Category Archives: Local Interest

Sign Petition To Make South Parkdale Streets Safer

Over the last 10 years there have been 9 pedestrian and cyclists hit by cars on King Street between Dowling and Dufferin. These numbers include 3 deaths.

It has been almost 2 months since the cyclist tragedy at King and Cowan. A number of community members have been reaching out to councilors (Gord Perks), the Toronto Police Service, family and friends to work on ideas on how to make our streets safer for everyone in the future. It was suggested to start a petition to show local residents support for these changes. We can never allow a tragedy like this happen again in our neighbourhood.

Please share widely from the Change.org site.

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-s-office-city-of-toronto-mak…

6 Noble St. OMB Hearing – Dec. 12

The developer of 6 Noble St. originally proposed a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

As you might know, the developer appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A pre-hearing conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 10 AM.   The purpose of the pre-hearing is to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the OMB Hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.  If you have concerns with the development proposal, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

City Planning staff and the developer have also continued to work to find a suitable proposal for the site.  The ‘without prejudice’ discussions between City staff and the developer allows for exploration of possible changes that might result in an agreement without offers or counter offers being made public. I am not involved in these discussions.

City Legal were informed that the developer will be making a revised ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer very soon. A ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer will be a public document. If available, it will be shared at the December 12th pre-hearing.

It is the Councillor’s practice to share details of any ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer prior to it being considered by City Council either through email or, if time permits, at a community meeting.

At this time, the developer has agreed not to seek a Hearing date at the pre-hearing conference. Instead, they will seek a second pre-hearing in April, 2018 which could be converted into a settlement hearing if a settlement is reached.

It is important that anyone with an interest in this matter attend the OMB pre-hearing on Tuesday Dec 12th, notwithstanding the fact that no Hearing date is to be scheduled. This will allow community members to be made parties or participants and be a part of any proceeding should a settlement fail to occur.

For more information please contract Councillor Perks office – Meri.Newton@toronto.ca.

Date: December 12th
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: OMB, 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street (2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.)

Toronto Review of Laneway Suites – Nov. 30

The City of Toronto is undertaking an initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across Toronto and East York areas of the City.

The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 100 Queen St. W. (Council Chamber)

 

King/Dufferin Condos approved at TEYCC Meeting

At the recent Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) meeting on Tuesday Councillors approved the re-zoning application of Lifetime Developments projects at King/Dufferin. The application will now go to the next meeting of full City Council for final approval. Once approved anyone objecting to this approved re-zoning application will have 30-days to object to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Here is a link to Gord Perks interview on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway and read this article at Inside Toronto.

Neighbourhood Assembly to Oppose Luxury Condos at King/Dufferin – Nov. 9


Lifetime Developments has proposed a 14-storey and 17-storey luxury condo development at the intersection of King and Dufferin. The developer is proposing to build 703 luxury residential units and 10 retail units. Councillor Gord Perks has negotiated $1.9 million in Section 37 to be allocated towards a neighbourhood rental housing fund.  Is this enough to address our current housing crisis. In Parkdale, tenants and local businesses are being priced out. Neighbourhood inequality is growing. Members and groups in the community are outraged by this proposal, and are organizing to say NO to this development.
 
Join your neighbours for a neighbourhood assembly to prepare a platform, sign up for public deputations, and start a letter-writing campaign for the upcoming Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) on November 14th, 2017, where City Planning is recommending to approve the rezoning application for 1182-1221 King St W. This is our chance speak as a community. 
 
This is not Liberty Village. This is Parkdale. Let’s unite to say “Not in our Lifetime.”

Date: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave (Basement)

Background Information:

Community Meeting for 1182 & 1221 King St. W. – Nov. 1

This is a follow-up Community Meeting to Lifetime Developments proposed development at 2-sites kitty-corner to each other at the intersection of Dufferin Street and King Street West. Councillor Perks is holding this meeting to review the developer’s revisions to the original application and to hear from community members. Councillor Perks will be joined by City Planner Kirk Hatcher and a representative from the development team.

City Planning will be submitting their Final Report on the 1182-1221 King St. W. Rezoning Application to the November 14th meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). If you are unable to attend the Community Meeting but are interested in further information, please contact the Councillor’s office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Date: Wednesday, November 1st
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 171 Dunn Avenue at King St. W., Parkdale United Church basement

Laneway Housing Information Session by PRA – October 24

Join us at this information session to learn more about laneway housing and how it can affect Parkdale!  Speakers: Co-founder of Lanescape, Andrew Sorbara and Evergreen group will give a presentation on laneway housing with a Q&A at the end.

The City of Toronto is considering Laneway Suites (housing). A laneway house is a smaller, detached home located where the garage would normally go on a single-family lot.

Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax already allow this type of housing. There are over 300 KM of laneways in the city. Allowing housing in our laneways would create many more rental housing units.

Sign up HERE.

Date: Tues, October 24th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Avenue, May Robinson Auditorium

Please read the following links and articles to help you better understand the advantages and disadvantages that laneway housing would have to our Parkdale community:
Lanescape – A laneway housing advocacy group
http://lanescape.ca/
Toronto Star – Laneway suites could open up new Toronto housing possibilities
https://www.thestar.com/…/laneway-suites-could-open-up-new-…
CBC News – Laneway housing a step closer to reality after community consultations
http://www.cbc.ca/…/metrom…/laneway-housing-report-1.4029590

Community Meeting 57 Brock Ave. Development – Oct. 23

The developer Brock Seaforth Inc. of 57-65 Brock Avenue, is submitting a settlement proposal to Toronto City Council which will be considered on November 7, 2017.

The settlement proposal makes revisions to the original application to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear of 57 Brock Avenue. Details will be available at the community meeting.
Councillor Perks, City Planner Kirk Hatcher and representatives from Brock Seaforth Inc. will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information speak to the planner directly, contact Kirk Hatcher, at (416) 392-0481 or Kirk.Hatcher@toronto.ca or email Councillor Gord Perks office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Date: Monday, October 23rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Avenue, May Robinson Auditorium

Queen Street West Restaurant By-Law Survey


The Toronto City Planning staff are currently reviewing the Queen Street West Restaurant By-law, implemented in 2013, that limits the concentration of restaurants located on Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue (Areas A, B, C at 25% & Area D at 33%). In order to determine if the by-law is working properly or having any beneficial effect, the City is conducting a survey to collect the perspectives of residents and business owners.

The purpose of this By-law was to alleviate some of the issues created by restaurants which morph into late night drinking establishments including: excessive noise, public drunkenness, crowded sidewalks, garbage, traffic, and parking issues.

Additionally, this By-law was also to alleviate concerns that restaurants were pushing out other types of commercial uses which support the daily lives of the people living in the surrounding residential neighbourhood (i.e. services, grocery stores, pharmacies etc.).

Please complete the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TOQueenWRestaurant

The deadline for the survey is Wednesday, October 18th. For further information contact Joanna Kimont via e-mail Joanna.kimont@toronto.ca or her office at 416-392-7919.

Toronto Waterfront Summit – Oct. 27 & 28

You’re invited to Toronto’s first Waterfront Summit! This unique event will bring together stakeholders from across our city’s waterfront – from Etobicoke to Scarborough. Together, we will hear from thought-provoking speakers and work on solutions to urgent issues facing our waterfront.

Experts and organizations ranging from community groups to governmental and business interests will share their waterfront passions, goals, and stories in panel discussions and workshops. Together, we will strive to elevate civic engagement and shape the future of our waterfront.

The Waterfront Summit will take place at the modern and sustainable George Brown College waterfront campus. A detailed agenda and workshop sign-ups will be published soon. Don’t miss out on this special event. Reserve your spot today – RSVP!

Date: Friday Oct. 27th  and Saturday Oct. 28th
Time: Fri. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Place: 51 Dockside Drive (George Brown Waterfront Campus)