Zoning By-law Amendments to permit Eglinton Crosstown stations
On December 14 a good number of people, including several Leasiders, took time out from Holiday preparations to attend a City of Toronto meeting at Northern District Library to learn about proposed Zoning By-law Amendments applicable to the Eglinton Crosstown transit stations and related buildings such as Maintenance Storage Facilities and Traction Power Sub-stations. A number of the Leaside attendees were interested on how this related to the rumours swirling about hi-rise development proposals for the Bayview station and that might involve one or more of the neighbouring “quadraplexes” south of Eglinton.
The city planner, Brian Gallaugher took care to explain that the Zoning By-law Amendments being brought forward were simply those required by Metrolinx to construct the 15 underground stations with their three storey glass boxes above ground. So if Metrolinx (or a developer) contemplated any use on the site beyond transit, such as residential or commercial then the development would be subject to further planning approvals from the City, with the usual public processes. And Metrolinx had promised that they would not be part of any development application.
In response to my questions about whether Metrolinx was invited to the meeting, it was revealed that there were two Metrolinx staff in the audience. My sense was that the City staff told us as much as they know, but we really needed to hear from Metrolinx, to get the real story of what is happening on the McDonald’s site. But let’s face it, Metrolinx is not accountable to us.
Brian Gallaugher did not have the details of the By-law available – it is still being tweeked by the City’s lawyers, but it will come to Planning and Growth Committee in January, and City Council in February.
City of Toronto hosting public meetings on implementation of Eglinton Connects Planning Study
Over the last two years, the City of Toronto conducted the Eglinton Connects Planning Study to determine the future land use planning framework and public realm plan for Eglinton Avenue between Jane Street and just east of Kennedy Road (Kennedy Subway Station). City staff will now consult the public on specific implementation measures to make the plan a reality. These consultation meetings have been scheduled for May 12 and 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Eglinton Connects Planning Study area corresponds to the area where Metrolinx is currently building the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which is scheduled to open in 2020.
The planning study resulted in 21 recommendations and implementation strategies related to travelling, greening and building along Eglinton Avenue. The recommendations were informed by extensive community consultation, including input from residents, businesses, organizations, students, community advocates and local councillors at over 60 events. The recommendations can be viewed on the study website at http://www.toronto.ca/eglinton (under the “Materials” tab).
These recommendations were endorsed by the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee in April. The committee has directed the study team to consult with the community on specific implementation measures and additional work required to bring the plan to life. This consultation will occur at two upcoming public meetings:
- Monday, May 12, 6 to 9 p.m.: Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd. (just south of Eglinton Avenue)
- Thursday, May 15, 6 to 9 p.m.: Beth Sholom Synagogue, 1445 Eglinton Ave. W. (just west of Allen Road)
A comprehensive presentation of the implementation measures will take place at each meeting at 7:30 p.m.
The consultations will focus on the following implementation measures:
- limited changes to some land use designations in the Official Plan
- zoning amendments to permit the as-of-right development of mid-rise buildings
- reductions in parking requirements to reflect the higher-order transit access
- relief from some zoning regulations for Metrolinx LRT-related buildings
- site and area-specific policies to facilitate the intensification of three Focus Areas
- official Plan policies to require the dedication or extension of public lanes
- widening the planned right-of-way width on Eglinton Avenue in two segments, and
- future studies required to implement the recommendations of Eglinton Connects.
Following this consultation process, City Planning will report back to the Planning and Growth Management Committee in June with the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments, and the further studies needed to complete the plan.
The objectives of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study are to intensify, beautify and improve mobility along Eglinton Avenue. These objectives will help to realize the full potential of opportunities presented by the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/eglinton