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LPOA Letters – March & April 2014

Two Committee of Adjustment applications for Leaside are coming before the North York panel on April 30, 2014. The affected addresses are 314 Rumsey Rd. and 1 Rutherglen Ave. Both applications involve significant variances. The description of the requested variances and the drawings for each project are in the PDF file available here for download. If you have questions or wish support on making an objection to either of these applications, please email us via our contact form.

Committee of Adjustment Applications – Leaside – April 30, 2014

Ice Storm Open House

ice stormHave your trees been affected by the December 22, 2013 ice storm? Are you thinking of having some tree work done?
The Toronto Botanical Gardens are having an Ice Storm Open House with presentations on what you can do with your trees and advice from experts.
Come spend the evening at this homeowners clinic to help you in determining your options related to tree work.
Tuesday April 22, 6.30 to 9.30pm
Toronto Botanical Gardens
777 Lawrence Avenue East (Lawrence and Leslie)

LPOA in the News

Neighbourhood groups help protect community - East York Mirror, March 27, 2014

“I think it’s essential that neighbourhoods have ratepayer groups,” says Carol Burtin Fripp, the co-vice president of the Leaside Property Owner’s Association (LPOA).

“It’s the only way of protecting your neighbourhood and knowing about what’s happening before it’s too late to maybe make them better.”

Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown (LRT) tunnel in the Leaside area is due to start any day now. They’re already moving Hydro poles on the north side of Eglinton east of Laird. From the Metrolinx site:

What work is starting? 

What: Crews will be relocating a watermain for the construction of the east headwall for the future Laird Station. Headwalls are underground support walls located at the east and west ends of the future station location. Following the relocation of the watermain, crews will be installing the east underground station headwall in advance of the twin tunnel construction.

Why: These station headwalls are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines at each of the station locations along the Eglinton Crosstown route. As a terminus station Laird will include special track sections requiring an elongated underground section. Construction of the headwalls requires the utilities to be moved safely out of the way.


Laird headwall & tunnel construction area (click to enlarge)

Where: The work zone will extend approximately from Brentcliffe Road to Laird Drive along Eglinton Avenue East. Construction will take place in two stages. The work zone will be located on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East during stage one and shift to the north side of Eglinton Avenue East during stage two. Barrier with chain link fence will be used to separate the work zone from traffic. Depending on the work schedule, work may commence on the north side to advance watermain relocation prior to installing the east headwall.

When: Construction will start in early spring 2014 (as early as the 4th week of March). Crews will occupy the roadway to relocate the watermain utility and install the Laird Station east headwall. Some work may be rescheduled due to weather or other restrictions.

Traffic Details 

Traffic lanes will be reduced from west of Brentcliffe Road to east of Laird Drive along Eglinton Avenue East. Bus lanes will be accommodated where possible.

More info: http://www.thecrosstown.ca/news-media/whats-new/laird-station-east-headwall-construction-water-main-relocation-for-twin-tunnels

South Bayview BIA meeting April 14

A meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Leaside Library at 165 McRae Drive to discuss a Business Improvement Area for South Bayview. A letter from John Parker (Ward 26) says that support for a BIA is strong but that some are not yet convinced. The meeting will feature John Kiru, executive director of the BIA umbrella organization, the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m.  There have been previous initiatives to form a BIA in South Bayview but they have fallen by the wayside.

City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat will be giving a talk on April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the William Lea Room in the Leaside Memorial Arena. The subject of her talk will the challenges and opportunities presented by our city’s growth. She has also been asked by Councillor John Parker to discuss area-based development permitting systems as an alternative to the planning process we now have in place in Toronto.

Re: 220 McRae Drive and 327-329 Sutherland Drive: Zoning By-Law Amendment Application (Ward 26)

Dear Councillor Parker and Mr. Matthew,

The Leaside Property Owners’ Association offers the following comments on planning issues and community concerns that pertain to the above zoning bylaw amendment (ZBA) application. At the public meeting held on January 27, extensive concerns were expressed by residents over excessive massing, height, density and inappropriate built form.

The ZBA application consists of two distinct built form elements: an 8 unit condominium townhouse development on McRae Drive, with rear access from a private lane, and two semi-detached houses on Sutherland Drive. The two elements need to be discussed separately, and as a whole.

With respect to the townhouse complex, the proposal looks like a 4 storey apartment building rather than town houses. The LPOA recommends that the townhouses [click to continue…]

Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body

The Province of Ontario granted the City of Toronto the power to establish a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions (both minor variances and consents). Section 115 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, allows City Council to appoint one appeal body composed of such persons as the City considers advisable, subject to certain by-laws being put in place and prescribed terms and qualifications being adopted, including eligibility criteria and restrictions. The prescribed terms are set out in Ontario Regulation 552/06.

City Council’s Planning and Growth Management Committee has brought forward the matter of establishing and implementing a Local Appeal Body at past meetings. At its December 4th, 2013, meeting, the Committee requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to initiate a public consultation process on the implementation of a Local Appeal Body for the City of Toronto and to report back on April 10th, 2014, on the results of the public consultation and with recommendations on implementation.

We are inviting you to get involved and share your views and opinions with regard to this matter. To this end, we are hosting five consultation sessions across the city, as follows:

Consultation gets underway at 6:45, with a 7:00 p.m. staff presentation, followed by a question and answer period and a facilitated discussion about issues and opportunities involved in implementing a made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body.

Meeting space is mobility device accessible. To ensure that the necessary accommodations and/or services for persons with disabilities have been provided, please contact us ahead of the meeting date at 416 392-7863 or by email at labconsultation@toronto.ca

  • Etobicoke – Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • York – Monday, February 24, 2014
  • North York – Monday, March 3, 2014
  • Scarborough – Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  • Central – Monday, March 17, 2014



Date: Monday, January 27, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Leaside Memorial Gardens, William Lea Room (1073 Millwood Rd.)


This application proposes to amend the zoning by-law on the subject site to provide for six three-storey townhouse units and two two-storey detached dwellings. The existing motor vehicle repair shop and two detached dwellings would be demolished. [click to continue…]