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Leaside Development Map

Leaside Development MapAn interactive Leaside Development Map showing all proposed and approved developments in the Leaside area and immediately surrounding it is now available. Please check it out!

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


Ms. Carol Burtin Fripp
Mr. Geoff Kettel
Leaside Property Owners’ Association Incorporated

Dear Ms. Fripp and Mr. Kettel:

Thank you for your correspondence of January 21, 2016, regarding aircraft noise and emissions in the vicinity of Toronto. Please accept my apology for the delay in replying.

Transportation affects the daily lives of Canadians, and I am committed to ensuring that it continues to serve our communities and families and does so safely. Transportation serves as a backbone to our economy. Transportation activities must take into account the needs of Canada’s communities, while respecting Canadians and the natural environment.

Transport Canada is the safety regulator for aviation in Canada. Although the department does not approve changes to individual routings, other than to confirm that proposed designs meet the applicable standards, it is an important issue. [click to continue…]

Many Leaside residents have experienced receiving a notice from the North York Committee of Adjustment informing them that a neighbouring house is being renovated or torn down, with new construction proposed that doesn’t quite meet the by-law requirements, and the owners are asking for “minor variances.” As we’ve all seen, some of those variances are not minor – and have significant effect, often negative, on immediate neighbours and the streetscape.

So…what can you, as a neighbour, do? We’ve prepared some Committee of Adjustment Guidelines to help you figure that out. Please have a look – and if there are things we’ve left out, let us know, as we’re happy to add more information.

Coffee & Conversation

Leaside United Church – 822 Millwood Rd.
Wednesday, April 27th, 7 to 8 p.m.

Constituency Office Open House

Join Rob for a family-friendly open house at his Don Valley West Constituency Office. Learn more about the services offered to our community and meet the team that is here to serve you.
Saturday, April 23rd, 1 to 3 p.m.
1670 Bayview Avenue, Suite 310

The proposal:

Sign location - Eglinton Ave. E.Proposal to permit the erection and display of one third party electronic ground sign, within a CP Rail corridor, containing one sign face, displaying electronic static copy. The sign face dimensions are proposed to be 14.63 metres horizontally by 4.27 metres vertically and the sign is proposed at a height of 10 metres. The sign is proposed to be located on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East, west of a bridge embankment supporting the rail corridor. The sign is proposed to face eastbound traffic along Eglinton Avenue East.

Summary of Variances

  • Size of sign face 62.43 square metres, whereas 20 square metres is permitted
  • Proximity to other third party signs
  • Within a site-specific area restriction
  • Within 60 metres of a CR sign district
  • Within 60 metres of an OS sign district
  • Within 250 metres of a CR sign district and facing a CR sign district
  • Within 250 metres of a OS sign district and facing an OS sign district
  • More than one third party ground sign on the same premises.

Pre-hearing Community Consultation Session
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Thorncliffe Public Library, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.

You are invited to attend a pre‐hearing consultation session taking place on Monday March 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thorncliffe Public Library, 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive. Staff from the Sign By‐law Unit and the Applicant will be in attendance to provide information and for you to share your views. Your opinion counts!

Sign Variance Committee Hearing
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Committee Room 2, Toronto City Hall

The role of the Sign Variance Committee includes making a fair and impartial decision with respect to an application for variances from Chapter 694, Signs, General, of the City of Toronto Municipal Code concerning the proposed erection or display of a Third Party Sign. The Sign Variance Committee will hear the submissions of the Applicant for a variance from Chapter 694, as well as every other person who desires to be heard, with respect to the proposal. The Sign Variance Committee will also consider written comments or any other documentation provided to it regarding the application for variance received prior to the meeting. [click to continue…]

Municipal ward boundaries

Decision coming soon
 for our political future

Almost three years ago, City Council hired consultants to study and re-draw the city’s 44 municipal boundaries. Some wards have over 90,000 residents, while others have as few as 47,000.

Our ward, Ward 26, is somewhere in the middle with just over 60,000. The consultants submitted their report in mid-August last year, offering five design options.

None of them look good from a Leaside perspective.

Proposed changes range from reducing the current number of 44 wards to 38 large wards of about 75,000 residents each, to increasing the number of wards to 50 smaller ones, with about 50,000 residents each. [click to continue to full text of Leaside Life article…]


A Leasider responds:

Dear Sirs,

Further to LPOA concerns regarding proposal(s) to re-define the current Ward 26 boundary and Councillor assignment, we wish to register our preference for the current Ward 26 boundary and single Councillor structure.

I reference the historical, architectural, community planning, geographic and widely recognized distinctness of Leaside in its current form. Large scale development on the periphery of the acknowledged Leaside precinct will, I believe, erode the character of our neighbourhood to a palpable degree beyond the obvious economics of eliminating many of the small businesses and shops. This makes it of even greater importance to resist fragmenting the residential core which anchors and generates the community life and vitality in our lovely grown up “Town of Leaside”.


Jon Goulding
Bessborough Dr.

Jon Goulding is owner of Goulding Design, a Leaside based company providing custom house design, permit and construction drawings and municipal approvals.

Note: Survey is now closed. Stay tuned for the results!
939 Eglinton Ave. E.
The LPOA and Councillor Jon Burnside are conducting a survey of Leaside residents on the intensification of the Laird Focus Area and the 939 Eglinton Ave. E. development proposal to gain a better understanding of what is desired for the future of our community.

Every voting age adult in Leaside, including those in the same household, may participate. Your opinion is very important – please participate!

Take the Survey

See photo gallery of drawings for 939 Eglinton Ave. E. proposal.

Note: background information is included in the first page of the Survey, including a link to the City of Toronto preliminary report.

Thanks to hard work on the part of Leaside residents Larry Bacon and Vanessa Rose, and LPOA co-president Geoff Kettel, the appeal to the OMB re: 151 Airdrie has been refused. This appeal was to allow an after-the-fact height variance in addition to the one already granted by the Committee of Adjustment, for a house that was already built. The OMB turned it down.

A compelling case was not made by the planner (for the appellant) why the subject property should have the status of the tallest home in the neighbourhood. The Board was not persuaded that the building height is not discernible to a passerby, or why the Applicant merits another increment in height above that earlier granted by the COA.

Full OMB Decision re: 151Airdrie (PDF)

Leaside Hydro Upgrade MapCome out to learn about how Hydro One is planning to strengthen the electricity transmission system in your area.

Ensuring a safe and reliable supply of power for homes and businesses across Ontario is Hydro One’s top priority. An important step toward sustaining this commitment involves maintaining and renewing our infrastructure.

We are undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment to refurbish existing infrastructure located in the eastern part of downtown Toronto. This infrastructure is a critical component of Ontario’s electricity grid and the supply of power to Toronto Hydro.

Hydro One has identified two sections of existing underground transmission cable which are nearing their end of life and require replacement. These sections, shown on the map, are located between:

  1. Leaside Transformer Station (TS) and Todmorden Junction (JCT)
  2. Lumsden JCT and Main TS

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