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Laird in Focus Planning Study

Background, Visioning and Principles Workshop

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.


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


Hydro upgrade project

Bessborough – Broadway March 2017 - December 2017

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.


Fabian C.
Customer Operations Representative


Leaside Traffic Calming Survey

We need your feedback!

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

(PDF for download)



Survey: Stormwater Charge

The City of Toronto is considering a stormwater charge

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.


Development Proposal 815-845 Eglinton Ave. E.

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:


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


939 Eglinton Ave. E. Community Consultation Video

October 13, 2016


3-5 Southvale

The proposed condominium development for 3-5 Southvale Dr. is at North York Community Council on Nov. 15 and while the recent community meeting revealed a revised plan that was more in proportion to the site and had some design improvements, we are awaiting the staff report from Planning to know how the staff is responding to the revisions and whether or not they will recommend Council approve the proposal. The revised drawings are available on the City website (under Oct. 12 resubmission).


LPOA Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

  • Round Table Discussion on Committee of Adjustment
    Will Johnston(Acting Chief Building Official, City of Toronto) • Al Kivi (SERRA) • Joe Nanos (Director Community Planning North York District) • Moderator: Brian Athey 
  • LPOA Traffic Committee Update & Consultant Report
  • LPOA Business
  • Councillor Jon Burnside, Premier Kathleen Wynne and MP Rob Oliphant have been invited to attend

Meeting Location: Trace Manes Community Centre, 110 Ramsey Rd.
Start time: 7 PM (note earlier start time!)

Please plan to attend. Note: if you wish to vote at the meeting, please make sure that your membership is paid and up to date. If you’re not sure, please email us. Renewals can be done either through the website using the link on right (fastest and easiest), by mail, or in person on November 22.


Don Mills Crossing Community Consultation and Study Launch

Join the City on October 13th for the Launch of the Don Mills Crossing Study!

Don Mills Crossing is a study lead by the City of Toronto City Planning Division that will examine ways to focus and shape anticipated growth around Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. Building on the work of Eglinton Connects, Don Mills Crossing will look to improve connections to the surrounding areas, lay out a network of open space and determine community services necessary to support new growth. This is a key city building moment for Don Mills and Eglinton, come be a part of it!

Sign up for the email list and get more information at: www.toronto.ca/donmillscrossing

Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Open House
6:00 p.m. Presentation (repeated on the hour)
Ontario Science Centre
The Gemini Room, 770 Don Mills Road.
Free Parking. Transit nearby.

This is a mobility device accessible venue.

Further Information

If you are interested in Don Mills Crossing but cannot attend this meeting, please visit www.toronto.ca/donmillscrossing or contact the City Planner or local Councillors listed below:

Christian Ventresca
Senior Planner, City Planning
(416) 392-3439

Councillor Jon Burnside
Ward 26, Don Valley West
(416) 392-0215

You may mail your comments to Christian Ventresca at City Planning Division, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 22nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.


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.


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!