Reminder: Planning Study for the West Side of Roncesvalles Ave

 

Friends,

Roncesvalles Ave is the heart of our area, a great destination for families, friends and businesses.  We’ve seen Roncesvalles mentioned in the New York Times, short-listed for the Greatest Neighbourhoods section of The Greatest Places in Canada Contest, and profiled in countless local media pieces.  With this great success over the last several years we’ve also seen an increasing number of applications received by City Planning to introduce non-residential business uses in the houses on the west side of Roncesvalles Avenue in an area that is currently designated a Neighbourhood in the Official Plan and zoned for Residential uses.

To protect the community’s interest in the make up and configuration of Roncesvalles Village, one of the best tools we have is to maintain updated and current planning documents.  This allows for our City Legal, Planning and Urban Design staff to have a greater leverage when they oppose development pressures and variances at the Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municiple Board.  With this meeting I have asked that the community be able to provide their input before the study is undertaken so that City Planning Staff can hear from you first on what use you would like to see on the west side of Roncesvalles Ave.

It is for this reason that I requested at Toronto and East Your Community Council in June 2012 that Toronto City Planning staff  undertake a review of the west side of Roncesvalles Ave between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.

I just wanted to clarify the purpose of the planning study for the west side of Roncesvalles Ave.  Last June I requested at Toronto and East Your Community Council ( http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2011.TE8.77 )that the  requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, undertake a review of the west side of Roncesvalles Ave between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.  I stated in my initial letter ( http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-38863.pdf ) that,

“This section of the street, between Marmaduke and Marion Streets is currently occupied by primarily residential uses on the west side while the east contains a mix of uses.

In order to provide a more comprehensive response to the requests for non-residential uses, it would be appropriate to review the residential designations for these lands to determine if non-residential uses should be considered and, if so, under what conditions.”

My feeling is that the residential aspect of the west side of the street is one of the unique aspects that makes Roncesvalles one of the most sought after communities to live in, in Toronto.   In order to protect character and make up of the street I feel the community has a great opportunity to share their feelings with City staff and provide direction to the report.
-Gord

PS – I hope everyone can make it out and bring their neighbours along with them.
The meeting details are as follows:
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: St. Casimir Parish Hall – 156 Roncesvalles Ave.
To see the City Planning Departments meeting flyer please visit: West Roncesvalles Study Flyer