Chelsea Park Improvement Community Meeting

Posted on April 12, 2017

Hello Friends,

Please join me for a meeting with community members and City of Toronto Parks staff to discuss upcoming improvements to Chelsea Park. Community input is very important in deciding how best to improve public spaces and this meeting will serve as a great opportunity to hear from many different perspectives about how our park is used, and what upgrade choices and design implementations would best serve the neighbourhood.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room

Gord

Chelsea Park Community Meeting Flyer April 20 2017

 

Sanitary Sewer Replacement on Dundas Street West

Posted on April 12, 2017

The City of Toronto will replace the sanitary sewer and a portion of the City-owned portion of sanitary service laterals on Dundas Street West from Heintzmann Street to 2800 Dundas Street West starting in April 2017. This replacement is in response to an operation defect found in this sewer, and is necessary for the functionality of the sewer system.

Start Date: April 19, 2017
End Date: May 10, 2017

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact Antonio Longo, 416-392-4164, Antonio.Longo@toronto.ca and quote Contract DCS001-2017.

Sanitary Sewer Replacement on Dundas Street West

TransformTO Webinars

Posted on April 12, 2017

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to participate in an upcoming webinar to learn about the City’s proposed approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto, and its connection to public health, local economic development, and social equity.

TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto is a collaborative project to engage the community in reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 while also improving health, prosperity and equity. Led by the Environment and Energy Division and The Atmospheric Fund, the project has engaged more than 2,000 Torontonians to date through public consultation events, community conversations, an online survey and more.

The focus of the TransformTO webinar is on the long-term transformations that are needed to reduce emissions in Toronto, as identified in the second report issued by TransformTO. The report will be presented to Parks & Environment Committee on May 4 and, if approved, to City Council on May 24, 2017. The report will be available online on April 27.

The webinar, which will provide an overview of the TransformTO process and recommendations, will be offered twice: April 27 from 6:30 p.m.to 8 p.m., and May 2 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each webinar will begin with a 30-minute presentation followed by a 60-minute question and answer period.

More information about TransformTO Webinars and Report 2 are available on the TransformTO website.

Spring into Parkdale

Posted on April 11, 2017

The Annual Spring into Parkdale sidewalk festival is taking place on Saturday May 13th this year!

The excitement starts at 11am, with the sidewalk portion ending at 6pm and a Night Market staying open until 10pm. Stalls from local shops and interesting guests will fill the street, accompanied by a craft zone for children, live music, tulip giveaways, and more!

Find more information here: http://parkdalevillagebia.com/tag/spring-into-parkdale/

Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Elimination Public Consultation

Posted on April 11, 2017

As directed by City Council this February, the City of Toronto is soliciting input from key stakeholders and the public about eliminating the Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate program. The City of Toronto is also looking for input from the business community on the current tax reduction that applies to vacant and excess commercial and industrial lands. Overall feedback on these changes is being solicited from industrial and commercial property owners, the business community, and non-profit communities, in addition to the general public.

There are two ways to provide feedback on these proposed changes:

  • An Open Public Meeting: City staff will be present to provide information, answer questions, and receive feedback on April 19 at Metro Hall (55 John St.) in Room 303. This consultation will occur from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • An Online Survey: Until April 21, there will be an online survey available for your feedback.

A number of face-to-face meetings have already taken place with key representatives of impacted businesses such as NAIOP and TIN.

The feedback received will be part of the report back to Executive Committee and City Council in May.

Long-Term Financial Plan Consultations

Posted on April 10, 2017

The City of Toronto invites you to join Toronto residents at City Hall for an interactive afternoon of workshops and discussion. We want to hear your ideas on how the City can balance both its books and its long-term priorities. And with your help, we can build a long-term financial plan that will bring us all closer to the city we want.

Below is information about the City’s upcoming public consultation – Investing In TO. The event will bring together staff, organizations and residents to explore how we can balance our books and our long-term goals.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Open House: 12:30 pm
Consultation Sessions: 1pm – 5pm

LTFP Consultation Phase 2

Good Neighbour Guide

Posted on April 10, 2017

ML&S has developed a Good Neighbour Guide for operators of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The Good Neighbour Guide outlines mandatory requirements and “good will” measures that can be taken to help the bar and restaurant industry comply with regulations and operate in harmony with its neighbours, particularly residential neighbours.

There are many areas in the city where neighbourhoods are not only residential, but also have a very vibrant nightlife. The bar and restaurant industry is an important part of our city and needs to operate in harmony with its neighbours, which can be challenging.

The guide was developed by the City of Toronto, in partnership with ORHMA, TABIA, AGCO and Toronto Police Service.

If residents are disturbed by noise from an outdoor patio, they should make the owner or property manager aware of the issue, or contact 311. Municipal Licensing and Standards investigates all noise complaints and takes appropriate action regarding noise violations. This can include educating the owners and laying charges, where appropriate.

Introducing RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Registration and Inspection Program

Posted on April 10, 2017

The new apartment bylaw, approved at the March 28 to 30 Council meeting, now has a name: RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Registration and Inspection Program. The program takes effect on July 1, 2017 and applies to 30% of Toronto’s residents living in approximately 3,500 apartment buildings across the city.

The new program is part of an audit and enforcement system that imposes new standards on how building owners operate their building and communicate with their tenants. The existing bylaws that govern how building owners are to maintain their properties still apply. These bylaws include Property Standards, Littering and Dumping and Graffiti.

This new bylaw enables the City to impose standards for building owners and operators to:

  • Ensure tenants are informed of repairs/maintenance that have an impact on their homes
  • Clearly lay out property owner obligations
  • Help inform the public and prospective tenants on information concerning a building’s maintenance and upkeep

The new requirements apply to rental properties that are three or more stories high and have or 10 or more units.
Some of the new requirements include:

  • Annual registration with the City, including a $10.60 per unit fee
    • Fees will be waived for Toronto Community Housing and other social housing providers; however all of the rules still apply
  • Process for tracking and responding to tenant service requests
  • Regular inspections by building management in common areas for cleanliness and pests
  • Developing and making available to Officers, an operational plan for cleaning, waste management and capital planning
  • New and substantially increased fines for not complying with the bylaw

Building owners will be receiving further information about this program shortly, with a public education campaign to follow in the next few months.

1182 & 1221 King Street West King Street West Community Meeting

Posted on April 10, 2017

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 1182 & 1221 King Street West Rezoning Application. At this consultation, you will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Date: Tuesday April 18th, 2017
Time: 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Place: Holy Family Catholic School – Gymnasium (141 Close Avenue)

The proposed rezoning application is to permit the construction of a 17-storey mixed use building at 1182 King Street West and a 14-storey mixed use building at 1221 King Street West. Both buildings include commercial uses at grade with residential above and 3 levels of underground parking. A community consultation meeting was previously held for this application in October, 2015, when the proposal was for a 21-storey building at 1182 King Street West and a 19-storey building at 1221 King Street West.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-85118.pdf

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Michelle Knieriem, City Planner, michelle.knieriem@toronto.ca and/or Councillor Gord Perks, councillor_perks@toronto.ca

Dundas/Roncesvalles Planning Study Meeting

Posted on April 5, 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

Dundas Roncesvalles meeting April2017

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