The Leaside Property Owners’ Association has taken up the cause of neighbours on McRae Drive opposite Trace Manes Park who are opposing a box-style replacement home at 158 McRae. In an appeal to residents on Friday, August 23, Co-Presidents Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin Fripp say that the out-of-character box will spoil the look of the street and dwarf its neighbours. In recent years large box homes have made inroads into streets in south Leaside, Bennington Heights and elsewhere.
“Do you ever marvel at the view across McRae Drive from the playground at Trace Manes Park – soon to be revitalized as the Georgia Walsh playground – to the row of houses making up the block from Crandall to Field? These seven houses in Revival style are all the same, yet all different. This iconic Leaside streetscape is threatened by the proposed teardown of just one of the houses – 158 McRae Drive – and its replacement with a large modern box with flat roof. The new home, if approved by the Committee of Adjustment on Thursday, August 29, will be wider, higher, anddeeper than any of the other homes on the block. It will dwarf the adjacent homes and simply not ‘fit’, as seen in the drawing attached to the application. The application for this new house and the variances to the zoning by-law that it requires will be heard at the North York Committee of Adjustment on Thursday, August 29, at 9.30am. If like the Leaside Property Owners Association you are concerned about this, please contact the LPOA at email@example.com.”
The LPOA recently sent the following letter to the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee regarding Vision Zero 2.0:
LPOA Letter re IE6.8- Vision Zero 2.0- Road Safety Report
Text of letter reads:
25 June 2019
Re.: Agenda item IE6.8 Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan Update
Dear Chair Pasternak and Committee Members:
I write on behalf of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Inc. (LPOA) in support of the Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan Update (IE6.8 on your June 27, 2019 Committee agenda).
The speed of traffic flowing along Leaside’s internal residential streets has been a major concern for many years. In December 2018, after much public consultation, the LPOA presented a comprehensive and well-received traffic calming plan for Leaside, a key element of which is speed reduction. Increasing safety by reducing flow-through speed is its key theme
As well, an independent local initiative to gather residents’ signatures in support of implementing a Leaside-wide 30kph speed limit has collected over 1500 positive responses within a very short period. Clearly, traffic safety is a major issue for us.
We are delighted to read the recommendations in the Vision Zero 2.0 report. We urge your Committee to endorse its content and its philosophy of danger reduction through speed reduction, and accident prevention.
Thank you for your consideration of this important report.
Carol Burtin Fripp
LPOA Co-President with Geoff Kettel
and Chair, LPOA Traffic and Transportation Committee
A group of concerned Leasiders has initiated a campaign to reduce speed limits in Leaside to 30 km/h.
You can sign the online petition (http://chng.it/s5zbTBPs) or complete the form and deliver it by mail, email, or hand.
Note: the group is not fundraising. If the online site prompts you to ‘chip in’, just scroll down to choose ‘Sorry I can’t do anything right now’ and/or ‘Skip for now’.
PETITION Leaside Speed Reduction May 11 2019
You must be hearing the increasing chorus of opposition to the Ford government cutbacks and changes on a variety of matters affecting Toronto.
One change that especially concerns us is Bill 108: More Homes, More Choice Act, which includes changes to the Planning Act, the Development Charges Act, and the Ontario Heritage Act that:
- reduce opportunities for public input in local planning decisions
- reduce the City’s ability to plan for a livable, vibrant community
- despite the Act’s title, do not in fact create more homes and more choice
We need to tell the the government:
- NO to returning to the planning tribunal the powers of the former Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
- NO to combining development charges (which pay for both hard services required by growth such as sewers and water, but also soft services like child care), Section 37, and Parks levies into one capped charge
- NO to reducing the planning decision timelines for city review and public comment
These changes clearly benefit developers, not residents. We cannot sit back and accept the loss of our rights — these are not efficiencies. We need a massive outpouring of concern from residents across Toronto and Ontario.
For more details on the impacts on the City of Bill 108 go to toronto.ca/bill108
For the City Planner’s report and slide presentation on the proposed changes, see:
Please call, write or email the following BY JUNE 1, 2019:
The Honourable Doug Ford, MPP
Premier of Ontario
823 Albion Road
Etobicoke, ON M94 1A3
Tel. 416 745-2859
The Honourable Steve Clark, MPP
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Suite 101-100 Strowger Blvd.
Brockville, ON K6V 5J0
Toll-free 1-800 267-4408
Tel. 613 342-9522
Thank you for your support for actions to maintain good planning in our Province.
Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin-Fripp
Councillors Shelley Carroll, John Filion, and Jaye Robinson (Ward 15 – including Leaside) are hosting a town hall on Ontario’s Bill 108, which would reform the municipal planning process. Keynote speaker is Gregg Lintern, Chief Planner, City of Toronto.
Monday, May 27, 7:00 p.m., Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, Toronto
Councillor Mike Colle, from neighbouring ward 8 (Eglinton-Lawrence), is hosting a town hall to discuss Ontario’s Bill 108, which would reform the municipal planning process.
Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m, North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room, 200 Eglinton Street West, Toronto, ON, M4R 1A7
Seating is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-338-2500. If you cannot attend but would like more information, please contact the Councillor’s office at email@example.com OR 416-338-2500.
Town Hall on Bill 108 Poster
Councillor Jaye Robinson has provided an update about the road closure at the intersection of Millwood Road and Southvale Drive. Below are the key points taken from this update:
- Watermain and sewer connection work was being completed in relation to the development at 3 Southvale Drive. When crews arrived on-site, they discovered that the sewer lines were much deeper underground than initially expected, which ultimately extended the scale and duration of the closure.
- Due to the emergency nature of the work, Councillor Robinson did not receive any notice of this closure and as a result, was unable to share feedback or express concerns. The Councillor has brought this issue directly to the attention of the Mayor’s office to advise that, as the local Councillor, it is imperative that she be made aware of any similar closures in the future so that she can advocate for the best interests of Ward 15 residents.
- The Councillor has met with the Senior Work Zone Traffic Coordinator to advise that there are already significant traffic pressures in Leaside and that the work needs to be completed as quickly as possible.
- Questions or concerns can be directed to the Councillor (416-395-6408 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
- People wishing to contact the Work Zone Traffic Coordinator directly can contact Bryan.Muir@toronto.ca.
The Board of Management of Leaside Community Memorial Gardens would like to invite you to participate in our Clean Toronto Together initiative from 10am to 12 noon on April 28th.
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens will lead a team of volunteer “litter-picker-uppers” from the local community in an effort to clean up the public spaces at the LMCG and surrounding areas. Our team will work their way from the Leaside Arena north on Laird toward Eglinton.
There will be water and snacks available. We will be authorizing student service hours as well as handing out water and energy bars for our volunteers. To make it fun, we plan to play “litter bingo”.
Our ambition is to make the east boundary of Leaside clean and welcoming for all. Local businesses and residents are encouraged to join in the fun by volunteering, or simply come out and cheer us on.
Drop-in or Register today: LeasideGardensCleanTO.eventbee.com
Together we can show the City that our LEASIDE PRIDE shines clean and bright.
Community Relations Committee
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
A Community Environment Day in Leaside is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Leaside Memorial Community Gardens (1073 Millwood Road).
Organized by the City of Toronto and Councillor Jaye Robinson, the event is an opportunity to donate items in good condition (e.g. books, dishes, clothing), to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics, and to collect two 15kg bags of free compost per household (while quantities last).
Full information is available on the City’s website.
Are you a member of the LPOA? Officially, many Leasiders are not. We know we have the support of a lot of you, which we appreciate, and we work on behalf of all Leasiders, whether dues-paying members or not.
Our annual membership is $30. These funds add up, and underwrite the costs of preparing documentation and presentations at Committee of Adjustment, City Council, LPAT, and TLAB, and holding public meetings. On occasion we need to engage legal and/or planning consultants, to promote and protect this community’s interests. These costs can add up to many thousands of dollars.
The larger our membership base, the more we can count on having a stable annual financial base with which to plan our activity on your behalf. Your LPOA Board Directors are all volunteers; 100% of dues goes to support essential costs.
Your financial support is important in another way as well: politically. When we depute, we’re often asked how many members the LPOA represents. A larger membership does mean something!
The LPOA and you are all in this together. With your official membership we can work more effectively on your behalf. Please join today (online via Paypal or by mail via cheque)! You can count on us. Can we count on you?