Slides from the 2280 Dundas Street West Pre-Application Meeting

Posted on April 27, 2018

As discussed at the meeting, we have shared the slides from the presentation.

Please see below:

Presentation Slides – Apr 18, 2018

Queen West Restaurant Bylaw Update

Posted on April 27, 2018

 

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.

 

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.TE32.12

 

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

Posted on April 26, 2018

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.

 

Background

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.

Consultation

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.

 

 

 

Environment Day & Compost Pick-Up – April 28, 2018

Posted on April 18, 2018

Friends,

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 councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Environment Day Flyer

Overnight Permit Parking Survey and Consultation Meetings

Posted on April 17, 2018

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.

  1. April 23 – 7pm to 9pm – East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. Register here
  2. April 30 – 7pm to 9pm – Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 250 St Clair Ave. W. Register here
  3. May 1 – 7pm to 9pm – St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St Register here
  4. May 3 – 7pm to 9pm – Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W Register here

 

Public Consultation on More Overnight On-Street Parking

Posted on April 10, 2018

The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. We invite you to get involved.

April 23: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.

April 30: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St Clair Ave. W

May 1: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St.

May 3: 7p.m.- 9 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W.

permit parking consultation

Council Highlights – Toronto City Council meeting of March 26 and 27, 2018

Posted on April 5, 2018

Council Highlights is an informal summary of a selection of the decisions that Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk’s formal documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Funding for non-profit housing    

Council approved the provision of $2 million in funding for two new non-profit housing developments through the City’s Home Ownership Assistance Program to support a total of 80 new homes. The two developments consist of townhomes in Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River and a condominium apartment building in Ward 11 York South-Weston. The funding will provide down-payment assistance loans to help eligible low to moderate income purchasers of the new homes. 

Guidelines for townhouses and low-rise apartments     

Council approved guidelines for the City’s use in evaluating current and new development applications for townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings. The new guidelines replace an earlier reference document. Council also voted in support of motions for staff to report on matters involving townhouse entrances and parking requirements for low-rise apartment buildings.

Emergency shelters and supports  

Council adopted a series of recommendations and motions that pertain to meeting the immediate needs of Torontonians experiencing homelessness and using the City’s emergency shelter system, and also for helping them find secure, suitable, permanent housing. A further City priority addressed by the recommendations involves efforts to prevent low-income households from falling into homelessness.

Review of winter respite services   

Council received a Toronto Ombudsman’s report on the City’s respite services this winter, focusing on the identified need for better communication of information and improved conditions at winter respite sites. The sites give people experiencing homelessness a temporary place to sleep, receive a meal and obtain referrals to support services. Staff have been asked to look into possibly using sensors that measure respite facility temperature and upload the data.

Traffic in school zones  

Council supported a motion calling on staff to prepare a report for May on a streamlined process to receive and process councillor and community requests for the implementation of traffic calming measures in school zones and community safety zones.

Tax on third-party signs  

Council approved bylaw amendments pertaining to the City’s tax on third-party signs and decided to consider introducing an annual surcharge on unauthorized signs. The City collects between $11 million and $12 million annually from the sign tax. Third-party signs are signs advertising a business or service not situated on, or available at, the property displaying the sign.

Information technology and eCity Strategy

Council adopted various recommendations generated by an audit of the City’s information technology infrastructure and assets. The steps to be taken support the Information and Technology division’s corporate leadership in modernizing City services through the eCity Strategy and its goals of ensuring that technology enhances Toronto’s municipal services and political processes.

Development of thermal energy networks  

Council authorized entering into an agreement between the City and Enwave to jointly pursue opportunities for developing low-carbon thermal energy networks. Development of low-carbon thermal energy networks as part of the broader TransformTO strategy will help the City meet its climate-change targets, attract investments that benefit the local economy, generate revenue, ensure energy does not become a limiting factor for growth, and improve local energy resilience.

Tree protection  

Council adopted recommendations aimed at ensuring that applicants provide full information about pertinent tree/forestry issues for the Committee of Adjustment’s and the Toronto Local Appeal Body’s review of minor variance/consent applications such as applications for front-yard parking. Plans submitted for review need to identify trees and tree-protection zones and include photographs. The City’s tree bylaws are enforced by Urban Forestry staff.

REimagining Yonge plan for Yonge Street  

Council discussed the REimagining Yonge (Sheppard to Finch) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study agenda item at length and ultimately decided to defer a decision on the future design of Yonge Street in North York. The deferral will give the Toronto Transit Commission time to consider the long-term implications for buses in that section of Yonge Street.

Flag-raising for Vietnamese community    

Council voted to allow the Vietnamese heritage and freedom flag to be raised at Toronto City Hall. Journey to Freedom Day, observed each April 30, is a national day commemorating the thousands of Vietnamese people who perished fleeing Vietnam for freedom. The day also recognizes the Vietnamese-Canadian community’s success today. Toronto is now home to about 50,000 Vietnamese-Canadians.

Work on utilities at night    

Council supported a motion to re-affirm that non-emergency utility work should not take place overnight in the downtown area. When overnight work is necessary, advance consultation with the ward councillor and notification of local residents/stakeholders are required. The City is trying to balance addressing the needs of a busy downtown core and the needs of downtown communities.

Amendments to purchasing bylaw   

Proposed amendments to the City of Toronto’s purchasing bylaw received Council’s approval. The amendments pertain primarily to the supplier code of conduct and to the responsibilities of City division heads and project leads in managing purchase contracts.

Interim City Manager appointed  

Council appointed Giuliana Carbone the City’s Interim City Manager, effective April 4. Peter Wallace, the former City Manager, earlier announced his resignation effective April 3. In addition, with the retirement of Deputy City Manager John Livey, Council appointed Lou Di Gironimo the Interim Deputy City Manager for Cluster B effective April 5 and until City Council appoints a new Deputy City Manager for the City of Toronto’s Cluster B divisions.

Appointment to the Police Services Board  

Council appointed Councillor Jim Hart (Ward 44 Scarborough East) to the Toronto Police Services Board for the term of office that ends November 30, 2018 and until a successor is appointed. The appointment was made as Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East) resigned from the board effective March 26.

 

Special City Council meeting 

City’s budgets for 2018

At a meeting held on February 12 to consider the City’s budgets for this year, City Council approved a 2018 tax-supported operating budget of $11.12 billion and a 10-year capital budget and plan of $25.98 billion. The 2018 budgets maintain or improve all service levels and make major investments in social infrastructure and housing. Overall, the 2018 budget tax increase after assessment growth is 1.47 per cent, with a 2.1 per cent increase for residential properties, a 1.05 per cent increase for commercial properties and a 0.70 per cent increase for industrial properties.

 

Laneway Suites Review Consultation – March 29, 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018

“Changing Lanes” is a City of Toronto initiative studying how the City might allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways within the Toronto and East York District of the City.

The purpose of this community meeting is to present a set of draft policy changes and regulations to allow the construction of laneway suites in the back yard of low-rise residential properties in the neighbourhoods in the Toronto and East York District. The City is seeking your feedback before they are considered by City Council.

The meeting will include both a presentation and an open house where comments and questions can be directed to City staff.

Date: Thurs., March 29th, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 222 Bremner Blvd. Room 203 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre)

 

Events happening from now until June at High Park & Parkdale Libraries

Posted on March 19, 2018

Here are the events happening at High Park and Parkdale Libraries from now till June: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867+33132+33162&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0 

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for our What’s On at the Library enewsletter: http://tpl.ca/e-news

 

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