*REMINDER* Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on April 19- 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue.

Posted on April 15, 2021

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on a Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment application for property located at 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue.

This application, at the north/west corner of Queen and Brock, proposes a new 9-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 117 dwelling units on the upper floors. 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 property is currently occupied by five buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue. Four two and three-storey mixed-use buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue and one two-storey semi-detached building on Brock Avenue..

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: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-163442.pdf

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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 as of 5:45 PM 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 Patrick Miller, City Planner, patrick.miller@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

1354 Queen Street West - Community Consultation - Notice

High Park Cherry Blossoms – Virtual Experience

Posted on April 14, 2021

In keeping with the provincial Stay-at-Home order, the City is working to prevent crowding and gathering in High Park by offering a virtual view of the blooms. The park will still remain open for local pedestrian and cyclist access for essential fresh air and exercise.

 

The public can expect areas of the park where cherry trees are to be enclosed by fencing to prevent in-person viewing of the trees. The three areas in High Park which feature cherry blossom trees are Cherry Hill, near the sports fields and at the Jamie Bell Playground which will be fenced off. All park gates and entrances will also be closed to vehicle traffic for the duration of the blooms.

 

Given the current wave of COVID-19 in Toronto, amplified by variants of concern, access to areas of High Park with cherry blossom trees will not be permitted during their pre- and peak-bloom period because maintaining proper physical distancing in these areas will not be possible. Local visitors are encouraged to walk or bike to the park. The closure dates are weather-dependent and will be announced when the bloom period is determined.

 

To encourage residents to stay home and stay safe, the City will provide a 24-hour 4K ‘BloomCam’ of the blossoming trees in High Park at www.toronto.ca/cherryblossoms allowing residents to experience the #BloomAtHome. Rogers and the Toronto Public Library Bookmobile will again power the internet connectivity required to bring the virtual experience into viewers’ homes.

 

City enforcement officials and the Toronto Police Service will be onsite to prevent vehicle access to the park and ensure people stay away from the fenced off areas of the park. People are required to maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from people they do not reside with. Masks are encouraged outdoors in situations where physical distancing is difficult and are mandatory while using washroom facilities and while waiting in line.

More information about cherry blossoms and plans for this year will be available at www.toronto.ca/cherryblossoms

 

Helping Toronto ditch single use plastics !

Posted on April 14, 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.

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

Panelists for the event will include

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

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: 6:30 -8pm

Please register to join the event: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8ca40b447fdafc2a0b533b7d5b3cd3b9

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Public Art pre-qualification now posted for stations including Keele

Posted on April 8, 2021

Art is an important component of major station upgrades (including the Easier Access and Second Exit construction improvement projects). The Pre-Qualification of artists for TTC’s Public Art competition is now open for submissions! The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is looking to pre-qualify Artists to create integrated artworks for seven subway stations that are part of TTC’s Easier Access & Second Exit Project: Bay, Castle Frank, Christie, Donlands, Keele, Lansdowne and Spadina Stations. The competition closes on May 6, 2021.

Review the bid document here.

Learn more about the TTC Public Art Program here.

Virtual Community Consultation Meeting – 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue.

Posted on April 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 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue.

This application, at the north/west corner of Queen and Brock, proposes a new 9-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 117 dwelling units on the upper floors. 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 property is currently occupied by five buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue. Four two and three-storey mixed-use buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue and one two-storey semi-detached building on Brock Avenue..

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: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-163442.pdf

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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 as of 5:45 PM 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 Patrick Miller, City Planner, patrick.miller@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

1354 Queen Street West - Community Consultation - Notice

Howard Park Tennis Club Driveway Improvements in High Park

Posted on March 31, 2021

The City will be undertaking construction and repairs by the Howard Park Tennis Club in High Park. The scope of work includes replacing the existing dilapidated timber retaining wall with a new pre cast stone retaining wall, and replacing the existing unit paver driveway, new concrete steps and handrails.

Work is scheduled to commence starting April 5th and is expected to be completed during the summer of 2021.

Below is a map of the location of the work.

High Park_Howard Tennis Club Driveway Closure_Graphic

 

West Queen West Planning Study – Update

Posted on March 25, 2021

I am writing to update you on the West Queen West Planning Policy, adopted by City Council in October 2020 following many years of study by City planning staff and community members.

The outcome of the study is to provide policy to one of Toronto’s most important and historic main streets intended to:

  • guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
  • assist in the conservation of the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
  • provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

The Staff report is available on line at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.TE14.5

The approved West Queen West Planning policy has been appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly called the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

A Case Management conference by video has been scheduled for 10 AM on April 27, 2021.

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.

A City Solicitor will attend the conference to defend the West Queen West Planning study and planning policy.

The LPAT Notice details the requirements for those who wish to participate in the Case Management Conference. The Conference will take place via video conference software and a link to the conference is provided.

The LPAT Notice can be found here.

I have heard from many of you during the course of the Planning study. Your informed comments have been a crucial part of this process.

If you wish to have your concerns heard by the LPAT, you should file a request form to be a “participant” 10 days in advance of the the April 27 video Case Management Conference. Instructions can be found at the bottom page 3 of the attached notice. Participants will receive updates leading up to the hearing, and will be permitted to submit written correspondence to be considered by the Tribunal as part of the hearing. Deadlines for submitting that written statement will be set out in a procedural order that will be approved by the Tribunal following the CMC.

If you are interested in attending the LPAT 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.

Gord

WQW - LPAT Notice

 

Roncesvalles / Sunnyside / North Parkdale Community Meeting

Posted on March 12, 2021


Join me on Thursday, March 25 at 6:00pm as we discuss issues affecting the Roncesvalles, Sunnyside, and North Parkdale community. 

To attend please register at: https://bit.ly/3ba6SH6 


Dear friends and neighbours,

Despite the lockdown, change is happening in our community.  We are seeing transportation infrastructure improvements, new development applications, and park and community centre planning all taking place in the months ahead.  With so much on our plates, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with what is going on in our own community.

That is why I am hosting my first community based Town Hall in the Sunnyside, Roncesvalles, and North Parkdale community. These rotating Town Halls will be your chance to address specific issues within the community with myself, your neighbours, and City Staff.

Best regards,

Gord

 

Reminder! the Toronto Virtual Seedy is this Saturday February 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Posted on February 25, 2021

This year, due to COVID concerns, Seedy Saturday is going virtual!

Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto SS organizers, this Virtual Seedy Saturday promises to be full of great gardening and growing advice. There will be links to seed and gardening companies, a resource library, webinars by gardening experts, a live question/answer forum, kids activities and info re local seed exchanges.

Webinars include Balcony/Container Gardening, Starting Seeds Indoors, Garden Planning, Saving Seeds and many more! If you have extra seeds, please consider contributing them to the local seed exchanges! (see website for drop off points)

No sign up required ! Visit ongoing and day of www.seedysaturday.ca/toronto  to connect to info, webinars and live chats  For questions  seedysaturdaysto@gmail.com  And like our event page for updates  https://www.facebook.com/events/879640102868936

Final Staff Report for the 2946-2968 Dundas Street West zoning application

Posted on February 11, 2021

On Wednesday, February 24 the Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing the Final Staff Report on the zoning bylaw amendment for 2946-2968 Dundas Street West (the properties on the north-east corner of Dundas and Pacific). This application proposes to construct an 8-storey mixed-use building with 120 dwelling units, including 8 rental replacement units, 1,973 square metres of retail space and 1,660 square metres of office space.

Following a review of the application as well as two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application. Councillor Perks supports the recommendations made by staff.

The full report is available here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.9

At the same meeting, Councillor will be reviewing Heritage Toronto’s recommendation that 2946 Dundas Street West (the William Rowntree Block) be added to the Heritage Registry, to protect the buildings façade.

The full report on the Heritage designation is available here:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.19

Due to the pandemic, Civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto and East York Community Council are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto and East York Community council, or submit written comment, please email teycc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive


Should you have any questions or comments you would like to share, please do not hesitate to contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

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