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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

Proposed massive development at 146-150 Laird

146-150-Laird-Drive-Perspective-Drawing

Architect’s rendering of proposed development. Click to access preliminary planning report and more info on City of Toronto website.

VIVA Retirement Communities has applied to create a major development at 146-150 Laird Drive, across from the Smart Centre mall, on a very large site which includes the two three-storey office/retail buildings south of McRae, as well as the Golden Griddle restaurant and its parking lot. One of the existing office buildings is the old Durant Motors building, a listed heritage property.

Several hundred very concerned Leasiders filled the William Lea Room at the official meeting held by the City’s Planning Department on February 9.

The developer seeks to build an 8-storey rental retirement building with 175 units, and a seven-storey seniors’ condominium with 109 units, connected by a three-storey bridge. Such heights are two and a half times the height permitted by current zoning.

Massive is the term that comes to mind.

As you can imagine, it was a lively meeting.

Attendees criticized the application in strong terms. The proposed heights would plunge Randolph Road’s back yards and houses into deep shade for most of the day, year-long, exacerbated by insufficient setback between the proposed buildings and the homes immediately behind. [click to continue…]

Angry residents demand stop to Laird project

Angry residents demand stop to Laird project – South Bayview Bulldog, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

William Lea Room, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
1073 Millwood Rd.
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

The LPOA has some serious concerns about this proposal and its impact on Leaside and we strongly encourage you to attend the meeting on February 9.

Proposal

This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to permit a phased development with an eight-storey rental retirement building (Phase 1) with 175 units and a seven-storey condominium for seniors (Phase 2) with 109 units. The overall development would have 284 units with a Floor Space Index of approximately 3.45 and 183 spaces provided in an underground parking garage.

Preliminary Report and drawings are available here: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=df52ebd6a5b3b410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=490452cc66061410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
We strongly encourage you to read it to get an idea of the scale of this development and the concerns already identified.

The proposed buildings are 31.8M and 30.8M in height (to the top of mechanical units) and the current zoning allows for 12.2M. [click to continue…]

Ward 26 Budget Town Hall with Councillor Burnside:  
Wednesday, February 11 from 7-9 p.m.
William Lea Room
Leaside Memorial Gardens, 1073 Millwood Road,

Committee of Adjustment – January 8, 2015

On January 8, 2015, there were 5 CofA applications in ward 26. The LPOA wrote in opposition to 4 of the 5 and deputed on 3. Following is a brief description and a report on the results/outcome. Note: “sine die” means “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing” – and we’ll let you know when/if these applications come up at a later date.

1. #7 196 Wicksteed/89 Research Road

“Mothers to Be” warehouse wanting a retail outlet (limited by the term of the lease) CofA application to permit accessory retail use. Leaside Business Park Association strongly opposed this due to retail encroachment in the Business Park. LPOA also wrote in opposition.

Decision: Approved

2.  #11 328 Bessborough

Construct a two storey addition to the south portion of the existing two-storey dwelling and demolish an existing one storey addition and garage (retains the 2 storey house). Two variances relate to 2013 By-law and two to EY No 1916 By-law (variances for parking space and side yard). LPOA did not oppose, however the immediate neighbour met with the applicants yesterday and showed them how the build would adversely affect their property – the side yard. It reveals how even apparently innocuous variances can be quite damaging to the immediate neighbours. The applicant agreed to ask for a deferral to allow time to consider further.

Decision: Deferred sine die

3. #17 24 Sutherland

Construct a new 2-storey detached house with integral at grade garage and existing home to be demolished. Note this is in an unaltered stretch of original homes and close to the heritage designated Talbot apartments. 12 variances (7 from 2013 and 5 from 1916) including building length, height and FSI (Floor Space Index). LPOA wrote in strong opposition. There were several letters in opposition and the immediate neighbours were present. There was discussion before the hearing that led to the applicant to ask for a deferral to allow time to consider changes.

Decision: Deferred sine die

4. #30 143 Donlea Drive

Construct a new 2 storey house with integral garage, demolish existing dwelling. 8 variances (5 and 3) including height, length and FSI. LPOA wrote in strong opposition. There were several letters in opposition and the immediate neighbours were present. There was discussion before the hearing that led to the applicant to ask for a deferral to allow time to consider changes.

Decision: deferred since die

NOTE: The neighbours  involved are the same ones affected by the Eglinton Connects re-zoning for mid-rise which has been appealed to the OMB by the LPOA.

5. #32 11-25 Industrial Street

Two-storey fitness centre and surface parking connecting to the existing shopping centre (First Capital). It represents a major expansion of the First Capital development at Longo’s north to Industrial Street. It does not front on Laird. Strongly opposed by the LBPA. LPOA also wrote and deputed in opposition. However First Capital’s lawyer stated that First Capital had acquired the land and as a result it fronted on Laird under the definition of “lot”, which was based on ownership. Therefore the lot now fronted on Laird!!

Decision: Approved

Leaside 100 Lions Club

Our next Leaside 100 Lions Club planning meeting will be Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at 1387 Bayview Avenue.
Please come; we welcome all ideas to make the Charter of this new Lions club a reality. We must have 20 registered Charter members to register Leaside 100 Lions Club with Lions Clubs International Office located in Oak Brook, Ill. At the moment we have 12 enthusiastic members waiting to form this new club; please attend and bring an interested friend to our next  meeting.
Charter Registration fee is $ 40 – please bring your cheque book with you – unfortunately  we do not have a Debit/Credit Machine on hand to process fees. Membership applications are here waiting for your completion.
We are pleased to announce to you that we will have with us a Journalist/Reporter from Kanadan Sanomat (Finnish Newspaper with distribution in Canada from coast of coast), and two representatives from SPINAL CORD INJURY ONTARIO, Lynne Mineque, Manager – Special Events and Leandre Casselman – Development Coordinator.
We plan to show a  (dvd)  – providing you a glimpse of our Lions Clubs International Convention which was held here in our Toronto past June 2014. Light Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact email Raija Rosenthal or call her at 416-932-3470.