Upcoming Consultations: Temporary Signs, Property Standards, Building Maintenance, and Payday Loan Establishments

Posted on July 11, 2019

The City of Toronto is reviewing by-laws related to temporary signs, payday loan establishments, property standards and building maintenance, and wants your feedback!

1. Temporary Signs By-law Review
July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Second Floor, Committee Room #3The review aims to modernize the by-law and make it easier for the public to understand the rules governing temporary signs, such as A-frame signs, garage sale signs, mobile signs, new development signs, open house signs and real estate signs. In addition, the review is considering regulations to permit temporary signs that display messages of public interest and construction-related signs on private property. More information: toronto.ca/signsreview

2. Property Standards and Building Maintenance
July 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Metro Hall, Room 308/309
This will include a review of the Property Standards By-law, and issues related to apartment building standards, indoor temperatures, rat mitigation, and odour. More information: toronto.ca/propertystandardsreview

3. Payday Loan Establishments
July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge
Payday loans are short-term, unsecured, small-dollar loans, but they are an expensive way to borrow money. The City of Toronto is reviewing the licensing and cap of payday loan establishments in the city of Toronto, and wants to hear from you. More information: toronto.ca/paydayloanreview

There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:
 Attend public consultations
 Submit written feedback
 Subscribe to email updates

Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these by-laws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

Neighbourhood Community Officers Program – Community Consultation- July 22, 2019

Posted on July 9, 2019

Please join Deputy Chief of Police, Peter Yuen and 14 Division Neighbourhood officers for a  community meeting on the enhancements to the Neighbourhood Community Officers Program.

This meeting is happening on Monday July 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

For more information, contact S/Sgt Tam Bui at 416-808-1415 .

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Exhibition Place Master Plan – Community Consultation Meeting – June 25

Posted on June 18, 2019

Friends,

City staff are beginning a community engagement exercise as part of the Exhibition Place Master Plan.

The initial Community Consultation Meeting/Open House has been scheduled for Tuesday June 25th from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the Master Plan exercise to the community and to begin engaging the public. Staff are still gathering information for the analysis phase of the work. This is a great opportunity for you to speak directly with City Planning staff about the Master Plan for Exhibition Place Grounds.

I hope to see you on the 25th.

Gord

Recipe for Community program in Parkdale – Community Conversation on June 26, 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The Recipe for Community program is coming to Parkdale this year to support resident-inspired and resident-led initiatives in community engagement, skills buildings, food and nutrition and enhanced outdoor green spaces.

There will be a Community Conversation to provide ideas and feedback. Details are provided below:

Date:                     Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Time:                    6PM – 8PM

Location:             Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue – Gymnasium)

Recipe - Parkdale - Community Conversation June 26 2019

Inclusionary Zoning Policy Consultations – June 2019

Posted on June 5, 2019

On May 28, 2019, Planning and Housing Committee directed that proposed Official Plan policy directions for inclusionary zoning be endorsed as the basis for consultation and requested City Planning staff to report back in Q4 2019 with the findings from the consultation, the results of any further analysis, and prepare recommended Official Plan inclusionary zoning policies.

Inclusionary zoning is a land use planning tool that would enable the City to require new residential developments to include affordable housing units. Inclusionary zoning is one policy solution to help address the housing needs of Toronto’s low-income and moderate-income households (earning roughly between $35,000 and $88,500 a year depending household size).

Public Meetings

City Planning staff will be hosting four public meetings to consult on proposed policy directions for inclusionary zoning. These meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about inclusionary zoning and share ideas and feedback on how this new affordable housing tool should apply in Toronto.

A community meeting notice with the meeting information is attached should you wish to post this notice. Public meeting details are as follows:

Toronto and East York   

June 17, 2019 at Metro Hall (Rotunda) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Etobicoke

June 18, 2019 at Etobicoke Civic Centre (Meeting Rooms 1/2/3) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Scarborough

June 19, 2019 at Scarborough Civic Centre (Rotunda) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

North York

June 24, 2019 at North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 3) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

All meetings will include a presentation beginning at 7 pm.

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Community Consultation Meeting on Expanding On-street Permit Parking in Ward 4 – June 17, 2019

Posted on June 4, 2019

In May 2017, Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) requested that the Director of Transportation Services provide information on the potential for policy changes to allow for the expansion of the Residential On-street Permit Parking Program to all local streets. Community consultation on this potential change took place in Toronto and East York in April and May 2018.

In December 2018, with ward boundary changes to all wards in the City of Toronto, Ward 4 welcomed a new area – the former Ward 13 – that was not included in the community consultation.

With that in mind, I would like to invite you to a community consultation meeting to discuss the expansion of on-street permit parking in Ward 4.

Join City staff to learn about the City wide Permit Parking Program. Staff will be available to answer any questions or concerns about on-street permit parking.

Ward 4 Permit Parking Community Consultation

When: June 17, 2019 from 7pm-8:30pm

Where: St. Pius X Catholic School (71 Jane Street)

Did you know?

  • City of Toronto local streets have a 3 hour parking limit (day and night) unless there is a sign indicating otherwise.
  • Vehicles displaying a valid on-street parking permit can park overnight without violating the parking bylaw.
  • Residents can apply for on-street parking permits using their City of Toronto home address.
  • Temporary on-street parking permits are available to visitors (friends, family, contractors, etc) through on-line purchase.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can share your thoughts using the following online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FZS3QMR

Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 416-392-7919 or via email at councillor_perks@toronto.ca if you have any questions.

Parkdale Hub Project – Community Meeting – June 10, 2019

Posted on May 30, 2019

Join us on June 10, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church (250 Dunn Ave) for a Community Meeting on the Parkdale Hub project!

The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services, including the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Parkdale Library, and Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre. We are exploring potential opportunities to enhance programming and service delivery spaces for the Parkdale community. Join us to learn more about the project and provide input on the conceptual design options for these sites.

Feel free to share the attached poster and the link to our Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/583312472164269/) with your Parkdale networks.

Hope to see you there!

Parkdale Hub Community Meeting June 10 2019

This June share YOUR ideas for decision making in Toronto

Posted on May 29, 2019

The City is holding public sessions, launching an online survey and creating a self-guided kit for residents or organizations who want to host their own discussions to gather ideas for the Special Committee on Governance.

The goal of the consultation is to support residents who want to:

  • learn about City Council’s governance, including how the City and Council identifies issues, engages the public and makes decisions,
  • ask questions and discuss ideas with staff, members of the Committee and other residents,
  • contribute their ideas for the Committee to consider.

5 public sessions will be held in June. At each session, the first hour from 6 – 7pm is the Open House followed by a short presentation and discussion from 7 – 9pm.

Monday, June 10, 2019, Etobicoke Olympium (250 Rathburn Rd)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Dr)

Thursday, June 13, 2019 North York Civic Centre, Burgundy Room (5100 Yonge Street)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 Metro Hall, Rooms 308/309 (55 John St)

Monday, June 17, 2019 North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Ave W)

More information available at toronto.ca/TOgovernance.

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Bill 108 – The OMB is Back! Make Your Voices Heard!

Posted on May 23, 2019

Friends,

Earlier this month the Government of Ontario announced changes to planning law in Ontario under Bill 108 which affects 13 different pieces of legislation and reinstates the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), putting more power in the hands of developers and their lobbyists. We cannot allow an unaccountable and unelected body to determine local planning decisions. Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and these unwanted changes.

Read the Chief Planner’s report and presentation to City Council on the proposed Bill 108.

Town Hall on Bill 108 at City Hall

On Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7pm, join myself and Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam, Josh Matlow, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Joe Cressy, Ana Bailão and Brad Bradford, along with Toronto’s Chief Planner Gregg Lintern, to learn about how Bill 108 will impact your community and how you can have your say before it is too late. This meeting is free and open to all.

When: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7pm
Where: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/309554903273831

Bill 108 Committee Hearings at Queens Park

As an Ontario citizen, you can have your say on this issue at public hearings. You can take part in the committee process by appearing as a committee witness, submitting written material to a committee, or attending committee hearings.

There is only one day of hearings for Bill 108: Friday May 31st 9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The deadline to request to appear is Wednesday May 29th at 12:00pm.

Witnesses will receive up to six minutes for presentation followed by twelve minutes of questions by committee members.

You may also submit written materials voicing your concerns. The deadline for written submissions is Friday, May 31st 5:00pm. More information about how to submit written materials and participate in committees can be found at https://www.ola.org/en/get-involved/participate-committees.

The first step in appearing before a committee is registering with the Clerk of the Committee. The Committee contact information is comm-justicepolicy@ola.org, 416-325-7352.

Parkdale Hub Project – Community Meeting – June 10, 2019

Posted on May 23, 2019

Please join us on June 10, 2019 for a Community Meeting on the Parkdale Hub project!

The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services, including the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Parkdale Library, and Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre. We are exploring potential opportunities to enhance programming and service delivery spaces for the Parkdale community. Join us to learn more about the project and provide input on the conceptual design options for these sites.

When: June 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Where: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/583312472164269/

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