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“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 

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).

  • 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.

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
cventre@toronto.ca
(416) 392-3439

Councillor Jon Burnside
Ward 26, Don Valley West
councillor_burnside@toronto.ca
(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.

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!