Public Consultation for Review of Parking Requirements for New Developments

Posted on May 27, 2021

Requirements for automobile and bike parking in newly erected or enlarged buildings are identified in the city-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013. On January 19, 2021, Planning and Housing Committee (PH20.4) asked staff to review these requirements to better align them with the objectives of the City’s Official Plan. The Review is guided by the principle that parking standards should allow only the maximum amount of automobile parking reasonably required for a given use and minimums should be avoided except where necessary to ensure equitable access, such as for accessible parking or in areas which would be difficult to serve with transit.

The City will be hosting a series of online public consultation meetings starting June 1 to gather feedback that will inform recommendations for revised parking standards.

To learn more about the process or to participate in the consultations, visit the City’s webpage

Report on Sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods will be at Council in June

Posted on May 27, 2021

The City of Toronto’s Infrastructure & Environment Committee today approved the proposed plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods in the city starting this upcoming 2021-22 winter season. City Council will consider the report at its meeting of June 8 to 9.

Following a successful snow clearing trial program over each of the last two winters, City staff recommended the expansion of the service to improve safety for residents in winter, provide more equitable snow clearing service to all areas of the city, and support improved accessibility.

The Committee also requested that City staff explore the use of the new winter maintenance equipment, purchased as part of the recent Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial, on other active transportation infrastructure to see whether it meets operational requirements. Specifically, trials would occur on multi-use pathways and on bike lanes currently without physical separation, which could be serviced with the new equipment.

If the plan is approved by Council, all homes in the city would receive winter snow clearing service on their sidewalks. This would mean that more than 103,000 households would be added to the program — 91 per cent of city sidewalks would receive mechanical sidewalk snow clearing and, due to sidewalk obstructions and narrow spaces, nine per cent would be manually cleared. This compares to approximately 85 per cent of sidewalks in the city currently cleared by sidewalk plows, with approximately 15 per cent not cleared by plows.

The budget-conscious proposal calls for the City to purchase new equipment, including the necessary smaller sidewalk plows, to expand the service beyond the more than 6,000 kilometres of sidewalks which currently receive the service to all 7,300 kilometres of sidewalks in Toronto. The proposed investment would make Toronto only the third major winter city in North America, along with Montreal and Ottawa, to employ a city-wide sidewalk snow clearing program.

The Mechanical Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial report is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.IE22.13

More information on the sidewalk trial, including a public presentation, is available at: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/road-maintenance/winter-maintenance/sidewalk-snow-clearing-trial/

 

ActiveTO routes announced for May long weekend in Toronto

Posted on May 20, 2021

This weekend’s ActiveTO major weekend road closures includes parts of Lake Shore Boulevard East, Lake Shore Boulevard West and roads within High Park. All will be closed to vehicular traffic to give residents more space for exercise and provide safe access to pedestrians and cyclists. The new ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail is now open for use until April 2022.

Toronto’s more than 1,500 parks and 11,000 hectares of ravine spaces are also open for fresh air and exercise everyday, including weekends.

The following ActiveTO locations will be available from Saturday, May 22 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 23 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road.

As part of ActiveTO, roads in High Park will be closed to vehicles for all three days of the long weekend. Vehicle access will be restricted starting Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m.

The planned temporary ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail along Bayview Avenue, between Mill Street and Rosedale Valley Road is now available to people walking and riding their bikes and will stay in place every day until April 2022, including weekends. The Bayview Avenue multi-use trail provides an important full-time temporary protected space for residents to get exercise, further connects and expands Toronto’s cycling network, and provides a detour for the planned Lower Don Trail construction closure this summer. The corridor will also safely accommodate vehicles. For the duration of the project, Bayview Avenue, between River Street and Lawren Harris Square, and between Front Street East and Mill Street, has been converted to one-way southbound only for vehicles.

City staff will continue to actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes throughout the weekend and adjust signal timing where required. To help manage traffic congestion around the Lake Shore Boulevard West route, the City will:

  • actively adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West throughout the weekend
  • place additional paid duty officers at key intersections and access points along Lake Shore Boulevard West and the Brookers Lane off-ramp to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway
  • place additional Traffic Agents at key intersections where pedestrians and people on bikes access the closure
  • introduce more signage, well in advance of the closure, to advise motorists on the Gardiner Expressway sooner so that they avoid the area and choose a different route
  • improve traffic management plans at the Gardiner/Lake Shore Boulevard split and at the Windermere and Lake Shore Boulevard West intersection to allow for better traffic flow.

Motorists are reminded to plan their trips in advance to avoid the closures if possible and should consider using a wayfinding app to understand detours and travel times.

ActiveTO routes are open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or as a pedestrian due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.

Parking lots along Lake Shore Boulevard West, at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.

City staff will close lanes on Allen Road on June 5 and are planning to expand ActiveTO weekend closures to vehicles along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place grounds later this summer.

Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Download the PBSC app to get started at https://bikesharetoronto.com/app/.

ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.

Learn more about ActiveTO, including information about the new ActiveTO Bayview Cycling Corridor, at www.toronto.ca/ActiveTO.

Maps and details for available paths and trails are available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/walking-hiking/.

Details about access to High Park are available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/high-park/high-park-vehicle-free-weekends/.

 

1978-2002 Lake Shore Community Meeting

Posted on May 20, 2021

Marlin Springs, the owners of the property at 1978-2002 Lake Shore Blvd, will be hosting a community meeting to discussed an updated proposal for their site on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 pm.  To register, please visit bit.ly/2002lakeshore

As you may be aware, in September 2017 Marlin Springs first approached the community about a potential development on the site.  They submitted an application in December 2017 to the City’s Planning Department. While the file went quiet for many years, in March 2020, just prior to the lockdown, Marlin Springs updated their proposal to bringing the submission inside the existing strata on the site. To view their previous submissions, please visit the City’s Development Application Centre at http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do (search: 1978-2002 Lake Shore). On June 2, Marlin Springs will be bringing their latest idea to the community for comment.

While this meeting is hosted by the property owners, City Planning Staff and I will be attending and look forward to hearing your feedback at the meeting, and in the weeks that follow.  My team and I will keep you updated on any new information as we move forward.

1978-2002 Lakeshore Blvd. West- Public Meeting Notice

406-410 Keele Street Public Consultation: May 26

Posted on May 20, 2021

The public consultation for the proposed development at 406-410 Keele Street will be taking place on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 pm.  To register please visit this link.

The site previously was approved for a 5 storey, 30 unit apartment building. While the property owners are now applying for a building with the same height and massing as before, the following changes are being proposed:

– The number of dwelling units have increased from 30 to 64

– The overall residential gross floor area has increased from 4,222 square metres to 4,471 square metres

– Common indoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a room on the first floor with kitchen and washroom

– Common outdoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a dog relief area, a roof top terrace with storage room, and a terrace off the indoor amenity space

– The floor area above the 5th floor has increased

– The number of parking spaces has increased from 31 to 32

– A type ‘C’ loading space is now proposed

– curb-side garbage pick-up is no longer being proposed

If you cannot attend the meeting, and wish to submit your comments, please contact City Planner Catherine Jung (Catherine.Jung@toronto.ca) and my office.

Parkdale Community Hub – Virtual Community Meeting

Posted on May 19, 2021

The Parkdale Hub project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community.

The intersection is currently home to an important cluster of City-owned facilities and community services, all of which are in need of significant capital investment over the next 10 years in order to maintain current service delivery levels. This project provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.

During Phase 1 of the project in 2018 and 2019, the City of Toronto and CreateTO engaged the local community to develop a preferred massing concept for the site. Now, as part of Phase 2 of the project, the team will share and seek feedback on a preliminary design concept for the Parkdale Hub, answer questions and provide more information on the next steps in the process.

Join us on Thursday May 27th at 6:30pm for the virtual community meeting.

Meeting Details:

When: Thursday, May 27th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Online and by phone

Meeting Registration: https://swerhuninc.webex.com/swerhuninc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e32d4457fd01dfa24952a918546f9fe98

More information about the project, and details about how to join and participate in the public meeting, can be found on the project website (www.parkdalehub.ca).

3194-3206 Dundas St West: LPAT appeal

Posted on May 13, 2021

I wanted to give you an important update on the development proposal at 3194-3206 Dundas St West. I have been informed by the City Clerk’s Office and our Planning Department that earlier this week the proponent appealed their application to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT), formerly known as the OMB.

As you may remember in December 2019 a pre-application meeting was held for this potential development site, with a formal application being submitted in June 2020.  Following the preliminary report, community consultation, and comments from City Staff, the proponent submitted new plans in December 2020.  While this update addressed some of the City’s issues, major outstanding concerns remain, including the massing of the building and proximity to neighbouring properties.  These concerns have yet to be addressed by the proponent.

City Planning Staff are still open to finding a solution with the applicant, and discussions can continue up until the hearing. Should the applicant and the City fail to reach an agreement prior to the hearing, a negative staff report will be sent to Council, directing City Legal to fight this case at the LPAT. While the scheduling of a hearing is at the discretion of the LPAT, due to the slowdown at the beginning of the pandemic, we are finding most cases are being heard a full year after an appeal is made. 

As always, we will let you know of further information as it becomes available.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Best regards,

Gord 

 

ActiveTO will include Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend

Posted on May 13, 2021

Yesterday, the City of Toronto announced that the ActiveTO major weekend road closure along Lake Shore Boulevard West will be in place for the first time in 2021 this weekend.

Weekend road closures to vehicles will also be in place along Lake Shore Boulevard East, Bayview Avenue, and in High Park to make more space for people.

By opening Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend for people to be active, the City is taking advantage of lower than usual traffic volumes while the provincial Stay-at-Home order is in effect.

City staff will actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes this weekend. Work is already underway to plan and adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West, as well as at the intersection of Leslie Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East. Paid duty officers will be positioned at key intersections along Lake Shore Boulevard West to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway.

The following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 15 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • Roads through High Park remain closed to vehicle traffic each weekend to allow people to explore the park while practising physical distancing. (Please note this takes place from Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.)

ActiveTO routes are closed to vehicles, but open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or on foot because due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.

City staff are planning a closure of Allen Road on June 5 as well as reviewing the potential for other weekend closures along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place.

Residents continue to be encouraged to stay close to home and explore the many paths, ravines, and hydro corridors with trails throughout Toronto that are open and available every day for fresh air and exercise.

Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Enjoy unlimited 30-minute station-to-station trips, while your pass is active. Download the PBSC app for a contactless way to get started.

ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.

Learn more about ActiveTO at www.toronto.ca/ActiveTO.

City of Toronto begins provincially-mandated review of its Official Plan

Posted on May 13, 2021

The City of Toronto is reviewing its Official Plan to develop a revised vision for city planning over the next 30 years, through to 2051. The City is calling this Official Plan review process “Our Plan Toronto” because it is a plan for everyone and requires input from all.

The Province of Ontario’s “A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” came into effect on May 16, 2019. All municipalities, including the City have until July 1, 2022 to update their Official Plans to align with the 2019 Growth Plan.

Our Plan Toronto presents an opportunity to address, through planning policy, a number of the growth-related challenges facing Toronto today and in the future. These challenges include housing affordability, climate change, mobility, public health and more that will help inform the City’s ongoing response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the next 30 years Toronto will continue to grow and change. It is expected that by 2051 another 700,000 people will move to the city and call Toronto home. Over that same time period, an additional 450,000 jobs will be created for people to work in Toronto. In total, by 2051 it is predicted that Toronto will grow to a population of 3.6 million and have a job market with more than two million jobs.

The City is launching a virtual public engagement campaign across various platforms to consult with community members over the next several months. The City will explore key questions, such as:

  • What does this growth mean for the city?
  • Where will these people and jobs be located?
  • How can communities across Toronto grow while also supporting the people who live and work here today?

Our Plan Toronto will identify how the city will direct and manage this growth in a healthy and sustainable way. Part of the review includes an intensification strategy intended to direct and prioritize growth where transit and other infrastructure currently exists or is planned, including in Major Transit Station Areas, Urban Growth Centres, and other Strategic Growth Areas. These areas will be informed by local area studies that are currently being undertaken or have recently been completed and adopted by City Council.

An integral component of the City’s economic health are the 8,100 hectares of lands designated as Core Employment Areas and General Employment Areas in the city. These two land use designations account for 13 per cent of all lands in Toronto. As part of Our Plan Toronto, the City will review the land use policies for these areas and develop an employment lands strategy and explore the future of work for Toronto. The plan will also result in updated environment policies in the Official Plan.

As a major undertaking that will direct the future growth of the City for the next 30 years, Our Plan Toronto will include engagement opportunities for all Torontonians, businesses, and stakeholders, including First Nations and Métis communities. Engagement opportunities will include online consultation, surveys, interactive mapping and virtual meetings. The dates and times of these future engagement opportunities will be announced on the project webpage and on the City’s social media channels.

To learn more, visit www.toronto.ca/ourplan and follow @CityPlanTO on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Official Plan review process is mandated by the Province of Ontario to satisfy growth planning requirements set out by the Province in A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan 2019). The Official Plan review process is technically referred to as the “Municipal Comprehensive Review” and Growth Plan conformity exercise.

Information on Official Plan and Rezoning application: 2 Howard Park Avenue

Posted on May 13, 2021

An Official Plan and Rezoning application has been filed for 2 Howard Park Avenue (at Dundas St West). The Application proposes a 10-storey flat-ironed shaped mixed-use building, including 377 square metres of grade-related retail, 128 residential units, 40 below-grade parking spaces, 116 long-term bicycle parking spaces, and 13 short-term bicycle parking spaces.

Planning staff are in the process of determining if the application is complete.

A preliminary report on the zoning by-law amendment application will be submitted to Community Council and a community consultation will take place in the near future.

Councillor Perks’ Office will continue to update the community as information becomes available.

Information submitted  to the City by the applicant to date is available under ‘supporting Documents’ on the City’s Application Information Centre at http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do

 

 

 

 

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