RioCan has asked to meet with the LPOA board and we understand that they are working on revised plans.
It’s a good sign! It appears that upping our game at the Local Planning Appeal Board (replacement for the OMB) and making sure the community is well aware of the concerns with the latest plans may be getting RioCan’s attention.
RioCan submitted a revised development application on July 31, 2018 and local residents were shocked to discover that instead of decreasing the density in the course of reviews, as normally expected in a project of this type, it has been significantly increased. The plans also fail to create a new civic plaza for Leaside as requested by residents.
7 towers – three mid-rise (6, 8 and 10 storeys) line Eglinton Avenue and Laird Drive, and four high-rise (18, 21, 36 and 38 storeys) in the centre and east of the site; four high rise towers instead of three
Increased density, reduced amount of public parkland, no public plaza
Total of 1655 units (projected population increase of over 3,000), up from 1435 units – a 15.3% increase
Issues of traffic, lack of space in local schools, shadowing of neighbourhood remain inadequately addressed
What can we do about it?
The RioCan at Laird application is supposed to be in line with the City’s Laird in Focus Plan. Laird in Focus is in Proposals stage and there will be another round of public consultation this fall. BE THERE.
The RioCan Laird application will be coming to City Council for approval in the spring. TELL THE COUNCILLOR TO OPPOSE THIS.
The RioCan Laird application is already at the Ontario Municipal Board. HELP THE LPOA TO PAY FOR COSTS OF AN APPEAL.
On Monday, June 18th, the construction zone will be shifting from the south side of Eglinton Avenue East to the north side of Eglinton Avenue East, both east and west of Bayview Avenue. The new set up will support the continuation of the support of excavation work including pile installation, shallow excavation and wet utilities relocations in the roadway on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East.
· Permitted hours are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven (7) days per week.
· The contractor may not always work during the permitted hours, but may do so at its discretion.
Work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
WHAT TO EXPECT
· Work is expected to begin June 18th, 2018.
· This work will continue for the remainder of 2018. There will be a number of changes to the traffic and pedestrian routes over the next 6-8 months.
· Occasional overnight work may be required. Metrolinx will notify the public in advance and monitor activities throughout.
· Nearby residents and businesses can expect noise in the area caused by a pile drill, crane, loaders, trucks and other construction equipment.
· In addition to construction activity, residents can expect to see equipment and material storage within designated work zones.
· For safety purposes, fencing will be erected around the work zone.
· All access to businesses is maintained throughout the stages.
TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN DETAILS
· The north-south crosswalk on the east side of Bayview Avenue will be closed.
· The north and southbound traffic on Bayview Avenue will be able to turn left onto Eglinton Avenue.
· The eastbound traffic will be permitted to turn left to go north on Bayview Avenue.
· The westbound traffic will continue to be restricted from turning left to go south on Bayview Avenue.
· All right turns will be restricted on a red light.
· One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained.
· Dedicated turn lanes for the northbound left turn and the southbound left turn will be maintained.
· PDOs and/or traffic control persons may be on site to assist traffic in the area where necessary.
· The westbound TTC stop will be shifted east to Rollian Sushi.
· The northbound TTC stop will be shifted to just south of Craig Crescent.
· All other TTC stops will remain in their current location.
TRAVELLING SMART DURING CONSTRUCTION
· Travel delays are expected with construction. Please allow extra time for your journey.
· Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction.
· Download the free ‘aCrosstown’ traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for Eglinton Avenue.
Mark your calendars! The LPOA is hosting an all candidates meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) in the William Lea Room at Leaside Arena. We have invited the Provincial candidates for Don Valley West from the Liberal, Progressive Conservative, Green, Libertarian and New Democratic parties.
Many thanks to our contributing sponsors: The Leaside Pub, Patrick Rocca, Richard A. Byford and Valu-mart.
The City of Toronto is hosting a presentation and open house on Monday, April 23rd at St. Anselm Catholic School (gymnasium), located at 182 Bessborough Drive. The open house will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 7:00 p.m.. The City wishes to receive input and feedback on a Preferred Alternative Plan for the Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East area.
If you are interested in the Laird in Focus Planning Study but cannot attend this meeting, please visit www.toronto.ca/lairdinfocus or contact the City’s Study consultant Josh Reis (416) 395-7059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a public consultation at the Smokin’ Cigar (1540 Bayview Avenue) on Tuesday April 10th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. The draft for the Bayview and Millwood Parkette has been completed and this an opportunity for residents to view the plan and ask questions about the proposed changes. For more information, click here.
The GTAA and NAV Canada are conducting public consultation on proposals that are aimed at reducing noise impacts for residents around the Greater Toronto Area. The proposals include: new flight paths for overnight flights, changes to the preferential runway system and a summer weekend runway alternation program.
There are drop in evening events held in communities across the GTA, including April 12 at Leaside Memorial Community Gardens from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. GTAA and NAV Canada representatives will be available to answer questions one-on-one and speak to the impact and benefits of the proposed changes to our community. To register for the event, please click here.
For background on the Six Ideas, see the Noise Mitigation Initiatives Engagement Plan here. As well, please fill out their survey on the Six Ideas found here. Please note that the comment period will close on April 20th.
The City is holding a final open house on February 10th, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at North Toronto Collegiate Institute (17 Broadway Avenue). Workshops and Presentations will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. This is your opportunity to see how the proposed Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan and associated infrastructure assessments will shape the future of Midtown.
For details about the Midtown In Focus Open House, click here to visit the City of Toronto website.
The LPOA is a volunteer organization and we run on a shoestring. Your donations can help us publicize and hold public meetings as issues arise, hire professional consultants as needed, write reports and present them as deputants to City Hall and the Ontario Municipal Board, and keep you informed on all upcoming developments in Leaside.