

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