Overnight road closures on Dupont St. between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue

Posted on March 31, 2022

This work is happening just outside of Ward 4 and could have an impact on area residents.

To complete the girder erection of the west side of the Dupont Street bridge, there will be overnight full road closure between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue. Dupont Street will be fully closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, April 4 to Sunday, April 17, 2022.

Cherry Blossom Season in High Park

Posted on March 31, 2022

For the first time since 2019, High Park welcomes the public back to view the Cherry Blossoms in person. The blossoms typically last between four to 10 days, depending on weather conditions, and peak bloom typically occurs in late April or early May.

Vehicle access and parking will be restricted from High Park for the duration of the peak bloom, with the exception of TTC wheel-trans vehicles. High Park will continue to be closed to vehicle traffic on weekends and public holidays.

During the past 2 years, a Bloom Cam provided real-time 24/7 footage for the public to experience the bloom from home.
The Bloom Cam will operate again this year for the public to enjoy the blossoms online. When available, a link to its broadcast will be posted on the City’s social channels, as well as on the cherry blossom webpage.

More information, including locations, virtual tours and accessibility information is available on the City’s cherry blossom webpage.

Jameson Pedestrian Bridge Closure

Posted on March 24, 2022

The Jameson Pedestrian Bridge will be closed March 30-31 for the public art geo study for Art Over Bridges.

The bridge will be closed from 7am for four-to-six hours each day, and will be open/accessible at all other times on both days.

The City of Toronto is planning to undertake a prescribed (controlled) burn in High Park in early spring 2022.

Posted on March 17, 2022

 

City staff and burn consultants are monitoring the weather and on-site ground conditions to determine the date for the prescribed burn. Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, an updated notice will be posted in the park and the City’s website will be updated to notify the public, a minimum of 24 hours before ignition. Red shaded areas on the map show the planned burn zones in High Park. During the implementation of the burn, access will be temporarily restricted in areas near the burn site. The Park will be closed to vehicular traffic to ensure the safety of park users.

Prescribed burns are part of The City’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Prior to European settlement, controlled burns were used by Indigenous Peoples to manage and maintain this fire-dependent ecosystem. Fire-dependent ecosystems like black oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning and grow more vigorously than
they would in the absence of fire.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise and dissipate with minimal impact to nearby neighbourhoods. It is possible however that weather conditions could change and smoke from burning vegetation may blow into residential areas beside the park.

Individuals with asthma and high sensitivity to poison ivy should limit their exposure by staying inside and keeping their windows closed. Some individuals may choose to leave the park during the burn if they are concerned about any potential sensitivity to smoke.

New EV Station Fund Supports Priority EV Charging  

Posted on February 10, 2022

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) just launched a new $2 million fund to support electric vehicle (EV) charging installations region-wide. Reliable charging access is needed to encourage more residents to choose EVs and meet the climate targets set by TransformTO and Toronto’s EV Strategy. The program targets the hardest to reach places to plug in, like on-street and multi-family buildings. We encourage building and retail owners, and other community organizations with public or private parking lots to check out the program and apply for incentives here.

Get the full details and FAQs at our info session on February 10th. Sign up here.

You can find our announcement with the hashtag #EVStationFund on Twitter or LinkedIn.

REMINDER: Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on 2-6 Howard Park Avenue development application

Posted on July 8, 2021

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on a Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment application for property located at 2-6 Howard Park Avenue.

This application, at the N/W corner of Howard Park and Dundas St West proposes  a 10-storey mixed use building with 128 residential units. The proposal also includes 377 square metres of retail GFA. A total of 40 parking spaces are proposed. Vehicular access is proposed off the private laneway.

The property is currently occupied by Master Mechanic.

Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-167874.pdf

The meeting will take place on Monday, July 12, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 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.

The meeting notice can be found here: https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.189/1kc.086.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2-6-Howard-Park-Ave-CCM-Notice.pdf

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 on the day of the meeting.

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 Jacqueline Lee, City Planner, jacqueline.lee@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

ParksPlayTO locations within Ward 4

Posted on July 8, 2021

The ParksPlayTO initiative which was announced last week have added Spencer Park  and Ravina Gardens Park to the program. There will also be a ParksPlay location at  Masaryk Cowan Park, Rennie Park and Lithuania Park

ParksPlayTO will offer free drop-in and activity-based, recreation programming Monday to Friday. The program will offer activities such as exploring nature, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles for children and their caregivers. Children age 12 and under will be welcomed to ParksPlayTO Adult caregivers are required to accompany all program participants. ParksPlayTO will run morning and afternoon sessions, with 25 spots available at each site at a time. Programming will run for eight weeks from July 5 to August 27.

Check ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX for more information.

150 Dunn Ave Staff report coming to Planning and Housing Committee – June 28

Posted on June 24, 2021

As we announced with great excitement earlier this month, the City of Toronto will be building supportive housing in Parkdale, 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.

The new homes will be studio apartments each with a kitchen and a bathroom, using modular building construction

Thank you to the many community members who have attending virtual meetings to learn more about the proposal and how the community can support your new neighbours.

The next step in this process is a Staff Report to the  June 28th  Planning and Housing Committee which will request that City Council endorse, in principle, amending the zoning regulations for 150 Dunn Avenue to permit the construction of modular housing proposal by way of a Minister’s Zoning Order. PH25.13 Rapid Housing Initiative – 150 Dunn Avenue (Part of a Larger Parcel of Land Including 74, 82, 130, 160, and 162 Dunn Avenue, 1-17 Close Avenue, and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue) . The Report is available for your review at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.PH25.13 .

If you wish to register to speak to this item at Planning and Housing Committee, or submit written comment, please email phc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

For project timeline and community engagement opportunities visit toronto.ca/150Dunn .

I am happy to continue to share updates on this this exciting build as it moves forward and as always am available at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Gord

Multi-tenant housing regulatory framework coming to Planning and Housing Committee – June 28

Posted on June 24, 2021

Multi-tenant houses are an important part of Toronto’s affordable rental housing stock, providing single-room accommodation to diverse communities including students, seniors, new immigrants and residents with low to moderate income.

The existing zoning and licensing regulations for multi-tenant houses have not been updated since amalgamation of the former municipalities in 1998 and as a result, are inconsistent.

On June 28, the Planning and Housing committee will review a staff recommendations on a new regulatory framework for multi-tenant housing which will include zoning by-law amendments, outline licensing process and operational standards. The proposed comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to enable regulatory oversight will support safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across Toronto.

A complete list of recommendations and background documents can be found on item PH25.10 of the meeting agenda.

For more details on how to get involved and the proposed regulatory and compliance framework, visit toronto.ca/mthreview. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto and East York Community council, or submit written comment, please email phc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting. 

Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on 2-6 Howard Park Avenue development application

Posted on June 24, 2021

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on a Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment application for property located at 2-6 Howard Park Avenue.

This application, at the N/W corner of Howard Park and Dundas St West proposes  a 10-storey mixed use building with 128 residential units. The proposal also includes 377 square metres of retail GFA. A total of 40 parking spaces are proposed. Vehicular access is proposed off the private laneway.

The property is currently occupied by Master Mechanic.

Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-167874.pdf

The meeting will take place on Monday, July 12, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 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.

The meeting notice can be found here: https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.189/1kc.086.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2-6-Howard-Park-Ave-CCM-Notice.pdf

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 on the day of the meeting.

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 Jacqueline Lee, City Planner, jacqueline.lee@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

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