2376 and 2388 Dundas Street West – OMB Hearing

Posted on March 15, 2013

Dear Friend,

I am writing to update you on the 2376 and 2388 Dundas Street West development application.

The owner of the site at 2376 and 2388 Dundas Street West has appealed its zoning amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board (the “OMB”.  City Council has directed the City Solicitor to oppose the appeal at the OMB hearing.

The OMB has now scheduled a one day prehearing conference for Thursday, April 4th at 10 AM.  The purpose of the prehearing is to set a date for the actual hearing of the appeal and to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.

If you wish to have your concerns heard by the OMB you should attend the April 4, 2013 prehearing conference and obtain permission to speak either as a party or as a participant at the OMB hearing that is to be set for a later date.  The prehearing will be held at 655 Bay Street, (Bay and Elm), 16th floor.  If you have concerns, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

If you are interested in attending the OMB prehearing but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office for assistance.  You may also contact the OMB Case Coordinator, Ms. Sandra Chan, by phone at (416) 326-6776 or by e-mail at sandra.chan@ontario.ca.

The owner’s application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-law to permit the construction of a new 8-storey mixed-use building fronting on Dundas Street West with a 23-storey tower on the eastern portion of the site adjacent to the rail corridor.

The built form provisions of the City’s Zoning By-law were amended for this area in December 2009 by By-law No. 1222-2009, (the “Avenue By-law”) which resulted from the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study.  In their report to City Council on this appeal, City planning staff advised that the proposed development is not consistent with the built form provisions of the Avenue Study which recommended a mid-rise built form.  These mid-rise recommendations were incorporated into the Avenue By-law.  City planning staff also advised that introducing a tall building on the site would set a negative precedent for future development that would undermine the vision for this area as established by Council’s approval of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study and as set out in the Avenue By-law.  This means that approval of the 23-storey tower as proposed may open the door to similar tower proposals to the north, south and west of the subject site, including the Loblaws/Zellers site at 2280 Dundas Street West.

The proposed development would also include a total of 375 residential units and 466 square metres of retail uses.  Two levels of below-grade parking are proposed with 242 parking spaces.  Two hundred and eighty-eight bicycle parking spaces are proposed.  Vehicular access will be provided from a driveway off Dundas Street West along the northern boundary of the site.

The proposal also includes a pedestrian walkway at the southern edge of the site to provide a connection to the Bloor GO Transit / Airport Rail Link (ARL) Station.

Councillor Gord Perks

Clean Toronto Together program begins in April

Posted on March 15, 2013

 

 

Clean Toronto Together program begins in April

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The warm weather is fast-approaching, revealing a winter’s worth of debris and litter. This is our opportunity to get involved and help keep Toronto clean.

 

Students and businesses are invited to participate in the Corporate and School Clean-up Day on Friday, April 19.  Make the area near your school or business shine.

 

It only takes minutes to make a difference. The event takes place on Saturday, April 20 (the alternative date if your group prefers or if the weather doesn’t cooperate is Sunday, April 21).  Get together with family, friends and neighbours and clean a public space that is important to you – it could be a park or a local street.

 

Participating groups can pick up their GLAD garbage and recycling bags at Toronto Community Centres, Civic Centres, and participating Pizza Pizza locations starting April 2 while supplies last.

 

We ask groups to register before April 15 so the City can coordinate where City crews can pick up the collected litter.  You can register for your clean up event or get more information at toronto.ca/cleantoronto. If the internet is not an option, call 311.

 

And don’t forget, if you see graffiti vandalism or illegal postering, report it by calling 311.

 

For information about the clean-up events, visit toronto.ca/cleantoronto.

 

Let’s all Clean Toronto Together.

 

As well, if you’re in the Roncesvalles Area and want to get involved with a great group of residents who volunteer countless hours making our community more vibrant and clean, check out Roncy Works and their many initiatives at:

 http://roncesvallesrenewed.org/

Ward 14 Community Environment Day – April 6th/13

Posted on March 15, 2013

 

 

 

It is that time of year again, mark your calendars!

Councillor Gord Perks and the City of Toronto are holding a Community Environment Day on Saturday, April 6th,2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pmSorauren Park, along Wabash  Avenue (for a map to the park see: Soruaren Park – Ward 14)

The days activities include:

 

  • Free compost (limited supply, so come early)

  • Drop off old materials for recycling such as small electronics and household hazardous waste.

 

  • Pick up or exchange of green bins and kitchen containers.

 

  • Donation of supplies for schools and Goodwill.

 

  • Information booths and more.

 

See the flyer at the top of the page for more details or feel free to contact our office.

Live Green Toronto Awards Now Open for Public Voting

Posted on March 15, 2013

 

 

 

Public voting begins today to determine the winners of the City of Toronto’s 2013 Live Green Toronto Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate the residents, groups and businesses that contribute to the greening of Toronto.

Fifteen finalists – three in each award category – were selected by a panel of independent judges. The winners will now be determined by popular vote. Award categories include youth, individual, group, small business and corporation.

The winner in each award category will receive $2,500 courtesy of award sponsors, and a chance to tell their great, green story on CP24, Exclusive Television Partner of Live Green Toronto. Other sponsors include Loblaw Companies Limited, the Toronto Star, Metro News, Toronto Hydro and the City’s Economic Development and Culture division.

The public is encouraged to view the finalists’ videos and vote for their favourites at
http://awards.livegreentoronto.ca/.

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 19. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

Live Green Toronto is a City of Toronto program that promotes and supports the greening of our city through programs, events, grants and a one-stop website that helps residents and businesses take action to reduce emissions, protect our climate and clean our air. For more information, visit livegreentoronto.ca.

 

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