153 Dufferin Street Community Consultation

Posted on March 28, 2017

A Community Consultation Session will be held on April 13, 2017 to address the application regarding 153 Dufferin Street.

The proposal is to erect and display one illuminated third party electronic ground sign, containing one sign face measuring 8.53 metres vertically by 17.07 metres horizontally and at an overall height of 22.86 metres above grade at the easterly portion of the property adjacent to the existing warehouse building and directed towards the F.G. Gardiner Expressway. The single face on the sign is proposed to display electronic static copy. Also contemplated is the removal of an existing third party roof sign at the subject premises and extending the expiration provisions for third party signs from 5 years to 10 years.

The Session will be held at the Parkdale United Church (171 Dunn Avenue – southeast corner of Dunn Avenue and King Street West) commencing at 7:30pm. The feedback City Staff receive through the Community Consultation Session will help inform the staff report and recommendations, scheduled to be before PGMC on May 31st.  Everyone is invited to attend and participate in shaping their neighbourhood.

Mailed Notice Sign Bylaw Amendment 153 Dufferin Street

35 Wabash Update

Posted on March 6, 2017

At the latest Toronto and East York Community Council Meeting, the Construction Staging Report for 35 Wabash Avenue was amended and approved. The Report can be viewed on-line at:  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.47

The Construction Staging plan was originally reviewed by the 35 Wabash Community Working Group with Councillor Perks and City Planning Staff when it was submitted by the developer in October, 2016.

TEYCC has approved the closure of the south sidewalk and curb lane on Wabash Avenue for a period of 20 months to accommodate the building of a 4-storey residential condominium building with one level of underground parking at 35 Wabash Avenue.

To enable construction, the applicant had requested that 5.8 metres of the south curb lane and sidewalk on Wabash Avenue flanking the site be closed and pedestrians be redirected into a protected covered walk way within the closed south curb lane. The original plan would have resulted in the removal of 12 permit parking spaces on the south side of Wabash Avenue.  The request was amended at TEYCC to tighten the application to impact 6 permit parking spaces

Further information on the 35 Wabash development is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3792517&isCofASearch=false

As always, my office welcomes your comments and question son this or any other Ward 14 or City-related matter.

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street

Posted on February 22, 2017

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street, will be holding a pre-hearing meeting to discuss their Committee of Adjustment application.

The applicant is proposing to renovate the existing one-storey industrial building to include a craft brewery, retail store, restaurant, and associated outdoor patio. These uses are currently not permitted at 376R Dufferin Street.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm, Meeting Room A, Parkdale Public Library – 1303 Queen Street W.

Details regarding the proposed renovation will be available at the Community Meeting.

The Committee of Adjustment application is available on-line by searching the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment – Application Information Centre. The Committee of Adjustment hearing date is set for March 29th.

Councillor Gord Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

For more information, or should you have questions and are unable to attend, please contact Joshua Michnik via email: toronto@33acresbrewing.com

421 Roncesvalles Avenue Community Meeting

Posted on February 21, 2017


On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.40

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey bank building with a 7-storey office retail building that retains the original bank facade. The building has a proposed height of 26.1 metres (30.1 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

City Planning will be holding the Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm at St. Casimir’s Parish Hall at 156 Roncesvalles Ave.


57 Brock Avenue Public Meeting

Posted on February 1, 2017

Hello Friends,

Please share the following with your neighbours.

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 57-65 Brock Avenue Official Plan and Re-zoning Application. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date:   Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Time:   6:30 to 8:30 PM
Place:  Parkdale Library, Auditorium, 1303 Queen Street West

The application proposes to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-97839.pdf.

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


King Street Pilot Project Community Meeting

Posted on January 31, 2017


On February 13th, 2017, City Planning will be holding the first of many public consultations on the King Street Pilot Project. The Study will explore a range of pilot options that recognize the different neighbourhood contexts along the 6km corridor from Dufferin Street in the west to River Street in the east. You can find information about this project at www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot.

King Street is the busiest surface transit route in the entire City, carrying more than 65,000 riders on a typical weekday. City Planning and TTC recognize that King Street isn’t working well. Streetcars are often stuck in mixed traffic, making it challenging to keep transit service running smoothly. This often results in bunching and gapping (time between streetcars), uneven utilization of capacity, and overcrowded TTC vehicles. During rush hour people are often unable to board the first streetcar that arrives.

King Street is also an important Downtown east-west spine, connecting many neighbourhoods with the largest concentration of jobs in the City, Region, and entire Country. The King Street corridor will continue to see significant population and employment growth in the coming decades, leading to further demand on these already heavily congested transit routes.

The City and TTC have recently been making operational changes to improve streetcar service including: allowing all-door loading (to become more effective with the new low-floor streetcars), adding supplemental buses, extending turning and on-street parking restrictions, optimizing transit stop locations and route running times, adding route supervisors, and improving night service.

But a more significant change is needed to improve transit service on King Street. The pilot project(s) will test a range of options to determine what might further improve transit reliability, capacity, and efficiency.

Pilot projects are an efficient and cost-effective way for cities to quickly test out new ideas in order to learn important lessons about what works and what doesn’t. The City has used pilot projects on a number of other projects, most notably the Bloor Cycling Pilot and the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks.

You are invited to join in the conversation. The first public consultation is being held on:

Monday, February 13th, 2017
6:30 PM to 9 pm
Metro Hall, Room 308/309
55 John Street South east corner of King Street West and John Street

You can also join the conversation online at kingstreetpilot@toronto.ca. If you would like to review the project details and join the mailing list visit www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot. Of course, you can also email me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca for more information.

I look forward to seeing you at the first public consultation on February 13th.


Notice of Meeting – Exhibition Place Official Plan Amendment Subcommittee Reminder

Posted on November 20, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this public meeting.

The first meeting of the Exhibition Place Official Plan Amendment Subcommittee has been called for:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
9:30 am
Committee Room 4, 2nd Floor
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

This meeting will elect a chair for the subcommittee and nothing more. There is not yet any agenda for the subcommittee as there is no elected chair.

Further information on this subcommittee will be posted as it becomes available.

West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Study

Posted on November 20, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

The City is holding a community meeting on the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study where you can ask questions of City Staff and share your comments. A link to the agenda and presentation given at the last working group meeting can be found here.

The purpose of this meeting is to present findings from the built form & character analysis, heritage evaluation and draft recommendations of the West Queen West HCD Study and to provide an opportunity for comment and feedback.

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Place: The Theatre Centre – 1115 Queen Street West
Time: 6:00pm – Open House
6:30 – 9:00pm – Presentation and Facilitated Discussion & Activity

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:00-6:30pm, followed by a presentation of the findings and draft recommendations by FGMDA Architects. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion and activity.

If you would like more information please contact the Heritage Preservation Services staff, the consultant team and/or myself.


November 18th Open Dialogue on Vulnerability – Human Trafficking

Posted on November 15, 2016

This Open Dialogue will feature discussion with City of Toronto divisions and community partners regarding human trafficking. Explore the complexities of this issue, including barriers to exiting, legal challenges, as well as collaborative solutions to help support survivors of human trafficking.

WHEN: Friday November 18, 2016 (9:00-12:30)
WHERE: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers (5100 Yonge Street, Lower Level)
REGISTER HERE: https://humantraffickingnovember2016.eventbrite.ca

8:30     Registration

9:00     Welcome – Scott McKean, Manager, Community Safety & Wellbeing Unit

9:05     The City of Toronto and Human Trafficking – Fenicia Lewis-Dowlin, Policy Development Officer

9:15     Covenant House – Julie Neubauer, Manager of Human Trafficking Services, Covenant House

9:45     Toronto Police Service – Detective Rob Heitzner, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

10:15   Municipal Licensing & Standards – Olga Kustelska, Supervisor, Bylaw Enforcement

10:45   Break

11:00   Human Trafficking Support Services:
.           East Metro Youth Services – Karly Kalish & Erin Physick
.           Boost – Karyn Kennedy & Julie Moore
.           FCJ Refugee Centre – Varka Kalaydzhieva

11:30   Panel Discussion

12:20   Wrap up and Next Steps

12:30   Adjourn

Please contact Lavinia Corriero Yong-Ping at (416)-397-9970 or lavinia.corrieroyong-ping@toronto.ca with questions, comments or ideas about future topics and facilitators.

In efforts to accommodate participants with environmental sensitivities, this is a scent-free event.

Toronto Pearson Community Open House

Posted on November 10, 2016

Toronto Pearson is doing a few Community Open Houses this fall, and one of them is planned for Parkdale-High Park.

The Community Open House gives them a chance to show how they work and to chat one-on-one about the airport’s role in the region and its daily operations. They hope that understanding more about the airport’s business can help minimize surprise and potential frustration, as well as create dialogue for new and innovative things we can do together as neighbours.

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Lithuanian House,  1573 Bloor St W.

–        This is open house style event with storyboards and opportunities for conversation with Toronto Pearson staff.       –        For reference, you can see all the storyboards here: http://www.torontopearson.com/en/communityevents/#
–        They have a regular e-newsletter, as well as social media channels, that can be followed

This Open House is separate from the engagement underway as part of the Toronto Noise Mitigation Initiatives, part of which will be full public consultation in 2017. However, this general open house is a good opportunity to open some communications channels and lay a good foundation for future engagement.


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