PNLT SECURES 36 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING!

Join the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) in celebrating the acquisition and securing of a building in Parkdale with 36 units of affordable housing. Last week the Parkdale NLT purchased 22 Maynard Avenue – an at-risk low-rent residential building containing 36 apartments in Parkdale. With this acquisition, the land trust has grown its community ownership in the area from 15 to 51 units of affordable rental housing – equivalent to a 240% increase!

Join the PNLT for an online celebration on Monday, May 3rd at 6pmRegister here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/22-maynard-celebration…

Development Proposal for Dufferin & Temple – Apr. 28

Join us for a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development.

Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment to allow a 16-storey residential building with 273 residential (condo) units inclusive of 22 rental replacement units and 109 parking spaces at 2-24 Temple Ave. The proposal will require the demolition of 9 existing houses. There is no retail on the ground floor.

Please visit the Application Information Centre at Toronto.ca/2temple for further information, including: Applicant’s submitted plans and reports.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance. We kindly ask that you join to share your comments.

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 PM
Place: Register for Webex event (2-24 Temple Ave) > http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

Ex Place Community Consultation Meeting – Apr. 20

This is the first of two Exhibition Place on-line Community Liaison Consultation Meetings for 2021. They are planning to have a presentation by Metrolinx regarding the Ontario Line, information concerning Phase Two of the Hotel X, event outlook on the grounds, highlight their winter maintenance of pathways and open washrooms at the Horse Palace and discuss they will continue this practice as a standard going forward to encourage year-round use, additional picnic tables and grounds litter service to support summertime casual usage.

The Community will have the opportunity to join the meeting via your computer or your telephone.

Date:  Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To join the meeting via your computer use the link below.

WebEx https://exhibitionplace.my.webex.com/exhibitionplace.my/j.php?MTID=m51a35d1932eb394fdc6c03c15f3087df and use the password ”Explace”. To join the meeting audio-only dial (416) 216-5643, and use access code “132 025 1277”

Development Proposal for Queen W. & Brock – Apr. 19

Join a City Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development. The application is for: 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue.

Proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment to allow a new 9-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor. A total of 117 new residential condo units are proposed on the upper floors including 81 one-bedroom units (69%), 23 two-bedroom units (20%) and 13 three-bedroom units (11%).

The property is currently occupied by five buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue. Four two-storey retail and a three-storey mixed-use building along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue and one two-storey semi-detached building on Brock Avenue.

Further Information: Please visit the Application Information Centre at https://aic.to/1354QueenStW for further information.

This proposal is making its way through the City process, with many years of Community, Planning, Heritage and City Councillors’ involvement, to change the current 14m (3.5-storey) height limit along Queen West to 20m (6-storeys). This developer is discounting all this public work. This property also sits to the North of the proposed Parkdale Hub project (at Queen & Cowan – Public Library, Community Centre, 1313 Queen, Green P parking).

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance. We kindly ask that you join to share your comments.

Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 PM
Place: Register for Webex event (1354QueenStW) > http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

Summer Youth Paddling Program

SMALL WAVES YOUNG MINDS – Youth Summer Program (ages 7 to 15)

The ultimate youth paddling program in the heart of Parkdale. Youth will be introduced t a variety of paddle crafts including Outrigger Canoe, Kayak, and Stand Up Paddle Board. They will be taught foundational paddling skills and boat control for each craft. They will have the best instructor to participant ratio of 1:6.

Program Schedule (July 5 to Sept. 30
Outrigger Canoe & Fitness Program – Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 AM to 12:30 PM
Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board – Tuesday & Thursday: 9 AM to 12:30 PM
All equipment including life jackets will be provided and sanitized before and after each use.

Pandemic Protocols:
• All paddlers (including youths) will need to submit a covid assessment form 72hrs prior to their first session
• Sanitation stations will be provided at the compound
• A distance of 2 meters must be maintained between each paddler. 
• All paddlers will be required to wear masks in the compound and within the vicinity of the compound until they are on the water.

Learn more and register: sunnysidepaddlingclub.com/youth-program

City Natural Garden Review

The Grass and Weeds Bylaw requires that grass and weeds on private property be maintained so that growth does not exceed 20 cm (8 inches) in height. However, property owners or occupants can apply for a permit to be exempted from this requirement if they have a natural garden. Natural gardens provide environmental benefits, including the creation of natural habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Staff are considering removing the requirement for natural garden exemption permits. This means that residents can have a natural garden without applying for an exemption. Natural gardens will still need to meet maintenance requirements to ensure health and safety of Toronto’s neighbourhoods.

Residents can provide feedback on this proposal by emailing MLSFeedback@toronto.ca. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31 at 11:59 pm. More information is available at toronto.ca/NaturalGarden

Add a Laneway Apartment When You Don’t Have a Laneway?

The City Planning Division has been working on a range of initiatives to extend our housing supply through the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) work program. This plan expands upon recent work that’s supported laneway suites. This program is quite relevant to Parkdale with its many laneways and deep lots.

A new report has been published which can be found HERE. In it, the City looks at options for laneway type units (known as Garden Suites) for homes that aren’t on laneways.

According to the report, City Planning will consult with interested stakeholders on potential permissions for Garden Suites in the City of Toronto during the first quarter of 2021 and then report to Planning and Housing Committee with recommendations by the end of June 2021 on findings and next steps.