Update on West Queen West Planning Study, Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District

Posted on October 2, 2020

City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Queen St. West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street. It was presented and adopted this week at City Council.

This is wonderful news for one of Toronto’s most important and historic main streets.

This Staff report summarizes the study, and proposes to amend the Official Plan by adopting ‘Site and Area Specific Policy 566’ for the properties fronting Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.
This policy is intended to:

  • guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
  • conserve and enhance the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
  • provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

The proposed amendments to the Official Plan will also inform civic investment and improvements to transportation infrastructure, public open spaces and community facilities within this area.
The Staff report is available on line at:   http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE14.5

Please note that the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) in the spring of 2021. My office will keep you up-to-date as it moves forward.

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates this main street.

340-376R Dufferin Street & 2 Melbourne Avenue Virtual Community Consultation

Posted on October 2, 2020

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 340-376R Dufferin Street & 2 Melbourne Avenue 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.

This application proposes to amend the Zoning Bylaws and the Official Plan to modify the range of non-residential use permissions for the site. The site consists of a series of 1-2 storey former industrial buildings which have been readapted and leased to various commercial tenants.  No physical alterations are proposed to the existing buildings, on-site parking supply or loading facilities in the current application.

Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do?folderRsn=TpV64kf1jU31PdupLv6zNw%3D%3D

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-147697.pdf.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 6:30 – 8 PM 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.
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

Final staff report on Rezoning of UHN lands at TEYCC

Posted on October 2, 2020

The October 15th, 2020, Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing the Final Staff Report on Rezoning of UHN lands at 150 Dunn Avenue (Including 74, 82, 130, 160, and 162 Dunn Avenue, 1-17 Close Avenue, and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue)

This application proposes to construct a 6-storey, 192-bed long-term care addition to the University Health Network’s (UHN) existing four-storey Lakeside Long-term Care Centre at 150 Dunn Avenue. It also proposes to secure the rental tenure of all existing rental dwelling units located at 74 and 82 Dunn Avenue, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 Close Avenue and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue.

Following a review of the application as well as two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application.
The full report is available on-line at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE19.1 .

I will be reviewing the details of the Staff Report and will take into consideration comments from Planning staff and the community. The community has been very concerned about housing issues on this site and I will be paying close attention to those issues.

I ask that you review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with my office: councillor_perks@toronto.ca , 416-392-7919.
Due to the pandemic, Civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto and East York Community Council are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto and East York Community council, or submit written comment, please email teycc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

October 2020