King Street Pilot Project Community Meeting

Posted on January 31, 2017

Friends,

On February 13th, 2017, City Planning will be holding the first of many public consultations on the King Street Pilot Project. The Study will explore a range of pilot options that recognize the different neighbourhood contexts along the 6km corridor from Dufferin Street in the west to River Street in the east. You can find information about this project at www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot.

King Street is the busiest surface transit route in the entire City, carrying more than 65,000 riders on a typical weekday. City Planning and TTC recognize that King Street isn’t working well. Streetcars are often stuck in mixed traffic, making it challenging to keep transit service running smoothly. This often results in bunching and gapping (time between streetcars), uneven utilization of capacity, and overcrowded TTC vehicles. During rush hour people are often unable to board the first streetcar that arrives.

King Street is also an important Downtown east-west spine, connecting many neighbourhoods with the largest concentration of jobs in the City, Region, and entire Country. The King Street corridor will continue to see significant population and employment growth in the coming decades, leading to further demand on these already heavily congested transit routes.

The City and TTC have recently been making operational changes to improve streetcar service including: allowing all-door loading (to become more effective with the new low-floor streetcars), adding supplemental buses, extending turning and on-street parking restrictions, optimizing transit stop locations and route running times, adding route supervisors, and improving night service.

But a more significant change is needed to improve transit service on King Street. The pilot project(s) will test a range of options to determine what might further improve transit reliability, capacity, and efficiency.

Pilot projects are an efficient and cost-effective way for cities to quickly test out new ideas in order to learn important lessons about what works and what doesn’t. The City has used pilot projects on a number of other projects, most notably the Bloor Cycling Pilot and the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks.

You are invited to join in the conversation. The first public consultation is being held on:

Monday, February 13th, 2017
6:30 PM to 9 pm
Metro Hall, Room 308/309
55 John Street South east corner of King Street West and John Street

You can also join the conversation online at kingstreetpilot@toronto.ca. If you would like to review the project details and join the mailing list visit www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot. Of course, you can also email me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca for more information.

I look forward to seeing you at the first public consultation on February 13th.

Gord

Keele Yard Construction Notice

Posted on January 31, 2017

TTC is upgrading the Keele Subway Yard to accommodate increased storage of subway cars. During the above-noted dates, the TTC parking lot on Indian Road will be closed to allow crews to install electrical cables along the subway bridge.

Friday February 10 -12, 2017 AND
Friday February 17-19, 2017, if required.

The parking lot on Indian Road and the east entrance to the station (Indian Grove) will be closed.Crews will be using specialized equipment on a flat-bed truck, along with portable lighting to complete this work. For safety reasons, part of this work must be completed at night.

Efforts will be made to have the work completed as quickly as possible.

Work Hours
Friday 2:00 PM – Midnight
Saturday 6:00 AM -6:00 PM
Sunday 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

TTC Service
Keele Station entrance from Indian Grove (parking lot) will be closed. Please use the Keele Street main entrance to access the station.

For more information contact:

Lito Romano
Sr. Community Liaison Officer
Phone: 416-397-8699
Email: lito.romano@ttc.ca
Website www.ttc.ca

Toronto Airspace Review

Posted on January 31, 2017

It has been a few months since the last meetings and it is now time for a third round of public meetings about mitigating aviation noise.

Anyone is welcome at any meeting, you do not have to attend the one that is closest to you. The Saturday morning meeting was arranged to give those who find it difficult to attend evening meetings an opportunity to engage with this review.

In these meetings there will be a presentation on mitigation options and a discussion on these and any other ideas that might be raised. At this stage the options are certainly not finalized and they may or may not end up as recommendations in the final report; there is still an opportunity to introduce and consider additional options.

To be clear, regardless of where the meetings have been held or from which individuals are heard, the work to investigate if there are further noise reducing mitigations that could be implemented by Nav Canada will endeavour to treat the whole area equally. Rest assured that our considerations will not be focusing on how to mitigate noise in Oakville just because there have been multiple meetings around Oakville.

Wednesday 1st March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Blvd, Mississauga, L4W 0B3

Thursday 2nd March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas St West, Oakville, L6M 4J3

Saturday 4th March
10:30am— 12:30pm
Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, North York,  M2N 6L3

11 Brock Affordable Housing Visioning Workshop

Posted on January 30, 2017

Good news! Parkdale is getting new affordable housing!

Join the community on Thursday February 9th for a Visioning Workshop focused on Affordable Housing at 11 Brock Ave. Register here.

WHEN: Thursday Feb 09, Doors at 6:30pm, Visioning Activity – 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
WHO: Parkdale Residents & Stakeholders
WHERE: 20 West Lodge Ave – May Robinson Auditorium
ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair access.
Tibetan interpretation available.

11 Brock Ave. (former LCBO) is City-Owned land that is going to become affordable housing. However, the City has not yet announced what type of affordable housing will be built, who it will serve, and how it might respond to community needs. In anticipation of this unique opportunity, the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) is gathering recommendations from residents on how this project can best respond to community needs and aspirations. The focus of the conversation will be on the needs of senior housing, supportive housing and affordable family housing.

The event will commence with a short presentation by local residents about recent planning initiatives and the need for affordable housing. Residents will then have the chance to participate in break out discussion groups, where recommendations and collective visions for this site will be documented. The results of this workshop will be synthesized by PNLT and submitted to the City.

Join the conversation!

Please register here or at the door. Questions can be directed to info@pnlt.ca

Free Tree Planting by the City

Posted on January 30, 2017

I would like everyone to be aware of the excellent program from Urban Forestry that allows a property owner to submit a tree planting request for the portion of land between roadways and private property, known as the public road allowance, in front of their home or business.

Urban Forestry plants and maintains trees on this land to help grow Toronto’s urban forest and to reach the City’s goal of increasing the tree canopy to 40 per cent.

Order your own tree for the next planting season here!

TTC Service Cuts With 2017 Budget

Posted on January 30, 2017

A fantastic map has been created by the talented people over at TTCriders showing the service decreases, increased expected wait times, and unaddressed overcrowding issues across Ward 14.

View more of the great work done by TTCriders here: http://www.ttcriders.ca

422 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Ave Update

Posted on January 26, 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

422 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Ave Update

Posted on January 26, 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

57 Brock Avenue Public Meeting

Posted on January 24, 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

The application proposes 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. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-97839.pdf.

Toronto Public Health is Developing a Toronto Overdose Action Plan

Posted on January 23, 2017

Toronto Public Health is developing a Toronto Overdose Action Plan and needs your input.

  • Have you experienced an overdose?
  • Do you have service users, friends or family members who have experienced an overdose or are at risk?

Come out to learn more about the draft Action Plan, and share your ideas about what the City and other governments can do to prevent and respond to drug overdoses in our community. To register for one of the consultation sessions, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/consultation-toronto-overdose-action-plan-registration-31285927050

Monday January 30th 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Metro Central YMCA
20 Grosvenor Street, Auditorium (2nd floor)
Toronto

Tuesday January 31st 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
North York Memorial Community Hall
5110 Yonge Street, Concourse level, Burgundy Room B
North York

Thursday February 2nd 2017, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
LAMP Community Health Centre
185 Fifth Street, Community Room (upstairs)
Etobicoke

Monday February 13th 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, Committee Rooms 1 & 2
Scarborough

These events are being organized by the Toronto Drug Strategy Overdose Coordinating Committee. For more information, please email drugstrategy@toronto.ca or call 416-338-0625.

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