Update on the 2-24 Temple Avenue development application

Posted on January 27, 2022

I am writing to update you on the 2-24 Temple Avenue development application. This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow a 16-storey residential building with 273 dwelling units.

The site is currently occupied by 5 detached houses and 4 semi-detached houses, which are proposed to be demolished to accommodate the proposed development. The existing houses contain 22 rental housing dwelling units and 5 dwelling rooms, comprising 5 dwelling rooms with affordable rents, 14 units with affordable rents, 3 units with mid-range rents, and 5 units with high-end rents.

The application was submitted to the City in January 2021. City Planning staff responded with a Preliminary report in April 2021 http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE24.26 and a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting.

In September, 2021 the applicant filed an appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal.

The Ontario Land Tribunal will be holding a Case Management Conference (CMC) to begin the process of the appeal.  The  CMC is  scheduled for 9:30 AM on Tuesday, February 15th at 10AM.

The purpose of the Case Management conference is to identify parties and participants, provide procedural directions, and to potentially fix a date and place for the hearing and estimate its length.

The attached OLT Notice below details the requirements for those who wish to participate in the Case Management conference. Further it details the process to view the Case Conference.

A City Solicitor will attend the conference to advise that City Planning staff will be preparing a Request for Directions report for City Council in the near future. The Direction Report will be based on an evaluation of the application by City Planning staff including the input previously received from commenting divisions and agencies, the community virtual community meeting, as well as communications by email and phone.

If you are interested in attending the OLT Conference but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office for assistance councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

My office will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.

OLT-21-001749-FEB-15-2022-Notice of Case Management Conference

Here’s what we accomplished together in 2021

Posted on December 17, 2021

 

Friends,

As 2021 comes to a close, a lot of us are feeling the same way we did at the start of the year, with optimism for the future, but also with confusion and concern for the safety of our family and friends as we enter the holiday season. Like at the start of the pandemic, we are seeing public health respond at a rapid pace to fight the new omicron variant, with new measures announced daily to protect our communities. The City has extended our COVID protocols, originally expected to expire at the end of this year, until April 2022. As things continue to change, please visit the City’s COVID-19 Information Portal for the latest safety regulations and guidelines, as well as how to book your next vaccine.  While the variant may be new, we have been through this battle before. For the health and safety of you and your loved ones, I continue to encourage you to do what we have been doing throughout the pandemic: wear a mask, keep gatherings small, and get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Despite the changes in the world, there is still much to celebrate this season. I want to take this moment to wish you all the best this holiday season, and look forward to a safe and happy 2022!

Gord

 Local Highlights of the Year

At the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of Torontonians became the full-time job of every department in the City. This year, despite the pandemic still being the number one issue, the City started to move forward with a number of important initiatives to build back a stronger, fairer Toronto.

Throughout the year, as a way of staying connected, I have been hosting neighbourhood town halls to talk about the issues affecting you both city wide and directly in your community.  This fall we were able to start seeing each other outside and in person.  My staff and I have had a chance to visit many of our small business communities. Between checking out the windows in the Junction, the lights at the Baby Point Gates and Parkdale, visiting Santa along Bloor Street, and shouting out “there’s no place like Roncy”, our local businesses are putting their best foot forward for the holidays.  

My team will be slowing things down during the next two weeks with only emergency issues being dealt with. While the original plan of a January return to City Hall is no longer in the cards, we look forward to be back together online, working hard and moving forward on January 4.                                                                                                                  

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some changes happening in our ward.

Parkdale Hub

The Parkdale Hub project is centred on the City-owned facilities and community services located at the intersection of Queen and Cowan. The phase 1 and 2 of the feasibility study is complete and as part of phase 3, staff have been authorized to initiate expropriation proceedings to acquire 1337 Queen St West, adjacent to the City-owned lands on the Parkdale Hub site. The acquisition of this property is key to the project, and will enable the opportunity to create 109 homes, including a minimum of 50% affordable units and up to 800 square metres of community program space.

This project that started with my motion at City Council in April 2017 is unique in its scale, in its engagement of different City agencies, in its diversity of benefits to the community, and I hope it will serve as a catalyst for more projects like it in the City.

30 km / hour on Local Streets

Back in 2015 the Toronto-East York Community Council converted the speed limit on all local roads in the former ward 14 from 40 to 30 km/h. I am happy to share that we were able to push this initiative city wide this year, making all local roads 30 km/h in the former ward 13 side as well.  The street signs are expected to be changed in the New Year.  I have also asked Transportation Staff to review our ward’s collector streets to ensure safe and consistent speeds.

 Wabash Community Center

This year the third round of public consultation for Wabash Community Center Project allowed the design team to develop multiple site design options which were presented to the community. The Angler site design was selected based on spring and summer consultation with local community members, indigenous representatives, and the City’s operational staff. The fourth round of public consultation began in October, to present and seek further community feedback on a draft design for the new center. To follow the progress of this important project, you can visit the City’s website.

Charles G Williams Park

I am happy to share the opening of the new and expanded Charles G Williams Park. Based on community feedback this project now provides the area with an upgraded playground, upgraded sandbox, the conversion of the wading pool to a new splash pad, an upgraded basketball court, a new junior basketball play area, a refurbished chess table and seating area, a new ping pong table, a new bocce court as well as new amenities for many to enjoy.

I am looking forward to having another successful, community driven plan for the valley’s Florence Gell Park in the year or two ahead.

Cycling Network Plan

This year was the first full year for the Bloor Bike Lane, with its usage continuing to grow.  Council recently voted to move forward with consultation on extending the bike lanes from Runnymede Road to Royal York Road in the new year.

150 Dunn Ave

The City of Toronto will be building supportive housing at 150 Dunn Avenue, on the University Health Network (UHN) site. The new building will provide warm, safe homes with supports for approximately 51 people, including women, Indigenous residents, racialized people, and people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The new homes will be studio apartments, each with a kitchen and a bathroom, using modular building construction. I will be in touch early next year with updates on the Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) which will provide the zoning relief necessary to advance the modular housing proposal at this location as well as an update on the planned construction. Updates will also be available on the City’s website.

Permit Parking

The ward-wide permit parking program is now up and running, ensuring access to parking on your street is accessible. After concern was raised prior to the implementation, I am happy to share that there has been overwhelmingly positive reports since the project has been implemented.

High Park Movement Strategy

The City has been conducting a High Park Movement Strategy study, which looks at improving the travel network to better serve park users and the surrounding community, prioritizing safety, accessibility and preserving the park’s ecological integrity. Over the summer City staff conducted a survey with over 6,000 responses.

In January weekend road closures will continue to provide High Park users with space to get around while respecting physical distancing. Parks staff continue to review data collected from the online survey, community consultation and studies to determine next steps for road closures, balancing the needs and concerns of the many groups that use and love this beautiful and important park.

Parkside Drive
Many residents and concerned neighbours have been working hard with myself and Transportation Services to make Parkside safer.  In November I put forward a successful member’s motion improved safety measures on the street. The new regulations including new signage, a traffic light at Geoffrey, and reducing the speed limit to 40kph.
A long term “Complete Street” redesign which includes wider sidewalks, safer crossing, and bike lanes is also being studied.

Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan also acknowledges that if dedicated cycling facilities on Parkside Drive are recommended by staff through the High Park Movement Strategy, that the route will be added to the next near-term cycling program.

Jane Street & Annette Resurfacing

In 2018 I put forward a successful motion to Council that when a roads are going to be repaved, the City use that opportunity to make important upgrades to ensure pedestrian, cycle, and driver safety are all taken into account.  Previous to this, contracts were issued for what is referred to as a “like-for-like” repave.

In 2022, Jane Street between Annette Street and Dundas Street is planned for a road resurfacing, so the City is using this time to examine what improvements can be made, especially around the intersection with Annette and Baby Point. The westbound cycle route along Annette St will have the stop bar pulled back and a bike box added, as well, markings to guide people cycling through the intersection heading west. The eastbound route along Baby Point will have a new short bike lane at the approach of the intersection. The bike lane will be protected with a raised island and have upgraded pavement markings. 

King / Queen / The Queensway / Roncesvalles (KQQR)

After a low and complicated construction period, stage one of the KQQR project is complete, and Queen Street West (between Roncesvalles and Triller) has re-opened to through-traffic. The contractor transitioned to Stage 2 work in November. As a part of this work, King Street West is closed to through-traffic from Queen Street West to Wilson Park Drive. Travel lanes on The Queensway from Queen Street West to Parkside Drive will continue to be reduced throughout this stage of work; however, a minimum of one shared lane in each direction will be maintained. More information on the KQQR project could be found here.

City Wide Issues 

A number of important city wide initiatives have also been moved forward at Council.  Below we have highlighted some of the important steps taken regarding housing and protecting our environment.

Housing: Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition (MURA)

 A staff report was approved by Council recommending a new program called Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition (MURA) to support the acquisition of private market rental housing by non-profit housing organizations, including co-operative housing providers.  This proposed process is built directly on the work our community did for the Rooming House Acquisition Pilot Project in 2018.

The program will provide grant funding and Open Door Program incentives, which offer exemptions from property taxes and waiver of application fees, to qualified non-profit and Indigenous housing groups to assist them to purchase and renovate existing market rental properties. These properties will be used to create permanently affordable rental homes for Toronto residents with low-and-moderate incomes.

Housing: Inclusionary zoning

Council approved an Inclusionary Zoning Official Plan amendment, a Zoning Bylaw amendment and draft Implementation Guidelines, which will make it mandatory for certain new developments around Protected Major Transit Stations Areas to include affordable rental and ownership housing units beginning in 2022.

While the motion to have minimum affordable housing implemented for purpose-built rental as well as a shorter timeline for increases did not pass, I will be closely monitoring the implementation of the IZ framework and look forward to the review after one year. More information is available on the City’s website.

Housing: Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms

Dwelling rooms can be a deeply affordable rental housing option in our city. Research shows that without a policy framework to protect existing dwelling rooms, the city continues to lose this type of rental housing stock as properties undergo redevelopment. In 2019 City Council adopted an official plan amendment to address the concerns.

This year, City staff, with much support from Parkdale community agencies, have provided a policy that will protect dwelling rooms in residential rental properties that contain six or more units. This policy will help protect some of our most precariously housed residents.

Environment: TransformTO’s Net Zero Strategy

Just this week City Council updated our strategy to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040, 10 years earlier than initially proposed. I had the great honour of chairing the original TransformTO sub-committee in 2018, and am thrilled to see our work continue to move forward and evolve as the City makes climate change an increased priority. ​”

The Net Zero Strategy triggers new and accelerated implementation actions to drive down community-wide emissions, particularly in the short term, and establishes the trajectory needed to reach net zero by 2040. The Strategy also sets an additional interim greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for Toronto: 45 per cent by 2025, from 1990 levels.

The Strategy identifies actions and targets to be achieved by 2030 in key sectors, including buildings, transportation and waste. Toronto’s community-wide emissions must be cut in half in the next 10 years to meet the 2030 target of a 65 per cent emissions reduction.

This strategy is both ambitious and necessary, if we are to protect our communities, our city, and our planet.  While I am proud that this measure has passed, we must continue to work to ensure the necessary steps are taken and projects are adequately funded to ensure we reach our goals.  This will be a priority for the 2022 City Budget, and moving forward into the new year. 

 

My statement regarding the tragic accident on Parkside Drive

Posted on October 14, 2021

The tragic loss of life on Parkside Dr. is a stark reminder that the work we are doing together to create safer roads is crucial. We have worked over the years on the dangerous speeding on Parkside. From our discussions we developed a plan to make  Parkside Drive safe.

Some parts of our plan have been implemented.

Pedestrian protection barriers were installed at the underpass on the south end of Parkside.

The right-turn channel at the NE corner of Parkside Drive and Howard Park was eliminated to improve pedestrian crossing.

The rush hour evening parking prohibition on the east side of Parkside Drive was removed. By making on street parking 24 hours created a buffer between motorists and pedestrians.

Some other elements of our plan are coming forward.

In 2022, the City will begin installation of a temporary sidewalk on the west side of the southern portion of Parkside. A permanent sidewalk will be installed as part of other capital projects in coming years.

Adjacent to Parkside Drive, the High Park Movement Strategy is underway. This strategy, which resulted from our work together, will look at how people travel to and within High Park, with an eye to promoting walking, cycling and transit and achieving safe conditions for everyone who uses the Park.  The City has just completed an online survey for this project and will be moving to full community consultation this fall.

Some parts of our plan have run into hurdles.

Our community was a leader in getting speeds reduced on local streets. Efforts to get speeds reduced on Parkside have run up against the City’s antiquated road classification system which says that “major arterial” roads cannot be reduced below 50 kph.

Our effort to get automated speed enforcement cameras on Parkside has been held up by Provincial regulations which limit speed enforcement cameras to streets around schools.

I have also been advocating to install metered parking on the west, again to act as a traffic calming measure, but have been unable to get that achieved, yet.

I wish we were further along. Yesterday two Torontonians died. Every day, people who live near Parkside have to contend with unsafe conditions. I will be continuing to work with community leaders to accelerate and expand our plan. If you are new to this conversation and would like to be a part of it, please email me and I will add you to our contact list for getting this plan implemented.

Gord

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King / Queen / The Queensway / Roncesvalles (KQQR) update

Posted on September 24, 2021

As you may have noticed, the City’s contractor began returning to the KQQR construction site. The project management team advises that completion of the remaining Stage 1 work, and transition to Stage 2 work is expected for the latter part of October. The exact date is being finalized and will be communicated very soon. Your patience during this delay is very much appreciated.

As work crews wrap up work along Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue (Stage 1 work area), your continued support of Parkdale Village BIA and Roncesvalles Village BIA businesses is greatly appreciated.

Current & Upcoming Work

  • Work crews will continue the remaining TTC pole installations at the KQQR intersection well into next week.
  • The pole installation at the southeast corner of the intersection will include pouring new sidewalk
  • Work has also resumed at the underground TTC chamber at Sunnyside Avenue and The Queensway (northeast corner)
  • Next week the contractor will begin mobilizing equipment and materials to south (eastbound) curb lane of The Queensway. This is so work crews can begin work on the roadside barrier at Sunnyside Avenue. This is expected to start next week
  • Work will continue on the hydro underground duct bank along the north side of The Queensway from Glendale Avenue to Sunnyside Avenue

Parkside Bridge Rehabilitation (topside)

  • Stage 2 removal work is completed
  • Work crews have poured new ballast wall concrete on both sides of The Queensway / Parkside Drive.
  • New Deck extension formwork is ongoing

What to Expect During Construction

Access to St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Access from The Queensway continues to only be possible via Glendale Avenue. In order to avoid delays, it is highly recommended that anyone wishing to access the hospital by car should opt for Roncesvalles Avenue and then proceed westbound on Marion Street. Find out more here.

Loading & Unloading

There are two designated loading zones in place for the purposes of loading / unloading and curbside pick-up. One is located on Grafton Avenue, east of Roncesvalles Avenue and the other on Triller Avenue, south of Queen Street West. Food delivery companies are welcome to use any of these loading zones.

Parking Impacts

Due to the road closure on Queen Street West (KQQR intersection to Triller Avenue), pay & display (metered) parking cannot be accommodated (despite construction fencing being recently removed). Alternate parking can be found at the TPA lot located at (1624 Queen Street West). In addition, pay and display parking can be found on Queen Street West, east of Triller Avenue.

Traffic Impacts

The following traffic restrictions will continue to be in place:

  • Sunnyside Avenue is closed to northbound traffic from The Queensway. Southbound right and left turns from Sunnyside Avenue to The Queensway are permitted
  • East-west travel continues to be maintained via The Queensway and King Street West by way of a bypass at the KQQR intersection – travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction
  • NOTE: East-west travel on The Queensway will continue to be maintained however, travel lanes will start to shift to the centre lanes
  • Roncesvalles Avenue will be closed immediately north of the KQQR intersection – there will be no southbound access
  • Roncesvalles Avenue will be closed at the KQQR intersection – there will be no northbound access
  • Queen Street West will be closed at Triller Avenue – there will be no westbound access
  • Queen Street West will be closed at the KQQR intersection – there will be no eastbound access

Pedestrian & Cycling Impacts

Pedestrian access will continue to be maintained on all sidewalks, including the adjusted crossing points near the KQQR intersection:

  • At the temporary traffic signal on King Street West, south of the KQQR intersection
  • On Queen Street West, east of the KQQR intersection
  • On Roncesvalles Avenue, north of the KQQR intersection closure

Cyclists are encouraged to share the east-west King Street West / The Queensway bypass (single file) with motorists, or dismount and use existing sidewalks.

Where road closures are in place, cyclists should always dismount and use existing sidewalks.

The pedestrian bridge on the southwest corner of the KQQR intersection remains accessible throughout the duration of Stage 1 work.

TTC Service Impacts

Service on the 504 King and 501 Queen Routes continues to be affected by KQQR work.

Please see updated Information on how TTC users can connect from one of the split King routes to the other. This updated signage has been posted at the KQQR intersection to help guide transit users.

Virtual Trailer Drop-Ins

A quick reminder that Virtual Drop-In Sessions occur every Tuesday (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) and anyone can drop-in to ask questions about the KQQR construction. A representative from Councillor Perks’ office, Engineering and Construction Services, TTC and myself will be on the call. We will then report back on main issues / questions raised and will also share any key issues / questions with you in these weekly e-updates.

We look forward to connecting you. Here is a link to the Virtual Trailer Drop-In Session. You can also call 416-915-6530 (access code 133 652 6676).

You can find further details regarding Stage 1 work in Construction Update #2.

Once again, I kindly ask that you share this email AND Virtual Trailer Drop-In Session link (above) with your respective residential/commercial tenants, businesses members, clients, employees and condo unit owners/tenants and that you inform me if there is anyone you feel should be added to this e-update list.

Register for the High Park Summer Hikes

Posted on August 9, 2021

Title: High Park Summer Hikes for All Ages

 

Event description: 

The High Park Nature Centre invites you to guided summer hikes for all ages. We

build our friendship with nature by exploring the many gifts and riches found in all four corners of High Park. Use your senses, discover different habitats and learn together with other curious folks about our nature neighbours that live and grow in High Park.

 

Time: Thursdays in August, 4:30-6pm

 

Meeting locations:

August 12: Grenadier Café

August 19: High Park Nature Centre/ Main Building

August 26: High Park Zoo Parking Lot

 

Cost: Adults $15 / Youth $12 / Children $10 per hike (All participants require a ticket)

 

For more information and to register:

https://highparknaturecentre.com/family-nature-walks

 

Contact email and phone number:

info@highparknaturecentre.com

Tel: 416-392-1748

 Summer Hikes - All Ages Poster (1)

Supporting ‘A Path Forward’ recommendations on encampments

Posted on July 23, 2021

I am appalled at the actions of clearing encampments and the escalated violence that has taken place during those actions over the last few weeks, including yesterday at Lamport.

The City of Toronto has a responsibility to support the needs of everyone in our city, especially our most vulnerable residents. We have a duty to ensure that everyone has access to safe shelter and permanent supportive housing. Encampments are not a safe housing solution. The structures are unsafe. Living outdoors for extended periods is not a path to good health.

How we approach the efforts to house individuals in encampments is crucial.

I have signed on to a letter addressed to Mayor Tory that calls for the immediate adoption of the Path Forward recommendations endorsed by over 207 individuals and organizations calling on a Human Rights approach towards Encampment residents.

We must focus our efforts on connecting people with spaces where they have the health supports and amenities they need.

Gord

Open Letter to Mayor Tory – Ending Police Enforcement of Encampment Clearings

Posted on July 23, 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Dear Mayor Tory,

We believe the Moss Park encampment will be moved and acted upon in the weeks ahead. This clearing comes on the heels of two days of escalating tensions between Toronto Police, encampment residents, and their supporters.

In advance of this imminent clearing, we demand an end to the violence and extreme show of force. There is absolutely no need for batons, pepper spray or even guns, not when the work should be done by the City’s Streets to Home staff and other outreach workers. 

We call upon you to immediately adopt the Path Forward recommendations contained in the open letter submitted to you on July 9. It was endorsed by over 207 organizations and individuals calling for a human rights approach in resolving the conflicts that are emerging out of the encampments.

We are also disturbed to hear from members of the media that they were obstructed from reporting on these actions. Any suppression of the press and their right to access the events directly and in-person is undemocratic and unconstitutional.

We all want the same outcomes – an end to homelessness and safe housing for everyone. The escalating tension and police violence run completely counter to that outcome.

Mayor Tory, your approach to encampments does not effectively resolve the challenge we face, as you are only moving people experiencing homelessness from the parks to laneways, under bridges or into another park. Absolutely no one voted for this extreme show of force that keeps happening under your authority.

We all recognize that a tent will never be a suitable replacement for a home but an alternative approach must be taken, as we can not accept more violence and conflict.

We are asking you to work with us to build a City that we can truly be proud of. Before it’s too late, we desperately urge you to adopt a nonviolent approach to ending the encampments.

 

Sincerely,

Councillor Carroll

Councillor Layton

Councillor Matlow

Councillor Perks

Councillor Wong-Tam

Dogs in The City Campaign

Posted on July 22, 2021

Keeping dogs on leash and enjoying the outdoors safely

With more people outdoors enjoying Toronto during summer, the City has launched a public education campaign to remind residents about responsible dog ownership. From July 26, online and social media ads will run to remind residents that they need to:

  • Keep dogs leashed in public, unless in designated dogs off-leash areas:  Dogs must be kept on a leash no more than two metres long.
  • Stoop and scoop: Residents need to pick up after their dog and put dog waste in a Green Bin. The City has Green Bins for organic waste in all dog off-leash areas in parks, other select locations in parks and a few street litter bins that accept dog waste across the city.
  • Respect the natural environment: Dog owners should respect the natural environment in parks and trails. Dogs should be allowed off-leash only in dogs off-leash areas so that they don’t trample plants or chase wildlife.

More information is available at toronto.ca/DogsInTheCity

StreetARToronto (StART) Runnymede Underpass- Community Feedback

Posted on July 22, 2021

We are excited to announce that mural artwork will be coming to your neighbourhood! Three (3) artists (Adrian Hayles, Anya Mielniczek & Gosia Komorski) have been shortlisted to create a mural on the Runnymede Road Underpass (south of St. Clair Ave W) and the south-facing wall of Junction Place located at 731 Runnymede Rd. An Advisory Panel of local community members have come up with themes and the art call that each of the shortlisted artists have responded to, and one of these concepts will be selected to be painted in the Fall of 2021.

Please click here to view each of the proposals and to provide feedback.

The survey closes at 11:55pm on Sunday August 1, 2021.

Virtual Community Meeting to review application for 1660 Bloor St West

Posted on July 19, 2021

Virtual Community Meeting

to review Site Plan Application and Committee of Adjustment Application for

1660 Bloor St West (N/W corner of Bloor and Indian Rd.)

The owner of 1660 Bloor St West is proposing to build a 13-storey mixed-use building with 171 units, and retail space fronting onto Bloor Street.

 

This application falls within the area of the Bloor Dundas Avenue Planning Report and therefore requires a Site Plan Application and a committee of Adjustment variance.

 

Two concurrent applications are in process.

 

A Site Plan application has been submitted to the City of Toronto and a minor variance application has been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment.

 

The applicant is hosting a Virtual Community Meeting to review their proposed plans for this site and to hear from the community, see attached.

 

July 27, 2021

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Meeting Link: https://mattamy.zoom.us/j/97985675876?pwd=dVJoTnY2TzMrOEZkTWdreVJ0NStuQT09

Meeting ID: 979 8567 5876

Passcode: 664724

Councillor Perks and City Planner Bruna Nigro will be in attendance.

Office of Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 4

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