299 Glenlake Ave Development Application will be at TEYCC – January 8, 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019

Friends,

The January 8, 2020 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be reviewing and voting on the Final Report for Development Application at 299 Glenlake Avenue.
This application proposes to permit the construction of an 11-storey, 123 unit infill apartment building at 299 Glenlake Avenue. The site currently contains a 30-storey residential apartment building 81 metres in height excluding the mechanical penthouse (86 m including the mechanical penthouse) with 233 units. The new building would be 11 storeys and 33.5 m in height excluding the mechanical penthouse (38.5 m including the mechanical penthouse). The development proposal includes a strip of land to the west approximately 16.2 metres in width adjoining the site at 35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue.

Following a review of the application and two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application. On Planning Staff’s advice, I will be voting to approve the development application. The rationale is provided in a very detailed Staff report available at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-141301.pdf . At this time, I would ask that you review the report.

This item will be heard on January 8, 2020 after 10 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. If you wish to attend TEYCC or submit written comment, please contact City Clerk, Attn: Ellen Devlin, Administrator, TEYCC, 416-392-7033, email teycc@toronto.ca.ca.

For further information on this or any other Ward 4 or city-related matter, go to www.gordperks.ca or contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Council Highlights – December 17 & 18, 2019

Posted on December 19, 2019

Council Highlights

Toronto City Council meeting of December 17 and 18, 2019

Council Highlights is an informal summary of selected actions taken by Toronto City Council at its business meetings. The formal documentation for this latest meeting is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Funding for city-building efforts

Council approved an extension to the City Building Fund, agreeing to invest an additional $6.6 billion to improve Toronto’s transit system and build affordable housing. The funds will be raised by an increased levy dedicated to investments in major transit and housing initiatives. The City Building Fund was first approved by City Council as part of the 2016 budget. This updated levy will cost the average Toronto household about $45 a year as part of municipal property tax bills over the next six years.

Action plan to address housing needs

Council approved the HousingTO action plan created to address Toronto’s housing needs over the next 10 years. The plan will assist almost 350,000 Toronto households, covering the full range of housing, including support for homeless people, social housing, affordable rental housing and long-term care. Implementation of the full 10-year plan, estimated to cost $23.4 billion, relies on new investments from all three orders of government. The City is committed to funding $8.5 billion of that total.

Rate-supported budgets for 2020

The City’s rate-supported budgets for Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Water and the Toronto Parking Authority received Council’s approval. The operating and capital budgets will maintain and improve current service levels and make investments for the future of those three operations.

Innovation in long-term care

Council approved a new approach for providing care to residents of City-operated long-term care homes, with the focus on an emotion-centred approach that still maintains clinical excellence. The overall intention is to improve outcomes for the residents and their families. The strategy to implement this new approach includes a 12-month pilot project at Lakeshore Lodge before implementation at all 10 City-run long-term care homes.

Ontario’s disability support program

Council supported a member motion to ask the Ontario government to reverse its announced cut to social support funding and to urge the government to maintain the current definition of disability for Ontario Disability Support Program. Council will also ask the province to continue to increase social assistance rates and engage with people living with disabilities, taking their lived experience into account when designing social assistance programs.

Public art strategy  

Council adopted a public art strategy for the City covering the next 10 years to promote new and innovative approaches to the creation of public art, connect artists and communities, and display public art in every Toronto neighbourhood. The strategy includes 21 actions to advance public art and heighten the impact of the City’s public art programs for the benefit of residents and visitors.

LGBTQ2S+ advisory body for City Council 

Council approved the establishment of, and terms of reference for, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) Council advisory body. The advisory body will provide a dedicated mechanism to represent LGBTQ2S+ residents’ interests and concerns, informing City Council’s decision-making during the current 2018-2022 term of Council. Since 2010, there has been no designated Council body speaking for Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ communities.

Formal remembrance of the Holocaust

A member motion supported by Council will result in the declaration of January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Toronto. The United Nations designated that date to honour the victims of the Holocaust. Toronto is home to many Holocaust survivors and/or their families. Marking the day in Toronto is also an opportunity to create greater public awareness of this terrible period in history, when more than six million innocent Jewish men, women and children were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators from 1933 to 1945.

Relocation of Etobicoke Civic Centre

Council authorized proceeding with phase three of a process to replace the outdated Etobicoke Civic Centre with a new complex on a site known as the Westwood Theatre Lands. Phase three of this capital project includes detailed design and tendering for construction. The project will result in new civic and community infrastructure in Etobicoke, including a recreation centre, library, childcare facility and public square.

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs

Council voted to ask the provincial government to review legislation enabling the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to revoke the liquor licences of problematic establishments serving alcohol in Toronto, including those with a history of repeated criminal activity in connection with the premises. Council’s action comes in the context of work that City divisions are undertaking, which aims to balance support for the growth of Toronto’s nighttime economy with the need to ensure public safety, address nuisance issues and respond to problematic establishments.

Construction in downtown Yonge Street area

Council adopted a member motion calling for the creation of a working group with broad representation to address efforts to co-ordinate development and infrastructure work in the area bounded by Bay, Mutual, College/Carlton and Queen streets. The area is experiencing an unprecedented amount of growth, with 26 projects now active or about to begin, many of them requiring the replacement of aging infrastructure. The motion says these projects require co-ordination to ensure the safety of pedestrians and minimize impacts on vehicle traffic.

Development pressures in midtown Toronto

A member motion concerning the Yonge and Eglinton area, adopted by Council, requests a report on the impact of new development pressures and intensification on subway capacity at Eglinton Station, pedestrian safety, road capacity and traffic congestion. The motion notes that the higher density now allowed in the area is largely the result of new provincial planning legislation and policies, and the Ontario government’s “rejection of most of the City’s Midtown in Focus plan.”

Revitalizing the Dundas-Sherbourne area

Council adopted a series of recommendations for creating a comprehensive neighbourhood revitalization plan for the Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street area of east downtown Toronto. This undertaking includes addressing issues that require collaboration among social-service sectors and across governments, such as affordable and supportive housing, crisis intervention, services for community members who have very low incomes or are homeless, and actions to address public safety concerns in the area.

Live streaming of meetings at City Hall

A member motion supported by Council requests a report on the viability of making live streaming of board meetings held in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 at City Hall routine. At present, Council and committee meetings are live streamed (broadcast in real time via the internet) but many other meetings are not streamed. The motion says all important meetings in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 could be live streamed with little extra cost, as the equipment and process are already in place. Doing so would “enhance openness, accountability and transparency in the City’s governance process.”

 

My Comments at Council on Housing and a Toronto Life Article

Posted on December 19, 2019

After years of advocacy, homelessness has been recognized as an ongoing critical and emergency issue. My comments on this issue at the December council:

I wrote an article for Toronto Life magazine describing the impact Premier Ford’s cut to the size of Council has had on our local democracy:

The Ford Fallout: “Being a councillor now is like watching from afar with fingers crossed”

Update on 111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road, and 35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue,

Posted on December 18, 2019

December 20/19

The minutes to the December 17/18, 2019 City Council meeting are now public. The released Confidential Information is available at:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewPublishedReport.do?function=getCouncilMinutesReport&meetingId=15359

Scroll to:

“CC13.3 111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road – Zoning By-law Amendment Application – Request for Direction”

” CC13.10 35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue – Request for Direction Regarding Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Hearing”

for details on each item.

December 18/19

As City Council has adopted the recommendations of the City Solicitor for both

111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road, and

35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue,

settlement offers have been accepted by the city on both development applications.

Parties to the LPAT appeal will be contacted through appropriate avenues.

As public information becomes available, Councillor Perks Office will share through email and post at gordperks.ca

December 13/19

Please find below the latest updated on the Minto (111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road) and Great West Life (35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue) development applications. As both of these development files are in litigation, information that can be shared publicly is limited.

If any information becomes available, it will be posted at gordperks.ca and emailed out to our mailing list.

Update on 111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road

The development application – 111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road – is on the December 17/18, 2019 City Council Agenda.

You can view the agenda item “CC13.3 111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road – Zoning By-law Amendment Application – Request for Direction” at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.CC13.3

At this time, City Council will be asked to adopt confidential instructions by the City Solicitor and release specific confidential information about the application.

Background:

This application proposes to develop purpose-built rental dwelling units in two blocks of townhouses and two apartment buildings. The proposed townhouse blocks include 3 storey townhouses. One apartment building has a proposed tower height of 33 storeys including a 3 storey base and the other apartment building has a proposed tower height of 29 storeys including an 8 storey base (“Development”) on the lands municipally known as 111 Pacific Avenue, 255 Glenlake Avenue and 66 Oakmount Road (“Subject Lands”).

The lands are currently developed with three rental apartment buildings ranging in height from 12 to 23 storeys. The proposal would add 768 new rental units to the existing 750 rental units for a total of 1,518 dwelling units. The proposed development would maintain all existing on-site rental dwelling units. The proposal also includes 450 square metres of retail floor space, which would result in a total floor area of approximately 113,100 square metres.

The owner appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) (now the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”)) citing City Council’s failure to make a decision within the prescribed time frames set out in the Planning Act.

Update on 35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue

The development application – 35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue – is on the December 17/18, 2019 City Council Agenda.

You can view the agenda item: ” CC13.10 35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue – Request for Direction Regarding Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Hearing” at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.CC13.10

At this time, City Council will be asked to adopt confidential recommendations by the City Solicitor and release specific confidential information about the application.

Background:

On December 28, 2016, the City received an application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for 35, 41-63, 65 and 95 High Park Avenue and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Avenue to facilitate an infill development for these properties (the “Original Application”).

The applicant appealed City Council’s neglect or failure to make a decision on its application for Zoning By-law Amendment (the “Appeal”) to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (the “LPAT”) on August 29, 2017.

The applicant revised the Original Application on September 19, 2019 (the “Revised Proposal”). The applicant further revised its proposal on December 4, 2019 (the “Further Revised Proposal”).

The purpose of this report is to request further instructions for the LPAT hearing that is scheduled to commence January 27, 2020. The City Solicitor requires direction on this matter in litigation.

City of Toronto installing Automated Speed Enforcement cameras

Posted on December 16, 2019

Starting today the City of Toronto will begin installing Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras and signage on Toronto streets in an effort to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits.

Automated Speed Enforcement is an efficient tool in the City’s Vision Zero toolbox that will see an initial total of 50 cameras installed on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools. Each ward will have two ASE cameras that will capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.

Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions in Canada. More than 50 percent of convictions related to the Highway Traffic Act in Ontario were from speeding offences. In Toronto, ASE is intended to work in tandem with other Vision Zero methods and strategies already in place, including road redesign improvements, police enforcement and public education.

To warn drivers and raise awareness about ASE in advance of laying any charges, the City is also launching a 90-day public education campaign starting this week that will include issuing warning letters to speeding drivers in lieu of tickets (no response will be required). Warning signage will be installed in each ward to inform drivers as they approach an ASE camera.

ASE tickets are expected to start being issued to speeding drivers in the spring of 2020 at the end of the 90-day public education campaign. If a vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area, a ticket will be mailed to the registered plate holder. Offenders are only fined – no demerit points will be applied.

ASE camera locations were selected based on data that indicated where speed and collision challenges exist in Community Safety Zones near schools in Toronto. Additional selection criteria included planned road work, speed limits, obstructions or impediments to equipment, boulevard space and the nature of the road.

The locations in Ward 4 are:

• Jameson Avenue between Laxton Avenue and Leopold Street

• Close Avenue between Queen Street and King Street

More information about the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement program is available at http://www.toronto.ca/ASE.

The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan that aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. With over 50 safety measures across six emphasis areas, the plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, schoolchildren, seniors and cyclists. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/VisionZero.

Winterlicious Launches Culinary Event Series Today

Posted on December 12, 2019

Winterlicious, Toronto’s popular foodie event, returns January 31 to February 13, 2020, featuring both a Culinary Event Series and Prix Fixe Promotion. Created by the City of Toronto, Winterlicious is a great opportunity for food enthusiasts to explore the city’s food culture. Tickets for the Culinary Event Series go on sale today and make for a unique holiday gift.

2020 Culinary Event Series

The Culinary Event Series will include a wide range of events suitable for both adventurous and cautious food explorers. The Winterlicious 2020 Culinary Event Series features 14 eclectic food experiences to choose from:

  • David Gibson’s Favourites: A Farmhouse Supper, Gibson House Museum on January 31 and February 7
  • Edible History – Taste Where Toronto All Began, St. Lawrence Market on January 31, February 2, 7, 8, and 9
  • Afternoon Tea at the Castle, Casa Loma on February 1, 2, 8 and 9
  • The Pleasure of Survival, Palais Royale on February 1
  • A Chocolate Tasting Affair, Crimson Teas on February 2, 6, 8, and 13
  • Feed Your Soul – A Louisiana Culinary Experience, Cirillo’s Academy on February 3
  • Feast by the Fire, Babel on February 4
  • The Art of Pizza Making, Cibo Wine Bar Yorkville on February 4
  • Dinner with the Mackenzies, Mackenzie House on February 5, 12 and 13
  • The Austins Entertain, Spadina Museum on February 6
  • Historic Tavern Meal, Montgomery’s Inn Museum on February 8
  • Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter, Fort York National Historic Site on February 9
  • Scotch Tasting Dinner, David Duncan House, February 10 and 12
  • Tequila Tasting Dinner with Chef Claudio Aprile, Xango on February 11

Some events sell out fast, so interested buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets now. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

2020 Prix Fixe Promotion

More than 200 restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe lunch menus priced at $23, $28 and $33 and dinner menus priced at $33, $43 and $53. Restaurants will start accepting reservations for the Prix Fixe Promotion on January 16. Reservations are strongly recommended and are to be made directly with the participating dining establishments. A complete list of participating restaurants is available at https://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

Follow Winterlicious on social media on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/LiciousTO, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiciousTO and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/LiciousTO. The event hashtag is #LiciousTO.

Parkdale Hub – Project Update

Posted on December 11, 2019

The City of Toronto has been exploring opportunities to enhance spaces for program delivery and affordable housing in the Parkdale community. The Parkdale Hub project has been centred on the City-owned properties located at 1313, 1303 Queen Street West and 220 Cowan Avenue. This cluster of public facilities, each of which requires state of good repair work and/or improvements, provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.

On December 11, 2019, Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee considered a report from City staff on the Parkdale Hub project. The  report provides an overview of the findings from the Feasibility Study that has been underway since 2017. It also recommends next steps for moving the project forward. The Committee approved the recommendations to begin Phase 2 of the project in 2020.

The report is available to review on the City’s website, through the following link: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=15476#Meeting-2019.EX11

Click here for my comments to the committee.

For more information on the project, visit: https://parkdalehub.ca/

2978 Dundas St W (at Pacific Ave) LPAT Decision

Posted on December 11, 2019

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has recently made a decision about the development proposal at 2978 Dundas Street West (at Pacific Avenue).

The proposal, approved by City Council in July 2018, is for an 8-storey building with a height of 24.3m (26.2m with mechanical penthouse), the partial eighth storey containing indoor amenity space and access to outdoor rooftop amenity space. The proposed building would contain retail at grade and 80 residential units above, and would require the demolition of 7 existing rental units which are proposed to be replaced in the new building.

City Council’s approval was appealed to the LPAT by a local community group. On December 3rd, 2019 the LPAT found the appeal was without merit and thus it was dismissed. The development proposal will now move forward as passed by City Council in July 2018.

3194-3206 Dundas Street West Pre-Application Meeting

Posted on December 11, 2019

On December 9th, 2019, a pre-application meeting was held for a potential development at 3194-3206 Dundas Street West, the current site of High Park Animal Hospital, Church of God Worship Centre and building at 3206.

The meeting was an opportunity for the developer to share their intentions with the community and City Planning staff prior to a formal submission of their application. I have attached a copy of their presentation. https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsSQsTAIkrE9g5geuzAJW0gRlEJCWw?e=W2nube 

The developer has not yet filed any paperwork with the city but at the meeting presented plans for an 8-storey residential building.

Any comments or questions at this time should be directed to Councillor Perks’ Office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and Carla Tsang, City Planner at Carla.tsang@toronto.ca .

Advocates Call Upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO Action Plan

Posted on December 9, 2019

Many low-and-moderate-income households in the city struggling to make ends meet. The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan being presented to Planning and Housing Committee, builds upon the City’s last 10-year housing plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto: Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020.

The action plan proposes a number of actions to address critical needs across the housing spectrum however it fails to meet the urgency needed in our city.

Housing Advocates call upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan by asking City Council to:

  • declare homelessness an emergency and direct the Mayor to invite the Premier and Prime Minister to an emergency summit within 30 days to devise a plan for dealing with the emergency;
  • commit that any housing units built on City land, or receiving City subsidies or City incentives shall be permanent;
  • establish a Housing Commissioner of Toronto; and
  • create minimum annual targets for housing construction which will be achieved regardless of the actions of other governments or funding partners.

Date:                Tuesday December 10, 2019
Time:               9 AM
Location:         2nd Floor, A Street reception, outside of Committee Rm 1, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West,

Speakers:

  • Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Brian Davis, Houselink Community Homes
  • Alejandra Ruiz-Vargas, ACORN
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
  • Councillor Gord Perks

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