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On Monday, May 1, 2017 join the City Planning Division for a Background, Visioning and Principles Workshop for the Laird in Focus Study.

Laird in Focus Study AreaLaird in Focus is a study led by the City of Toronto City Planning Division that will develop a planning framework to guide future development of the Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East area. The study will refine and build upon the existing planning structure as well as recent planning initiatives undertaken in the area. It will develop a vision and policies for a complete community which supports new streets and blocks, parks and open spaces, buildings, community services and facilities, enhanced public realm and a transportation and servicing strategy.

The purpose of this meeting is to engage the community in the development of a vision statement and fundamental principles that will guide planning and design for the study area. Additionally, the study team will share the results of their background review and receive input on the inventory and analysis of existing and planned conditions for the area.

See the Laird in Focus section of the City of Toronto website for background studies, reports and meeting information.

MEETING DETAILS

Monday, May 1, 2017
Leaside Memorial Arena
1073 Millwood Road
William Lea Room

  • 1st Session – 4:30pm Presentation & 5:00pm-6:30pm Workshop
  • 2nd Session – 7:00pm presentation & 7:30pm-9:00pm Workshop

*Please note each session is the same

Public traffic meetings were held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 for South Leaside, and on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 for North Leaside. The comments and feedback from those, along with the feedback from the online surveys, will help guide the next set of proposals.

While Councillor Burnside’s two traffic committees originally studying concentrated on seeking measures to provide relief during the lengthy LRT construction period, for both North and South Leaside, they have extended their work to look for longer term and permanent solutions. The LPOA’s traffic committee has from the start concentrated on long-term measures which would continue past the completion of the LRT, when major design changes are envisaged for Eglinton Avenue.

All of these committees will be working together to look for neighbourhood-wide solutions. Your comments (positive and critical) will be important influencers in this process.

We must acknowledge that unless we can reach a consensus on neighbourhood traffic control for the entire community – full area-wide protection –  the quality of life, and our safety, will be eroded by ever greater car (and, increasingly, truck) traffic on all of our streets. Comments made at the LPOA’s November 22, 2016 AGM reinforce this consensus.

It is time to  work out a plan, choose options, and identify locations for effective use of high tech measures such as speed cameras. Should all of Leaside be designated a Community Safety Zone, with lowered speed limits, especially on entry points, not just around schools? The faster the car is travelling, the more likely that serious injury and damage will be the result. There is pending legislation which we can apply to make Leaside’s streets safer.

North Leaside’s street plan differs from that of South Leaside, so differing approaches may be called for. Please participate in the survey and let us know what you think.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Underground Construction

Project Bessborough – Broadway (E18200/E18201) 

Hydro upgradeToronto Hydro is planning to upgrade the aging underground electrical system in your community to help improve service reliability. The upgrade includes the installation of electrical cables within the City of Toronto’s public property allowance in front of or adjacent to your lot.

The civil and electrical portions of this project are expected to begin by mid March 2017 with an approximate completion date of late December 2017. The project area is along Bayview Avenue between Blythwood Road and Broadview Avenue, along Broadway Avenue between Bayview Avenue and Sutherland Drive and including a portion of Sutherland Drive.

Toronto Hydro crews and contractors will take extra care and precautions around your property. The portion of the driveway, sidewalk and other areas affected by our work will be restored upon completion of the project as season, weather and schedules permit.

We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you exercise caution around construction areas. For further information on Project Bessborough – Broadway and the PowerUp initiative, please reference the contact information below. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Fabian C.
Customer Operations Representative
capitalprojects@torontohydro.com
416-542-3366

We need your feedback on the draft proposals for Leaside traffic calming and ask you to take a few minutes to fill out our survey. Please note that these proposals are only the first draft. There will be changes made based on your comments, as well as on the recommendations coming out of the other two committees.  This is definitely a work in progress.

Survey is now closed – we will post results soon.

If you did not attend the meetings, please review the proposals before you fill out the survey. If you wish to submit your survey by mail, please download the PDF. Please note, we would MUCH prefer it if you could fill it out online, as tabulation of results is done automatically.

South Leaside Traffic Calming Plan

South Leaside Traffic Calming Plan
 (PDF for download)

North Leaside Traffic Calming Plan

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(PDF for download)

 

Residential stormwaterStormwater is rain and melted snow. Generally, the more hard surfaces a property has the more stormwater will flow off it and into the sewer system. An increase in extreme storms, combined with more paved surfaces in the city is resulting in more stormwater making its way into the sewer system. This has led to an increase in flooded basements and is contributing to poor water quality in local waterways including Lake Ontario.

Making infrastructure improvements is necessary to manage the impacts of stormwater. To help manage stormwater, the City is creating new holding ponds, tanks and tunnels, and revamping some sewer infrastructure that is more than 100 years old. This work will help to decrease the number of basements that experience sewer back-up and improve the water quality in local waterways and Lake Ontario. To learn more about the proposed stormwater charge, please visit toronto.ca/stormwatercharge, complete the online survey here, or attend one of the public consultations:

Monday, March 20, 6 – 9 p.m.
East York Civic Centre
850 Coxwell Ave.

Thursday, March 30, 4 to 9 p.m.
Metro Hall, Rotunda
55 John St.

Tuesday, April 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, Room 1
5100 Yonge St.

“The Eglinton Connects Planning Study identified the Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East area as one of six Focus Areas with larger parcels of land fronting Eglinton Avenue that could have a greater capacity to accommodate future population and employment growth.”

“The vision and principles for three Focus Areas (Bayview, Dufferin, and West Side Mall) were advanced to a stage where a clear understanding of the appropriate planning directions had emerged….The remaining Focus Areas (Laird, Don Mills and The Golden Mile) along with mobility Hubs (Mount Dennis and Kennedy) were identified by the Eglinton Connects Planning Study as areas that required additional study and public consultation.  The Laird Focus Area consists of four large sites with large-format, low rise buildings and surface parking located on the southeast corner of Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue bounded by Eglinton Avenue East, Laird Drive, Vanderhoof Avenue and the western limit of Aerodrome Crescent (Study Area A).”

See the Laird in Focus section of the City of Toronto website for background studies, reports and meeting information.

RioCan, owners of the Canadian Tire site at Eglinton & Laird have submitted a proposal to the City of Toronto for the site.

The proposal is for the redevelopment of the existing 8.8 acre site with a total density of 3.7. The proposal includes 16,130 m2 of retail, 116,110 m2 of residential (1,435 units), a new public park (0.34 ha), publicly-accessible open space (POPS 1,687 m2), community space (701 m2) and a network of public and private streets. The proposal includes 6, 8, 9 and 12 storey buildings along Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue and a 26 storey and two 34-storey buildings towards the S/E end of the site.

Documents submitted by the developer can be found here:

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4013928

Please note: as of yet, no public meeting has yet been scheduled and there is no preliminary report from the Planning Department.

As of November 15th, the LPOA and RioCan have reached an OMB-Mediated Settlement regarding 660 Eglinton Avenue East (Sunnybrook Plaza). The settlement details can now be made public and are as follows:

The original application by RioCan called for two towers of 19 and 13 storeys, with podiums of various heights. The finalized settlement calls for significant improvements in height, massing, density, and urban design, as well as important guarantees of protection for the natural habitat and tree protection to adjoining properties to the east and north of the site. We can report that Board-assisted mediation involving RioCan, City staff, and the LPOA was extremely helpful in winning important concessions.

Here are the key elements of the Settlement:

Height, massing, density, and design 

Our objectives were to reduce height, and density, and improve the buildings’ design, setbacks angular planes, to create a simpler, more distinctive building profile and minimal shadowing.The final height reduces the originally proposed 19 and 13 storeys to 16 and 11 storeys, with a less massive appearance. Setbacks were introduced at the 5th storey instead of the 8th. The visual impact is considerably improved.

Outdoor amenities: 

There will be some surface parking (car and bicycle) as well as underground, and landscaping, with details to be dealt with in the Site Plan Application process; RioCan will supply us and the City with their Site Plan Application at the same time. We have already submitted many comments and concerns from residents on the subject, and will ask Councillor Burnside to ensure these suggestions are considered, and to set up a Working Group with the LPOA, residents, RioCan and the City to plan details.

Hydrogeology: 

Underground water and flooding have long been a concern at the Bayview/Eglinton location. RioCan agreed to pay for the professional fees of a hydrogeologist chosen by the LPOA to assess RioCan’s hydrogeology study and to investigate impacts of the construction on both the site, and adjoining properties. The situation was thoroughly analyzed, and RioCan confirmed to our hydrogeologist’s satisfaction that there will be no offsite deleterious impacts to neighbouring properties.

Traffic access and parking:

We continue to have concerns regarding impact on local residents from diverting traffic and site-related traffic patterns. These are matters which fall under City (not RioCan) jurisdiction, and LPOA intends to work for traffic solutions to protect residential streets.

Natural heritage and tree protection: 

These were major issues for both residents and the LPOA. The viability of several trees on homeowners’ properties was threatened. The LPOA hired an arborist (at RioCan’s expense) to identify concerns with RioCan’s natural heritage and arborist reports. The settlement allows for our arborist (again, fees to be covered by RioCan) to be present during construction of the retaining wall to monitor and evaluate tree protection issues, subject to neighbours agreeing to access to their properties for arborist survey purposes. The settlement provides for fence replacement to be covered by RioCan.

Section 37 Funds:

The settlement provides $2.7M for community purposes. Councillor Burnside has expressed an interest in these funds going towards the cost of a community centre to be located to serve the North Leaside community.

Residential/commercial/office component: 

According to the Settlement, there will be a minimum of 4000 square metres of non-residential gross floor area assigned for these uses.

Professional fees: 

RioCan will reimburse LPOA’s professional planning, legal, hydrogeological, and arborist fees (including future arborist fees during construction) less the amount already raised by the community including the GoFundMe account which we understand to be approx. $13,000.

IN SUMMARY, the LPOA believes that this Settlement provides both short-term and long-term provisions which are significantly improved over the original development proposal. The input received from local residents, both in public meetings and during the Ontario Municipal Board process, has been invaluable, and key to reaching these improvements. All of Leaside owes you great appreciation.

This presentation was made by our traffic consultant (Paradigm Transportation Consultants) at the LPOA Annual General Meeting on November 22, 2016. Please review the presentation and send us your comments!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Open House
5:00, 6:00, 7:00 p.m. Presentation (repeated on the hour)

Leaside United Church 
822 Millwood Road
Church Gymnasium
Enter off of Field Ave. and McRae Dr.

Laird in Focus is a study lead by the City of Toronto City Planning Division that will develop a planning framework to guide future development of the Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East area. The study area includes lands south of Eglinton Avenue East, north of Vanderhoof Avenue, between Laird Drive and Aerodrome Crescent. It also includes the properties located on the west side of Laird Drive between Vanderhoof Avenue south to Millwood Road.

The study will refine and build upon the existing planning structure as well as recent planning initiatives undertaken in the area. It will develop a vision and policies for a complete community which supports new streets and blocks, parks and open spaces, buildings, community services and facilities, enhanced public realm and a transportation and servicing strategy.

For more info: www.toronto.ca/lairdinfocus