Virtual Community Consultation on the 1488 Queen St West Rezoning Application

Posted on September 24, 2020

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 1488 Queen Street West Re-Zoning Application. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development.

The application proposes a new 6-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 29 dwelling units on the upper floors.

The property is currently occupied by a one-storey commercial building currently functioning as a Guardian Drug Store Pharmacy and a Canada Post outlet.

Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, https://aic.to/1488QueenStW

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-148436.pdf .

The meeting will take place on Monday, October 5th, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will be online and phone-in only.

How to participate:

A link to the meeting is available online at www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations. Participants will be able to join the meeting either by phone or online as of 5:45 PM on the day of the meeting.

Note: Participants by phone will not be able to ask live questions during the meeting. Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff or the Councillor’s Office.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Patrick Miller, City Planner, patrick.miller@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Virtual Community Consultation on the 3194-3206 Dundas Street West Rezoning Application

Posted on September 24, 2020

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 3194-3206 Dundas Street West Re-Zoning Application. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development.

The application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with an eight-storey mixed-use building at 3194-3206 Dundas Street West.  Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information here.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will be online and phone-in only.

How to participate:

A link to the meeting is available online at www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations. Participants will be able to join the meeting either by phone or online as of 5:45 PM on the day of the meeting.

Note: Participants by phone will not be able to ask live questions during the meeting. Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff or the Councillor’s Office.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Carla Tsang, City Planner, carla.tsang@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

 

City of Toronto invites residents to become Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions

Posted on September 24, 2020

The City of Toronto invites residents and community leaders to help inspire climate action by becoming a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion. Participants in this new City program will receive virtual training and support to empower them to support residents in developing innovative climate action projects that reflect the needs and values of their communities.

Participants must be willing to commit four to five hours per month (minimum 50 hours per year) to engaging their community in developing and implementing neighbourhood-based projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Participants will receive an honorarium of $500.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, live in Toronto, and have strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Priority will be given to applications from community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, LGBTQ2IAA persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities.

In October 2019, Toronto City Council declared a climate emergency, accelerated the TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto strategy, and adopted a stronger emissions reduction target for Toronto – net zero by 2050 or sooner. The largest sources of local emissions in Toronto are homes and buildings, transportation and waste.

Applications for the Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions program are now being accepted. Residents can learn more and apply online at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/live-green-toronto.

First Story hosting walking tours at Colborne Lodge

Posted on September 24, 2020

Colborne Lodge is excited to welcome First Story to host exterior walking tours Saturday, September 19th, 26th & October 3rd & 18th.

Anyone that may be interested in learning more from the Indigenous community is encouraged to join!

The tour will be 90 min not 60 min as outlined online and approved by Public Health.

Register for pre-screening and tickets here

First Story Poster

Commonly asked questions on the Quiet Streets Program

Posted on September 24, 2020

A reminder that the Quiet Streets Survey will close on September 30, 2020.

Visit the City’s website for more information or to participate in survey. 

Can the Quiet Street material stay in place?

The signs and barricades were designed to be temporary, making use of readily available materials. The program cannot be sustained in its current form as the City prepares for the winter season.

Can the Quiet Street material be upgraded/made permanent?

Quiet Street materials were installed without the analysis and public engagement that is expected before permanent changes are made to the roadway. Staff will be reviewing the feedback from the Quiet Street survey, email correspondence, and traffic data to learn where the program had the most significant impacts to guide proposals for future interventions.

Will the program come back if COVID is still with us in the spring?

A report is being prepared to share lessons learned from ActiveTO, including the Quiet Streets, and other COVID response programs on Toronto’s streets including CaféTO. The report will discuss options for reintroducing these programs, with modifications, in the future. The report is expected to come before City Council in January 2021.

What happened to the suggestion I made of a street that should become a Quiet Street?

As a COVID Emergency Management program, Quiet Streets did not operate as a request-based program.  The ActiveTO team has tracked all suggestions for streets that could be considered in future, if the Quiet Streets program continues or evolves into a program with broader aims beyond pandemic management.

Can I suggest a street for next year?

As a COVID Emergency Management program, Quiet Streets did not operate as a request-based program. Quiet Street locations were chosen based on the role a street plays in the road network. Several factors were considered including, but not limited to, serving areas of high population density with limited access to personal outdoor space, providing alternative to congested parks and trails, providing connections to essential services, parks, beaches and other attractions, as well as operational considerations (e.g. traffic volume). A report is expected to come before City Council in January 2021 that will discuss options for reintroducing these programs, with any modifications, in the future.

 

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