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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
7:30 p.m.
William Lea Room
Leaside Memorial Gardens


  • John Carmichael – Conservative Party of Canada
  • Rob Oliphant – Liberal Party of Canada
  • Syeda Riaz – New Democratic Party

Thousands of Torontonians will begin receiving letters in their mailboxes today inviting them to volunteer to join the City’s inaugural Planning Review Panel. Toronto’s City Planning Division is launching the Planning Review Panel, an innovative process that will empower 28 randomly-selected Toronto residents to learn about city planning and offer input on a wide range of city issues.

“We all want the best for Toronto and are constantly striving to improve. The City’s Planning Division is seeking greater input from a broader cross section of people to provide their perspective on city planning,” said Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale), Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. “Whether you reside in a home, an apartment, townhouse, condominium, or any other type of housing, the Planning Review Panel is an opportunity for residents to directly provide input on planning choices that will shape the future of our city.”

Members will be chosen by randomly selecting names from among the pool of volunteers who respond to the 12,000 letters sent to households across the city — a process called a Civic Lottery. The panel will be as diverse as Toronto itself, with equal representation of both men and women, as well as people of all ages, homeowners and renters, and people who identify as visible minorities. The panel will also include at least one Aboriginal member. [click to continue…]

We will be having an August special meeting of the LPOA directors on Tuesday August 4th at 7.30 p.m. at Trace Manes Community Centre.  At this point there are two main items for the agenda:

  1. Bayview Eglinton LRT Station and Sunnybrook plaza and OMB appeals update and hiring of expert planner
  2. Leaside heritage update

As always, the public is welcome to attend.

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, City Planning Staff is holding an Open House to discuss revised proposed changes to the Healthy Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhoods and Apartment Neighbourhoods sections of the Plan.

Open House details are provided in the attached PDF notice.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
6:30 – 9 p.m. (staff presentation starts at 7 p.m.)
Room 308-309, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto

The City values your input and wants to hear your views on these proposed changes to the Official Plan.

The revised proposed policies were developed after extensive public consultation in late 2014 and were considered by the Planning and Growth Management Committee on April 13, 2015.  Click here to access the staff report (PDF) that presents the proposed policy changes and also discusses ‘what was heard’ during the fall 2014 public consultations.  To review the Executive Summary of the public consultations click here to open the PDF.

Visit www.toronto.ca/opreview, your portal for learning about and getting involved in the Reviews.

Yours Truly,

Kerri A. Voumvakis
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Analysis
City Planning Division

A community petition for stop signs on Millwood at Randolph has been started by Lorraine Tingsley. If you wish to support the stop signs, please either download the petition and sign it and send it to Councillor Jon Burnside, or email Jon Burnside directly indicating your support for the stop sign, including your full name, address and contact info.

Petition for stop signs at Millwood and Randolph

27 FlemingAfter a three year battle over an illegally constructed oversize house at 27 Fleming Cres., the current owner has agreed to demolish the house and hold a community consultation meeting to discuss new plans before going before the Committee of Adjustment again. Kudos to next door neighbour and lawyer Robert Ellis, who led the fight and all the neighbours who took the time to show up at meetings and at the Committee of Adjustment to voice their concerns. The LPOA is continuing to fight two other oversize/illegal dwellings currently under construction in Leaside. We hope that the Committee of Adjustment will continue to send a strong message to developers that “build first, ask permission later” is not acceptable.

Leaside ‘monster home’ to be demolished – Town Crier, May 27, 2015

Leaside ‘monster home’ to be torn down after neighbours cry foul – CBC, May 29, 2015

  • We assemble at Laird and Eglinton, at 6.45 a.m.
  • Then ride across Eglinton, then down Yonge, picking up people all along the way, and head down to City Hall
  • Enjoy a free pancake breakfast with hundreds of other riders.
  • Registration not required

For more details of fabulous Bike Month activities


Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

U of T Auditorium – UTS/Sociology/OISE Building – St. George Campus
371 Bloor St. West 
Toronto, ON M5S 2R7

Free, but RSVP requested

Train derailments involving dangerous goods have become extremely frequent in North America making headlines on an almost monthly basis.

Millions of Canadians live, work or attend school within the 1km radius “blast zone”. We need to act before the next derailment causes serious loss of life and devastating damage to our environment.

Rail Safety First invites you to attend this very important Town Hall to discuss rail safety and the need for increased government regulation to protect Canadians.

Cynthia Mulligan from CityTV News will moderate a panel of esteemed experts and lead an audience Q&A.

We hope you can join us,

The Rail Safety First Team

Leaside and Garden Court Apartments walk

Complementing The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape conference, discover Toronto’s unique and diverse range of landscapes through FREE expert-led tours of more than thirty sites ranging from the waterfront to the ravines, and everything in between. The tours are free, but please register for the walks you’re interested in. The LPOA’s own Geoff Kettel and Agnes Vermes are among the guides for the Leaside walk.

SUNDAY, May 24, 4 to 5pm
Guide: Geoff Kettel, Chair, North York Community Preservation Panel; Connor Turnbull, Co-Chair, Leaside Matters; Agnes Vermes, Director, Leaside Property Owners’ Association; Stewart McIntosh, Policy Officer, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto
Meet: EPI Breads, 1526 Bayview Ave (west side of Bayview at Millwood), Toronto

More info: https://tclf.org/landscapes/leaside and http://tclf.org/landscapes/garden-court-apartments-toronto

As most of you are aware, there are a number of large development proposals in the works for the Leaside area, requiring zoning amendments and/or official plan amendments. Each of these developments as currently proposed raise some serious concerns about appropriateness, including building sizes and heights, traffic, views, shadowing and light etc. There are required public consultation meetings for two of these projects in the next ten days. Please consider attending to find out more, to ask questions and voice your concerns.

The Bayview and Soudan proposal is for a very large building 9-storey building in a mixed use neighbourhood of 2 and 3 storey buildings and will be a precedent in the area. It also backs on a residential area to the west of Bayview comprised of two storey homes.

The Sunnybrook Plaza proposal consists of a very large building with two towers of 19 and 13 storeys – far higher than the midrise development envisioned for that location. It raises serious concerns for neighbours, including views, shadowing, and traffic as well as major changes to the character of the neighbourhood.

Public Consultation for 701-702 Soudan Ave., 1674-1684 Bayview Ave. and 720 Hillsdale Ave.

Date:  April 22, 2015
Time:  7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Place:  Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Avenue


Proposal for an official plan amendment and zoning by-law amendment to allow for a proposed 9 storey mixed use building with retail on the ground floor and residential above (a total of 174 units) and 243 car parking spots in 3 levels of underground parking. 35 rental units are proposed to be replaced as part of the project. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-75643.pdf

Public Consultation for 660 Eglinton Ave. E. (Sunnybrook Plaza)

Date:  Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time:  7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Place:  William Lea Room, Leaside Memorial Gardens


The application proposes to amend the former Town of Leaside Zoning By-law No. 1916 to permit a 19-storey (66 metre) and a 13-storey (50 metre) apartment building with retail at grade (2,316 m2). The two buildings would contain a total of 426 dwelling units and 420 parking spaces with 397 located in a 2-level below grade garage and 23 surface spaces. A continuous driveway is proposed along the northern boundary of the site providing access to Eglinton Avenue East and Bayview Avenue. The existing commercial plaza would be demolished.You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ny/bgrd/backgroundfile-75197.pdf