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” Toronto works because neighbourhood parks, libraries, community centres and beautification projects enrich our lives and bring us together. “

Gord Perks was elected to represent Parkdale-High Park in 2006. Gord has an impressive record on environmental initiatives that began in 1987, with such environmental organizations as Pollution Probe, Greenpeace Canada, the Better Transportation Coalition, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

Gord’s emphasis has been on waste reduction and public transit, he is the principal author of the Canadian Green Consumer Guide, one of Canada’s best selling non-fiction books. Gord Perks was an Environment columnist for Eye Weekly (now The Grid) and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto’s Environmental Studies Department.

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LATEST NEWS

A letter from Councillor Gord Perks

Friends, I want to begin this new term of Council by thanking you for choosing me to represent you. The thought of representing over one-hundred thousand people is both humbling and daunting, but through working together we will ensure our ward and our city continues to thrive. The new configuration of large wards will force […]

Parkdale Sewing Repair Hub – Open House – Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Parkdale Sewing Repair Hub is a joint partnership project of the City of Toronto, Greenest City and Creative Reuse Toronto in an effort to divert textile waste from landfill. The open house is happening from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1229 Queen Street West .

Support Parkdale Legal – Saturday, December 15, 2018

Parkdale Legal Community Services has and continues to provide free legal advice, assistance and representation to low income residents living in the Parkdale and Swansea area. They are currently being evicted by their landlord. To support Parkdale Legal, join them at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Parkdale Collegiate (209 Jameson Avenue).

2018/2019 Winter Holiday Meal List

The Toronto Drop In Network is a network of 53 drop-in centres across the City .They have shared with us the Winter Holiday list of Toronto drop-in and Out of the Cold Program hours, meal times, and special holiday meals. The online version of this list is also available at https://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=610 Please share with your […]

Pre-Application Meeting for Lakeside Long Term Care Centre, 150 Dunn Avenue – December 12

University Health Network- Toronto Rehab, will be holding an Open House and pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for expanding the Lakeside Long Term Care Centre at 150 Dunn Avenue. Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Time: 6:30 PM Presentation by applicant followed be question and answers (5- 8 PM Open House) Location:Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre […]

Parkdale Jr & Sr Public School Winter Fair – Saturday, December 8

  Parkdale Jr & Sr Public School Winter Fair – Saturday December 8, 10AM to 2Pm at 78 Seaforth Avenue

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CITY LINKS

TMMIS
Agendas and minutes for Toronto city council and committees meetings.

Committee of Adjustment
Toronto city council has appointed a Committee of Adjustment consisting of citizen members, which operates as four panels: Etobicoke, North York, Toronto East York and Scarborough.

Building Permits
A building permit is your formal permission to begin the construction demolition, addition, or renovation on your property.

Rooming Houses
A review of rooming houses is being conducted. Stay tuned for more information and for your opportunity to provide input.

Film Notice
The Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Office (TFTDMO) provides one-stop concierge service for all film productions shot in Toronto.

Parks, Forestry & Recreation
Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation delivers safe, welcoming, and well-maintained parks and trails, a sustainable and expanding urban forest, and quality recreation facilities and programs.

Public Consultations
The City of Toronto hosts a variety of public consultations each year on a diverse range of local and city-wide subjects.

Municipal Licensing & Standards
Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) is responsible for bylaw administration and enforcement throughout the City.

Ward 4 Interactive Map

More About Ward 14

City of Toronto – Roncesvalles Avenue – Streetscape Improvements

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment:

http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/roncesvalles_streetscape/index.htm

Community Organizations:

Roncesvalles Village BIA

http://www.roncesvallesvillage.ca/

Roncesvalles Renewed

http://www.roncesvallesrenewed.org/

 

High Park Residents’ Association

http://highparkra.org/

Bloor Street to High Park Boulevard, between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue.

High Park Tenants Association

The High Park Tenants’ Association (HPTA) is a volunteer tenant group that works on behalf of the tenants to improve the welfare, safety and quality of life of its members as residential tenants.

Parkdale Residents’ Association

http://parkdale.to/

Roncesvalles Avenue to Dufferin Street, South to the lake and North to Pearson Avenue, Macdonell to the railway tracks and back to Dufferin Street.

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association

http://www.rmra-to.org/

 

Dundas Street to Queen Street, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue. Golden/Ritchie triangle north of Dundas and south of Bloor east to the Railway tracks.

Sunnyside Community Association

High Park Boulevard to the lake between Roncesvalles Avenue and Parkside Drive.

Swansea Area Ratepayers Association

The purpose of the Association is to encourage good government, to improve living conditions in the Swansea Area, and to promote and express the interests of the area residents generally.

West Bend Community Association

http://www.thewestbend.ca

 

Bound by Keele Street on the west, Bloor Street on the south and the railway line on the east and north.

Baby Point Gates Planning Study

The first Community Consultation Meeting for the Baby Point Gates BIA Planning Study  was held in February 2017. This meeting was an opportunity for local residents and businesses to participate in looking at ways to protect the character of the Baby Point Gates BIA.  Click here for the meeting notice

Approval to prepare an amendment to the Official Plan to create a “Site and Area Specific Policy” was approved at Etobicoke York Community Council on September 6, 2017. The Final Report recommending the amendment was approved at Etobicoke York Community Council on November 14, 2017.

Click here to view the Staff Report.

Bloor West Village Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study

Visit Study Here

High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Study

In April 2017 ( When it was Ward 13), Sarah Doucette (Councillor at the time) moved a motion at Community Council that an area-based character study for the Apartment Neighbourhoods designated lands located north of Bloor Street West, west of Keele Street, south of Glenlake Avenue and east of Gothic Avenue, be undertaken.  The first public meeting for the High Park North Character Study took place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Residents and property owners expressed their opinions and made enquiries of staff. Applications to join the working group were also distributed. The Character Study is an important way to have your voice heard, and share what you want to see in your community.

The Study is expected to be completed by mid 2018, and it is anticipated that it will result in a Site and Area-Specific Official Plan Policy.

For updates, visit the City’s Study Website

Baby Point Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study

Visit study Here

Baby Point Gates BIA

Visit Here

2115 – 2117 Bloor St W (at Harcroft Road)

March 2018 Update – Site Plan is approved. Property for sale.

November 2017 Update – At this time site plan has been undertaken, but is not complete.

July 2017 Update – Site Plan was submitted on July 21, 2017 and is currently under review by Planning Staff.

January 2017 Update – Site Plan expected to commence shortly.

November 2016 Update – The Final Report regarding the Zoning By-Law Amendment Application was approved at Etobicoke York Community Council on November 15, 2016. The Report can be accessed here.

April 2016 Update – Applicant resubmitted their application on April 25. City Staff are currently reviewing the application for comment.

November 2015 Update – Final details on this application for an 8 storey building are being worked out, and a final report is expected to go to City Council by January, 2016.  The applicants have been working very closely with residents since the beginning of the process, and we have all appreciated the collaborative effort.

June 2015 Update – A Community Consultation meeting was held by City Planning, providing an opportunity for community members to ask questions and provide comments on the application. Planning Staff and the Applicant are now reviewing the comments. Planning Staff will do a subsequent report.

May 2015 Update – A preliminary staff report was at the May 12th Community Council meeting, and staff were directed to hold a community consultation to review the application. This public consultation will be held June 18th at 7pm at Swansea Town Hall, Rosseau Room.

March 2015 Update – An application was submitted to the City on February 27th, 2015 for the construction of an 8-storey mixed use building, with proposed office and retail on the ground floor and second floor as well as 43 residential units on floors 3 through 8.

August 2014 Update – The owners of Main and Main Developments have told the City they are working on a proposal for the property at the corner of 2117 Bloor St W and 19 Harcroft Rd. They held a public meeting on August 20 to discuss the site, however no building stats or plans were submitted. As soon as an application is submitted, we will update the community.

 

2265 Bloor Street West (at Durie Street)

March 2018 Update – There continues to be no action on this site.

November 2017 Update – The proponent is no longer working on site plan approval.  At this time no new actions are taking place on the site.

November 2016 Update – Site plan approval has begun.

May 2016 Update – The rental housing issues have been sorted, and City Staff are preparing a report on the rental housing demolition, which should be going to the June 14 Etobicoke York Community Council.  The City is working with the proponent on site plan approval.

May 2015 Update – In April, the OMB accepted the Settlement Proposal and the revised building was approved. Amongst the changes are a reduction in height from 30m (including mechanical penthouse) to 25m (including mechanical penthouse), making a seven-storey building, adjustments in the building stepbacks and setbacks, and the removal of the amenity space and below grade parking associated with the house at the rear (116 Durie Street).

Many thanks again to the many people who worked hard on making this a better building.

April 2015 Update – Exciting news: on Tuesday, April 7, a Settlement Proposal for 2265 Bloor Street West will be brought to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Over 100 people attended the Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing this January in opposition to the previous application, and I have heard from many of you about your concern. I was able to convince my City Council colleagues that supporting a community-involved, collaborative process was the best approach, and representatives of the Bloor West Village Residents’ Association, Swansea Area Ratepayers’ Association, the City Solicitor, and the applicant entered into a mediation process. After countless hours of work, a Settlement Proposal was agreed upon, and was approved unanimously today at City Council.

 

Amongst other changes, the building is shorter, the pedestrian feel on Bloor will be better, the number of parking spaces have been reduced, and there is no commercial penetration into the stable residential neighbourhood to the south. The revised plans are attached here and the Minutes of Settlement, which describe the settlement, will be shared with all OMB Participants by the applicant today or tomorrow.

 

The next step is for the Parties to attend the OMB hearing to bring this settlement to ask for it to be approved. It is a public meeting; if you would like to attend the hearing on Tuesday, you are welcome to do so, and if you are a participant and would like to speak against the settlement, you can also bring your evidence in opposition. The hearing will be April 7 at 10:00 am at the office of the OMB at 655 Bay Street, Suite 1500.

 

Many thanks to the efforts of the residents’ associations and neighbours who raised funds and dedicated many hours toward better neighbourhood building.

March 2015 Update – Mediation and negotiations are still ongoing. I will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

January 2015 Update – As you are likely aware an application for a 9-storey mixed-use building at Bloor Street West and Durie Street was submitted to the City. The proposal was for a building height of 27 m (30 m to the top of the mechanical penthouse). My office, along with many residents in the adjoining neighbourhoods, voiced their concerns about how the proposal would impact the neighbourhood. The application was subsequently appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, with a hearing date set for this week (beginning January 6).

I am happy to share that after I moved a motion at City Council the applicant and the other parties agreed to mediation. This week’s hearing was converted to a pre-hearing, and many of you attended to show how strongly the community feels about appropriate growth. Following the January 6 pre-hearing in the morning, the parties went directly into mediation, which concluded yesterday. The next steps are for a report to go to City Council. Until this time the details of the mediation must be kept confidential.

Our local Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Associations have given countless hours to this issue, highlighting how important it is to area residents to have their voices heard. I’d like to thank these many volunteers for their hard work, and look forward to continuing to work together.

December 2014 Update – At City Council last week, I successfully moved recommendations to support residents and keep City Legal at the table in opposition to the current proposal at 2265 Bloor Street West. You can read the full motion byclicking here.

A priority for me, and one of the messages I have heard consistently, is the importance of residents being part of the conversation about how their neighbourhoods grow. The process so far on this application has been frustrating for the community, with little ability to have a dialogue with the applicant, and little time to prepare for a January 6th OMB hearing. Together, our efforts on this front have not been wasted; all parties have agreed to ask the Board to adjourn the hearing scheduled to commence on January 6th in order to proceed by way of Board mediation. There is hope that there will be some sort of settlement that ends in the best building possible for everyone.

November 2014 Update – The OMB hearing has been scheduled to begin January 6, 2015.

August 2014 Update – Our neighborhood has taken the next step in the fight to stop the condo at 2265 Bloor Street West.  I convinced my colleagues on the Etobicoke-York Community Council and at City Council to unanimously support my motion to oppose the condo proposal at the OMB.

Together we have developed a vision for Bloor West Village as a greener, walkable, family-friendly community, with businesses that meet neighbours’ needs, and buildings in tune with the character of our low-rise, bricks-and-mortar neighbourhood. I’ve opposed 2265 Bloor because it would take us in the opposite direction.

Bloor West Village is not just a commercial strip. This proposal sets a dangerous precedent for a style of development that would destroy what has made the Village great – a village feeling and connection between the businesses and the neighbours. That relationship has made Bloor West and Swansea wonderful places to live and has made the Village a great place to run a business.

City planners agree with our vision and had recommended that the City oppose the development. We added two community amendments to the staff report.  First, I’ve ensured that our local resident associations would be consulted on any working groups or site plan control applications that may arise from the proposed development.  It is vital that residents are consulted throughout this process, as it is we, the local residents, who will be living with the results of these decisions.

Secondly, Community Council directed the City Solicitor to request an adjournment of the OMB hearing until after the area study I proposed is complete. In 2012 I got City Council to agree to do an area study for Bloor West Village.  Earlier this year it was upgraded to an area study for all of Bloor Street West in our ward.

This development once again highlights that the OMB is an unfair appeals system. I am a strong supporter of MPPs’ private members’ bills that would remove the OMB’s jurisdiction over Toronto. City Council supports this position and it has editorial support from the Toronto Star. The OMB is letting developers erode the Village character; the Premier needs to listen.

I would like to ask for your help in this ongoing battle. Can you please email Premier Wynne at premier@ontario.ca and Ted McMeekin, the Minister of Municipal Affairs at minister.mah@ontario.ca and tell them Toronto doesn’t need the OMB.

Finally I want to thank all the community members who have been working for better planning in Ward 13. The continued success of Toronto rests on more than just building more gleaming towers; it’s about ensuring development preserves what made this city livable and desirable in the first place – strong and vibrant neighbourhoods. For a copy of the City’s report please click here.

May 2014 Update – The proponent has taken their proposal to the Ontario Municipal Board.  Please click here for my thoughts on this issue.

April 2014 Update – The first community consultation meeting for 2265 Bloor Street was held on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 pm at St. Pius X Catholic School (71 Jane Street).  For the plans on this development, please see below.

February 2014 Update – On the February 25 Community Council meeting, community consultation was approved for this development.

An application has been made for an eight/nine story development at 2665 Bloor Street West.  At this time it appears the preliminary application will be going to the February 25 Community Council.  This meeting would approve the community consultation to in March.

Planning Report (August 2014) 

Building Plans (From the Proponent)

Housing Report

Transportation Report

Arcitectural Plan

Arbourist Report

Functional Servicing

Wind Reporting

2442 – 2454 Bloor St W (Humber Odeon)

For the City of Toronto’s website regarding this development, including all City reports, please click here.

May 2018 Update – Over the past half year, the Applicants have been working with the City, Swansea Area Ratepayers’ Association and Bloor West Village Residents’ Association to arrive at a settlement for their zoning change, which has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. While no settlement has been reached, the Applicants submitted their Site Plan application to the City on April 27, 2018, which shows a new update to their proposal. To view the updated proposal, click here.

February 2018 Update – A second pre-hearing date took place on February 7, 2018. A third pre-hearing date has been scheduled for June 28, 2018.

October 2017 Update  On September 28, 2017, the first Pre-Hearing Conference at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) was held regarding the proposed Humber Theatre re-development.  During this meeting, all of the Parties and Participants, who have an interest in the proceedings, were identified and the next steps were proposed and agreed upon. Swansea Area Ratepayers, Bloor West Village Residents’ Association, Arbour Memorial Building and a local resident, as well as the City, are all parties in this case. A second Pre-Hearing Conference was scheduled for February 7, 2018.

May 2017 Update – The proponents for 2442 – 2454 Bloor Street West (Humber Odeon Theatre) have appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board.

In April, the proponents, Plazacorp, submitted an updated plan to the City’s Design review panel.This plan had very minimal changes made from the original submission presented at the community meeting in February 2016.  After being panned by the Design Review Panel, the applicant made their appeal. They never resubmitted this updated proposal to City Planning, so it appears that they will be taking their original proposal to the Board. This information is not confirmed, as neither the proponents nor their legal representatives have spoken to our office or City Planning. I will share further information as soon as we receive it.

April 2017 Update – This application went for a second time to the City`s Design Review Panel. While no official vote was taken, the proposal was very similar to the previous submission.  Please see the minutes of the meeting here.

December 2016 Update – This application went to the City`s Design Review Panel and they voted unanimously for a redesign of the project. For the minutes, please click here

October 2016 Update – The statutory planning meeting was held on September 29th.  Those in attendance shared their concerns with planning over the density and the height of this proposal.  For the presentations from the Planning Department  and the proponent, please see the links below.

City Planning Presentation

Proponents Presentation

September 2016 Update – At the September Community Council meeting the mandatory community meeting for the proposed development at 2442 – 2454 Bloor Street West (the Humber Theatre to Riverview Gardens) was approved. This meeting, hosted by the City’s Planning Department, will be held on Thursday, September 29, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at St. Pius X Catholic School (71 Jane Street). This is the first official meeting to let both the Planning Department and the applicants know your thoughts on this proposal.  Please join me for this important consultation.

May 2016 Update – The applicant has now applied to the City with similar plans to that which were shown at the pre-application meeting.  For all the documents submitted by the applicant to the City, please click here.

February 2016 Update – Plazacorp presented their proposal at a public meeting on Monday, February 8 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Humber Odeon Theatre. Myself and City Planning Staff were in attendance at this meeting.

The proposal is for a 14-storey building, which includes 4 levels of underground parking, approximately 5,100 square metres of retail split over the first two floors, as well as approximately 250 residential units. Many residents in attendance at the meeting voiced concerns with this proposal, notably related to massing, height and the loss of the movie theatre in the community.

The Applicant should be submitting an application to the City in the next 2 months.

January 2016 – Plazacorp has approached my office to inform me they plan to submit an application to the Planning Department for a 14-storey development at 2442-2454 Bloor Street West (the Humber Odeon site). I have asked that they hold a community meeting prior to submitting this application, to hear our thoughts and concerns. They have agreed to meet, on site, on Monday, February 8.

11 Brock Ave

The Toronto Parking Authority is in negotiation to purchase 11 Brock Avenue (former site of the LCBO). The site will be used as a temporary parking lot while work is underway to negotiate an application for affordable housing with a permanent green P lot.

57 Brock Ave

More information on 57 Brock Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

February 2018

A Settlement Proposal was approved by Toronto City Council for a 7- storey development at 57 Brock Avenue. The Settlement Offer includes incorporating the mechanical penthouse into the 7th storey, with an additional set back on the 7th storey; a decrease in the overall number of units, combined with an increase in the number of two and three bedroom units; and an on-site parkland dedication.

November 2017

The developer of 57 Brock Avenue, Brock Seaforth Inc., submitted a settlement proposal to Toronto City Council. City Legal and City Planning staff approved the settlement proposal. The Staff Report, once finalized and added to the Council agenda, will be shared publicly.The settlement proposal makes revisions to the original application to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear of 57 Brock Avenue.

The developer has shared their presentation from the Community meeting. 57brockCommunity Meeting Presentation

If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact Councillor Perks Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca or City Planner Kirk Hatcher, kirk.hatcher@toronto.ca.

October 12th, 2017 – The developer of 57 Brock Avenue, Brock Seaforth Inc., is submitting a settlement proposal to Toronto City Council which will be considered on November 7, 2017.

The settlement proposal makes revisions to the original application to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear of 57 Brock Avenue.

Councillor Perks is holding a Community Meeting to review the revisions to the original application and to hear from community members.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
7 – 9 PM
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue

Councillor Perks, City Planner Kirk Hatcher, and representatives from Brock Seaforth Inc. will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the Community Meeting but wish to review the revised plans, please contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca to request this information.

January 1st, 2017 – The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments. Details are as follows:

Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Place: Parkdale Library, Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West

September 29th, 2016 – The ward planner and developer are meeting next week to discuss any changes to the development. More information will be posted once available, likely after the Preliminary Report for the November 15th Community Council.

April 21st, 2016 – A pre-application meeting for a potential development at 57 Brock Ave was held. The developer has proposed to build a 7-storey residential building. They are currently contemplating the comments made by the community and have not yet formally submitted an application.

155 Cowan Ave

More information on 155 Cowan Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

October 25th 2017

An application was submitted in 2013 for a 4-storey residential building. City Planning staff continue to work with the developer to find a suitable proposal.

2280 Dundas St W

April 2018

Choice Properties held a pre-application meeting for the 2280 Dundas St. West Loblaw site on Wednesday April, 18th.

Please see the link to their presentation slides:

http://bit.ly/2JDJWiC

 

Choice Properties also hosted a Community Drop-In Session on Saturday April, 21st to review the proposed plans for the site in an informal setting.

 

October, 2017

The second Community Open House was held by Choice REIT on October 14th at the former Zellers site. Their presentation is available online at: www.choicereit2280.ca

City Planning staff will begin their pre-application consultation process in early December. Information including date, time, location and format will be shared here once available.

June 15th, 2017

Choice Properties REIT, the developer of the 2280 Dundas St W project, held their first community meeting last night. The meeting showed no concept drawings of potential development, but instead gathered feedback from the community about their opinions of the site. This will be the first of several meetings over the coming months.

Many of you were part of a previous conversation about the potential for this site, creating a community framework during the preparation of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study in 2009, which can be found here: https://www1.toronto.ca/city_of_toronto/city_planning/community_planning/files/pdf/bloordundas_final_rep_full.pdfThe Bloor-Dundas area is detailed under “Opportunity Site 8”

2376 Dundas St W, North of Bloor S W

More information on 2376 Dundas Street can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

An OMB decision in March, 2014 approved an 8 storey mid-rise building along Dundas Street West with a 23 storey component at the rear of the site.

Site plan approval remains under review. There is a stand alone excavation and shoring permit for soil remediation.

2639 Dundas St W

July 2018

Toronto City Council, at the July Council Meeting, approved the 2639 Dundas St West Rezoning Application that proposes an 8-storey residential building with 107 units, 47 vehicle parking spaces and 192 bicycle parking spaces at 2639 Dundas Street West, the site currently occupied by Active Green and Ross.

The full report is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2KneTIH

Presentation by the developer at March 7th, 2018 Community Meeting

2639 Dundas Pres copy

June 2018

This application proposes an 8-storey residential building with 107 units, 47 vehicle parking spaces and 192 bicycle parking spaces at 2639 Dundas Street West, the site currently occupied by Active Green and Ross.

Following a review of the application and two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application as the proposal is consistent with the pattern and scale of redevelopment along Dundas Street West and represents appropriate intensification on an Avenue.

The full report is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2KneTIH

At this time, I will be recommending approval of staff report.

These item will be heard on July 4th after 10 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West.

February 2018

City Planning staff will hold another Community Meeting to review this application in March, 2018. Updates will shared as they are made available .

November 2017
The developer has shared their presentation from the Community meeting. 
Developer Presentation

October 2017
Gairloch Developments, the owner of 2639 Dundas Street West, the current site of Active Green and Ross, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for 2639 Dundas St West. Both City Planning Staff and Councillor Perks will be in attendance.

The proposal includes a 8-storey mid-rise building fronting Dundas Street West. Proposed are 93 residential units and 52 parking spaces in an underground parking garage.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School, 1515 Bloor St W (Bloor St W and Dundas St W), 3rd Floor Staff Room

2720 Dundas St W

August 2018

The developer of 2706-2730 Dundas St West has submitted a Settlement Offer to the city.

City staff have reviewed the offer and recommended that City Legal and Planning staff attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing in support of the settlement offer. City Council, at its meeting on July 23-30, 2018 accepted this direction.

Some details on the Settlement Offer:

 

  • a total of nine (9) storeys, representing a reduction in the original proposal of 12 storeys
  • a total height of 30.05 metres excluding allowable overruns representing a reduction in the original proposal of 45.03 metres  {the allowable overruns include the cooling tower, the exit stairs, the building elevators {including required elevator overruns), the interior elevator lobby space located directly in front of the elevators, rooftop art installation {subject to City review), and all other structures and equipment reasonably appropriate in the construction and operation of a rooftop outdoor amenity space and green roof;
  • general compliance with the 45 degree “skyview angular plane” taken from the south side of Dundas Street West
  • Dundas Street West elevation to “read” as having a three (3) storey base building, for example by adding an architectural cap on top of the third floor

Three of the Confidential Schedules are now available online for your review at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.CC44.38 .

The Land Planning Appeal Tribunal pre-hearing date is scheduled for October 2, 2018 at 10 AM at Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (Toronto) 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street, 16th Floor Toronto ON M5G 1E5.

June 2018

This application was originally submitted for a 12-storey mixed-use building containing 173 residential units at 2706-2730 Dundas Street West, at Watkinson Avenue.

The applicant appealed the original application to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and has since submitted a revised application for a 9-storey mixed-use building containing 151 residential units.

Following a review of both applications and two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend that the City Solicitor together with the City Planning staff and other appropriate staff be directed to oppose the application in its current form at the LPAT.

The Staff Report lists concerns with the original and revised applications as building height is too tall and application does not fit within the existing and planned context and does not comply with the Provincial Policy Statement (2014), does not conform to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017) and does not comply with the Official Plan or Mid-rise Guidelines.

City staff and the developer continue to work together to find an agreeable outcome. If there are any changes to this information prior to the Community Council meeting, my office will send updates by email. 

The full report is available on-line at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.CC44.38

At this time, I will be recommending approval of staff report.

These item will be heard on July 4th after 10 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West.

 

February 2018

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for a 12-storey mixed-use building with commercial at-grade, and 172 residential units. The application details 93 below-grade parking spaces with additional bicycle parking. Councillor Perks held a meeting in the fall to review the application with community members. The developer has submitted an appeal to the OMB. City Planning is in the process of completing a Report for Directions in response to the OMB appeal. All updates on this development application will be posted at gordperks.ca .

November 2017

The developer has shared their presentation from the November 21, 2017 Community Meeting.

2017-11-21 - 2720 Dundas St W Community Meeting Presentation

Further information on the application is available at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4219694&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

October 2017

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for a 12-storey mixed-use building with commercial at-grade, and 173 residential units. The application details 93 below-grade parking spaces with additional bicycle parking.

Councillor Perks is holding a Community Meeting in the gymnasium of Indian Rd Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Rd Crescent, (at Humberside), on November 21 from 7 to 9 PM where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

City Planning staff and a representative from the developer’s team will be in attendance.
More information on the 2720 Dundas St W application can be found on the Toronto Development Application website:
http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4219694&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

August 2017

A developer, 2720 Dundas Junction Inc., has put in an application for rezoning. The application is for a 12-storey mixed-use building with 15,035 square metres of floor area, containing 173 residential units. A below grade parking lot is to contain 93 parking spaces with additional bicycle parking on the ground floor.

While the Councillor encourages holding a pre-application meeting, the developer has submitted its application without holding one. Planning staff will be drafting a Preliminary Report on this application to be released in the coming months. As this project moves forward there will be a community meeting held by Councillor Perks and Planning staff. The date for that meeting will be shared as it becomes available.

Comments can be directed toward my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or the planner on file, Barry Brooks at (416) 392-1316 or bbrooks@toronto.ca

More information on the 2720 Dundas St W application can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

2978 Dundas Street West (at Pacific Avenue, north-west corner)

June 2018 Update – The developer of 2978 Dundas Street West is hosting an Open House to show the updated plans they submitted to the City back in January.  (This is the development proposal on the west side of Dundas and Pacific, not the location that includes the Junction Train Platform). This will be an opportunity for residents to review the latest revisions for the proposed development, and to discuss the proposal with the developers.  Please note this is not a City organized meeting, and is solely an Open House provided by the developers.  Stop by anytime, as there is no sit down presentation.

Wednesday June 20, 2018
6:30 pm to 8 pm
West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St W

March 2018 Update – Revised application submitted to City Planning in February 2018.

August 2017 Update – We have heard rumors the applicant will be bringing in a new submission.  At this time that has not come forward.

November 2016 Update – The applicant is looking to change the design of the ground floor retail. The City is waiting for the submission of the new design.

June 2016 Update – The community meeting hosted by Toronto Planning will be on Wednesday June 29, at 7:00 pm West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas Street West.

April 2016 Update – The applicant has now applied to the City.  For a full list of their reports, please click here.

February 2016 Update – On March 29 the applicants for this site brought forward a proposal that encompasses the two adjacent lots to the west of the approved building. The original buildings height and massing would remain the same with an expanded portion to the west including an interior courtyard.

November 2015 Update – In September 2015, City Council approved a 7 storey (with partial 8th storey for amenity space access) rental building at this location.  There were a number of size reductions from the previous proposal, and the applicant has also agreed to widen the sidewalk around the building.  More streetscape improvements will be discussed during the Site Plan process, which will include input from the Junction Residents’ Association, Junction BIA, and West Toronto Junction Historical Society.

August 2015 Update – The final staff report will be heard at Etobicoke York Community Council on September 8th.  You can read the full report here. Planning Staff are recommending approval of the proposal.

Councillor Doucette requested that the applicants post the latest design online for the public to see: you can review it here.

The Community Consultations held in February and August, 2014, were fairly well attended, and residents raised a number of concerns including height, massing, transiting, materiality and “fit”, traffic impact, and environmental sustainability.

We heard your feedback, and the applicants heard it too, and made revisions based on public feedback and City Planning requests.

Here is a summary of the current building proposal:

  • Seven storeys plus partial eighth storey to allow access to amenity space (reduced from eight storeys originally).
  • Height of 24.5m plus a small (1.5m tall, 7.5m2) elevator overrun that also allows access to rooftop amenity (down from 27m originally. See Pages 10 and 36 of the report for heights; the height is incorrect on page 24 of the report, which we’ve flagged for Planning staff)
  • The mechanical penthouse is now sunken, so not an addition to the height
  • 43 rental units (reduced from 51 units originally).
  • Stepbacks
  • On the south and east facades, including notching in the corner at grade to accommodate the pedestrian volume at that corner
  • Stepback at the third storey to create a cornice line
  • Stepbacks at the fifth, sixth and seventh storey on Dundas, and every storey above the third storey along Pacific
  • On the west side above the sixth storey to respond to the ‘blank wall’ concerns
  • Greater stepbacks at the rear to reduce protrusion into the angular plane
  • Significantly more masonry, particularly on the first three storeys
  • 44 bicycle parking spaces
  • 27 vehicular parking spaces (24 resident spaces through parking stackers, plus three visitor spaces at the rear)
  • Widening sidewalk at Dundas, with a sidewalk zone of 6m to 7.5m along Pacific, with rows of pavers along the road and a concrete sidewalk in front of the building.  More streetscape improvements will be discussed during the Site Plan process
  • Along with the stepbacks, different colours of brick on the west side, and above the fifth storey to make it appear five storeys, with the sixth and seventh storeys pushed in
  • Tier 1 requirements for the Toronto Green Standard (eg. automobile infrastructure, cycling infrastructure, storage and collection for recycling and organic waste, bird friendly design)

Etobicoke York Community Council will vote on September 8th, and the final vote will be at City Council on September 30th.

May 2015 Update – City staff are still working with the applicant to try to make this the best building possible for the neighbourhood.

August 2014 Update – The mandatory community consultation for the proposed development at 2978 Dundas Street was held on Tuesday, August 19.  The City Planner and proponent listened to resident concerns, and are now looking at any changes they would like made.

May 2014 Update – R.E. Millward has now applied to the City for a seven story proposal, with an additional floor to enter the green roof.  The footprint has also been brought in on the north side to allow for visitor parking.  The approval for the first mandatory community consultation will be will be going to the June 2014 Community Council meeting.

February 2014 Update  On Thursday, February 13, R.E. Millward and Associates held a community meeting to discuss their proposal for an eight story development at 2978 Dundas Street West (the north-west corner of Dundas and Pacific).  This was a pre-application meeting, and at this point nothing has been submitted to the City.

Proponent’s website 

City’s application website

3385 Dundas Street West (at Durie Street)

March 2018 Update – Both Site Plan and Rezoning Application are still under review at this time.  A demolition permit has been applied for this site, prior to the zoning approval.  At this time my office is unaware of why such a request has been made, and will update residents as soon as we hear anything.

September 2017 Update – Site Plan was submitted on September 8, 2017 and is under review by City Staff. The current proposal is for a seven-storey mixed-use building, comprised of 131 residential dwelling units, and a blend of residential and commercial uses on the ground floor. The rezoning application continues to be under review.

March 2017 Update – Following the public consultation last fall, the applicants have been tweaking their proposal for an eight storey condominium project, with nine Habitat for Humanity units inside. Planning Staff are expecting a submission shortly.

October 2016 Update – The City is hosting a Community Consultation Meeting where the public is invited to get more information about the application, ask questions and share comments. Meeting details:

Date: Thursday October 13, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.        

Place: Runnymede Collegiate Auditorium, 569 Jane Street

September 2016 Update – City staff are currently reviewing the application.

May 2016 Update – An application was submitted on May 27, 2016 to City Planning to amend the existing Zoning By-Law to permit the development of an 8-storey mixed-use condominium (residential and retail) building, comprised of 123 residential units, 8 of which are Habitat for Humanity units, and approximately 1,113 square metres of retail space on the ground floor. The existing car wash building would be demolished.

For supporting documentation for this application, please click on the links below:

*Please note due to the large size of these files, they may take a couple minutes to load.

Planning and Urban Design Rationale

Avenue Segment Study

Architectural Plans

Transportation Impact Study

Noise Impact Study

Landscape and Lighting Plans

3803 Dundas Street West (at Humber Hill Avenue)

This application and supporting documentation can be viewed on the City’s website.

March 2018 Update – The property is for sale.

July 2017 Update – This application received approval at Etobicoke York Community Council, and final approval at City Council on July 4, 2017.

May 2017 Update – The City and the proponent have finished their work in regards to this proposal.  It is expected to come to Community Council shortly.

July 2016 Update – A public meeting was held at Cooper Mills on July 5, 2016 to allow the community to hear the latest proposal and share their thoughts with the Proponent and City Planning Staff.

May 2016 Update – The proponents have returned to their original idea for the site, with a 12 storey condo development.  A community meeting will be held in June on this development.

November 2015 Update – In July, my office held a Public Consultation so that residents could hear and ask questions of the proponent and City Planning staff regarding new proposal for this property.

The proposal has been dramatically changed, and is now for four blocks of townhouses, which would be four-storeys each, with a total of 100 units.

July 2015 Update – My office held a Public Consultation meeting on Monday, July 13th so that residents could hear and ask questions of the proponent and City Planning regarding a new proposal for this property.

The proposal has been dramatically changed from what we were shown a few years ago. The new proposal is for four blocks of townhouses, which would be four-storeys each, with 100 units.

November 2014 Update – Talks between the proponent and the City are not currently occurring.  No further action is being taken at this time.

July 2014 Update – City Planning and the proponent are still in discussions at this time.

August 2013 Update – At the May 14, 2013 Community Council meeting the approval for public consultation was passed. The first Community Consultation meeting  took place on Tuesday, June 25, at 7:00 pm at the Cooper Mills Plaza Gym (4020  Dundas Street West).  For a copy of the City’s preliminary report, please click here.

Main and Main Developments held a community meeting to discuss there plans for a development at 3803 Dundas Street West on July 4, 2012.  They have applied to the city in January 2013.

7 Fraser Ave

The City has received an application for a 7-storey office building with a new private lane and below-grade parking. The proposed building is to be located on the southeastern portion of the property. The western portion of the building containing live-work units will be maintained while the eastern portion of the building currently occupied by a warehouse is proposed to be demolished. The property is listed on the City’s Heritage Registrar. City Planning staff are currently reviewing the application.

12-14 High Park Avenue and southern area along High Park Subway

March 2018 Update – While the file is still open, no new progress has been made.

March 2017 Update – TTC staff and the proponents are still discussing opening a collection of micro-retail locations along the entrance to the High Park Subway Station. At this time, no decisions have been finalized.

June 2016 Update – The proponent for this site is planning to construct of a three-storey day nursery with retail at grade, and then 15 micro-retail/service units fronting the TTC bus platform.

Date: June 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: St. Cecilia Catholic School, 355 Annette Street

May 2016 Update – At the May Community Council meeting the proposal was approved for community consultation. A meeting will be set up through City Planning shortly.

March 2016 Update – A proposal to build a three storey daycare, with micro-retail along the south side of the High Park Subway Station has been submitted to the City. Planning staff are reviewing the proposal, and we should have more information in the weeks ahead.

For supporting documentation for this application, please click on the links below:

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Planning Rationale 

Tree Preservation Report

Transportation Impact Study

Housing Issues Report

Green Standards Checklist

Architectural Plans

260 High Park Avenue

March 2018 Update – The Final Resubmission of Site Plan was presented to City Planning.

July 2017 Update – At the July 4, 2017 City Council, the rezoning application was approved.

May 2017 Update – A meeting was held with neighbours of the proposed site on May 16, 2017.  The application will be going to the Etobicoke York Community Council at the June 13, 2017 meeting.

April 2017 Update – The proponents made many changes requested by the City.  They will be meeting with the immediate neighbours shortly. to present their changes.

January 2017 Update – The application went to the Design Review Panel who voted unanimously for a redesign. To view the minutes, click here

December 2016 Update – The proponent has submitted new plans to the City.  City staff are currently examining this new submission.  To see the plans, please click here.

June 2016 Update – The proponent is looking to reuse of a vacant church at 260 High Park, and add a four storey addition to the west and south of the building to accommodate 77 residential apartment units.

Date: June 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas Street West

May 2016 Update – At the May Community Council meeting the Church and Sunday School were both designated as a Heritage sites.  This meeting also approved the consultation meeting for the proposed development.

March 2016 Update – A Site Plan Approval and Rezoning Application was submitted on February 19th to convert this place of worship (former High Park United Church) into a 77 condominium unit building. The application includes a 4-storey addition of 12.55 metres to the top and 16.55 metres to the top of the mechanical penthouse, to the west and south side of the church. The original church would remain in place, but the application includes plans for the demolition of the Sunday School building. Two levels of underground parking would provide for 107 car parking spaces and 78 bicycle parking spaces.

The address is a listed Heritage Building. The Applicant has also bought the house directly south at 248 High Park Ave, which would be demolished as part of the development.

City Staff are currently reviewing this application and hoping for the first report to go to the May Etobicoke York Community Council meeting, with the first community meeting to be held in June.

For supporting documentation for this application, please click on the links below:

*Please note due to the large size of these files, they may take a couple minutes to load.

Planning Rationale

Heritage Impact Assessment

Tree Preservation Report

Transportation Impact Study

Architectural Plans

Servicing Report

35, 41-63, 65, 95 High Park Avenue and 66 & 102-116 Pacific Avenue (Great West Life)

You can view all the application documents here.

February 2018 Update – An OMB pre-hearing was held on January 31, 2018. The second pre-hearing date has been scheduled for August 14, 2018.

January 2018 Update –
City Staff: The City completed the preliminary reports back in April 2017, which resulted in the first public meetings. Since that time, City staff have circulated the proposals to all the City departments for comment.  The City will not be releasing the final staff reports until after the Character Study is complete, as that study will influence the direction the City and the proponents would like to follow.

Character Study: Right now the City is undertaking the Character Study of the High Park Neighbourhood.

There is a working group of residents, representatives of the Alliance, property owners, (including Minto and GWL) and myself who are working with City staff on this study.  The reason GWL & Minto are taking part is that they have the ability to share items from a management perspective, and they are also able to hear the issues that arise.

A status report will be coming to the April 4 Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) meeting. The first draft of the final report will go to the working group shortly after that. The final report will go to EYCC on June 8, 2018, then City Council in July.

The OMB: While the Character Study takes place, the file is still slowly moving through the OMB process. There are two pre-hearings taking place within the month for both applications.  Pre-hearings are to determine who are the parties and participants in the OMB case, and what steps will be taking place next. This pre-hearing could result in a second round of pre-hearings, mediation, or going straight to a hearing date. At this point both the City and the applicants will be asking for a second round of pre-hearings.

Great West Life: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Minto: Thursday, February 8, 2018
10:00 am, 655 Bay Street (16th Floor)

The High Park Community Alliance and the City will be registering to be parties. Other parties may emerge the day of the hearings. As individuals, you can register to be participants. Being a participant allows you to make a statement to the board. While some OMB adjudicators will allow you to register as a participant by email, they could cut off participants at the pre-hearing, so it is best to attend.

 If these applications go to mediation those with party status will be at the discussion table while those with participant status are not.

Next Steps: Both GWL & Minto have agreed they are going to present a new proposal after the Character Study is complete. Because we are also at the OMB, there are multiple paths this could take. The applicant could submit a new application to the City, and continue along the City process, hoping to reach a settlement or take a new proposal straight to the OMB.

We expect a second set of pre-hearings to take place following completion of the Character Study. At that time the parties involved could agree to mediation through the OMB. This gives the residents, City, and proponents an opportunity to work together to try to make changes to the application.  All sides need to work together for this to work, and we have seen positive results in the past on other developments.

Finally, we could go straight into a formal OMB hearing. This will result in a straight yes or no decision from the OMB adjudicator.

October 2017 Update – On Wednesday, October 26, we had the kickoff meeting for the High Park Apartment Area Character Study. While there was a fair turn out, and some good questions asked, there seems to be some lingering confusion with the study, and how it will work with the opponents appeal to the OMB.

There are two important aspects of the character study. First, the character study is a chance for the community to be able to express their desires for what is to come to the neighbourhood in the future. No neighbourhood is static, so whether these proposals move forward or not, it is important that the community’s views and concerns are recorded and addressed. Second, the study will also include the two proposals before us. Legally, each application is looked at separately, and must have their own final Staff Report to Council. While this will continue moving forward, the Character Study is able to link together the two applications, and examine the effects that the proposed changes would have on each other’s development, as well as the community as a whole. (The study was set up to work in tandem with the two development applications as one will affect the other.) The Character Study will not come out in favour or opposed to the development applications, that is the job of the final staff report, but it will be used as an additional tool for Planning Staff’s final report on these applications.  This is an opportunity for increasing the input from residents on not just what they oppose, but what they want to see in the community.

The community and I have made it very clear to the developers that we do not approve of their current applications. Both Great West Life (GWL) and Minto have told us they will be resubmitting their proposals after hearing from the community following the results of the Character Study. While we of course do not know what the developers will resubmit, we hope the new proposal will fit better with the wishes of the neighbourhood.

As you know, the applicants have made an OMB appeal. This does not mean that we are headed straight for an OMB hearing. In fact, following the provincial government’s announcements for proposed changes to the OMB, every proposed development in our ward made an appeal to the OMB, with the hopes they are grandfathered in under the current rules.  Neither GWL nor Minto have asked for a hearing date, and have stated they will continue to work with residents and the City to submit an improved application.

There was some confusion over a “complete” application vs an approved or final application at Wednesday’s meeting. As dictated by the Province, the City must examine all development proposals.  For a development proposal to be examined, they must submit a “complete” application, which includes a number of studies for their proposals such as impacts on traffic, sunlight, infrastructure, etc. (All the studies can be found here for Minto, and here for GWL.) When an application is deemed complete, the City will begin its first examination, and the 120 day countdown to a possible OMB appeal begins. This “complete” application does not mean it is will be the final application that goes to the City. In fact, of the large scale developments in our ward, not one has gone through to Council or the OMB with their original proposal since I have been a Councillor.

Long story short, the door is not closed, no final decisions have been made. While I, and the greater community oppose these developments as they currently stand, this Character Study allows residents to solidify in City bylaws not just opposition, but what they want to see in their community. It is an important tool we are able to have moving forward, and I encourage anyone interested to get involved.

July 2017 Update – Great West Life (GWL) has appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board. However, they have stated they are willing to continue working with the City and the community at large to help shape their proposal.

May 2017 Update – The first public consultation took place on Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 at Lithuania House (1573 Bloor Street West).

January 2017 Update – An application was submitted by Great West life for their property between High Park Avenue and Pacific Avenue, south of Glenlake. They are proposing a 39-storey tower, a 34-storey tower, a 29-storey tower, and an 8-storey tower. Unlike the Minto application, this application was not brought to my office and the community first so we are unsure at this point what road they plan to take moving forward.

City Planning has informed me that this application is not complete. Once a completed application has been submitted, a public meeting will be hosted by the City Planning Division.

You can view the application documents here.

200 Keele Street/ 203 Oakmount

November 2017 Update – Site Plan was submitted on May 26, 2016. The Applicant then went to Committee of Adjustment requesting minor variances to Zoning By-Laws, as well as consent to sever the property at 203 Oakmount Rd, for a building containing 52 residential units. Both applications were deferred at the June 2017 hearing to the August 2017 hearing, where the Committee refused the variances and approved the requested severance. The Applicant has appealed the minor variances decision, and the City has appealed the severance decision. These appeals will be going to the OMB on May 28, 2018 for three days.

November 2015 Update – There is a renewed pre-application proposal for this site, along the northern edge of Lithuania Park.  A four storey condo building with rental townhouses at grade is proposed, and the owner is speaking with City Planning staff about how to proceed with their application.

November 2013 Update – On November 25, 2013 the OMB released their decision regarding 200 Keele.  The OMB agreed with the City and residents, and did not support the proponents appeal.  For the full OMB decision, please click here. For the City’s report on this development, please click here.

406 Keele Street (at Vine)

March 2018 Update – OMB hearing date has still not been scheduled.

November 2017 Update – An application has been made for a six storey condominium as the south-west corner of Keele St and Vine Ave. City Planning will be hosting a community meeting about the application. For more information on what the developers are proposing, please see all the documents here. The Applicant has appealed their Zoning By-law and Official Plan Amendment Application to the OMB, but a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

Community Meeting details:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:00 pm
West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St W)

1182 and 1221 King Street West

More information on 1182 and 1221 King Street West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

February 2018

A Settlement Proposal was approved by Toronto City Council for a 14-storey building on the south-west and a 17-storey building on the north-east side of the King- Dufferin St intersection. The developer will now prepare the Site Plan which will be reviewed for approval by City Planning staff.

November 2017

The developer has shared their presentation from the Community meeting.

King Dufferin Community Presentation 01NOV17

October 2017         

City Planning will be submitting their Final Report on the 1182-1221 King St. W. Rezoning Application to the November 14th meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC).
Councillor Perks is holding a Community Meeting to review the developer’s revisions to the original application and to hear from community members.
The Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 from 7 – 9 PM in the Basement Meeting Room of the Parkdale United Church, 171 Dunn Avenue, at King Street West.
Councillor Perks will be joined by City Planner Kirk Hatcher and a representative from the development team.

The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application of 1182 and 1221 King Street West will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.31

The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws with a 21-storey residential building (73 m) with retail at grade and 448 residential units at 1182 King Street West and a 19-storey building (67 m) with retail at grade and 301 residential units at 1221 King Street West, located on opposite sides of the Dufferin/King intersection.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting.  City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

The meeting will likely be scheduled for January, 2016. City Planning staff will be notifying neighbouring residents. My office will be providing general notice throughout Ward 14. If you wish to be added to the email blast list for this application, please send an email to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, with subject line 1182-1221 King Street email list.

1926 Lake Shore Boulevard West (formerly the Four Points Sheraton)

February 2018 Update – While the changes were approved at the Committee of Adjustment, the applicants have taken site plan approval to the Ontario Municipal Board. There is no OMB date as of yet.

November 2017 Update –  The owners, Diamante Development Corporation have stated that the building will be fitting into the previously approved envelope. The Applicants are going to the Committee of Adjustment on December 7, 2017 for minor variances to the zoning by-law.

January 2017 Update – The property has changed owners. The new owners, Diamante Development Corporation, are meeting with Planning to review their proposal.

October 2014 Update – The residents and proponent agreed on a settlement.  Please click here to see their agreement.

July 2014 Update – After the March 2014 OMB pre-hearing, the developer, Carttera, requested mediation from the OMB, which took place at the end of June. At that meeting, the resident representatives agreed to a settlement offer. That offer was assessed by City solicitors and planners and an updated report was moved during the July 8 City Council meeting. The decision can be found here.

March 2014 Update – The OMB pre-hearing has begun.  Please find my letter to the OMB here.

January 2014 Update – On January 15 Community Council voted to send staff to fight the OMB appeal.  The motion can be found here.

September 2013 Update – The community consultation for the proposed 1926 Lake Shore development took place on Wednesday, September 25, at Humberside Collegiate Institute (280 Quebec Avenue).  Prior to this consultation, the developer took their proposal to the OMB.

City’s preliminary report

1978 – 2002 Lake Shore Blvd W (at Windermere Ave, north-west corner)

City Website (Including all submitted plans) 

March 2018 Update: City Planning Division will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 pm at Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Avenue). Learn about and provide input to the proposal for a mixed use building on the north-west corner of Windermere Ave and Lake Shore Blvd W. The application includes two residential towers of 21 and 26 storeys, containing 607 proposed residential units, and non-residential (retail) floor area proposed at grade.

February 2018 Update: The proponents have applied to the City proposing development of a mixed-use building with two towers, 21 and 26 storeys on a 3-6 storey base building, with a partial 7-storey element between the towers. You can see the submitted documents here.  A public meeting will be held shortly.

September 2017 Update: On Thursday, September 28, the proponents for 2002 Lake Shore Boulevard West (the original site of the Joy Oil Station, on the north-west corner of Lake Shore Blvd W and Windermere Ave) held a pre-application meeting for the site. While this meeting was poorly attended, some important information was shared.

The proponents presented two proposals for the site.  Both proposals consist of two towers, one triangular shaped to the west and one oval shaped at the corner of Lake Shore and Windermere Avenue. They are connected by a seven storey podium that will have parking, amenity space, and a small number of units. The difference between the two proposals comes down to the height of the towers, and the size of the floor plates. The first proposal consisted of two 21 storey towers with a 920 square meters floor plate. The second proposal consisted of a 29 and a 32 storey tower, with 750 meters foot floor plates.

Unlike most development proposals, this site is being sold by the City. Prior to this site being transferred to Build Toronto in 2013, I put a motion forward at Council to limit the height of any future building on this site. That height was 65 metres, which is equal to the 21 storey proposal.  I put this motion forward, after consulting with the community, to allow the buildings to step down to the similar height as the existing towers at Lake Shore and Ellis Avenue. Without a second agreement from Council, they cannot build above that height.

I would not agree to increase the allowable height of the buildings without the support of the local community. A taller building with a smaller floor plate would allow for improved view corridors towards the waterfront. The obvious downside is the taller the tower, the father away it can be seen.

At this time the proponents have not stated what they are going to be bringing to the City. There will be an official City Planning meeting once an application is submitted. In the meantime, please let me know if you are interested in further updates when they become available.

6 Noble Street

July 2019

At the July 2018 Toronto City Council approved directing City Staff to settle the 6 Noble OMB appeal and accept the revised 8-storey building containing 101 units, ground floor non-residential space and two levels of below-grade parking on the lands located at 6 Noble Street.

Although I understand the significance of the Pia Bouman Dance Studio and the positive impact that it has on many lives, the 6 Noble Development revised application did not leave room for the dance studio.

I met with the developer and representatives of the dance school many times to encourage a space within this application for the dance school. Unfortunately no agreement was reached.

 

There are some community wins in this Staff Report. The applicant has decreased the height of the building from 51 m to 32 m by using 24 Noble as a guide. Additionally, there is a $350,000 financial contribution towards affordable housing within Ward 14.

The full report is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2N2nvq7 .

More information on 6 Noble Street can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

June 2018

Friends,

City staff will be submitting a Request for Direction Report on 6 Noble Street to Toronto and East York Community Council on July 4th, 2018.

The Staff Report recommends that City Council direct City Staff to settle the appeal and accept the revised 8-storey building containing 101 units, ground floor non-residential space and two levels of below-grade parking on the lands located at 6 Noble Street.

Although I understand the significance of the Pia Bouman Dance Studio and the positive impact that it has on many lives, the 6 Noble Development revised application does not leave room for the dance studio.

I met with the developer and representatives of the dance school many times to encourage a space within this application for the dance school. Unfortunately no agreement was reached.

There are some community wins in this Staff Report. The applicant has decreased the height of the building from 51 m to 32 m by using 24 Noble as a guide.

Additionally, there will be a $350,000 financial contribution towards affordable housing within Ward 14.

The full report is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2N2nvq7 .

I will be recommending approval of this Staff Report. It will be heard on July 4th after 11:30 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West.

February 2018

A Settlement Offer proposing an 8-storey (plus mechanical) condominium building is currently being reviewed by City Planning staff. Any updates will be shared as they become available.

December 2017

Friends,

The first OMB pre-hearing conference on the 6 Noble Street development application was held on December12th, 2017.

The developer advised that they have submitted a Settlement Offer to the City with revision to the original application.

The Settlement Offer is now posted on line at:

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4023767&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

Of note, revisions include the height of the building which has been reduced from 14 storeys (51.3 m including mechanical penthouse) to 8 storeys (32.3 m including mechanical penthouse); and no non-residential uses are proposed. The non-residential gross floor area and the live-work units have been replaced with townhouse units.

City Planning along with a number of City departments will now review the Settlement Offer and provide their feedback.

My office will organize a meeting in 2018 to review the Settlement Offer with the community. City Planning staff and the developer will be invited to attend this meeting.

City Planning staff will then provide their recommendations on the Settlement Offer. If they recommend approval of the Settlement Offer, a report will be submitted to the February 21st Toronto and East York Community Council. If they do not recommend approval of the settlement offer, City Staff will attend the next pre-hearing scheduled for May 22 at 10 AM at the OMB, 655 Bay St, 16th floor.

Please watch for Community Meeting Notice early in 2018. As always, my office is available to answer questions and hear your concerns.

Sincerely,
Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

November 2017

 6 Noble Street 

OMB Pre-Hearing

 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10 AM

Ontario Municipal Board, 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street

(2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.).

 I have an important update on the 6 Noble St. development application.

The developer of 6 Noble St. originally proposed a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

As you might know, the developer appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board. A pre-hearing conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 10 AM.   The purpose of the pre-hearing is to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the OMB Hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.  If you have concerns with the development proposal, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

City Planning staff and the developer have also continued to work to find a suitable proposal for the site.  The ‘without prejudice’ discussions between City staff and the developer allows for exploration of possible changes that might result in an agreement without offers or counter offers being made public. I am not involved in these discussions.

City Legal have informed me that the developer will be making a revised ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer very soon. A ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer will be a public document. If available, it will be shared at the December 12th pre-hearing.

It is my practice to share details of any ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer prior to it being considered by City Council either through email or, if time permits, at a community meeting.

At this time, the developer has agreed not to seek a Hearing date at the pre-hearing conference. Instead, they will seek a second pre-hearing in April, 2018 which could be converted into a settlement hearing if a settlement is reached.

It is important that anyone with an interest in this matter attend the OMB pre-hearing on Tuesday Dec 12th, notwithstanding the fact that no Hearing date is to be scheduled. This will allow community members to be made parties or participants and be a part of any proceeding should a settlement fail to occur.

Information on party/participant status is available at http://www.omb.gov.on.ca/stellent/groups/public/@abcs/@www/@omb/documents/webasset/ec156907.pdf

If you are interested in attending the OMB prehearing but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office for assistance.   I will be available to meet at 9:30 AM outside of the prehearing conference room at the OMB to review the process of the OMB prehearing. Please contact my office if you are interested.

Sincerely,

Gord Perks

City Councillor

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

October, 2017 

An application has been submitted to the City to construct at 14-storey, mixed-use building containing commercial use at grade. Two community meetings have been help to date. Community members have raised concerns with the application and have given encouragement to continue working with the Pia Bouman dance studio, retaining rental space on the site. A Preliminary Report by City Planning is available on-line at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-102899.pdf . City Planning and the developer continue to work to find agreement. However, the developer has appealed to the OMB. A pre hearing date is scheduled for December 12, 2017.

July 6th, 2017

6 Noble Street Developments has appealed their rezoning application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The type of appeal is listed as ‘Application for an amendment to the Zoning By-law  –  failed to make a decision on the application within 120 days’. The applicant will be requesting the OMB to approve their rezoning proposal. City Planning will be bringing a Request for Directions Report to a Fall 2017 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) meeting requesting that a City Solicitor and appropriate staff attend the OMB hearing once it is scheduled. In the meantime, City Planning staff remain available to the applicant.

October 4th, 2016 – 6 Noble Street Developments have submitted a formal application to the city for a Zoning By-law Amendment. They are seeking to build a fourteen-storey, mixed-use building containing commercial use at grade and 174 residential units above. There are also 76 proposed parking spaces in an included below-grade parking garage.

October 3rd, 2016 – Comments for the Preliminary Report for the November 15th Community Council are due in early November. As more information is submitted it will be made available here.

Please pass on this information to your neighbours.

The developer of 6 Noble Street, 6 Noble Street Developments Inc., will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

The developer is proposing a 14 storey residential rental condominium containing 178 units. Further details will be available at the community meeting.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Date: Monday, June 20th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement auditorium)

111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road (Minto)

You can view all the application documents here.

February 2018 Update – An OMB pre-hearing was held on February 8, 2018 and a second pre-hearing has been scheduled for September 6, 2018.

January 2018 Update –
City Staff: The City completed the preliminary reports back in April 2017, which resulted in the first public meetings. Since that time, City staff have circulated the proposals to all the City departments for comment.  The City will not be releasing the final staff reports until after the Character Study is complete, as that study will influence the direction the City and the proponents would like to follow.

Character Study: Right now the City is undertaking the Character Study of the High Park Neighbourhood.

There is a working group of residents, representatives of the Alliance, property owners, (including Minto and GWL) and myself who are working with City staff on this study.  The reason GWL & Minto are taking part is that they have the ability to share items from a management perspective, and they are also able to hear the issues that arise.

A status report will be coming to the April 4 Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) meeting. The first draft of the final report will go to the working group shortly after that. The final report will go to EYCC on June 8, 2018, then City Council in July.

The OMB: While the Character Study takes place, the file is still slowly moving through the OMB process. There are two pre-hearings taking place within the month for both applications.  Pre-hearings are to determine who are the parties and participants in the OMB case, and what steps will be taking place next. This pre-hearing could result in a second round of pre-hearings, mediation, or going straight to a hearing date. At this point both the City and the applicants will be asking for a second round of pre-hearings.

Great West Life: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Minto: Thursday, February 8, 2018
10:00 am, 655 Bay Street (16th Floor)

The High Park Community Alliance and the City will be registering to be parties. Other parties may emerge the day of the hearings. As individuals, you can register to be participants. Being a participant allows you to make a statement to the board. While some OMB adjudicators will allow you to register as a participant by email, they could cut off participants at the pre-hearing, so it is best to attend.

 If these applications go to mediation those with party status will be at the discussion table while those with participant status are not.

Next Steps: Both GWL & Minto have agreed they are going to present a new proposal after the Character Study is complete. Because we are also at the OMB, there are multiple paths this could take. The applicant could submit a new application to the City, and continue along the City process, hoping to reach a settlement or take a new proposal straight to the OMB.

We expect a second set of pre-hearings to take place following completion of the Character Study. At that time the parties involved could agree to mediation through the OMB. This gives the residents, City, and proponents an opportunity to work together to try to make changes to the application.  All sides need to work together for this to work, and we have seen positive results in the past on other developments.

Finally, we could go straight into a formal OMB hearing. This will result in a straight yes or no decision from the OMB adjudicator.

October 2017 Update – On Wednesday, October 26, we had the kickoff meeting for the High Park Apartment Area Character Study. While there was a fair turn out, and some good questions asked, there seems to be some lingering confusion with the study, and how it will work with the opponents appeal to the OMB.

There are two important aspects of the character study. First, the character study is a chance for the community to be able to express their desires for what is to come to the neighbourhood in the future. No neighbourhood is static, so whether these proposals move forward or not, it is important that the community’s views and concerns are recorded and addressed. Second, the study will also include the two proposals before us. Legally, each application is looked at separately, and must have their own final Staff Report to Council. While this will continue moving forward, the Character Study is able to link together the two applications, and examine the effects that the proposed changes would have on each other’s development, as well as the community as a whole. (The study was set up to work in tandem with the two development applications as one will affect the other.) The Character Study will not come out in favour or opposed to the development applications, that is the job of the final staff report, but it will be used as an additional tool for Planning Staff’s final report on these applications.  This is an opportunity for increasing the input from residents on not just what they oppose, but what they want to see in the community.

The community and I have made it very clear to the developers that we do not approve of their current applications. Both Great West Life (GWL) and Minto have told us they will be resubmitting their proposals after hearing from the community following the results of the Character Study. While we of course do not know what the developers will resubmit, we hope the new proposal will fit better with the wishes of the neighbourhood.

As you know, the applicants have made an OMB appeal. This does not mean that we are headed straight for an OMB hearing. In fact, following the provincial government’s announcements for proposed changes to the OMB, every proposed development in our ward made an appeal to the OMB, with the hopes they are grandfathered in under the current rules.  Neither GWL nor Minto have asked for a hearing date, and have stated they will continue to work with residents and the City to submit an improved application.

There was some confusion over a “complete” application vs an approved or final application at Wednesday’s meeting. As dictated by the Province, the City must examine all development proposals.  For a development proposal to be examined, they must submit a “complete” application, which includes a number of studies for their proposals such as impacts on traffic, sunlight, infrastructure, etc. (All the studies can be found here for Minto, and here for GWL.) When an application is deemed complete, the City will begin its first examination, and the 120 day countdown to a possible OMB appeal begins. This “complete” application does not mean it is will be the final application that goes to the City. In fact, of the large scale developments in our ward, not one has gone through to Council or the OMB with their original proposal since I have been a Councillor.

Long story short, the door is not closed, no final decisions have been made. While I, and the greater community oppose these developments as they currently stand, this Character Study allows residents to solidify in City bylaws not just opposition, but what they want to see in their community. It is an important tool we are able to have moving forward, and I encourage anyone interested to get involved.

July 2017 Update – Minto has appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board. However, they have stated they are willing to continue working with the City and the community at large to help shape their proposal.

May 2017 Update – The first public consultation took place on Monday, May 8, at 7:00 at Lithuania House (1573 Bloor Street West).

January 2017 Update – This application was submitted by Minto. The location for the proposed development is between Pacific Avenue and Oakmount Road, south of Glenlake Ave. Minto reached out to my office to inform us they have submitted the same application that they presented at the pre-application meeting, as a means to avoid paying increased development permit fees that were introduced on January 1, 2017. They have stated that they will be submitting updated plans in late January / early February with a revised application.

The current application consists of two blocks of 3-storey townhouses, one 33-storey tower, one 29-storey tower, 8-storey podium and a new 2 -storey amenity pavilion.

City Planning has informed me that this application is not complete. Once a completed application has been submitted, a public meeting will be hosted by the City Planning Division.

November 2016 Update – A pre-application public meeting was held by Minto at Lithuanian House on November 2nd where they presented their original plans.

77 Quebec Avenue & 40 High Park Avenue (Grenadier Square)

February 2018 Update – The developers have received their above grade building permits.  Construction is continuing to take place.

November 2017 Update – Construction is currently taking place on the garage, and excavation work is taking place on the site itself.  At this time the proponent is in the final stages of site plan approval.

May 2017 Update – The townhouse demolition is now taking place.

January 2017 Update – This development will now be rental units and not condominiums.

October 2016 Update – The Committee of Adjustment approved an application to make changes related to amenity space buildings, car parking spaces and stacked bicycle parking.

September 2016 Update – The proponents have submitted an application to the Committee of Adjustment with proposed changes, and will be heard at the Committee of Adjustment hearing on Thursday, September 15th. Changes are related to amenity space buildings, car parking spaces and stacked bicycle parking. This application is not making any changes to the number of units, the height of the towers, nor to the ground floor area. Both City Planning and Transportation divisions have no concerns with this application.

May 2016 Update – The proponents have come back to the City with a new artistic design for the project.  While the massing would primarily stay the same and there would be no change in height, the City is currently examining what changes are proposed, and what steps would be needed going forward.

November 2015 Update – The Ontario Municipal Board finally came out with their decision on this proposal this summer, and approved two 25 storey towers in the location of the current townhouse blocks, with townhouse units at the ground level of the buildings. The two existing 20 storey buildings will remain as-is.  I moved motions to have City Staff at the OMB to support the residents’ and City’s position that the buildings are inappropriate for the neighbourhood.  The OMB decision was very disappointing.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the OMB Participants, Parties, and the Working Group for this property.

July 2015 Update – My office has just received notice that the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has approved the proposed development at Grenadier Square.  The hearing date was September 8 to 12, 2014.

This will mean two twenty-five storey apartment buildings will be built in the location of the townhouse blocks, with townhouse units at the ground level of the buildings.  The two existing 20 storey buildings will remain as-is.  A new indoor amenity building will be constructed at the north end of the property.

While this decision is disappointing, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the OMB Participants, Parties, and the Working Group for this property.  They brought the height down from the original proposal of 31 storeys to 25 storeys, and passionately made their cases at the OMB.

The next steps are for the City and the applicant to finalize the wording of the Zoning By-law Amendment and the Section 37 agreement.  This will be done within the next three months.  After that point, the applicants can apply for a building permit.

For the full OMB decission, please click here.

May 2015 Update – There is still no decision on this hearing.

March 2015 Update – We are awaiting the OMB decision on this application and will share the outcome as soon as it becomes available.

September 2014 Update – The second OMB pre-hearing was held on Friday, June 6.  The final hearing started on Monday, September 8.

April 2014 Update – An OMB pre-hearing was held on March 21. A second pre-hearing has been scheduled for Friday, June 6 and the final hearing is scheduled for Monday, September 8.

February 2014 Update – On November 29, 2013 the proponent appealed this aplication to the OMB. At the February 25, 2014 Community Council meeting, Council voted unanimously  to send City Staff to fight this development at the OMB.

November 2013 Update – The applicant has formally submitted the revised proposal to the City on November 15, 2013. The revised application has been circulated to the various Civic Division/Agencies, school boards and utility companies for their review and comments. Please click on the City of Toronto site below for access to the City’s Web page to view revised plans and studies.

October 2013 Update – A open house was held on November 7, between 7:00 and 8:30 pm at the Western Technical-Commercial School Auditorium (125 Evelyn Ave).  Please find attached the links to the display boards that were shown at the Open House and the applicant’s handout from the meeting.

September 2013 Update – Now that the working group process is complete I would l like to take this opportunity to thank all the working group members. I really appreciate their dedication, the time they have committed, and the great suggestions they brought to the table. The proponent has modified their design taking into account some of the ideas provided at the five working group meetings. Along with other changes suggested by the working group, the amended proposal reduced the height from 31 to 26 stories. I feel that this is still far too tall and they must come down further.

Community Comments

The City Planner’s Preliminary Report

The Developer’s Site

The City of Toronto Site

421 Roncesvalles Ave

March 2018

Friends,

 Re: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue:

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Update and

Demolition of a Designated Heritage Property- Toronto Preservation Board Notification

I am writing to update you on the 421 Roncesvalles Avenue OMB prehearing conference that took place on Wednesday, March 14th and to provide notification of the Toronto Preservation Board Meeting to review an application to demolish a designated heritage property.

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Update

As the applicant has now submitted an applied to demolish the heritage building at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, the City has requested a new prehearing date to allow for time to review the request to demolition and provide comment.

The next prehearing is scheduled for October 10th. My office will provide a reminder closer to the date.

If you have questions or concerns about the OMB prehearing, please contact Kimberly Livingstone, OMB Case Coordinator, (416) 326-6773, Kimberly.Livingstone@ontario.ca or Joanna Kimont, City of Toronto Planner, 416-392- 0481, joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Demolition of a Designated Heritage Property-Toronto Preservation Board Meeting

The Toronto Preservation Board will consider the request to demolish the heritage property at 421 Roncesvalles Ave at its meeting scheduled for Thursday March 22, 2018 at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Committee Room #3, 2nd Floor at 9:30 AM.

The City Planning Staff Report recommends refusal of the application to demolish the heritage structure on the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

Link to Agenda: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1029#Meeting-2017.PB32

You may recall that the Toronto Heritage Preservation Board have previously approved City Planning’s Staff Report to refuse the request to alter the heritage property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

Toronto Preservation Board meetings are open to the public, and you or your representatives are welcome to speak or write in to this body.

Comments can be submitted on-line through the “Submit Comments” button at the top of the page of the Agenda Item.

You can also appear before the Toronto Preservation Board and share your comments with board members directly, register through the “Request to Speak” button at the top of the page of the Agenda Item. This online button will be removed by 4:30 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Alternatively, you can register to speak by contacting the City Clerk’s staff with your name, address, phone number and the item on which you would like to depute or make a presentation. Contact City Clerks at: 416-392-7033, 416-397-0111 (fax), teycc@toronto.ca

You must register by 12:00 noon on the day before the meeting; however you can also register in the meeting room before the meeting starts.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or to provide comment.

Councillor Gord Perks

Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14

 

February 2018

Friends,

 Re: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing

March 14, 2018

I am writing to update you on the 421 Roncesvalles Avenue development application.

The applicant has applied to construct a 26.1 metres tall (30 metres including mechanical penthouse) seven storey commercial and office building.

The Toronto Preservation Board and City Council have approved the recommendation that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (including the address at 61 Howard Park Avenue) be included on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

Further, Toronto Preservation Board and City Council have approved City Planning’s Staff Report that refuses the development application stating that the building will alter the two storey designated heritage building in a manner that would not conserve the cultural heritage values, attributes and character of the property.

Although City Planning Staff and the applicant continue to work to find agreement, the applicant has appealed the Zoning Amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The OMB has now scheduled a one day prehearing conference on

Wednesday, March 14th

10 AM

Ontario Municipal Board,

16th Floor, 655 Bay Street

(2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.)

The purpose of the prehearing is to set a date for the actual hearing of the appeal and to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.

If you wish to have your concerns heard by the OMB you should attend the March 14th prehearing conference and obtain permission to speak either as a party or as a participant at the OMB hearing that is to be set for a later date. Information on party/participant status is available at http://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/omb/a-case-before-the-board/can-participate-hearing/participant/ . If you have concerns with this development application, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

If you have questions or concerns about the OMB prehearing, please contact Kimberly Livingstone, OMB Case Coordinator, (416) 326-6773, Kimberly.Livingstone@ontario.ca or Joanna Kimont, City of Toronto Planner, 416-392- 0481, joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

I can be available to meet at 9:30 AM outside of the prehearing conference room on March 14th to review the process of the OMB prehearing. Please contact my office if you will be attending.

Councillor Gord Perks

October 2017

A rezoning application has been submitted for a 7-storey office building. The proposal includes the retention of the existing 2-storey heritage listed former bank building. The owner, Propellor Developments Inc, has submitted an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The nature of the appeal is based on a non-decision from City Council within a 120-day period of the applications submission. There is no set hearing date, however, you can track the case on the OMB website here.

August 2017

Toronto City Council has passed By-law No. 716-2017, designating 421 Roncesvalles Avenue as a site of heritage or cultural value/interest. This designation will come into effect as of August 23, 2017. Located at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, the building was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

Furthermore, the owner, Propellor Developments Inc, has submitted an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The nature of the appeal is based on a non-decision from City Council within a 120-day period of the applications submission.  There is no set hearing date, however you can track the case on the OMB website here.

We will provide you with further information as it becomes available to us.

March 22nd, 2017

A community meeting was held last night to address the proposed development at 421 Roncesvalles Ave.

This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow the redevelopment the site with a seven-storey building containing retail and office uses with a height of 26.1 metres. The existing building will be maintained and while no vehicular parking spaces are being proposed, 38 bicycle parking spaces will be provided.

The community raised concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces, the length of construction and its effects on the neighbourhood, the heritage aspect of the existing structure, the proposed surpassing of the midrise guidelines, and the height, massing, and angular plane of the proposed building.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.40

February 6th, 2017 – Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act

Friends,

Earlier this week, City Council approved an Intention to Designate 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue, at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed a City staff report recommending that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (including the address at 61 Howard Park Avenue) be included on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PB20.9

As you may recall, on October 21, 2016, the owners of the property applied for a demolition permit which is currently under review.

Following research and evaluation by City staff in Heritage Preservation Services, it was determined that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue meets provincial criteria prescribed for municipal designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its design, associative and contextual value.

Under the Ontario Heritage Act, initiating a designation is one way of protecting a threatened heritage property to allow more time for considering alternatives.  Properties on the Heritage Register will be conserved and maintained in accordance with Official Plan Heritage Policies.

Designation enables City Council to review alterations to the site, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition.

Some useful information on designating a heritage building is available on-line:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a5d20621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/heritage/heritage_designation.shtml

City Planning staff are currently reviewing a Development Application for this site.

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false

City Planning will be scheduling a meeting in late March, 2017 to review the application and hear from the community. My office will provide details of the meeting once they are secured.

Please feel free to contact my office if you require further information.

Gord

422 – 436 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Avenue

More information on 422 Roncesvalles can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

October 2017

The development proposal for 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue and 76 Howard Park Avenue was settled in January 2017. The settlement, approved by the OMB, results in an 8-storey building with a height of 42.45 metres. The building will meet the angular plane guidelines.

The townhouse located on Howard Park Avenue will now be located on the west side of the laneway rather than the east side. The townhouses have been reduce din height from 4 storeys to 3 storeys and reduced in number from 6-4 units. The integral garages have been removed. Parking will be under the mail building.

At this time, the Site Plan is under review by City Planning. Once approved, construction will begin on site

January 26th, 2017

Friends,

The development proposal for 422-436 Roncesvalles and 76 Howard Park Avenue was scheduled to be heard at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) yesterday.

The developer and City Planning have settled the matter without a hearing. The settlement, approved by the OMB, results in an 8 storey building with a height of 25.45 m. The building will meet the angular plane guidelines.

The Townhouses located on Howard Park Avenue will now be located on the west side of the laneway rather than the east side. The townhouses have been reduced in height from 4 storeys to 3 storeys and reduced in number from 6 to 4 units. The integral garages have been removed. Parking will be under the mail building.

Both parties have been requested to submit a terms of settlement to the OMB. My office will share this information once available.

The final order from the OMB is withheld until revised plans are resubmitted by the developer and site serving is addressed.

City staff will use the revised plans to draft zoning bylaws. The OMB will then approve the bylaw.

The Community Working Group was very engaged in the process to find an acceptable proposal at this site. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community. I would also like to acknowledge the community members who came to the OMB for the day.

Gord

October 2016

A community meeting was held on October 19th where residents were given an update from City Planning and myself, and were able to voice their concerns. The major issues had to do with height and density, the impact on Character Area feel, and the integration of the townhouses with the surrounding area.

A working group of community members is now being constructed that will delve further into the issues that might be raised by the development.

Further information will be posted as it becomes available.

May 2016

Councillor Perks’ Office has been advised that the developers of 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue and 76 Howard Park Avenue have appealed their rezoning application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

The type of appeal is listed as: Application for an amendment to the Zoning By-law – failed to make a decision on the application within 120 days. The applicant will be requesting the OMB to approve their rezoning application.

At this time City Planning staff will begin preparing a Request for Directions which they will submit to Toronto and East York Community Council.

Our office will provide further information as it becomes available.

January 2016

City Planning are currently reviewing the application. Once their report is completed and public, our office will share with the community.

Application documents available on-line at:
http://app.toronto.ca/Develo…/associatedApplicationsList.do…

422- 436 Roncesvalles Ave & 76 Howard Park Ave
Community Meeting: January 11, 2016

Following the Presentation from City Planning and Presentation from Developer, the following comments/concerns were shared by community members.

  • Building height: Building must support the character of the village
    Midrise building is needed, this is taller than what city allows and it does
    not respect the Character designation of the street
    Townhomes are tall-4 storeys
  • Can application be held while Dundas / Roncesvalles Planning Study is underway: no
  • Too many units
  • Shade-concern with impact of shade a building this size would create
  • Privacy-overlook into Hewitt Avenue properties
  • Setback-of both building and townhomes are a concern. The City needs to protect neighbourhoods setbacks and green space not shade and wind tunnels. Wind study can be requested.
  • Landscape plan: trees
  • Traffic flow- concern of cars travelling on Hewitt to exit from lane.- Planning: current application does not show lane continuing through to Hewitt,
    TTC will be required to review for comments on streetcar flow, may require a right turn in – right turnout
  • Parking units: Concern that the number of vehicles will exceed the spots available (99 units /75 spots) City standards: bike parking, visitor parking, auto share
  • Mechanical noise: concern that noise from mechanical will impact on neighbours
  • Community amenities: concern with impact of new neighbours, vehicles, dogs on Howard School lands
  • Service access: solid waste will review application, city requires that service vehicles not reverse off of the site.
  • Mature trees: 5 private trees may be impacted by this application
  • There are access issues for properties on Roncesvalles- private issue, however, Planning will need evidence that all outstanding legal issues with neighbours are resolved
  • Noise from demolition will continue for 1 ½ to 2 weeks
  • There will be a Construction Management Plan to lay out a complaints process and management plan for build once an application is approved.

Community asked if they support application: NO,
if they feel that a few things need to be changed to move forward: NO.
Clear message from community that they do not support the application.

Councillor Perks does not support the application in its current form.

September 2015

The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application of 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.32

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey funeral parlour and two, two-storey commercial buildings with an eight-storey mixed-use building containing 93 residential units and six grade-related townhouses fronting a private driveway accessible via Howard Park Avenue.  A total of 77 parking spaces will be provided in two levels below grade, including six visitor spaces.  The mixed-use building will have a height of 25.7 metres (29.5 to the top of the mechanical penthouse) and the townhouse buildings will have a height of 15.28 metres.

Information on the application is available on-line at:http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3816210&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

The meeting will likely be scheduled for January/February, 2016. City Planning staff will be notifying neighbouring residents. My office will be providing general notice throughout Ward 14. If you wish to be added to the email blast list for this application, please send an email to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, with subject line 422-30 Roncesvalles Avenue Street email list.

34 Southport Street

May 2018 Update – Applicants submitted Site Plan to the City on April 27, 2018. For more information on the documents submitted for Site Plan Approval, click here.

March 2018 Update – Applicants continue to work on Site Plan. No estimated timelines.

June 2017 Update –  At this time the developers have not applied for site plan approval.

August 2016 Update –  The updated parking plan was appealed to the OMB.  A hearing was expected to take place in August, however the appeal was canceled two days prior to hearing.

November 2015 Update – In November 2015, an application was approved at the Committee of Adjustment for changes to the 26 and 29 storey buildings to accommodate a grocery store at ground level.  These changes reflected discussions as part of a successful consultative process involving the Working Group, the applicant and my office.

January 2015 Update – State Building Group met with members of the 34 Southport Working Group and the Councillor to share their plans for modifications to the development to accommodate a larger grocery store. The proponent informed the councillor and the Working Group that when the plans are finalised they will be taking them to the Committee of Adjustment.

July 2014 Update – We have received no updates from the developer regarding construction at this time.

November 2013 Update  On March 25, 2013 the South Kingsway Neighbourhood Committee and the Swansea Area Ratepayers Association took the proponent to the OMB. The OMB decided in favour of the development.  To see the decision, please click here.

October 2013 Update  Following four working group meetings, and two public consultations, the 34 Southport development was approved at the October 30th City Council Meeting.  City Planning’s report on the proposal can be viewed here.

Bloor West Village BIA

Scarlett Road Bridge

In 2008, the City completed a study to address the safety and traffic operations in the area around the Scarlett Road Bridge. The study recommended making changes to the bridge and surroundings roads in order to improve the road capacity and reduce congestion.

Bridge and Road Improvements

  • Replacement of the railway bridge above Scarlett Rd and the addition of one northbound lane and one southbound lane under the bridge for a total of two lanes in each direction.
  • Lowering of Scarlett Road to allow large vehicles and trucks to pass underneath the bridge.
  • Improved sidewalks under the bridge and at the intersections at Scarlett Road and Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road and St. Clair Avenue West.
  • Addition of second northbound left turn lane on Dundas Street West and future bike lanes added on both sides of Dundas Street West.
  • New southbound left-turn lane from Scarlett Road to Dundas Street West.
  • New traffic control signal at Gooch Avenue and Dundas Street West and new left-turn lane from Dundas Street West to Gooch Avenue.
  • Road widening for future dedicated bike lanes on Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road.
  • New landscaping and public art.
  • The City is now moving forward with approved plans to reconstruct the bridge and reconfigure the intersection. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and is expected to last approximately three years.

3260 Dundas Street West

November 2017 Update – Construction has begun.

May 2017 Update – At this time construction has not begun.

November 2015 Update – On September 10, 2015, this application was approved at the Committee of Adjustment hearing with transportation conditions.

August 2015 Update – Our office has recently received notice that the application at 3258 Dundas St W (at Gilmour) will be heard at the Committee of Adjustment on September 10th.

There was a Community Meeting on June 17th, 2015, where the proposal and main variances were described.   The feedback at the public meeting was very positive, and residents said they felt that the proposal would be a good fit for the neighbourhood.

Here are the details of the proposal:

  • Four storey residential building with retail at grade on the Dundas side
  • Nine residential (condo) units
  • Nine parking spaces at grade (six accessed from Gilmour, three from the lane)
  • Landscaping along the site
  • Rooftop terrace, to be screened by a wall all around
  • No windows on the east side, so there would not be privacy issues
  • It is within the permitted height for the street
  • They will be widening the lane where there building is
  • Variances to be heard at the Committee of Adjustment include:
    • Maximum permitted floor space index is 2.5 times the area of the lot.  The proposed building will be 3.25 times the area of the lot
    • The minimum required setback from the lot line on the opposite side of the lane is 7.5m.  The proposed building will be 6.36m from the lot line, after the lane widening
    • The building must be within the 45 degree angular plane.  The proposed building will penetrate the angular plane very slightly at the top corner of the rear of the building
    • There are several variances related to the parking entrance location and width.  This was brought up at the Community Meeting.  However, it was felt that it is actually better for the street, as there would be less ‘car’ space, and more ‘people’ space.  Since there are only six parking spots it would access, it is unlikely that there would be back-up on the street
    • There are a few variances related to a ‘building behind a building’.  This is because of the retail component, which we are actually encouraging on the street.

If you have any questions, including how to send comments or speak at the Committee of Adjustment, please be in touch.

July 2015 Update – This is a proposal for 9, four-storey townhouses running north from Dundas Street West to the lane on the east side of Gilmour Avenue. The proposed height is lower than what is permitted. There are 9 on-site parking spaces.

A pre-application meeting was held on June 17, and everyone in attendance at the meeting was supportive of the proposal in its current form.

This will likely be a Committee of Adjustment Application, a paper notice will be mailed to neighbouring residents when a hearing date is scheduled. This will provide residents further opportunity to provide input on the proposal.

108 Vine Avenue (Western Portion)

November Update – The Sweet Potato has moved in, and they are up and running.

January 2017 Update – The Sweet Potato plan to move in for early 2017.

November 2016 Update – Currently working on the final stages of site plan review.

May 2016 Update – The Sweet Potato is currently going through site plan approval with the City.

November 2015 Update – The application from The Sweet Potato to have a 1,670 m2 grocery store (with a retail floor space of 855 sq m) in the western portion of 108 Vine Ave, and a parking lot at 162 Vine Avegrocery store at 108 Vine St, was approved at City Council in September, 2015.  There was mixed feedback on this application, with some area residents in support, and some Vine Ave neighbours raising concerns about traffic impacts.  We are now working together on traffic calming initiatives for the street.

September 2015 Update – At the September 9th meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council, the application from the Sweet Potato to operate in the west portion of 108 Vine Avenue was approved.  This recommendation will go to the full City Council on September 30th.

Residents submitted letters and spoke both in favour and in opposition to the application.  Those opposed raised concerns about traffic generated from the proposal.

I have heard that traffic volume, speed, and finding parking are already concerns on Vine Avenue and adjoining streets.  My office has been pursuing traffic calming and ways to help residents with permits find spaces near their homes.  I have held two public meetings regarding this, and the next step is to try to gain a general consensus on the type of transportation-related changes that could improve the street.  To this end, my office will be circulating a link to an online survey to gain your input.  This will be sent to people from the local area who have contacted my office, and will be posted on my website at www.ward13.ca.

The Sweet Potato has also committed to

– no shopping carts can leave the store and wind up clogging up the sidewalks;

– ensuring all exterior lights and signs are turned off in the evening when the store closes;

– having employees help customers carry their shopping bags out to the off-site parking lot;

– agreeing to only accept deliveries to its loading dock during regular business hours;

– and the inclusion of a new employee position in the store’s business plan, whose sole responsibility will be to assist with deliveries, ensuring that vehicles don’t idle, and that the streets stay safe and quiet.

August 2015 Update 2 – The final report on the 108 Vine zoning application will be heard at the September 8th meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council. The report is available here.

Planning Staff are recommending approval of the proposal.

Here are the details of the report:

  • Application to permit a 1,670 m2 grocery store in the western portion of 108 Vine Ave, and a parking lot at 162 Vine Ave
  • The Official Plan Amendment recommended it be approved subject to a transportation impact assessment
  • The 108 Vine proposal was removed from the OMB appeal of Employment Lands
  • The transportation analysis was undertaken and staff have confirmed that the impacts are acceptable
  • The building outside isn’t changing
  • The lands are “Employment Areas”, and a proposed grocery store is seen as “more compatible with the abutting residential neighbourhood than what would otherwise be permitted on employment lands”, of which uses range from offices to heavy manufacturing
  • A planting buffer is required along the west of the parking lot, adjacent to Vine Park
  • The applicant has proposed landscape improvements along Vine

At the community consultation meeting on July 3, 2014, residents raised concerns about land use, traffic, parking and loading, including a request for an updated traffic study and the need for traffic calming measures.  The study is complete and traffic calming options have been produced, and they will be presented at a public meeting next Tuesday, September 1 at 6:45pm at the Annette Library.  The potential expansion of permit parking hours on Vine and Pacific will also be discussed.

Given that Planning Staff are recommending approval, that Transportation Staff have confirmed that the projected impacts are acceptable, and that we are moving forward with traffic calming on the street regardless, Councillor Doucette will be recommending approval of this application.

We hope to see you at the meeting on September 1st.

August 2015 Update 1 – As you may know, an application was submitted to City Planning to amend the Zoning By-Law for the western portion of 108 Vine Avenue to permit a grocery store (The Sweet Potato).

There was also an application to amend the Official Plan, as the site is “Employment Lands”, to allow a retail use on the site.  This was approved with conditions that I advocated for: that it’s smaller than 2,000 m2, to prevent a big box store, and that any retail application be carefully reviewed by Transportation staff to ensure minimal impacts.

This Official Plan amendment was tied up at the Ontario Municipal Board along with about 180 other applications in ‘Employment Lands’.  The Sweet Potato application has since been removed from the OMB appeal, so the zoning application is all that remains for approval.  We haven’t seen the Planning Staff report yet, so can’t advise what is recommended.

We’ve heard from a number of residents on Vine Avenue who are concerned about the potential effects on traffic that a grocery store on this property might bring, from both customers and deliveries.

We’ve asked The Sweet Potato what they will do about this.

Regarding deliveries, they wouldn’t have orders that require larger trucks than they use now at their Dundas location, as they order from mostly small-scale, organic sellers, who don’t use large trucks.

There will be no deliveries before 9am or after 5pm.  They’ve advised that they can work with their companies to ensure they don’t park on the street, and if there’s ever a delay, they can arrange for drivers to wait in the parking lot. If drivers violate their terms (hours, parking, idling, etc), they have the ability to raise issue with their suppliers and see that it doesn’t happen again.

They will also have a designated staff person on-site who receives deliveries to make sure that receiving happens quickly, efficiently, and that trucks are following their delivery guidelines.

Regarding avoiding carts on the sidewalks or street: no carts would leave the store – carts will be locked to the inside of the building (staff will help carry larger orders to the parking lot).  They will also be sprucing up the parking lot.

Transportation Planning has reviewed the Traffic Impact Study (TIS) submitted by the proponent and, after requesting some additional information, they have accepted the Traffic Study, and do not believe the proposal will negatively impact road operations.  We have also received the results from the City’s Traffic Calming study, and they have found that the average speed recorded on the street is less than the minimum requirement for traffic calming.

Regardless of this, and regardless of what the Planning staff report will recommend, we are moving forward with traffic calming on the street.

My office is organizing a public meeting for September 1st, 6:45pm, at Annette Library.  This way, residents can see what is being proposed and give their feedback.  We are also looking at expanding the permit parking hours to ensure that residents who have permits to park on the street have priority over visitors.

I have asked Planning Staff to provide me with a list of businesses and other uses that could go in at 108 Vine without needing City Council approval, if the Sweet Potato application is refused.  If you are interested in this list, please contact my office.

You can also reference the City Planning site on 108 Vine, which, while a bit outdated, has links to the Traffic Study and Planning Rational documents which have been submitted by the Sweet Potato.

Should you have questions for City Planner Jeff Cantos, his number is 416-397-0244, or you can reach City Planner Derek Waltho at 416-394-8206.

Zoning By-law application

July 2015 Update – The City continues to review the re-zoning Application, a report is expected in the fall. My office is also working with Transportation Staff on traffic calming on the street. 108 Vine has now been released from the general OMB Employment Lands Appeal.

November 2014 Update – Please see the latest update on the process for 108 Vine by clicking here.

An application has been submitted to City Planning which proposes amending the Zoning By-Law for the western portion of 108 Vine Avenue to permit a 1,670 sq m grocery store (Sweet Potato). Here is a link to the Preliminary report which was brought to the Planning and Growth Management Committee (P&G) in May.

This zoning change must be approved by the province but I have heard from several concerned residents in the neighbourhood about it and didn’t want to wait until the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued their decision. As a result I moved an amendment to a motion at the Planning & Growth Management directing Planning staff to host a community meeting before the province issues its decision. The Planning meeting was on Thursday, July 3rd.

I have concerns about this application, particularly in regards to traffic, parking and the loading arrangements and am pleased to let you know that City Transportation staff will be joining us on July 3rd to answer your questions.

For your information I am including a link to the City Planning website where you can find links to the Traffic Study and Planning Rational documents which have been submitted by Sweet Potato.

332 High Park Avenue

March 2016 Update – Construction is now complete and occupancy has begun.

November 2015 Update – Construction at this site is ongoing and near completion.

December 2011 Update – On December 8, 2011, the Committe of Adjustment approved an application to convert the existing one-storey building into a four-storey residential building with 10 units.

441 Jane Street

November 2016 Update – Construction has been completed and the building is now occupied.

March 2015 Update – Construction at this site has now begun.

November 2014 Update – The results of the OMB hearing have been released.  Please see the OMB decision here.

May 2014 Update – As a result of the discussions, the developer presented a revised proposal and City Planning wrote a supplementary report, no longer objecting to the application, to the May 6, 2014 City Council meeting. The original OMB hearing set for June 4 was held to present the settlement between the City and the developer. Click here for the May Council details.

November 2013 Update – On November 15, 2013 the proponent appealed this application to the OMB.

August 2013 Update – The official Community Consultation was held by City Planning on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 pm at James Culnan Catholic School.  We’ll be updating you as soon as we have any new information.

The preliminary report went to Etobicoke York Community Council on April 9, 2013. Funding for the community consultation on this proposal has been approved.  The applicant proposes to construct a 4 storey stacked townhouse building which would contain 23 residential units accessed from grade. The proposed building would contain approximately 2 136 square metres of gross floor area. The proposed density is approximately 1.70 times the lot area. The proposed height is approximately 13.1 metres.

For a copy of the proposed plans and drawings, please click here.

2114 Bloor Street West

March 2018 Update – This development is currently under construction. Estimated completion Fall/Winter 2018.

November 2016 Update – This development is currently under construction.

April 2016 Update – The applicant submitted revised drawings. Planning is waiting for comments from Urban Design, Engineering and Toronto Building.

February 2016 Update – The Applicant has submitted a Site Plan Application to City Planning. Planning Staff Review of this application should take place within 9 months.

November 2015 Update – The Working Group, City Staff, the applicant and my office came to a compromise on this application that has been approved by City Council.  There are still some items left to wrap up, but the proposal includes rental housing, attractive architecture, and comes in at 8 storeys, reduced from 10. The next step is to settle at the OMB in January, 2016.

July 2015 Update – At City Council, Councillor Doucette’s motion to settle at the OMB passed unanimously.

Amongst other changes, here is a summary of improvements since the original application:

1. A reduction in the gross floor area from 9,207 sq m to 7,223 sq m

2. The number of storeys has been reduced from 10 to 8 (with the exception of the mechanical penthouse and two small pop-ups attached to the mechanical, to allow for stairs to terraces.  These are within the angular plane and not visible from the street).

3. The height is reduced from 37.2m (inclusive of mechanical penthouse) to 32.05m (inclusive of mechanical penthouse)

4. The number of units has been reduced from 110 to approximately 69

5. The setback along the park is 7.5m

6. A stepback on the Bloor side ranging in depth from 0.5m to 1.5m, increasing from east to west

7. The use of different materials to establish a 3-storey datum

8. “Grounding” the building by continuing the brick to the ground in places along the Bloor side

9. Recessed balconies at the northeast corner

10. Signage and tree plantings adjacent to the parking garage to screen the access and discourage traffic from entering the neighbourhood to the north

There are 10 rental units: 6 three-bedrooms at 1000 plus sq ft each, and 4 two-bedrooms, which are between 800 and 900 sq ft each.  Three of these units will be affordable.

There are a few items, not related to the building form, that are being worked out now between staff and the applicant.  At the August 7th pre-hearing, the City can advise the OMB that they have a framework for moving forward, and will ask for both 2114 and 2800 Bloor to be heard together at the October date that’s already been set for 2800 Bloor.

Many thanks to all of the neighbours, the Bloor West Village Residents’ Association, and City staff for working hard to come to this settlement and a better building for the neighbourhood.

June 2015 Update – At the OMB pre-hearing on June 5th, a second pre-hearing date was requested for August 7th. I am still working with residents and Planning staff towards a settlement.

May 2015 Update – City Staff, residents, and the applicant are continuing to work together to try to come to a settlement agreement.  A status update was at the May 12th Community Council meeting, and staff were directed to continue negotiations.

April 2015 Update – At Etobicoke York Community Council, I moved a motion to continue the positive discussions we’ve been having with the applicant for 2114 Bloor St W (at Kennedy Park Road), and for City Staff to report to the May 12th Community Council meeting on the most recent settlement offer.

This allows the process to keep moving along, while giving time for a proper, full analysis from City Staff.  An exciting part of this site is that we will be incorporating rental units to contribute to a good mix of tenancy in Bloor West Village.

Here is a summary of the motion:

  • City staff will attend the June 5 OMB pre-hearing to ask for a later date, and seek mediation if the later date isn’t given
  • In the meantime, they will continue to negotiate with the Applicant and the Residents’ Associations involved to try to come to a settlement
  • Staff are directed to include the Residents’ Associations in any future working groups about this property, and consider their input on the future Site Plan
  • Staff are directed to report to the May 12th Community Council (public) meeting
  • An agreement with Councillor Di Cianno must be secured too
  • Staff are directed to work out the Rental Replacement units

The next step is for this motion to be approved at the May 5th City Council meeting.

March 2015 Update – Since pausing work on 2114 Bloor to focus on other properties under their ownership, the applicant has in recent months been attempting to further this project. The applicant has appealed 2114 Bloor to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). I have coordinated a new unique process with the Bloor West Village Residents Association (BWVRA) to try and resolve remaining built form issues by restarting the Working Group. The intended outcome of this collaboration is to reach a proposed settlement prior to the OMB pre-hearing. The outcome of these meetings will be shared as soon as they are confirmed.

Concerns expressed by previous Working Group participants about effects on the park and traffic from the new building will be dealt with separately through my office and City Staff; we are planning local park improvements and will look at holding a meeting with local residents on these issues.

I look forward to continuing this great collaborative approach with the Working Group and applicants to ensure the best building for the neighbourhood and a smoother and more cost effective process for residents.

July 2014 Update – As it stands, the Working Group and City are still waiting to hear back from the developer since our last meeting in 2013 when North Drive Investments (NDI) representatives consulted with the Working Group for the third time. City Planning’s preliminary review of 2114 Bloor St W application is attached here.

1990 Bloor Street West (26 Parkview Gardens)

January 2015 Update – Construction has started.

May 2014 Update – City Planning, the developer, and residents decided on a settlement. See here for the final report from City Planning.

December 2013 Update – The Bloor West Village Residents Association and the Save of Village Campaign reached a settlement with the developer.

November 2013 Update – I voted against the City Planning report but, unfortunately, the other Etobicoke York Community Council members all voted in favour. What that means is that they voted in favour of an agreement made between the developer and City Planning, which the residents disagreed with. Take a minute to read this article on Inside Toronto. At the December 16, 2013 City Council meeting, I will have one more opportunity to vote against the agreement and get the City to oppose this agreement at the Ontario Municipal Board.

July 2013 Update – City Planning staff have submitted a report to Etobicoke York Community Council and it’s on the April 9 agenda.  Staff are refusing the proposal and are requesting that City legal be directed to attend the Ontario Municipal Board hearings to defend the City’s position.  If you recall, the proponent, North Drive Investments, appealed this application to the OMB last fall, after only the first Working Group meeting in September.  Consequently, the OMB pre-hearing took place on May 28, 2013 with the full hearing expected to commence in December.

September 2012 Update – On September 26, 2012, Northdrive Developments (NDI) took their proposal for 1990 Bloor St W to the OMB. City Planning’s preliminary review of 1990 Bloor St W was considered at Etobicoke York Community Council and is attached here.  The Working Group that was formed as a result of that prelimary review, and ended its consultation with NDI once the OMB application was made.  There is no date set for the OMB hearing yet, and City Planning still has not completed its final report.

1830 Bloor Street West (Formerly 1844 Bloor Street West)

Final Update – Construction is now complete and the building is occupied.

On September 20, 2010 a proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA) were submitted to the City to permit a 14-storey, mixed-use building including 346 residential units.

On March 22, 2011 an initial City Staff report was considered by Council, providing an overview of the proposal and outstanding issues. Staff recommended and Council directed that a community consultation meeting be held. Revised OPA and ZBA applications were submitted and presented at a community meeting I held on May 4, 2011. Revisions included an increase in the number of residential units to 378.

A December 16, 2011 staff report recommended approval of the OPA and ZBA subject to a number of conditions.

In January 2012 the staff report was considered by Council, and referred back to staff directing further community consultation with regard to the design of the development, building massing, and consideration of appropriate materials and that staff report back on any resulting revisions.

On February 28, 2012 the Applicant appealed its OPA and ZBA to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), and on March 1, 2012 I held a community meeting to establish a working group. On January 24, 2013 the OMB approved the application.

1 & 2 Old Mill Drive

Final Update – Construction is now complete and the building is occupied.

On August 25, 2010, City Council approved a 12-storey plus mezzanine terraced mixed use building at 2490 Bloor Street West (1 Old Mill Dr) and a terraced 10-storey residential building at 2500 Bloor Street West (2 Old Mill Dr).

Windermere Avenue Parkette

Willard Gardens Parkette

Vine Avenue Playground

Traymore Park

Sunnybrook Parkette

South Kingsway Parkette

Sir Casimi Gzowski Park

Riverside Drive Parkette

Rennie Park

Ravina Gardens

Rambert Crescent Parkette

Parkview Gardens Parkette

Ormskirk Park

Old Mill Site Park

Neil McLellan Park

Maria Street Parkette

Malta Park

Maher Circle Parkette

Magwood Park

Lucy Maud Montgomery Park

Lithuania Park

Lessard Park

Lambton Park

Kennedy – Margdon Parkette

Humberside Grounds

Humber Marshes

Glenlake Square

George Chater Parkette

Florence Gell Park

Etienne Brule Park

Coe Hill Drive Parkette

Cashman Park

Beresford Park

Bennett Park

41 Wabash Avenue

November 2018

Councillor Perks Office has been advised that a Re-Zoning application has been filed for 41 Wabash Avenue.

The information filed with the city will be available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/application-information-centre/, input the address and click on Supporting Documentation.

Councillor Perks has a regular practice of requesting that developers meet with community members to review the developer’s intentions and community comments prior to submitting a development application. The developer can then amend their proposal prior to their formal submission to the city. This practice has been well received and has helped to shape development in Ward 14.

This developer met with the community in January 2018. They have now submitted an application that proposes to retain the existing 3-storey building on the subject site and add 4-storey residential townhouses to the rear. The existing building will be converted to residential uses. In total, the proposal includes 16 new residential units.

City Planning staff are reviewing the application.

City Planning will hold a statutory community meeting which will include an opportunity for community input early in the new year. City Planning staff and Councillor Perks Office will provide details on this meeting once information is available.

A preliminary report on the zoning by-law amendment application will be submitted to Community Council in the near future.

February 2018.

A Pre-application Community Meeting was held in January 2018. The developer showed drawings that add one storey to the building on –site and extend the building south with 12 townhomes fronting onto Charles G Williams park. A parking spot would be provided for each townhome and a number- not yet set- would be available to the building. They are still uncertain if the building would be office or residential use.

Once an application is submitted to the city, all information will be online at the Application Information Centre: https://goo.gl/c79K1W .

Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study

July 2018

Toronto City Council has approved the Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen St. West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas St West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue

This Staff report summarizes the study, initiated in 2015 which reviewed the built form and physical character of the area and recommends approval of Urban Design Guidelines for the Study Area.

The Guidelines seek to:

– Guide and manage moderate, incremental development;

– Respect and reinforce the existing mixed-use character of the Study Area;

– Encourage a sense of place, by promoting well-designed built form and by conserving features and cultural heritage resources that help define local character;

– Achieve appropriate transition between new development and adjacent Neighbourhoods and Parks and Open Spaces; and,

– Promote a vibrant, animated and safe public realm.

The complete report is available online at https://bit.ly/2tHej1e .

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and Planners in Public spaces events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates our main streets.


June 2018

City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen St. West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas St West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue and will be submitting a report to Toronto and East York Community Council on July 4th.

This Staff report summarizes the study, initiated in 2015 which reviewed the built form and physical character of the area and recommends approval of Urban Design Guidelines for the Study Area.

The Guidelines seek to:

– Guide and manage moderate, incremental development;

– Respect and reinforce the existing mixed-use character of the Study Area;

– Encourage a sense of place, by promoting well-designed built form and by conserving features and cultural heritage resources that help define local character;

– Achieve appropriate transition between new development and adjacent Neighbourhoods and Parks and Open Spaces; and,

– Promote a vibrant, animated and safe public realm.

The complete report is available online at https://bit.ly/2tHej1e .

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and Planners in Public spaces events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates our main streets.

I will be recommending approval of the Staff Report at Toronto and East York Community Council.

The item will be heard on July 4th after 10 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West.


February 2018

Staff are expected to submit a Planning Report with draft design guidelines to City Council early in 2018.


December 10, 2017

City Planning have conducted a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

A 3rd Community Consultation Meeting was held on Dec 4th, 2017 where staff provided an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

The Dec 4th, 2017 staff presentation can be found below :

Dundas Roncesvalles Study - December 4, 2017 meeting

November 3rd, 2017

City Planning staff are conducting a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

Link to review the past staff presentation of the Planning study: https://goo.gl/q2u6NS

Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

Please join us for a community consultation meeting on:

Date:          December 4, 2017

Time:          7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Place:          St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium) 116 Fermanagh Avenue

Your input is important to this process.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please forward your comments to councillor_perks@toronto.ca and Joanna Kimont, City Planner at joanna.kimont@toronto.ca .

Gord

Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14
www.gordperks.ca

April 26, 2017

Friends,

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Community Consultation meeting on the Roncesvalles and Dundas Planning Study earlier this week.

For those who were unable to attend or who may wish to review the Staff presentation, it is available below.

Your input is important to this process, please forward your comments to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Joanna Kimont, City Planner at joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Gord

Dundas Roncesvalles Study - April 24 2017

April 5th, 2017

Friends,

The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to appropriately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements.

City Planning Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study’s progress and to outline some draft urban design guidelines.

Please join us for a community updated meeting on:

Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium), 116 Fermanagh Ave

Your input is important to this process.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please forward your comments to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Joanna Kimont, City Planner at joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Gord

October 17, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:

Friends,

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to approximately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/roncesvallesdundas .

A Walking Tour with City Planning staff will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5-7 PM. 

We will meet at Grafton Avenue Park, southeast corner of Grafton and Roncesvalles Avenues, walk north along Roncesvalles to Dundas,  and continue east on Dundas to Sorauren Avenue.

Your input is important to this process.

To register for the walking tour, please contact the City Planner, Aviva Pelt at 416-392-0877 or apelt@toronto.ca.

If you are unable to attend this walking tour, please forward your comments to Councillor Perks at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Aviva Pelt, City Planner at apelt@toronto.ca.

I hope to see you on October 27th.

Gord

October 11, 2016

Please share with your neighbours:

Friends,

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to approximately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/roncesvallesdundas .

A Walking Tour with City Planning staff will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5-7 PM. 

We will meet at Grafton Avenue Park, southeast corner of Grafton and Roncesvalles Avenues, walk north along Roncesvalles to Dundas,  and continue east on Dundas to Sorauren Avenue.

Your input is important to this process.

To register for the walking tour, please contact the City Planner, Aviva Pelt at 416-392-0877 or apelt@toronto.ca.

If you are unable to attend this walking tour, please forward your comments to Councillor Perks at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Aviva Pelt, City Planner at apelt@toronto.ca.

I hope to see you on October 27th.

Gord

 

October 16, 2015

Last week at Toronto and East York Community Council, I was successful in passing a motion to begin a Dundas Roncesvalles Planning Study.

That Toronto and East York Community Council:

 A.
Request the Director, Community Planning to conduct a review of development on Roncesvalles Avenue, between Queen Street West and Boustead Ave. and on Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Ave., including an inventory of current applications and current development pressure in the area and to work with the Director, Transportation Services to review potential streetscape improvements on Dundas Street West in the context of current and future development proposals;

 B.
Request the Director, Community Planning and the Director, Urban Design, to assess the applicable policy framework in the area and consider developing additional urban design and built form guidelines, including an assessment of heritage resources, to be used to inform the review of current and future development proposals, and to develop an understanding of what defines the character of the street;

 C.
Request the Director, Community Planning to report to Toronto and East York Community Council in the second quarter of 2016 on the status of this work.

 

If you are interested in participating, please send me your contact information (name, address, email and phone number). Once a date has been confirmed for the first Planning Community Meeting, I will be sure to send an invitation out.

I look forward to working with you on this important work.

Parkdale Hub (Queen/Cowan )

July 2018

The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. The goal of the hub is to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

There are multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.

All of the buildings require significant state of good repair investments over the next 10 years. An inter-divisional agency table, including City divisions and agencies, has been formed to begin coordinating the inventory.

Community engagement began in 2018 and will continue into 2019.

 

February 2018

A community hub for Parkdale! The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. The goal of the hub is to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

There are multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.

All of the buildings require significant state of good repair investments over the next 10 years. An inter-divisional agency table, including City divisions and agencies, has been formed to begin coordinating the inventory. The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. Community engagement will begin in 2018.

October 2017

There are currently, multiple City assets at the Queen St West/ Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape. All of the facilities require significant state of good repair investments over the next 1 to 10 years.

An inter-divisional agency table including City divisions and agencies has been formed to begin
co-ordinating the inventory and agency and stakeholder leads and then move to community engagement. The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages.

Great news for Parkdale Community!

April 4, 2017

Friends,

At City Council this week, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The goal being to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner. A community hub for Parkdale.

There are currently, multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/ Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.  All of the facilities require significant state of good repair investments over the next 1 to 10 years.  There is also pressure for a range of increased programing and services in the area, designated by City Council as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area.

Now that we have approval from City Council, the next step will be working with the Deputy City Managers to convene an inter-divisional agency table including: Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Toronto Public Library, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, City Planning, Economic Development and Culture, the Toronto Parking Authority, the Affordable Housing Office, Build Toronto, Toronto Public Health, Real Estate Services, and Social Development Finance and Administration.

This work will only succeed with community participation. Once the internal structure is in place, we will be brainstorming with the community on how to combine three city-owned properties into one large and vibrant community hub.

I am excited to share this information and to ask you to start thinking about what this opportunity means for Parkdale. My office will be in touch in the next few weeks to organize our first (of many) community meetings.

Gord

Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

twitter: @gordperks
Facebook: @GordPerks

Budapest Park

The City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation, has plans to upgrade the Playground at Budapest Park on the Western Waterfront.

Improvements to the playground and surroundings will make this existing outdoor play space easily accessible for children of all ages and abilities. Upgrades will include :

• a new paved pathway into the play area and onto the boardwalk
• reformed and resurfaced play-pads
• new sandbox and play fixtures, with park bench seating on generous platforms
• restored and increased sodded areas
• The riding dinosaurs and the wading pool will remain.

Budapest Park Playground Upgrade notice

Budapest Park Playground Design

Friends of Watkinson Parkette

https://watkinsonpark.wordpress.com/

Maintenance Work on Gardiner Expressway from west of Strachan Ave. to Grand Magazine St.

Anticipated Start Date: April 25, 2014
Expected Completion Date: December 31, 2016
gardiner1
Starting April 25, 2014, the City of Toronto will be replacing the Gardiner Expressway deck from west of Strachan Avenue to Grand Magazine Street.

This work is being carried out as part of the Gardiner Expressway maintenance and improvement program.

Construction Details

The project includes replacement of the existing concrete deck, parapet walls and bases of light poles, repair and replacement of several bearings and localized repair of the steel girders. Removal of the Garrison road bridge is also part of this project to accommodate pedestrian access to Fort York Historic Site.

The work will be carried out in two (2) phases. Phase 1 work will take place on the Gardiner Expressway from CNE to Garrison Road. When phase 1 construction is complete, phase 2 work will begin on the Gardiner Expressway from Garrison Road to Grand Magazine Avenue.

Traffic Disruptions
Within each phase of construction, work will be done in four stages. During each stage of construction one eastbound lane and one westbound lane of the Gardiner Expressway will be closed.

In addition, short term night time lane closures may be required periodically through the construction duration to facilitate the construction work.

Work Hours
Work will typically take place from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, with work after hours and on Sundays as required. Overnight work is required to support daytime construction and to complete the project as quickly as possible. Every effort will be made to minimize construction noise during the work periods. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this construction work.

Construction Impacts
Sidewalks, pedestrian pathways and bike lanes may need to be closed on Fort York Blv., CNE ground and Strachan intersection for safety reasons when work is taking place overhead. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, however alternative access routes will be posted at on-site signage. Access to buildings, parking lots and driveways will be maintained at all times.

Disruptions
As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, the noise in the area will include the use of jack hammers, air compressors, concrete trucks and pumps.
Advance traffic warning signs will be posted in the area to advise the public of traffic restrictions.
Every effort will be made to reduce the inconvenience. The City appreciates your understanding and co-operation.
Your co-operation and patience during the construction period will be appreciated.
Need more information?
Project Web page: www.toronto.ca/constructioninfo
Contact:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Negar Khalvati, P.Eng. 416-392-4362
nkhalva@toronto.ca
24 hours Customer Service Line 311
311@toronto.ca
TTY 416-397-0831

West Queen West Planning Study

 

October 2017

City Planning Staff are conducting a planning study of Queen Street West, from Bathurst St to Roncesvalles Ave. The study is reviewing the heritage character and value of buildings in the area, built-form and height of new developments, existing policy context, transit capacity and parking in the area, public space improvements, understanding and defining the character of the street and developing a vision for future development along the street. The transportation and Heritage component of the study are near completion. My office will share information on the study and meeting dates as they are made available.


July 2017

On June 26, a community meeting was held at 115 Queen St. W Theatre Centre.  This was the second meeting to take place in regards to the West Queen West and Queen West Heritage study being undertaken by the City of Toronto.

It was outlined that the study is progressing towards its second phase, with the commencement of the Heritage Conservation District Study process.  The Toronto Preservation Board voted to support the development of two HCD plans: West Queen West HCD and Parkdale Main Street HCD.  These study’s will seek to identify buildings of historical value in the two districts by establishing two community advisory groups, undertaking research and evaluation practices, and coordinate HCD plans with planning study policies.

The scale and form of growth will be implemented through the Official Plan, HCS plans, as well as area specific guidelines to ensure for responsible and respectful development.

For the presentation slides as well as contact information click here.


The West Queen West Planning Study will begin in early 2014, with public meetings taking place in the first half of the year.

City Planning staff will be review the policy context, built-form and heritage value of the properties on Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Gord has heard from many community members that protection of the heritage values and character of Queen Street West remains a priority as we welcome change to this street.

The study will involve public consultation to clarify what defines the street character and to develop a community vision for the future. Transit capacity and parking supply will also be reviewed.

Planning staff have begun mapping out the meeting and reporting schedule.

West Roncesvalles Planning Report

The Final Report of the West Roncesvalles Planning study passed unanimously at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) in January 2014.

This Final Report refined the Performance Standards/guidelines which will be used in the assessment of all small-scale retail, service or office use proposals on the west side of Roncesvalles Avenue between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.

A draft set of guidelines were originally considered by TEYCC in June, 2013 and were further refined based on feedback received form both the Community Meeting and outreach mailing in October 2013. A copy of the Final Report is available on line at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-64682.pdf

The West Roncesvalles Planning Study was undertaken as an opportunity for City Planning staff and community member to begin a conversation on whether there is a need for amendments to the Zoning By-law to permit small-scale retail, service and office uses on the lands on the West side of Roncesvalles Avenue currently designated as Neighbourhoods.

Community members were very engaged in this process. Once again, we did a fantastic job together.

Roncesvalles Avenue is a unique street. This is a unique and well thought out response to the street.

Friends of Masaryk Park

http://masarykfriends.com/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

 

Friends of Charles G. Williams Park

http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/category/charles-g-williams-playground/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

Friends of Ritchie Parkette

http://ritchieparkette.blogspot.ca/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

Queen West Restaurant Report

The Queen West Restaurant By-law was enacted in July 2014 with a review by City Planning staff currently underway. The by-law seeks to balance the interests of area residents and businesses and address concerns related to the concentration of restaurants and bars along Queen St W between Roncesvalles Ave and Dufferin St. A Staff Report is expected in the spring of 2018.


In 2013, Toronto City Council approved a new zoning bylaw governing restaurants on Queen Street between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

The bylaw is an effort to find a balance between different interests in Queen Street West’s future. It places some restrictions on the size and operation of restaurants and bars and sets a limit on the percentage of storefronts that can operate as restaurants and bars. This limit is a cap on concentration.

Queen Street’s zoning bylaw is determined by a few overall City Planning Policies that describe an important function of Queen Street; create opportunities for local shopping and support the character of the neighbourhoods to the north and south. The recent influx of bars has started to tip out of balance. The concentration cap will prevent the balance from skewing further.
None of the existing operations will be required to close. In fact, some sections of the street (further west) can accommodate a few more bars and restaurants.

The report also recommends working with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, to investigate new tools to control bars. The critical issue of late night drinking and its impacts on the quality of life for neighbours remains a concern for area residents.
Finally, the report recommends reporting back in three years on the effect of the new bylaw.
This is a novel approach to better integrating local business and neighbourhoods.
This new bylaw, the result of five years of community conversation, recommended by City Planning and approved by Toronto Council, is being appealed to the OMB by the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association.

1624 Queen Street West

Toronto Parking Authority continues to move ahead with their plans for a 37 space car park (at Callender Street).

Expected completion date is early fall, 2015.

 

24-66 Howard Park Avenue

Construction of the second building is underway.

More information on 24-66 Howard Park Avenue can be found on the Toronto Development Application website: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=2962908&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

383 Sorauren Ave

A 10-storey residential building, consisting of 145 units is completed.

More information on 383 Sorauren Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website : http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3234033&isCofASearch=false

35 Wabash Avenue

A 4-storey apartment building is near completion.
More information on 35 Wabash Avenue can be found on the Toronto Development Application website: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/mapSearchSetup.do?action=init

2803 Dundas Street West at Indian Grove

A 7-storey mixed-use building containing retail uses at grade is complete

More information on 2803 Dundas St West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website : http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3041525&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

West End Bike Plan

The City is developing a Bikeway Network that will link cyclists with neighbourhoods and destinations across the city. The network will serve both commuter and recreational cycling. It will be comprised of connected Cycle Tracks, bicycle lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use pathways in parklands and hydro and rail corridors. More inforation is avaialble no-line at:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?
vgnextoid=1a63970aa08c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/public-consultations/pdf/west-end-bikeways-november2008.pdf

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=b7300995bbbc1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Sunnyside Beach Curtain

A large component of the Western Waterfront Master Plan (WWMP) is to create an accessible Waterfront. In 2009, as part of phase one of the WWMP, the City built a curtain to create a swimming area along Toronto’s Waterfront. Unfortunately, due to high algae and high maintenance issues, the curtain was decommissioned the following year.

http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/02/101001083402.html

Western Waterfront Master Plan (WWMP)

After much hard work by the community, planning alliance and myself, the WWMP was approved at Council. This plan will reconnect Ward 14 to the Waterfront and create more opportunities for recreation as well as improving on pedestrian and bicycle access.

Since the WWMP was approved, I have been successful in having a signalized intersection located at Jameson Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd East installed, which allows for greater connectivity to the waterfront. Minor improvements are also being planned for Dowling Beach and 37+ new trees have been planted at Marilyn Bell Park. After many years of hard work, I was successful in removing CNE parking from Marilyn Bell Park. I firmly believe park land should not be parking lots.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=25994f058377f310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=90777c6a9967f310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Wabash Community Centre

February 2018

Community consultations on the Wabash Community Centre will begin Summer, 2018! This is the next step in the pre-engineering and investigations phase of City Staff’s work.

The completion date set for the recreation centre remains as 2022.


The Feasibility Study for a Green Community Centre and Park Redevelopment Project at 40 Wabash Avenue/Sorauren Park was undertaken in 2009 to develop an innovative environmental community centre project in Sorauren Park. The goal being to provide a preliminary design demonstrating how a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified community centre embodying the goals of the City of Toronto Green Development Standards may be realized on the site. The community Centre waits for an approved budget, I have been hard at work with the Wabash Building Society (a non for profit community based group) and have successfully opened the Field House at Sorauren Park. The Field House has a donated kitchen, washrooms, a meeting space (its for rent and holds about 20 people, perfect for children’s parties and small gatherings). Most of the material that comprises the interior of the building has been donated. Even the planting outside, for the most part, have been donated. A real community effort.

In 2014, you will see a town square being constructed between the filed house and the old Linseed Oil factory (the community centre one day). The tow square will host the Sorauren farmer’s Market on Monday’s, have benches under trees, a walkway which will eventually join the two buildings and increased lighting. Here is a link to the town square plans http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/park-features/town-square/

Planning:

City of Toronto:

http://www.toronto.ca/parks/wabash_avenue.htm

Community web site:

http://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/
http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/

Albert Crosland Parkette

In 2009 Parks completed the final component of a long term park improvement plan with the installation of a swing set in the north quadrant of the park. Tucked away behind busy Queen Street and located next to a TPA lot, this greenspace is an asset to many residents in the neighbourhood.

Cunningham Flank

Not technically a park, this greenspace was reclaimed by Cunningham residents in 2009. The project is a work in progress that began with the removal of an illegal fence and debris, and will continue once a dozen trees are planted in the spring of 2011.

Grafton Avenue Parkette

This small, unused park was revitalized in 2006 thanks to the vision and dedication of the West End Flower Fairies and local residents. Once a forgotten greenspace, Grafton is now home to a flourishing and ever growing community garden.

https://www.facebook.com/WestEndFlowerFairies

Chelsea Avenue Playground

February 2018

Chelsea Park renovations began in the fall of 2017, with anticipated completion by June 2018. The renovations include the installation of new playground equipment, upgrades to the existing wading pool, a new walkway, benches, picnic tables and a water bottle filling station. Thank you to community residents for your work on designing these upgrades!


A small but active group is currently working to define a list of priorities. Improvement for this small park, mainly used by children under the age of 7, will be undertaken in 2010/2011. The space currently features two playgrounds, a wading pool, and a splashpad.

The Waterfront

Used by residents, visitors, event holders and stakeholders, the Waterfront is one of the more active areas in Ward 14, especially in the spring and summer months. The Martin Goodman Trail, approximately 50km long, winds its way along the waterfront and is a multi user trail (walk, run, cycle, rollerblade, and strollers). The trail is cleared of snow in the winter, making the trail usable all year. Many events are held along the Waterfront including Caribana and the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Baird Park

In 2008, the walkway was repaved and a fence was added around the playground at the request of the community. In addition, Baird Park had a Dogs Off-Leash area installed in 2011.

Charles G. Williams Park

The community has identified a few priorities and staff will be implementing the minor improvements to the sand area, murals, planting beds and wading pool in 2010/2011.

Sorauren Park

February 2018

A bake oven has been built at Sorauren Park! Special thanks to community donors and the Friends of Sorauren volunteers who helped build the oven.


http://www.soraurenpark.com/

With community input and help from Parks Forestry and Recreation, residents and soccer users will directly benefit from the new turf which was installed in 2009 in the soccer field located at the north end of the park. A dog-off leash area was installed in 2010. The local Wabash Buidling Society hopes to have funds raised to build the Sorauren Town Square by 2013.

West Lodge Park

With input from the community and the TDSB, the City undertook improvements at West Lodge Park in 2009.  The improvements included hardscaping, including the seating wall and pathways and upgrades to wading pool.

Close Avenue Parkette

116 Close Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

In 2008 the City negotiated a shared use agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for improvements to the play equipment at Queen Victoria Public School and Close Avenue Park (Horsey Park).  New equipment was installed and it and the wading pool are well used by the community.

Spencer Cowan Parkette

Spencer Cowan Parkette is a green space located south of King between Spencer and Cowan. In 2011, new playground equipment was installed and improvements made to the wading pool.

Masaryk Park

February 2018

As part of Masaryk Park improvements, a merry-go-round was installed in Spring 2017


Masaryk Cowan, has become a hub for local food lovers. In 2006 Greenest City created a community garden that not has not only improved access to food, but had brought together many diverse communities in Parkdale. Wading pool improvements were completed in 2011.

http://masarykfriends.com/

Rita Cox Park

February 2018

A new shade structure will be installed in Rita Cox Park in Spring 2018. It will provide a place to meet and some welcomed relief on hot days for the many park users.


Rita Cox Park, located on Machells Ave, just north of Lamport Staduim, was built in 2006 and named in honour Dr. Rita Cox, community activist, Librarian and renowned Storyteller. Rita Cox is an exceptional individual who, through her love of the spoken and written word, has inspired people of all ages and has opened the literary world to her audiences. Rita’s work touches the lives of residents in the Parkdale community, especially children and newcomers to the city. Dr. Cox has pioneered and/or worked with a number of Parkdale agencies including Parkdale Project Read, Gallery 1313, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Parkdale Community Information Centre, and Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (just to name a few!) In naming a park in her honour, we celebrate Dr. Cox’s achievements and continuing contributions to the community.

Roncesvalles Village BIA

www.roncesvallesvillage.ca

Parkdale Village BIA

www.parkdalevillagebia.com

Liberty Village BIA

www.lvbia.com

Junction Gardens BIA

www.junctionbia.ca

Bloor by the Park BIA

Roncesvalles Reconstruction Project

When construction is complete Roncesvalles will be an innovative streetscape that meets the needs of a variety of users. Through extensive consultation we have developed a streetscape design that beautifies the public realm, supports local business, and improves accessibility for transit users and cyclists. This has been a major undertaking that could not have been possible without a great deal of community consultation and input.

Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study

December 2017:
City Planning have conducted a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

A 3rd Community Consultation Meeting was held on Dec 4th, 2017 where staff provided an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

The Dec 4th, 2017 staff presentation can be found below :

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=bf040621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

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In March 2008 after a number of Local Advisory Committee meetings, City Council approved an ‘Avenue’ study for the portion of Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street. The Bloor-Dundas ‘Avenue’ study makes Planning recommendations for implementing the policies of the City of Toronto Official Plan.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=bf040621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Lamport Park

Working with Parks Forestry and Recreation, new turf and fencing has been installed at Lamport. With these new upgrades and the new installed bubble by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Lamport Stadium is now a year round city run facility. Many community recreation groups and organizations use Lamport as well as Caribana and other city-wide festivals. The local businesses in Liberty Village welcome the year round use.

1100 King Street West

A 10-storey residential building, consisting of 145 units is under construction.

More information on 1100 King St West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website:
http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=2917565&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

1205 Queen Street West

An 8-storey condominium finished construction in 2014.

Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 4, Parkdale-High Park

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
2nd Floor, Suite A14
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2

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