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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!

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.


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


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.