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660 Eglinton Ave. E. ProposalThe residents involved with the RioCan redevelopment of Sunnybrook Plaza (660 Eglinton), in partnership with the LPOA, are meeting for a status report about this proposal and to discuss next steps, as there have been several key events and developments over the past 3 weeks. Feel free to join us at 9:30 am this Saturday (June 18th) on the lawn at 281 Bessborough Drive (north of Eglinton and across from the proposed new development). Councillor Jon Burnside will be there. Bring a lawn chair if you’d like.

All residents of Leaside are welcome to attend – because we in Leaside are all being affected by the massive proposed overdevelopment along Eglinton in particular. The potential influx of additional cars and people from this and future developments is enormous, putting further strain on our already-stretched resources. The RioCan proposal will serve as a precedent for what developers can expect to get when appealing to the OMB. The meeting on Saturday will give everyone an opportunity to exchange ideas and stories.

The RioCan redevelopment of Sunnybrook Plaza proposes a 19 storey tower and 12 storey tower, which would add more than 400 new residences and two levels of parking to Leaside. The planner for the City of Toronto has been working with us on the City’s recommendations for the proposal. RioCan has essentially dismissed the recommendations and has gone directly to the OMB.

A group of concerned residents, with the LPOA, will be hiring a lawyer and planner to represent the interests of the residents of Leaside at the OMB. Please consider a donation** to support this initiative (https://www.gofundme.com/28f4f8k). For those who would prefer, donations can also be made through the LPOA’s Paypal account (see donation button for the campaign on top right – this is separate from general donations to the LPOA), or by cheque sent to the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, 1601 Bayview Ave., P.O. Box 43582, Toronto ON M4G 3B0.

Visit www.leaside660.com for more information on this redevelopment, and come find out more on Saturday, June 18.

**Please note that should we not require all the funds raised for this OMB appeal, any remaining funds will go towards funding other Leaside community interests, including other OMB appeals. Donations to the LPOA are not tax-deductible, as we are a non-profit, but not a charitable organization as per CRA definitions.

Responding to residents’ requests, the TTC has extended the South Bayview 28 bus schedule.

New all day every day service

New service will be operated from Monday to Friday, and during the evenings on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, so that service is provided all day, every day to Bayview Avenue, south of Davisville Avenue, and to the Evergreen Brick Works. The service will operate every 20 minutes in the peak periods and midday from Monday to Friday, and every 30 minutes at all other times.

Check out the new schedules:

This is to express our strong support for the staff report recommendations refusing the application for 1073 Millwood Road (Leaside Memorial Community Gardens). This LPOA position is further to a Motion that the LPOA support refusing the application, which passed unanimously at the June 2nd meeting of the LPOA Board. The application is for a third party electronic sign in an OS Open Space sign district, where such signs are prohibited.

The sign would stand at a height of 11 metres (36 feet, or three storeys high!) and contain two sign faces displaying electronic “static” copy, each with sign face dimensions of 10.67 metres (35 feet) horizontally and 3.05 metres (10 feet) vertically, i.e. higher and approximately twice the size of the existing sign. The north‐west facing sign face would identify the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens and include a digital section (10 feet by 10 feet) for information on programs and events that occur on the premises and in the community. The south‐east facing sign face would be 100% advertisements.

Digital signs have significantly more impact compared with traditional billboards with respect to each of the impact categories:

  • Driver distraction (safety concerns)
  • Resident distraction (enjoyment of home/property)
  • Precedent

Read entire letter: http://lpoa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LPOA-letter-to-PGMC-June-14-2016-1073-Millwood-Road.pdf

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
William Lea Room
1073 Millwood Road

Set aside the evening of Tuesday, June 21 for an important public consultation meeting focusing on Leaside’s traffic problems.

This is the first of several public meetings organized by the LPOA, as we seek long-term solutions and weigh possible measures.

Traffic speed and volume are eroding safety and livability throughout our community. This meeting will be an opportunity for us to present our traffic study’s objectives and goals, and to get your input, which is key to identifying your priorities and preferences.

Please be sure to attend this meeting. We need to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
1073 Millwood Road

Starting in summer 2016, the next phase of construction begins at Leaside Station, and many other Crosstown stations will be under construction before the end of 2016.

Join Metrolinx and its constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), at the open house to find out:

  • what construction is happening in your neighbourhood
  • why it needs to happen
  • how it may impact you
  • who to contact if you have questions/concerns
  • when construction is happening

So…what did we find out?

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Click to open PDF of full survey results

We had a good response rate: 2,169 individual responses were received (once duplicates and out of area responses were removed). The M4G postal code has a total of 3,741 houses and 2,882 apartments (6623 households). Approximately 18% of respondents lived in the same household as another respondent, so it would appear that we received at least one response from over 25% of Leaside households, which we consider to be a very good response rate, considering that many responses came from people who were NOT already on the LPOA mailing list and therefore made their way to the survey via other notifications.

Most of you knew about the development proposal: Almost 76% of respondents were aware of the development proposal (and 69% of respondents were aware of it because they’d read about it in Leaside Life) prior to receiving the survey. 22% had been unaware of the proposal until they received the survey notification.

Question 3 - Survey on 939 EglintonAlmost nobody wants high-rise on this site: Almost 92% of respondents felt that high-rise (over 11 storeys) buildings were inappropriate for this site. Only 5.5% thought they were appropriate. 78.5% were in favour of a mix of low and mid-rise buildings (up to 4 storeys, and 5-11 storeys) with just over 12% supporting all mid-rise development. 7% supported various mixes of mid and high-rise and low, mid and high-rise, with only 0.74% supporting all high-rise.

Not surprisingly, given the above results, 92.67% of respondents did not think that the development proposal for 939 Eglinton E. was appropriate for Leaside. A mere 4.32% thought it was appropriate, with 3% saying they didn’t know.

Most think the proposed population is too dense: 90% of respondents did not think that the building massing and number of dwelling units were appropriate for the site. 63% thought that the amount of public open space proposed was inappropriate. Opinions were much more divided re: office space and retail space although it would appear that over 40% were either in agreement with the amount of space provided or didn’t disagree with it. (Unfortunately, space limitations meant we weren’t able to quantify that question).

Question 8 - 939 Eglinton SurveyTraffic: Traffic congestion was of extreme concern to 87.5% of respondents. A mere 0.79% had no concerns at all about this issue. Almost 70% were extremely concerned and another 15% very concerned about local school capacity. Less than 5% had few or no concerns about this issue. Sense of community was of considerable concern to 83% of respondents, as was shadowing of the neighbourhood, and parks and open space (just over 75% each). 90% expressed at least some concern about the ability of the current utilities to support the proposed development and 85% had at least some concerns about the appearance of the proposed buildings.

It’s still the traffic: Questions related to the intensification of the entire Laird Eglinton Focus area showed major concerns with traffic increases on both major and residential streets (90% and 95%), increase in population (85%), increase in on-street parking on residential streets (87%), impact on community cohesion and safety (80%), impact on community amenities and shadowing by tall buildings (77%), and lack of space in local schools and lack of parks/open space (75%). About 70% were very concerned about the adequacy of the local utilities, 67% were quite concerned about lack of affordable housing and visual appearance and character, and 43% about the lack of affordable daycare. Just over 52% had major concerns about the impact of intensification on the existing businesses in the Leaside Business Park.

In general, the small percentage in favour of the development were also those with the fewest or no concerns about the issues, although there were a few who supported the proposal/high-rise development and still indicated great concern with things like traffic congestion – apparently not connecting the impact of high density development on things like traffic and space in the schools.

Lots of thoughtful, nuanced comments: About one third of respondents (731) provided additional written comments regarding the proposal for 939 Eglinton – some of them quite long and very thoughtful. Well over 90% of the written comments indicated that the respondents thought that proposal was too big, too dense, too high and out of character for the Leaside area. Many felt that the proposal was insensitive and motivated by greed. Traffic congestion (existing and future) and the existing lack of space in local schools was mentioned repeatedly. A great deal of frustration was expressed that the Official Plan and existing by-laws are constantly being challenged by developers, who take proposals to the OMB – which most think is very developer-friendly. Some accused the City of being complicit/in the developers’ back pockets.

Full Survey results (PDF)

Comments (PDF)

Starting in May 2016, the next phase of construction starts at Laird Station and many other Crosstown stations.

Join Metrolinx and its constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) to find out:

  • what construction is happening in your neighbourhood
  • why it needs to happen
  • how it may impact you
  • who to contact if you have questions/concerns
  • when construction is happening

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Leaside Memorial Gardens, 1037 Millwood Rd.

WHEN:          Monday, May 16 at 7pm
WHERE:       Hodgson Senior P.S. Gymnasium, 282 Davisville Ave
SUBJECT:    Revised Development Proposal for 701-713 Soudan Avenue, 1674-1684 Bayview Avenue and 720 Hillsdale Avenue East

Dear Resident,

As your local councillor*, keeping residents informed and engaged is a priority for me. I have heard from many residents who are interested in receiving more information regarding the re-zoning application for 701-713 Soudan Avenue, 1674-1684 Bayview Avenue and 720 Hillsdale Avenue East. Like myself, many of you were opposed to the development plan for this site that was presented at the statutory community meeting in 2015. As a result, the developer has made revisions to their original proposal. I would like to invite you and your neighbours to an important meeting to discuss this revised plan.

This revised proposal has yet to be submitted to City of Toronto staff for review.

I have asked the applicant to meet with local residents directly to discuss their revised plans in detail, and they have agreed to attend this public meeting. City Planning staff will also be in attendance to answer technical questions pertaining to the revised development plan.

I look forward to meeting you and your neighbours on Monday, May 16 at 7pm to discuss this proposal in greater detail.

Sincerely,

Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul’s

*Please note: this notice is from Josh Matlow, Ward 22’s councillor and concerns the development on the west side of Bayview at Soudan. Bayview is the boundary between Wards 22 and Ward 26, and as this development could set a precedent for all of Bayview, we (LPOA and Leaside residents) have been participating in meetings and following the progress of the development proposal. We urge you to attend the meeting and voice your concerns.

Thursday May 12, 2016 , 7.30 p.m. 
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens (1073A Millwood Road) Boardroom 

The feedback City staff receive through the Community Consultation Session will help inform the staff report and recommendations, scheduled to be before PGMC on June 15. Contact: Robert Bader, rbader@toronto.ca, 416 392-4113Arena Sign consultation meeting

Leaside Matters Events

May 3, 6 & 7

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