City Planning is hosting a Community Consultation Meeting on April 20th at 6:00pm to seek community input and feedback on the draft Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan in advance of a staff report proceeding to the Toronto Preservation Board and Council in June.
The Parkdale Main Street District includes all properties fronting on Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Macdonell Avenue/Jameson Avenue and includes several heritage properties along Cowan Avenue. Within the boundary of the HCD there are 101 properties included on the City’s Heritage Register
Please register here for the meeting.
For more information on the HCD Plan and how to join the meeting please see the notice here: https://secureservercdn.net/18.104.22.168/1kc.086.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Parkdale-Main-Street-HCD_CCM_Public-Notice_Final.pdfParkdale Main Street HCD_CCM_Public Notice_Final
On April 12, 2022, City Planning will be holding a city-wide virtual public Open House to hear your thoughts on the draft policy directions related to the Environment and Climate Change.
As the City moves into the final phase of engagement for the Official Plan review they will review and discuss draft policy updates that were approved for consultation by the Planning and Housing Committee on March 25th (Item PH 32.6)
Join one of the Virtual Open Houses to learn more and ask questions about the draft policies related to the Environment and Climate Change.
For more information please visit: toronto.ca/ourplan
Open House details:
Both meetings will have the same content and format of a presentation followed by a Question & Answer period and a discussion with our City staff panel.
Along with the Accessible Housing Network and the City’s Housing Secretariat, I would like to extend an invitation to a virtual town hall on housing accessibility. More than 22% of Canadians have a disability and town halls like this are an opportunity for us to collectively learn and share our experiences.
When: April 14th at 6pm
I hope you will be part of this conversation.
The first official public consultation for the development proposal at 403 Keele Street (the former Canadian Tire gas station site) is taking place next Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 pm. The applicants are proposing a zoning change on the site to allow for a new 11-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 216 dwelling units on the upper floors. While the applicants held a pre-application meeting in the fall, this will be the first official meeting organized by City Planning.
To register for the meeting, or see any of the submitted documents on this application, please click here: www.Toronto.ca/403KeeleSt
Some residents have been in touch with our office as they are seeing online advertisements for a 5 storey residential project on Keele Street. That is for the adjacent “Junction Square Condos” at 406-410 Keele Street (west side of Keele Street, at Vine Street). While this building’s height and massing was approved in 2017, they have since re-applied for a zoning change with a new unit count (65) and changes to the parking and rooftop garden access. These proposed changes still do not have zoning approval, however we do expect them to return to Council in the next couple of months.
To see this proposal, or any proposal in the City, please visit the City’s Application Information Centre at: https://secure.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do#detail1
Bloor Street West Beautification Improvements
Community Visual Open House
Monday, February 7, from 6:30–8:00pm
Register for the meeting at: Bloorwestvillagebia.com/events
You are invited to join members of the Bloor West Village BIA, myself and City staff at a Virtual Open House to review the designs for the beautification of four public spaces that will be completed in 2023.
Forest and Field Landscape Architecture Matthew Sweig and City staff will be on hand to walk you through the designs. The project will include the retrofit of four public spaces that will transform former areas into vibrant green spaces. The designs include seating, large canopy trees, perennial plantings, and original poetry by the City’s Poet Lauraute. The four proposed locations include Durie Street, Willard Avenue, Windermere Avenue and Armadale Avenue. The public spaces will be constructed by City-approved contractors and maintained by the Bloor West Village BIA.
The City of Toronto is launching a study called the High Park Movement Strategy to improve the travel network for High Park and better serve park users and the community. The goal of the study is to improve the travel network to better serve park users and the surrounding community, prioritizing safety and accessibility while preserving the park’s ecological integrity. The study will consider the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and other users in the park when it comes to mobility.
The study is in early stages and will be underway by the fall 2021. Over the summer, the City will be retaining a consultant team to support the study, finalizing a work plan, collecting data and conducting background analysis. The study is expected to be complete by summer 2022 with implementation of the preferred solution in 2023.
We are pleased to share with you the High Park Movement Strategy survey: https://s.cotsurvey.chkmkt.com/?e=233567&h=33D6B15564BE93F&l=en
This short 10 to 15 minute survey will ask about your typical park visits prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and about your experiences visiting the park over the past year. It will also ask for your feedback on the current weekend road closures and your thoughts on longer-term changes to the travel network serving High Park. The survey will remain open throughout the summer.
The survey will be followed by a community consultation in the fall. My office will be sure to share more information on this as details are confirmed.
The City of Toronto is currently seeking input on actions under consideration for the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy, which is being developed in response to the climate emergency declaration made by Toronto City Council in October 2019. The declaration set a new community-wide target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, or sooner. The TransformTO Net Zero Strategy will be presented to Council in fall 2021.
The development of the draft net zero actions were informed by previous consultations between 2016 and 2020. The City is now asking for input to prioritize the short-term actions that will help to meet our 2030 emissions reduction target – a key milestone on the path to net zero.
There are several ways to provide feedback:
• Complete an online survey
• Host a virtual discussion in your community using the Discussion Guide and provide a summary of your group’s input
• Add or comment on ideas on the TransformTO Getting TO Net Zero Idea Board
More information and resources are available here.
The public comment period closes on July 26
I am so pleased to announce that 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, people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
This project is delivered in partnership with all levels of government, the University Health Network (UHN) Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and the United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT). The support services model for this site will be developed by UHN’s Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine, the City of Toronto and community partners. It will incorporate a range of health and social services to be delivered onsite.
The new homes will be studio apartments each with a kitchen and a bathroom, using modular building construction
Providing residents with good quality, affordable housing is the cornerstone of vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods. Bringing people inside means there are fewer people outside struggling to survive. When a person chooses to live in homes with supports, they:
- have a warm, safe place to permanently call home.
- can access the necessities of life such as food, washrooms and laundry.
- can begin to heal from the damage caused by living outside.
- strengthen community connections.
Neighbours are invited to join us for a virtual Community Meeting on June 16, 2021 at 7 pm to learn more about these new homes with supports. The link for this session is: www.toronto.ca/150Dunn
A postcard and fact sheet with more information on this proposal were delivered to neighbours near 150 Dunn Avenue. Both are also available below for your reference. All of this information is also available at www.toronto.ca/150Dunn
I am happy to continue to share updates on this this exciting build as it moves forward.
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150 Dunn Ave- Fact Sheet
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.