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You are invited to the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Inc. on Wednesday, November 29th. The room opens at 7 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Councillor Jon Burnside, Premier Kathleen Wynne and MP Rob Oliphant have been invited to attend.

Many thanks to our five sponsors:

  • Bonnie Byford Real Estate
  • Bosley Real Estate (Patrick Rocca)
  • Gyro Hyundai
  • Olde Yorke Fish and Chips
  • Valumart Bayview (Mike Tufts)

 

On Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 join the City Planning Division for a presentation and open house to review alternative development options for the Laird in Focus Planning Study.

Laird in Focus is a study led by the City of Toronto City Planning Division that will develop a planning framework to guide future development of the Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East area. The study will refine and build upon the existing planning structure as well as recent planning initiatives undertaken in the area. It will develop a vision and policies for a complete community which supports new streets and blocks, parks and open spaces, buildings, community services and facilities, enhanced public realm and a transportation and servicing strategy.

The purpose of this meeting is to engage the community in the  review of alternative development options prepared by the consulting team through the input received through public consultation and at the design charrette held in June 2017.

See the www.toronto.ca/lairdinfocus section of the City of Toronto website for background studies, reports and meeting information.

MEETING DETAILS
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
Leaside United Church (Gymnasium)
822 Millwood Road
6:30pm Presentation
7:00 – 9:00pm Open House

The City of Toronto will improve the intersection at Millwood Road and Laird Drive. This work will involve replacing the eastbound right-turn channel with a right-turn lane.  This is in order to address the safety concerns and allow for the installation of audible pedestrian signals for the visually impaired, as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The TTC bus stop platform will be reconstructed to better serve new buses and improve green space at this intersection. Expected start date is October 2nd and expected end date is November 30th.

The City is inviting residents to have their say about proposed rules for short-term rentals (such as Airbnb) via an online survey.

On June 19, 2017, City of Toronto Executive Committee directed Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) and City Planning to consult the public on proposed zoning bylaw amendments and licensing and registration framework. The proposed regulations are to:

  • Amend the City’s zoning bylaws to create a new land use called “short-term rental” that is permitted in principal residences across the city;
  • Prohibit short-term rentals that are not in a person’s principal residence;
  • License companies that facilitate short-term rental activity, like Airbnb; and
  • Create a registry for anyone who operates a short-term rental in their home.

The City invites you to complete the short survey to provide your feedback on these proposed rules. The survey will be available online until August 18, 2017.
The input that you provide will inform the final recommendations that staff will report to City Council in the fourth quarter of 2017.

To access the survey, click here

Helios together with Bo Redeborn and Graham Lake are nearing the end of their Independent Toronto Airspace Review and invite you to attend the final presentation. At the event Nick Boud and Bo Redeborn will present an overview of the recommendations they are making to NAV CANADA to mitigate the impact of aviation noise on the Greater Toronto Area. The event is open to everyone and attendance is free but everyone is strongly urged to register so that Helios and the venue can ensure the event runs smoothly.

Register for the event

On Monday, May 1, 2017 join the City Planning Division for a Background, Visioning and Principles Workshop for the Laird in Focus Study.

Laird in Focus Study AreaLaird in Focus is a study led by the City of Toronto City Planning Division that will develop a planning framework to guide future development of the Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East area. The study will refine and build upon the existing planning structure as well as recent planning initiatives undertaken in the area. It will develop a vision and policies for a complete community which supports new streets and blocks, parks and open spaces, buildings, community services and facilities, enhanced public realm and a transportation and servicing strategy.

The purpose of this meeting is to engage the community in the development of a vision statement and fundamental principles that will guide planning and design for the study area. Additionally, the study team will share the results of their background review and receive input on the inventory and analysis of existing and planned conditions for the area.

See the Laird in Focus section of the City of Toronto website for background studies, reports and meeting information.

MEETING DETAILS

Monday, May 1, 2017
Leaside Memorial Arena
1073 Millwood Road
William Lea Room

  • 1st Session – 4:30pm Presentation & 5:00pm-6:30pm Workshop
  • 2nd Session – 7:00pm presentation & 7:30pm-9:00pm Workshop

*Please note each session is the same

Public traffic meetings were held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 for South Leaside, and on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 for North Leaside. The comments and feedback from those, along with the feedback from the online surveys, will help guide the next set of proposals.

While Councillor Burnside’s two traffic committees originally studying concentrated on seeking measures to provide relief during the lengthy LRT construction period, for both North and South Leaside, they have extended their work to look for longer term and permanent solutions. The LPOA’s traffic committee has from the start concentrated on long-term measures which would continue past the completion of the LRT, when major design changes are envisaged for Eglinton Avenue.

All of these committees will be working together to look for neighbourhood-wide solutions. Your comments (positive and critical) will be important influencers in this process.

We must acknowledge that unless we can reach a consensus on neighbourhood traffic control for the entire community – full area-wide protection –  the quality of life, and our safety, will be eroded by ever greater car (and, increasingly, truck) traffic on all of our streets. Comments made at the LPOA’s November 22, 2016 AGM reinforce this consensus.

It is time to  work out a plan, choose options, and identify locations for effective use of high tech measures such as speed cameras. Should all of Leaside be designated a Community Safety Zone, with lowered speed limits, especially on entry points, not just around schools? The faster the car is travelling, the more likely that serious injury and damage will be the result. There is pending legislation which we can apply to make Leaside’s streets safer.

North Leaside’s street plan differs from that of South Leaside, so differing approaches may be called for. Please participate in the survey and let us know what you think.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Underground Construction

Project Bessborough – Broadway (E18200/E18201) 

Hydro upgradeToronto Hydro is planning to upgrade the aging underground electrical system in your community to help improve service reliability. The upgrade includes the installation of electrical cables within the City of Toronto’s public property allowance in front of or adjacent to your lot.

The civil and electrical portions of this project are expected to begin by mid March 2017 with an approximate completion date of late December 2017. The project area is along Bayview Avenue between Blythwood Road and Broadview Avenue, along Broadway Avenue between Bayview Avenue and Sutherland Drive and including a portion of Sutherland Drive.

Toronto Hydro crews and contractors will take extra care and precautions around your property. The portion of the driveway, sidewalk and other areas affected by our work will be restored upon completion of the project as season, weather and schedules permit.

We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you exercise caution around construction areas. For further information on Project Bessborough – Broadway and the PowerUp initiative, please reference the contact information below. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Fabian C.
Customer Operations Representative
capitalprojects@torontohydro.com
416-542-3366

We need your feedback on the draft proposals for Leaside traffic calming and ask you to take a few minutes to fill out our survey. Please note that these proposals are only the first draft. There will be changes made based on your comments, as well as on the recommendations coming out of the other two committees.  This is definitely a work in progress.

Survey is now closed – we will post results soon.

If you did not attend the meetings, please review the proposals before you fill out the survey. If you wish to submit your survey by mail, please download the PDF. Please note, we would MUCH prefer it if you could fill it out online, as tabulation of results is done automatically.

South Leaside Traffic Calming Plan

South Leaside Traffic Calming Plan
 (PDF for download)

North Leaside Traffic Calming Plan

NorthLeasideMtg3PresentationFinal
(PDF for download)

 

Residential stormwaterStormwater is rain and melted snow. Generally, the more hard surfaces a property has the more stormwater will flow off it and into the sewer system. An increase in extreme storms, combined with more paved surfaces in the city is resulting in more stormwater making its way into the sewer system. This has led to an increase in flooded basements and is contributing to poor water quality in local waterways including Lake Ontario.

Making infrastructure improvements is necessary to manage the impacts of stormwater. To help manage stormwater, the City is creating new holding ponds, tanks and tunnels, and revamping some sewer infrastructure that is more than 100 years old. This work will help to decrease the number of basements that experience sewer back-up and improve the water quality in local waterways and Lake Ontario. To learn more about the proposed stormwater charge, please visit toronto.ca/stormwatercharge, complete the online survey here, or attend one of the public consultations:

Monday, March 20, 6 – 9 p.m.
East York Civic Centre
850 Coxwell Ave.

Thursday, March 30, 4 to 9 p.m.
Metro Hall, Rotunda
55 John St.

Tuesday, April 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, Room 1
5100 Yonge St.