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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.

We urgently need your help!

660 Eglinton Ave. E. Proposed developmentOn Oct. 5th some LPOA board members and nearby residents are meeting with RioCan for a “without prejudice” meeting regarding 660 Eglinton E. (Sunnybrook Plaza), where we will find out what RioCan will be presenting at the Oct.12th OMB pre-hearing.

There is a strong possibility that the City and the developer may be trying to reach a settlement. As a Party, LPOA must be involved but that doesn’t stop the other two parties from making a private arrangement, an arrangement that might very well NOT be what the community wants.

We need you to contact our councillor, other members of the North York Community Council, the mayor and the Premier to let them know your views before a decision is made.

Background

As most of you are aware, RioCan is proposing 12 and 19 storey condo towers at 660 Eglinton Ave. E., (Sunnybrook Plaza). This past spring the LPOA and Councillor Burnside conducted a survey of residents which showed that over 91% of the almost 2200 respondents were not in favor of high-rise development over 11 storeys (the upper limit of mid-rise) at 939 Eglinton E. at Brentcliffe. So what does that have to do with this proposal? The proposal for 660 Eglinton E. is the FIRST attempt to build high-rises over 11 storeys in Leaside and if the developer is successful at the OMB, a precedent will have been set. From what we’ve heard, we don’t think most of you want that to happen.

In the past few weeks, yet another proposal for Eglinton, at RioCan’s Canadian Tire site at Laird and Eglinton has been submitted to the city and includes midrise buildings as well as three condo towers of 26-34 towers. This is in addition to the three or four towers proposed for 939 Eglinton. If all three of these developments are approved as proposed, the number of dwelling units in Leaside will increase by 43%. If you need more information on any of these proposals, please see our website: http://lpoa.ca/

What do we need you to do?

Email your councillors, the mayor and the premier. We’ve provided a sample email below. Let them know that the traffic, pressure on services and utilities, lack of school space, lack of open space and impact on the surrounding low-rise residential neighbourhood as a result of the high-rise development over 11 storeys at 660 Eglinton are unacceptable to you. We know there will be some development and intensification along Eglinton with the LRT construction, but that doesn’t mean we have to destroy everything that’s good about Leaside to achieve that.

Please email or call BEFORE October 4. It’s fine to send the same email to everyone – but please make your views known!

Premier Wynne: kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Mayor Tory: mayor_tory@toronto.ca

North York Community Councillors:

Maria Augimeri – Chair councillor_augimeri@toronto.ca
Jon Burnside councillor_burnside@toronto.ca
Christin Carmichael Greb councillor_carmichaelgreb@toronto.ca
Shelley Carroll councillor_carroll@toronto.ca
Josh Colle councillor_colle@toronto.ca
John Filioncouncillor_filion@toronto.ca
Denzil Minnan Wong councillor_minnan-wong@toronto.ca
James Pasternakcouncillor_pasternak@toronto.ca
Anthony Perruzza councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca
Jaye Robinson   councillor_robinson@toronto.ca
David Shiner) councillor_shiner@toronto.ca

Help support the fight against the development at 660 Eglinton E.

In order to represent the community’s interests at the OMB, the LPOA has retained professional legal and planning assistance. Please help support that effort with a donation to the 660 Eglinton campaign.

Sample email

If you’re short of time, or need something to get started – copy & paste the linked sample email into your email and modify as you wish. Please don’t forget to add your name and address!

 

To the Editor:

While I sympathise with Mayor Tory’s desire to keep costs down, it is false economy to do so at the cost of good government. While voter parity is important, both the Supreme Court of Canada and Elections Canada are on record as recognizing that important factors such as geography, community interests, and community history are more important. Voter parity must not be implemented where it destroys neighbourhood identity and interests.

And that’s what the 44 ward option does to my community, Leaside. It contradicts the City’s consultants’ own guidelines by dividing Leaside into two separate wards, with two separate councillors, ignoring Leaside’s historical, geographic, and social connections, established since 1913 and continuing to the present day. It would inflict damaging results on our community, and possibly throughout the city. The alternate option, which calls for 47 wards, preserves proper representation by preserving us as a single community within one ward. We strongly support this option.

You quote Councillor Pasternak, whose ward would also be harmed by the 44 ward option, as saying,”To just erase the ward as if there’s no history and meaning there is terribly misguided.” He is right. The value of the 47 ward option far outweighs its cost.

Carol Burtin Fripp
Co-President
Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Ltd.

workinggroupproposalFollowing the preliminary community consultation for 939 Eglinton Avenue East, Councillor Burnside formed a working group with 12 volunteer Leaside residents. The resident group, developer’s team and City staff met over the course of eight months. The developer has a revised proposal option based off discussions with the group. Although Diamond Corp. has appealed the original proposal, they have expressed a willingness to work with the community.

In order to give you an opportunity to discuss the working group option Councillor Burnside will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 pm at Leaside Memorial Gardens.

The developer’s team will be in attendance to present the revised proposal, hear your comments and answer your questions.

If you are unable to attend and would like to speak to Councillor Burnside please contact his office at 416-392-0215 or email him.

When: October 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Leaside Memorial Gardens, 1073 Millwood Rd.

Toronto Tree Bylaws: How to recognize and report contraventions of our street tree and private tree bylaws
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Metro Hall (55 John St) Room 308

Citizens can play an important role in helping the City of Toronto enforce our tree bylaws.

Join LEAF for a presentation and Q&A with:
Mark Ventresca, Supervisor
Arthur Beauregard, Manager, Urban Forestry Tree Protection & Plan Review

http://www.yourleaf.org/event/2016-09-19/toronto-tree-bylaws-%E2%80%93-how-recognize-and-report-contraventions-our-street-tree-and-private-tree-bylaws

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Team is seeking input on additional information requested by the City of Toronto Executive Committee.

There are two ways to provide comments:

  • Complete a survey (Online or in PDF)
  • Attend one of four public meetings happening this September (visit drawthelines.ca for details)

Public Meeting Details

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM
Metro Hall – Room 310*
214 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON

*Please note the change in location for the September 14 meeting. This meeting will take place at Metro Hall, not City Hall as indicated in a previous email.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM
Scarborough Civic Centre – Committee Room 2
150 Borough Dr., Etobicoke, ON

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 | 10AM – 12NOON 
North York Civic Centre – Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St., North York, ON

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 | 10AM – 12NOON 
Etobicoke Civic Centre – Meeting Room 1
399 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON

Background
In 2014 Toronto City Council launched the TWBR. From July 2014 to February 2015, the TWBR conducted a civic engagement and public consultation process to collect opinions on Toronto’s current ward alignment. The results informed the development of five options for re-aligning Toronto’s wards. A second round of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process solicited feedback on these options between August and November 2015. The TWBR Final Report (May 2016), summarized the TWBR process and recommended a new ward structure.

TWBR Final ReportAt its meeting on May 24, 2016, the City of Toronto Executive Committee asked the TWBR Team to provide additional information on a number of issues (read the agenda item history). The TWBR Team developed this Additional Information Report in response.

During August and September 2016, the TWBR is seeking comments from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items, which are outlined in the Additional Information Report:

  1. A revised Option 2 (44 wards) that incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August – November 2015; and
  2. A ward option that is consistent with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.

Based on the input received on these two options, a TWBR Supplementary Report will be prepared and submitted to the Executive Committee meeting on October 26, 2016.

About the Toronto Ward Boundary Review 
More information can be found at www.drawthelines.ca.

The developer for 3-5 Southvale Drive has recently resubmitted his proposal with numerous changes.

In order to get your thoughts Councillor Jon Burnside will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, September 8th at 7 p.m. at Leaside Memorial Gardens.

The developer’s team will be in attendance to hear your comments and answer any questions you have.

If you are unable to attend and would like to speak to Councillor Burnside, please contact his office at 416-392-0215 or email him.

When: September 8th, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Leaside Memorial Gardens, 1073 Millwood Rd.

The City is proposing to update the heritage designation of Garden Court Apartments at 1477 Bayview Avenue to strengthen the heritage values and attributes of the landmark property.

This is on the agenda of the Toronto Preservation Board on August 25 at 2pm in Committee room 2 at City Hall.

It is also on the agenda of the North York Community Council on September 12.

The reason for doing this now is that when staff were working on the owner’s application to turn the rental apartments into condos it was noted that the heritage designation language was weak and outdated. The conversion application was refused by the City but the owner appealed to the OMB. A Pre Hearing Conference for the OMB appeal set for June 30 was cancelled a few days before. The application has not been withdrawn/closed so could become active again at any time.

Please consider attending and/or writing in support of the amended designation.

Dear Residents,

In January, Hydro One launched a Class Environmental Assessment to refurbish two sections of underground 115 kilovolt transmission cable in the eastern part of downtown Toronto. This infrastructure, shown on the attached map, is a critical component of Ontario’s electricity grid and the supply of power to Toronto Hydro.

Since then, we have been busy gathering feedback on the project, conducting environmental studies, and assessing routing options for sections of the underground cable replacement. Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of Public Information Centres and the community ‘Power Walks’.

Leaside Hydro routingBased on what we’ve heard and our analysis of technical and environmental studies, we have selected a preferred routing option for the underground cable replacement between Leaside Transformer Station (TS) and Todmorden Junction (JCT).

We have also further examined our construction methods, considerations and mitigation within the entire project area, which also includes the replacement of the underground cable between Main TS and Lumsden JCT, and replacement of the overhead shield wire that is used to protect our equipment from lightning.

We invite you to drop into an upcoming Public Information Centre to get a project update and provide your comments. The dates and locations for each session are provided below.

We hope to see you there!

Hydro One Community Relations
t: 416-345-6799
e: Community.Relations@HydroOne.com

August 9, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stan Wadlow Community Centre
373 Cedarvale Avenue

August 10, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Leaside Arena, William Lea Room
1073 Millwood Road

August 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stan Wadlow Community Centre
373 Cedarvale Avenue

July 26 OMB PHC#4

About 25 community members attended a one day Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) on July 26th. This session was held to sort out the procedural aspects of which cases would be heard, which can be settled without a hearing, and who would have status to be part of the proceedings which are already scheduled for November 21 to  December 9, 2016. It was Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) #4 for the RioCan appeal of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for the Bayview Focus Area and PHC #1 for RioCan’s Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA) for their proposed development at 660 Eglinton East (Sunnybrook Plaza).

The results of the July 26 PHC were:

  • The LPOA requested and was granted Party status by the Chair.  This means that the LPOA will be able to call witnesses and cross-examine the City and the other side’s witnesses.  RioCan and the City already had Party status.
  • Five individuals requested and were granted Participant status, which means they can make a formal submission to the Board.  The five were: Adam Brueckner, Linda Martin, both residents of Bessborough Drive, Marney Charles, resident of the condominium building at 1801 Bayview,  David Sprague, resident of Hanna Road, and Heather Mitchell, resident of Cleveland Street.
  • The Chair refused to allow a request from RioCan and the City for a mediation, as the Board procedures for establishing mediation had not been followed. From our perspective this was a relief as this might have occurred without the LPOA and residents being part  of the discussion. Now that the LPOA is a Party, in future we will be part of whatever goes on.
  • A date was set for another Pre-Hearing Conference (October 12) when the Issues List (i.e. the topics for which evidence will be brought forward) and the procedures for the Hearing will be decided by the Chair.
  • The next step for the LPOA and the residents is to prepare for the November-December hearing, including submitting what we see to be the key issues for the Issues List, and working with our lawyer and our planner on our case.
  • The other thing that happened was with respect to the OP for townhouses west of Hanna on the south side of Eglinton where the LPOA has appealed the OPA, and a property owner has come out in support of the City. The owner (Lindsay Lorimer) claimed they already had Party status and the Chair did not agree and deferred a decision to the Oct. 12 PHC.

Transit in the Yonge St. corridor is at a crisis point. The Yonge subway line, opened in 1954 to serve a city of just over 1 million people, cannot handle today’s population of more than 2.8 million in Toronto and a further four million in the suburbs.

Just how badly the Yonge subway line’s capacity is exceeded today is clear in morning rush-hours, when trains are so packed riders often must let several trains go by before being able to squeeze in. The Eglinton LRT, when finally completed, will pile yet more riders onto this under-built, inadequate subway.

Read the rest of the July 6, 2016 article at the Toronto Star website