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  • 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

http://www.bikemonth.ca/events/260?location=all-locations

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
www.railsafetyfirst.com

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: 

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

Proposal: 

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

RioCan, the owners of Sunnybrook Plaza on the northeast corner of Eglinton and Bayview are proposing a mixed use development for that site. The development would have retail at grade and, in the current initial proposal, two residential condominium towers of 13 and 19 storeys. As part of the proposal, which requires rezoning, the developer is required to study and report on the traffic impact. The study, by BA Group is available and can be downloaded.

SunnybrookPlazaTrafficStudy2014-12-22 Final (PDF)

Further to the re-zoning application for a Costco warehouse store on Overlea Boulevard the city is now considering a second but related application for re-zoning of public lands on the north side of Thorncliffe Park Drive (adjacent to the Don ravine lands) to provide 124 parking spaces. City Panning staff are considering the application (neither of them have been approved).

A Community Consultation meeting will provide information about the application and receive comments. The meeting will also provide an update on the rezoning application for the proposed Costco Warehouse Membership Club at 42-46 Overlea Boulevard.

Date: Monday March 30
Time: 7.00pm
Place: William Lea Room (Memorial Community Gardens)

Re.: Aircraft noise and emissions

17 February 2015

Dear Minister Raitt:

The Leaside Property Owners’ Association Inc. would like to thank you for your support and assistance to the Toronto Aviation Noise Group (T.A.N.G.) in addressing two issues of significant importance to our community, overhead airplane noise and emissions. We are particularly appreciative of your personal initiative and facilitation over the last three years.

We are very encouraged by the detailed information collected by technical expert Captain David Inch in his supplementary report to your Ministry, and his proposals for mitigating those matters. The information in Captain Inch’s report is valuable to all in the airline industry, and we hope that his proposals can be implemented in the near future, to the benefit of us all!

We also recognize the important roles, in pursuing and seeking solutions, of our MP John Carmichael, and support from our MPP, Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Councillor Jon Burnside., who are copied in this letter. Leasiders have much for which to thank you all.

We look forward to moving forward constructively and cooperatively with you, and thank you again.

Yours truly,

Carol Burtin Fripp and Geoff Kettel,
Co-Presidents, LPOA

Lisa Raitt, MP, Minister of Transport

cc: John Carmichael, MP
cc: Premier Kathleen Wynne
cc: Councillor Jon Burnside

WHO ARE WE? A broad consensus of residents and multiple ratepayer associations from midtown Toronto neighbourhoods negatively affected by the highly concentrated arrivals route at Pearson International Airport. The new flight path was unfairly implemented in February 2012 by Nav Canada without effective consultation that included affected communities and their elected representatives.

WHAT ARE WE EXPERIENCING? A disproportionate amount of excessive noise from whining, low flying aircraft that represents approximately 40 percent of all arrivals at Pearson’s 24 hour operation. Sleep disruption and other accompanying health risks are presenting themselves and are of great concern.

WHAT ARE WE ASKING FOR? T.A.N.G. is committed to achieving an amended airspace design which takes a more balanced, community sensitive approach to safe flight traffic for Toronto residents.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE? Over the last three years T.A.N.G. has engaged with local, provincial and federal politicians, made representations at the Community Environmental Noise Advisory Committee, met with Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer, undertaken extensive research on why and how Nav Canada created this intolerable flight path, attempted to engage with Nav Canada and, most importantly, made two submissions to the Honourable Lisa Raitt, MP, Minister of Transport in which we have proposed solutions.

Our most recent submission to the Minister, dated November, 2014 was prepared for us by an active airline captain with 35 years’ experience. Captain Inch believes that the current flight path, and others at Pearson, not only cause much more aviation noise than is necessary but also burn more fuel and extend flight times. His submission, prepared on behalf of T.A.N.G. for the Minister of Transport, proposes detailed solutions to the unacceptable noise under which we live, many kilometres from the airport. These solutions focus on an arrivals profile which keeps aircraf higher and also an amendment to the path which reduces the time over residential areas and follows a shorter approach to Pearson. Because of the time and cost savings involved these solutions are proving to be of interest to airlines and other air industry professionals. Captain Inch has now had discussions with Transport Canada staff and representatives from Nav Canada on these proposals. These discussions have been facilitated by MP John Carmichael, Don Valley West and the Minister’s office. We
have recently been informed by the Minister that “our submissions will be considered as a part of our evaluation process.”

We are confident that, with this submission to the Minister, we have been able to demonstrate clearly that there are innovative and effective solutions to the noise problem created three years ago by Nav Canada. We look to the Minister to ensure that the work now underway results in the implementation, in a timely manner, of these or other viable proposals for relief from aircraft noise.

The submission can be read in full on our website, listed under the Inch Report

Please add your voice to ours by emailing the Minister with your concerns: lisa.raitt.c1@parl.gc.ca

February 17, 2015

North York Community Council
North York Civic Centre
Main floor, 5100 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7

Att: Francine Adamo, Committee Clerk

Re: NY 4.19 Preliminary Report – Zoning By-law Amendment Application – 660 Eglinton Avenue East (Ward 26)

Dear Councillor Augimeri and Members of North York Council,

The Leaside Property Owners’ Association provides this correspondence to express its preliminary comments on the above noted application for a ZBA to permit a 19 storey (66 metres) and a 13 storey (50 metres) apartment building with retail at grade (2,316 sq.m.) on this site. The two buildings would contain a total of 426 dwelling units and 420 parking spaces with 397 spaces located in a 2-level below grade parking garage and 23 surface spaces.

The lands are currently designated Mixed Use, and further to recommendations from the City of Toronto’s Eglinton Connects Plan, Council approved a special policy area under the OP in 2014. However this has been appealed to the OMB by the applicant.

Some of our preliminary comments are:

  • The Eglinton Connects Plan recently assessed this site as being suitable for mid-rise, NOT HI-RISE development. There is no justification for hi-rise development in this area. Bayview and Eglinton will be served by a station on the Eglinton LRT but there is no higher order transit contemplated on Bayview, and no transit hub.
  • The proposed development does not conform with the Official Plan policies for Mixed Use, with the recently approved special area policies; nor does it meet the requirements of the zoning by-law; however the application seeks approval of only a ZBA.
  • The massing, density and height of the proposed development is excessive, and precedent setting, and lacks appropriate transition to the existing mid and low rise development which includes a stable residential community immediately north and east.
  • While the land use designation is Mixed Use, the proposed mix is heavily weighted to residential, rather than commercial. As such there are significant potential implications of the development on the need for services such as schools and medical facilities. Currently there is a lack of capacity in existing schools for any additional school children to be generated by the project.
  • The amount of traffic generated by the project is a concern, despite the premise of the application being proximity to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.   Good planning of the public realm and streetscape, and building in from the beginning a strong role for active transportation (walking, biking) are essential. For example bicycle parking should be fully at ground level (not underground parking) so that bicycling may be readily employed by residents and visitors.
  • The proposal includes a roadway around the rear of the project, creating a potential by-pass of the Bayview/Eglinton intersection, quickly attracting flow-through traffic. Also as a private road it would not be regulated or traffic rules enforced by the city.
  • The heritage significance of the site as the first shopping plaza in Ontario needs to be assessed.

It is recommended that:

  • Council defer proceeding with the rezoning application until an official plan amendment application has been submitted.
  • The notice for the community consultation meeting should be given to landowners and residents in North Leaside from Glenvale Avenue (Ward 26) and Broadway (ward 25) to Parkhurst Boulevard (Ward 26) and Soudan Avenue (Ward 22) and from Hanna Road (Ward 26) to Wales Avenue (Ward 22).
  • The applicant be required to submit a heritage impact assessment for the development

The LPOA appreciates your consideration of our comments.

Yours truly,

Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin Fripp
Co-Presidents

February 17, 2015
Toronto and East York Community Council
2nd floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Att: Ros Dyers, Committee Clerk

Re: TE 4.39 Preliminary Report – 701-713 Soudan Avenue, 1674-1684 Bayview Avenue and 720 Hillsdale Avenue East – Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment Applications (Ward 22)

Dear Councillor Layton and Members of Toronto and East York Community Council,

The Leaside Property Owners’ Association provides this correspondence to make several key comments about the above noted application for an OPA and a ZBA to permit the construction of a nine storey residential building with 172 units, including 35 rental units to be replaced, and 243 vehicular parking spaces, plus ground floor retail. The development would involve demolition of a multi-unit rental building and nine house form structures containing an additional 6 rental, 5 owner-occupied and a commercial unit. The FSI would be 3.98. The existing OP designation is Neighbourhood, although this part of Bayview is within an “Avenue”.

  •  The block-long nine-storey development proposal represents excessive height and massive over-development of the site. The proposed building is monolithic, extending the full length of the Soudan-Hillsdale block, and is way out of scale in the context of the existing low and mid-rise development on the west side and the low rise commercial on the east side of Bayview.
  • The future commercial health of both sides of Bayview is a major concern and priority for the LPOA; we suggest that the future retail uses in the building, and their configuration, be given careful planning consideration, including undertaking consultation with the new South Bayview-Leaside BIA.
  • The loss of “permanent” affordable rental units to be replaced by nonpermanent (10 year term) rental is a concern.
  • We note that the site’s location on the TEY side of Bayview, which is the boundary with the North York planning district requires that TEY planning staff involve North York in reviewing the application, and that the Leaside community be informed about the consultation process. The LPOA requests that TEYCC recommend to City Council:
  •  that notice for the community consultation be extended beyond the required 120 metres, to include an appropriate area east of Bayview Avenue.

The LPOA appreciates your consideration of our comments.

Yours truly,

Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin-Fripp
Co-Presidents