Great news for Parkdale Community!
The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local community.
In 2017, 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.
Communications with inter-divisional agencies and organizations currently occupying space in the City-owned buildings within the study area blocks has started. It is now time for broader community consultation.
The Parkdale Community Hub Project- Information Meeting
6-8 PM, Wednesday May 16, 2018
Auditorium, Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St West at Cowan Avenue
At this meeting, City staff will introduce the Parkdale Community Hub project, provide an overview of our work and consultation to-date, present a set of principles to guide any changes to the intersection, and give a brief update on area planning and heritage work. Your comments are important in guiding the next steps in the Parkdale Community Hub project.
This work will only succeed with community participation.
I am excited to share this information and to ask you to start thinking about what this opportunity means for Parkdale. See you on the 16th. Gord
Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14
As discussed at the meeting, we have shared the slides from the presentation.
Please see below:
In 2013, Toronto City Council passed the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw that limited the concentration of bars and restaurants on Queen Street between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. It also put some fairly standard restrictions on the size and operation of these venues.
The bylaw came from five years of work in our community to find a balance between different interests in Queen Street West’s future.
The purpose was to alleviate some of the issues created by restaurants that morph into late night drinking establishments. Some of the issues experienced by your neighbours include: excessive noise, public drunkenness, crowded sidewalks, garbage, traffic, and parking issues.
Additionally, one of the intentions of the Queen West Restaurant By-law was also to alleviate concerns that restaurants were pushing out other types of commercial uses which support the daily lives of the people living in the surrounding residential neighbourhood (i.e. services, grocery stores, pharmacies etc.).
A three year review was written in to the bylaw.
City staff have completed their review of the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw. It will be deliberated at Toronto and East York Community Council Agenda on May 2nd.
The review has determined that the By-laws generally met their intended objectives of limiting the number of eating establishments and helped mitigate some of the land use conflicts between this use and the surrounding residential neighbourhood.
It recommends amending the bylaw to delete the performance standard restricting the maximum permitted concentration of eating establishments to no more than 25% of the properties along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.
The other performance standards of the By-laws, including maximum restaurant gross floor area of 200 square metres, restricting the use to the ground floor, limitations on accessory uses and prohibiting restaurant patios from locating in the rear yard or on the rooftop, would remain.
I am satisfied with the recommendations however, I would ask that you review the report and share your comments prior to Toronto East York Community Council on May 2nd. I also welcome you to participate in the TEYCC meeting on May 2nd. The item will be heard on or soon after 11:00 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. Information on participation is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/tmmis/have-your-say.htm .
Second Units Draft Official Plan Amendment– Upcoming Community Consultation Meetings May 7, 8, 9 and 10
These meetings will allow residents to learn about the draft amendment to the City’s Official Plan to clarify second unit permissions across the City. This is your chance to provide input.
The draft Official Plan Amendment clarifies the Official Plan second unit permissions across the City. The draft amendment aligns the Official Plan with provincial policy changes to the Planning Act and Growth Plan
for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 and reflects provincial direction to further encourage the creation of second units.
Four community consultation meetings have been scheduled, one in each Community Planning District. The meetings will begin with an open house followed by a brief staff presentation and a facilitated discussion. The meetings will allow residents to learn about the draft amendment and provide input on policy wording. All meetings will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.:
Monday, May 7 – Metro Hall, Room 310, 55 John Street
Tuesday, May 8 – North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3, 5100 Yonge Street
Wednesday, May 9 – Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 399 The West Mall
Thursday, May 10 – Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 2 150, Borough Drive
If you require any additional information, please contact Jeremy Kloet, Senior Planner, on 416-392 -7863 or Jeremy.Kloet@toronto.ca.
Exhibition Place will be hosting its annual Community Liaison Consultation Meeting.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Enercare Centre, Salon 110
For more information click here.
If you are unable to attend, please let me know if you have any questions/concerns I can bring to their attention. You can reach me at email@example.com or by phone at 416-392-7919.
Saturday, May 12, 10 am – 2 pm at the Roncesvalles United Church (214 Wright Ave).PlantFair2018PTHort
Parkdale People’s Economy will be hosting a community meeting at PARC (1499 Queen Street West) next Monday April 30th from 6PM – 8PM.
The meeting is a chance for community members to get involved in one of their seven different Working Groups and help advance the Parkdale Community Plan.
Join your neighbours and local community organizations to advance neighbourhood planning in Parkdale!
- Work together to build a healthy and just neighbourhood
- Share your thoughts and expertise about your community
- Learn more about working groups, resident grants, and
community activities happening in Parkdale
Free food, childcare, and translation services!
TTC tickets will be provided upon request.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify if you
require any special accommodations.
Working Groups - April Outreach (003)
The City’s annual Community Environment Day is back! It will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 10am – 2pm at Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave, south of Dundas Street West.
As well on April 28th, at 10am, compost will be available to be picked up, free of charge and while supplies last, at 2 locations – Sorauren Park and 285 Indian Rd. Crescent.
For further information please see the flyer below or contact our office at email@example.com .Environment Day Flyer
In October 2017, Toronto and East York Community Council directed City staff to solicit feedback from residents on the proposal to provide Overnight Residential On-street Permit Parking on streets that do not have permit parking in Toronto and East York District.
We invite you to share your opinion by taking this survey here
The same information from the online survey will be presented at the meetings.
- April 23 – 7pm to 9pm – East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. Register here
- April 30 – 7pm to 9pm – Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 250 St Clair Ave. W. Register here
- May 1 – 7pm to 9pm – St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St Register here
- May 3 – 7pm to 9pm – Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W Register here
The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during their outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!
If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your resume and list any relevant past volunteer experience.
Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival
The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018!
Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family.
Come out and meet shop owners, crafters, artists and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood! Throughout the day enjoy some special attractions such as live performances, free craft workshops, Markets and surprise giveaways!