Reminder: Planning Study for the West Side of Roncesvalles Ave

Posted on April 17, 2012



Roncesvalles Ave is the heart of our area, a great destination for families, friends and businesses.  We’ve seen Roncesvalles mentioned in the New York Times, short-listed for the Greatest Neighbourhoods section of The Greatest Places in Canada Contest, and profiled in countless local media pieces.  With this great success over the last several years we’ve also seen an increasing number of applications received by City Planning to introduce non-residential business uses in the houses on the west side of Roncesvalles Avenue in an area that is currently designated a Neighbourhood in the Official Plan and zoned for Residential uses.

To protect the community’s interest in the make up and configuration of Roncesvalles Village, one of the best tools we have is to maintain updated and current planning documents.  This allows for our City Legal, Planning and Urban Design staff to have a greater leverage when they oppose development pressures and variances at the Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municiple Board.  With this meeting I have asked that the community be able to provide their input before the study is undertaken so that City Planning Staff can hear from you first on what use you would like to see on the west side of Roncesvalles Ave.

It is for this reason that I requested at Toronto and East Your Community Council in June 2012 that Toronto City Planning staff  undertake a review of the west side of Roncesvalles Ave between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.

I just wanted to clarify the purpose of the planning study for the west side of Roncesvalles Ave.  Last June I requested at Toronto and East Your Community Council ( )that the  requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, undertake a review of the west side of Roncesvalles Ave between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.  I stated in my initial letter ( ) that,

“This section of the street, between Marmaduke and Marion Streets is currently occupied by primarily residential uses on the west side while the east contains a mix of uses.

In order to provide a more comprehensive response to the requests for non-residential uses, it would be appropriate to review the residential designations for these lands to determine if non-residential uses should be considered and, if so, under what conditions.”

My feeling is that the residential aspect of the west side of the street is one of the unique aspects that makes Roncesvalles one of the most sought after communities to live in, in Toronto.   In order to protect character and make up of the street I feel the community has a great opportunity to share their feelings with City staff and provide direction to the report.

PS – I hope everyone can make it out and bring their neighbours along with them.
The meeting details are as follows:
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: St. Casimir Parish Hall – 156 Roncesvalles Ave.
To see the City Planning Departments meeting flyer please visit: West Roncesvalles Study Flyer



Reminder: “Artists in the Hood” fundraiser for Sorauren Town Square May 11-13

Posted on April 17, 2012

***A quick reminder of the, ‘Artist’s in the Hood’ fundraiser this week.  As well, an article has been published in Inside Toronto which can be read at: Artists in the Hood Article ***



Time to start saving your pennies (while they’re still around). “Artists from the Hood” is a special three-day art show in the beautiful upstairs gallery space above 321 Roncesvalles (Geoffrey and Grenadier).

15% of all proceeds from the art show will be donated to the Wabash Building Society for the Sorauren Park Town Square fund.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 7 – 10 pm
Saturday, May 12, 12 – 6 pm
Sunday May 13, 12 – 4 pm


To see the invite and find out who which artist are involved please see: ‘Artists in the Hood Invite’

If you would like to learn more about Sorauren Park please see: Sorauren Park or find out about the Wabash Building Society see:  Wabash Building Society




35 Wabash Ave Development Update

Posted on April 17, 2012


Just wanted to update everyone on the proposed development at 35 Wabash Ave. We are told,


“Staff have now completed review of the applicant’s first site plan submission and as a number of revisions are still required, the applicant will be meeting over the next couple of weeks with staff to go over the required revisions.

In terms of a timeline, it all depends on when the revised plans are submitted. Once the key issues are satisfied, the zoning amendment still requires Council approval. At the earliest, the application may be before the September TEYCC.”
April 2012