The member’s point is that the proposal was aggressive because the developer knew this was a designated low-rise neighbourhood.
And Wellesley is a high-rise corridor. Where the two intersect is always contentious.
As another member stated - south of wellesley, church is basically a tower corridor. To the east and west, there's towers. The city would typically look for the kind of built form that you see at Queen + Church to the south, if you look west:
You can see there's definitely a transition in height - the question is, how severe can that transition be.... from the filings it sounds like they bought the site next door which will definitely help move the tower back from the street... but they will have a lot more rental housing to replace!
Personally I think the 3XN renderings are a bit rich - are we really to believe that the developer will forego any kind of profits in order to create a (hugely expensive) indoor/outdoor public space with moving glass walls? This isn't a marquee site - this is a bog-standard mixed-use site. At Bloor and Yonge or Yonge + Eglinton maybe you could turn it into a spectacular space, but at Church and Wellesley it would probably be enough (and realistic) to have an outdoor plaza with community space adjacent. I don't believe for a second that they would actually build what they're showing. Maybe a loblaws with some operable windows?