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

 

 

 

 

The West Toronto Junction Historical Society are looking for members for their Executive team

Posted on May 13, 2021

WTJHS is a volunteer organization of local history enthusiasts. This year the WTJHS is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Society’s incorporation as a non-profit charitable organization.  It is led by the Executive which includes all standing committee chairs and six elected executive officers: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Recording Secretary and Correspondent Secretary.  At this time they have 3 vacancies on the executive – President, Treasurer and Membership Secretary

For additional questions about any of these roles, please reach out to the Nominating Committee at junctionhistorical@gmail.com.

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Help prevent your home from basement flooding

Posted on May 13, 2021

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catch basins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. During heavy rain, the sewers can become overloaded and it’s important for homeowners to take steps to help protect their homes from basement flooding. For basement flooding prevention tips, City subsidies and related programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit toronto.ca/basementflooding.

*REMINDER* Share your feedback on Garden Suites

Posted on May 5, 2021

The City of Toronto is developing regulations to allow residents to build garden suites on residential properties in the city.

A garden suite is a housing unit, usually located in the backyard of an existing house, but separate and detached from the main house. Garden suites, like laneway suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit.

The City is gathering input from the public and industry stakeholders about how to best allow the construction of garden suites in Toronto. As part of the City’s work developing appropriate regulations for garden suites, matters related to privacy, shadowing, parking requirements, and protecting trees and green spaces are among those being considered.

Public input from current and potential future residents of low-rise neighborhoods, as well as from other stakeholders, is important to better understand these and other matters.

The public can learn more, ask questions, and provide their input on garden suites by attending a virtual meeting or taking an online survey. The following three identical virtual meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 839 0853
  • Wednesday, May 12, 1 to 3 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 604 7460
  • Thursday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 919 6218

Participants must register in advance to attend one of the virtual meetings. To register, visit the “Meetings & Events” section at www.toronto.ca/gardensuites. The public can also attend these meetings by phone by calling 416-915-6530 and using the call-in access code for one of the meetings.

The results of this study and public input will inform regulations and recommendations to City Council to permit garden suites across the city.

The Garden Suites study is one of several studies that the City is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative.

The initiative is to facilitate more low-rise housing in residential neighbourhoods to meet the needs of our growing city.

The City is working to expand housing forms in Toronto, ranging from duplexes to low-rise walk-up apartments. All these housing types can be found in many parts of Toronto today; however, there are currently limitations on where they can be newly built. The initiative is one solution among a range of City initiatives to increase housing choice and access and create a more equitable, sustainable city.

Junction & Runnymede North Town Hall

Posted on May 5, 2021


Join me on Monday, May 17 at 6:00pm as we discuss what is happening in the Junction and Runnymede North community

To attend please register at: bit.ly/2QIMKUl


Dear friends and neighbours,

Despite the hardships our city, world, and community currently face, the Junction community is continuing to grow.  New developments have been proposed, transportation changes are coming into effect, and our parks and gathering spaces are playing new roles as we look towards our post-COVID future.

Throughout the City, communities are working together to bring new ideas to the table. Our own Junction Residents Association has reformed and expanded, and are looking to play a leading role in the future of our community.

I invite you to join me, and our friends at the JRA on May 17 for my next Virtual Town Hall. These rotating Town Halls are your chance to address what is happening in the community, and what changes you would like to see as we move forward.

Best regards,

Gord

Ditching single use plastics townhall video recording is now available

Posted on April 29, 2021

We all have a responsibility to help reduce the single-use plastics that are damaging our world. Join us for a conversation about what our local governments, businesses and even individuals can do to play their part.

On April 20, Councillor Gord Perks and Parkdale High-Park 4 Climate Action presented a Ward 4 virtual
town hall and discussion.

Panelists for the event included

  • Councillor Gord Perks
  • Emily Alfred, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Tina Soldovieri, Roncy Reduces
  • Dipesh Shah, Canary and Fox
  • and Adrianna Couto, Inwit

Here is the recording of the town hall –

Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial – Virtual Public Information Event

Posted on April 29, 2021

The City of Toronto has recently concluded a trial to test the use of smaller sidewalk snow plows. The goal of the trial was to determine whether sidewalk snow clearing could be expanded to include areas of the city that do not currently receive mechanical clearing as part of the City’s winter maintenance program.

More information is available at toronto.ca/sidewalktrial

You can also learn more about the trial by attending a virtual public information event.

Event Details

Monday, May 10; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Focus areas:

  • Parkdale-High Park
  • York South-Weston
  • Davenport

Meeting access code: 133 155 7578

Register here for the event.

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