The developer submitted revised plans on Feb 21, 2018 but it is still too tall (10 storeys/30 metres) and does not meet the 45 degree angular plane requirements on the east side, which faces the residential area.  It is important that that Residents’ Associations (LPRO, OOGRA and SAHRA) defend Lawrence Avenue and Avenue Road at the OMB Hearing on May 22.  Based on fundraising to date, we have engaged a lawyer.  We are now fundraising to retain a Planner.  It is essential that we have this type of professional expertise!  We need your financial support – please go to and select “250 Lawrence” for information on how to donate via a cheque or via PayPal.   


Attendance at OMB Hearing on May 22 to June 1
So that the OMB Panel Member appreciates the concern that our Community has for the proposed development at 250 Lawrence Ave W it will be important that Residents attend the OMB hearing which is scheduled to run for 9 days from May 22 to June 1.  It will be especially important that as many Residents as possible attend the May 22 session.  If you are able to volunteer your time to attend the Hearing on May 22 and/or any subsequent days, please contact Linda McCarthy at to sign up and to obtain details.




This proposal is to demolish the medical/commercial building to construct a 12-storey residential apartment building with a height of 39.34 meters (44m including the mechanical penthouse), containing 189 units with 187 underground parking spaces.

This application requires a Zoning Amendment from Neighbourhoods to Apartment Neighbourhoods.  The current zoning allows residential building types; the permitted height is 10 metres. The Apartment Neighbourhoods designation would eliminate the height restriction.

SAHRA’s opinion is that the height should be in keeping with heights allowed for the Bedford Glen Apartments, the Rosewell Gardens development and the guidelines/by-laws defined by the Avenue Road Avenue Study  —
7 storeys

The developer has appealed to the OMB. The OMB Hearing will start on May 22, 2018 for 9 days. The City will send legal and planning resources to oppose this at the OMB as a Party.

SAHRA, the Lytton Park Residents’ Organization (LPRO) and the Old Orchard Grove Ratepayers’ Association (OOGRA) are also Parties. Bedford Glen residents and Bedford Park residents are registered as Participants.

                                               Why is this important to SAHRA residents?

The possible Re-Zoning and the proposed 12-storey building would set a precedent that overrides the agreements reached in the past developments (the three Avenue Road condos, Bedford Glen and Rosewell Gardens) and will set a precedent for future developments along the entire length of  Lawrence Avenue (north and south sides from Yonge over to Bathurst) as well as north and south on Avenue Road.

It will be a tough battle with a well-financed development firm but the Residents’ Associations feel it is essential that we defend Lawrence Avenue and Avenue Road.

SAHRA/OOGRA/LPRO and the Participant resident groups held a Meeting on Tues, Feb 13, 2018 to talk about this development and the OMB Appeal with the Community.

The fundraising campaign is now underway to support the costs of retaining qualified legal and planning professionals to represent us at the OMB Hearing.  You can help by making a financial donation to ensure that our Community voice counts at the OMB. 

You can donate by cheque or via PayPal. 

For donation information, click on this link
250 Lawrence Flyer Colour Feb18 FINAL


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SAHRA Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting will be held on
Wed, April 11 7:00-8:00 p.m.
at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, 105 Wilson Avenue
Please join us!

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of Minutes of 2017 AGM
Treasurer’s Report 2017
Waiver of Audit
Call for nominations/election of SAHRA Directors
Election of Officers
SAHRA’s Report for 2017
New Business

A proposal will be submitted at the AGM to amend the Constitution for Meetings.

The fiscal year was set as the period from Jan 1 to Dec 31 (as opposed to the original definition of May 1 to April 20th) at the AGM on June 15, 2005.  At that time a motion was also approved to require that the AGM be held within sixty (60) days of the fiscal year (as opposed to the original definition of 30 days). For various reasons (completion of the Financial Statements, the Corporate Return and receipt of the Acceptance Notice, the membership campaign, timing of the release of the Winter Newsletter, the weather conditions, March Break absences, etc.), since 2009 the Board has scheduled the Annual meeting in the month of April. The Board would therefore wishes to amend the Constitution to require that the Annual member meeting be held within 120 days of the fiscal year end (Dec 31).

The motion is to amend the second paragraph of Article VII – MEETINGS:

Current  Statement:
The Annual meeting of the members shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors determine, but must be within thirty (60) days of the fiscal year-end.  Members shall be notified at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Proposed Statement:
The Annual meeting of the members shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors determine, but must be within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the fiscal year-end.  Members shall be notified at least seven days prior to the meeting.

SAHRA Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Armour Heights Presbyterian Church (Lower Meeting Room).
AGM Agenda 2017.

Election of Officers
The following people agreed to stand as Officers/Directors of SAHRA for the 2017 year.
Sheila Dunlop (Secretary)
Ron Johnson (Treasurer)
Gary Langdon (Director)
Jim Sadler (Vice-President)
Bob Williams (Director)

Report for 2016
Report for 2016 AGM (Full Report)
2016 was a very busy year for the SAHRA Board, dealing with a wide variety of topics and issues!  The attached Report for 2016 was presented at the Annual General Meeting on April 5, 2017.  It provides details on the following activities, accomplishments and items that are still in progress:

Thanks to our Volunteers
At the Annual General Meeting on April 5th, we thanked the Volunteers who throughout the year provide support to our activities by dedicating their time or knowledge to supporting our on-going activities. Bob Williams presented a Thank You to the volunteers who provide support to SAHRA’s activities such as tracking CofA Notices and Decisions, monthly review of all Building and Development Applications as well as Sign Applications, Zoning reviews, site reviews/monitoring and street parking studies.  Special thanks was given to our two ‘full-time’ Volunteers – Gary Langdon and Anne Nizet-Bauraind.  Special recognition was given to Judy Ballard for all the time and energy she has contributed monitoring issues on Avenue Road.  Thanks to all the members plus our student volunteers who help make our Neighbours’ Night Out a success.  Thanks as well to our Advocates who help us with communicating with members on their street/in their area – it really helps.  Also thanks to our Members for their generosity with Membership contributions and the OMB contributions in 2015/16.

SAHRA’s Report for 2015
2015 was a very busy year for the South Armour Heights Residents’ Association both for the Directors and our Members. We presented a  ‘AGM Report for 2015’  at the Annual General Meeting on April 6, 2016 reviewing the activities, accomplishments and the issues still in progress.
AGM Report for 2015

SAHRA Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 6, 2016  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Armour Heights Presbyterian Church (Basement)