Mark your calendars! The LPOA is hosting a mayoral debate on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the William Lea Room at the Leaside Arena. The candidates for Ward 26 will be attending: Jon Burnside, John Parker, David Sparrow, and Ishrath Velshi.
Our mayoral debate on October 7 was extraordinarily well-attended; too well-attended in fact. Unfortunately, due to a rather large influx of supporters of one candidate from outside the Leaside area (Scarborough, Etobicoke etc.) who arrived at the debate over an hour before the doors opened, by the time we opened the doors at 7 PM, almost all seats were gone instantly. By 7:30 we were having to turn people away – mostly Leaside residents who didn’t anticipate the huge crowd.
Unfortunately, there are legal limits on the William Lea Room capacity, which must be adhered to by all those who rent the room. Once we reached that limit, we were compelled to turn people away, or have them wait until people left. We sincerely apologize for this situation, but it was beyond our control. We had told the candidates that they were limited to three non-Leaside campaign workers/supporters each in an attempt to avoid this situation, but the candidate in question vowed that he had nothing to do with the attendance of a large group of his out-of-area supporters.
Otherwise, it was an interesting evening, with good questions submitted by attendees and for the most part, a reasonably respectful, if at times noisy, audience. Moderator Brian Athey did an admirable job – thank you, once again, Brian!
Some of you emailed us asking if the debate would be live-streamed. We would have liked to have been able to provide this, but unfortunately, the William Lea Room is neither equipped nor large enough. We would have had to rent equipment, hire technicians and most importantly, consume large amounts of valuable space, which as you can see, we simply did not have nor want to sacrifice.
These debates are intended for the community, and they are intended to provide an opportunity for community participation, not simply passive observation at home via TV. As such, while we may try to accommodate live streaming in the future, our primary objective will always be to provide an opportunity for community participation and interaction with candidates. And finally, the LPOA is entirely funded by the Leaside community through memberships and donations, so our budget for these events is limited, as is the available, affordable rental space in the community of adequate size and configuration for this sort of event.
The Eglinton Crosstown is a light rail transit (LRT) line that will run across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. This 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground portion, between Keele Street and Laird Drive. It will provide a rapid and reliable service that will be up to 60% faster than bus service today, when it is completed in 2020.
Open House Update Meetings
On September 9, 10 and 15, over 200 attendees attended our public open house meetings held at the Holy Blossom Temple, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens and the Unity Church of Truth. If you weren’t able to attend one of our open houses, you can find links to presentations for both the east and west construction work. [click to continue…]
Overnight Lane Reduction to a Single Lane between Brentcliffe Road and Leslie Street (Updated)
Starting September 28, 2014, 11 p.m.
The Eglinton Crosstown is a 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto, with an underground central section. The line will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than the bus service today.
What/Where: Crews will be working on utility construction and relocation between Brentcliffe Road and Leslie Street.
Why: Construction at the east Eglinton Crosstown launch site is now underway to prepare for the delivery of tunnel boring machines. The site will remain a construction zone for multiple years through various stages of the project. Walls of the launch shaft are required to be in place and the shaft excavated prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines. Construction of the walls requires utilities to be moved safely out of the way before work begins. Overhead hydro wires need to be relocated in this location. [click to continue…]
We’ve added a municipal election information page as a service to Leaside residents! Please note that the LPOA is non-partisan and does not in any way endorse particular candidates; we are providing contact information and will be providing short statements from each of the candidates as a service. Check back soon for updates!
August 6, 2014
North York Community Council
North York Civic Centre Main floor, 5100 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
Att: Francine Adamo, Committee Clerk
Re: NY 34.80 220 McRae Drive and 327-329 Sutherland Drive: Zoning By-Law Amendment Application – Final Report
Dear Councillor Augimeri and Members of Community Council
The Leaside Property Owners’ Association provides this correspondence in strong opposition to the staff report recommendation to approve the zoning by-law amendment application for this property in its current form. The current revised ZBA application consists of an 8 unit condominium townhouse development on McRae Drive, with rear access from a private lane, and one single detached house on Sutherland Drive.
This application generated extensive opposition by residents at the community meeting: held in January 2014. The LPOA in its comments dated Feb 4th 2014 (attached) recommended that the City demand that the proposed development be substantially re- designed and down-sized, and be brought into conformity with the character of the area, and with City planning guidelines.
The current application has made minimal changes, such as the change from two semi- detached to one single detached house on Sutherland and overall density has been reduced slightly from 1.6 to 1.48 FSI. but the key concerns of the height, massing and transition have not been addressed.
- The townhouse complex is far too tall and would set another precedent for the next infill development.
- In form and massing it’s really an apartment building; not townhouses.
- The townhouse complex continues to present as 4 storeys, due to its 13m. roof height and above grade first floor, not as 3 storeys (which would be 11m.) as described by the staff report.
- It should not exceed the height of the TH development at Randolph and McRae – 3 storeys max, ground floor at grade.
- Roof top patios create privacy issues for the neighbours particularly on the north
- The single detached house on Sutherland Drive would be massive compared to the existing houses on Sutherland, yet occupies a grossly substandard lot, and ignores all transition rules to existing housing:
- Proposed FSI 86%; permitted FSI 45%
- Proposed lot coverage 47%; permitted lot coverage 35%
- Non compliance with existing Leaside zoning by-law for front and rear yard setbacks, and height.
The LPOA requests that
- the North York Community Council recommend to City Council that the ZBA including proposed lot plan be refused.
The LPOA appreciates your consideration of our comments. Yours truly,
For Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin-Fripp
Attachment: LPOA comments Feb 4 2014
c.c. Allen Appleby, Director, Community Planning, North York District
August 6, 2014
Chair, Planning and Growth Management Committee c/o Nancy Martins
10th floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: PG35.3 Eglinton Connects Planning Study – Phase 1 (Part 2)
The Leaside Property Owners’ Association provides this correspondence to express the following comments about the above noted report:
- The proposal for re-zoning the stretch of Eglinton between Sutherland Drive and Laird Drive to permit heights of 22.5M (north side) and 25.5M (south side) relates to allowable buildings of approx. 7 storeys on the north side, and 8 storeys on the south side). We are concerned that these may have negative impacts on the single detached houses fronting on Donlea Drive north of Eglinton Avenue
- The proposed design guidelines fail to properly incorporate the findings from the Eglinton Connects Volume 1 (Heritage) study, merely referring the reader to the report.
In light of this we request:
- •That PGMC recommend to City Council that another round of community consultation be arranged through the local councillor and report back to PGMC in 2015.
The LPOA appreciates your consideration of our comments. Yours truly,
Geoff Kettel for
Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin-Fripp
Watermain Work at Bayview and Eglinton Avenues Starting the Week of July 21, 2014
What: Crews will be working on watermain construction on the east side of the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East.
Why: Headwalls are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines at each of the stations and emergency exit building locations. Construction of the headwalls requires utilities to be moved safely out of the way before work begins. Depending on site conditions, gas, hydro, water mains, sewers, traffic street lighting and telephone lines may be relocated to allow for the construction of headwalls.
When: Starting as early as Tuesday, July 22, 2014 and for approximately two to three weeks, crews will be working within the roadway at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East.
Where: During stage one, crews will occupy the westbound left-turn lane and the centre eastbound lane on Eglinton Avenue East as a work zone for approximately one week. The work zone will be approximately the length of the Eglinton east side median.
During stage two, crews will occupy the right-turn lane and the westbound curb lane as a work zone for approximately one week, and will extend from the east side of the intersection to east of the right-turn lane.
The work zone will be separated from the right-of-way with traffic cones.
Gas Line Relocation for Headwall Construction of Bayview Station Starting the Week of July 21, 2014
What: Enbridge will be relocating gas lines for the construction of the Crosstown tunnel and future Bayview Station.
Why: Headwalls are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines at each of the stations and emergency exit building locations. Construction of the headwalls requires utilities to be moved safely out of the way before work begins. Depending on site conditions, gas, hydro, watermains, sewers, traffic street lighting and telephone lines may be relocated to allow for the construction of headwalls.
When: Starting on Monday, July 21, 2014, crews will begin to occupy a section of the roadway on Roehampton Avenue. The work zone will continue to shift as crews trench and install the new gas lines. Each road will be affected independently. It is expected the entire work will be completed in several months. Some work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Where: Various side streets will experience rolling lane restrictions and short-term closures for installing new gas lines. The following roads will be affected in this order:
- Roehampton Avenue
- Bruce Park Avenue
- Eglinton Avenue
- Hoyle Avenue
- Soudan Avenue
For more information about this gas line relocation work, please contact Enbridge by phone at 1-855-884-5112.
On Wednesday July 23rd, join the campaign to help tie pink ribbons along Bayview Avenue, and on neighbourhood hydro poles, in commemoration of last week’s tragic accident. Organizers are hoping that many Leaside dads and children will participate.
Come to the northeast corner of Bayview and Millwood at 2pm and join us. All are welcome.
The Thomas G. Elgie House has a distinguished past. But does it have a future? Right now this is a live question.
The Elgie farmhouse and its large landscaped lot is threatened with major change. A developer has purchased the property and intends to subdivide the lot (the largest in Leaside) into three, demolish the back part of the original house, move the front part forward on the lot, add a major addition behind, demolish the north and south side later additions, and construct two new houses, one on each side of the moved heritage house. The proposed re-development would require severance of the existing lot into three; and numerous zoning bylaw variances involving massing, coverage and setbacks. The City has rejected the proposals at each stage, but now the developer has appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. And that’s where we need your help.
The case involves a designated heritage property, the Thomas G. Elgie House and the City has agreed to have a heritage staff person there to defend their decision to reject the development on heritage grounds. However there are also planning issues. The neighbours together with the Leaside Property Owners’ Association (LPOA), have opposed the development, on the grounds that this proposal represents over-development of the lot and loss of the cultural heritage character, both buildings and landscape. The LPOA has agreed to be represented as a Party and to hire a Planner to be an expert witness. The City has agreed to share the costs of hiring a Planner, but that is where you come in.
We need your support to attend the hearing beginning on July 23, 2014 and to assist with the costs of hiring a planning expert. Please consider attending the hearing on Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m., 655 Bay St. Suite 1600, and making a donation to the LPOA to support the costs of hiring a planner.