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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.

Traffic Congestion – The Stockholm Solution

The Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton Presents

Traffic Congestion – The Stockholm Solution
It Works! And the citizens like it!

Presentation By Lars Henrikson, Honorary Swedish Consul

Supper, presentation, group discussion and feedback

November 26, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Leaside United Church
822 Millwood Rd. at McRae

Contact: George Heintzman cell 416-559-5889

LPOA Annual General Meeting

Our annual meeting was held on November 25, 2014. Featured speaker was Councillor-elect Jon Burnside.

Planner Douglas O’Bright gave a presentation which sums up the ongoing and planned future developments in Leaside. Click to play Leaside’s Planning Challenges

Our local MP, John Carmichael was unable to attend, but sent this letter to the LPOA.

Thank you to our meeting sponsors, Richard Byford, Carol Wrigley, Charlene Kalia, Patrick Rocca and The Leaside Pub.

October 29, 2014

Emergency exit buildings (EEBs) are used to evacuate passengers from tunnels in the event of an emergency at track level during operation. An EEB is being built close to Donlea Drive.

What work is starting?

What:  Work will shift to the centre and then the south side of Eglinton near Donlea Drive. This work includes relocating underground utilities and piling work beneath the Eglinton Avenue roadway and in the vicinity. Also, a grout plant will be established on Donlea Drive, to pump cement grout, to help build the headwalls for the future Bayview station.

Why:  Headwalls are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines. The excavation of the stairwell shaft as part of the emergency exit structure will also begin. Construction of the support walls requires utilities to be moved safely out of the way before work begins.

Donlea construction phase 2

When:  Starting as early as late October, crews will occupy the centre lanes of Eglinton Avenue for approximately one month. Following this, starting in November, crews will occupy the south side of Eglinton Avenue for approximately 8-10 months. Also, a jet grout plant will be installed on Donlea Drive at Eglinton for the duration of the Bayview station headwall construction. Donlea Drive will be closed to and from Eglinton until approximately fall 2015. Some work may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances. [click to continue…]

LPOA Mayoral debate Oct. 7, 2014Our 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.

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.

Crosstown Construction Update

September 25, 2014

Latest News

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…]

Crosstown Construction Update

September 22, 2014

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…]

New election information page

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!