The City’s laneway suites study, called Changing Lanes gets underway with a public consultation meeting on Thursday, November 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. We hope you can attend to learn more about the initiative, the next steps in the consultation and review process and provide us with your initial thoughts on laneway suites in Toronto.
A notice with details of the public meeting, which currently appears in Now Magazine and Metroland media, is attached. Please feel free to share the meeting notice and the contents of this email to members of your organizations.
On July 4, 2017, City Council directed the City Planning Division, in consultation with a number of City Divisions, to study the potential to permit laneway suites within Toronto and East York District, consult with the community, and report on a potential implementation strategy in 2018.
Council’s motion can be found here:
What is a Laneway Suite?
Laneway suites are housing units situated on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house, or townhouse, but completely detached from the main house. They are generally located in the rear yard abutting a laneway and are smaller in scale than the main house on the lot.
The City’s Review of Laneway Suites
A small number of laneway suites already exist within Toronto, however, the City’s current policies, application requirements, costs, and many technical factors, limit the opportunity to construct laneway houses. The Changing Lanes study is reviewing the potential technical, policy, and process limitations, and will consider a streamlined strategy to permit laneway suites that are appropriately scaled, have adequate amenity space, maintain existing greenspace and character of their neighbourhood, and contribute to the city’s rental housing stock.
Permitting laneway suites more broadly within the City may provide more rental housing opportunities within the City’s established, low-scale neighbourhoods, and provide owners of suitable properties with a rental income source.
The November 30th meeting is an informational meeting intended to introduce the idea of laneway suites, communicate the scope the City’s review process, and receive your initial comments on this emerging initiative. There will be additional consultation meetings scheduled in early 2018 as City Staff continue their internal review, consideration and development a draft strategy regarding laneway suites.
Consultation with the communities in which laneway suites might be possible is an important part of our work. We will provide many opportunities to comment on this initiative and we look forward to hearing from you and your residents.
From Graig Uens, Senior Planner overseeing the consultation –Connecting with City Planning Staff
If you are interested in the Changing Lanes initiative and would like to schedule a meeting or phone call with City Planning staff to discuss our work on laneway suites, please respond to this email or contact me directly.
I look forward to working with you,
Graig Uens, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner, Community Planning
100 Queen Street W.
18th floor (East Tower)
This is the final SVRA meeting for 2017, so we’d like to have the community set the agenda.
- Is there something you’d like to know (more) about and discuss?
- Want more social events?
- Debating becoming involved but would like to learn more..?!
- Still on the fence about becoming a Street Rep?!
- What else?!
- We’ll also be setting the date for SVRA AGM…wanna’ be president or VP or head up a committee?!?!
Please let us know so we can add it to the agenda
Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are SVRA Meeting Minutes_Oct 10 2017s from our October 10, 2017 SVRA meeting.
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Vermont Square Long Term Care Home (basement) 914 Bathurst St @ Barton Ave
READ the draft SVRA Meeting Minutes November 14 2017 for the November 14, 2017 SVRA meeting
At the October 10 SVRA meeting, it was decided the SVRA would depute and provide a “qualified” response to the Bloor St Bike Lane Pilot Project.
Consensus supported the bike lanes WITH significant improvements to the existing design should the lanes be made permanent:
- To the cycle track to enhance traffic flow and safety
- To the pedestrian realm and to pedestrian safety
- With greater consideration of and improvements to accessibility including on-street accessible parking
- Better and more parking for bicycles off/adjacent to Bloor St.
The SVRA also sought continued commitment and resources from the City and Transportation Services to work collaboratively with local RA’s and community groups on the permanent design.
At City Hall on the morning of the meeting, the SVRA and other RA’s were assured by Councillors Cressy and Layton, that any permanent design WOULD include SVRA/RA/local consultation and collaboration. Details TBD once the project passed both PWIC then the City Council Meeting on November 7th.
Councillors Cressy and Layton were aware of existing challenges with the track design and are committed to improvements to the public, pedestrian realm, to pedestrian safety and to ensuring greater accessibility on Bloor Streets and immediate, adjacent streets.
Approximately 59 people deputed at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on October 18, 2017
Former City Councillor, avid cyclist and motorist Ila Bossuns stated: “Anyone who commutes long distances by car along Bloor is an utter total fool.”
The SVRA’s priorities and deputation shifted throughout the meeting. Hoping to avoid redundancy (58 other deputations means a significant amount of same or similar messaging) and learning of intense opposition from two councillors on the Committee, our initial deposition was re-composed. You can read the SVRA Bloor St Bike Lanes Deputation_2 October 18. (It differs than what I actually said. JH)
For an EXTENSIVE summary – including pictures – of the day including the list of deputants, a running record of deputants and main points + commentary from the PWIC meeting please check out this website!
- Watch the October 18, 2017 PWIC (afternoon) meeting and Bloor St Bike Lane deputations + amendments + decision Part 2
- Watch the November 7, 2017 City Council meeting – Morning (starts 2.26.17) and afternoon/early evening + decision
Note: ABBA – Annex Business Bike Alliance is a group consisting of several businesses along Bloor St, including Fresh Resturant, Midoco, BMV, Theodore 1922, Greg’s Ice Cream etc who are in favour of a modified cycle track with scheduled hours of operation (i.e., not rush hour) that is available seasonally. ABBA disputes the manner in which businesses along Bloor St were surveyed and the results of the several means to determine the financial impact of the lanes to Bloor St businesses. Here is their deputation
Albert Koehl of Bells on Bloor disputes much of what ABBA claims in an article entitled “The awkward opposition to the Bloor bike lanes.” To view more about ABBA at the committee meeting and for this alternate perspective and to read Albert Koehl’s response, check out the Bells on Bloor site
Next Steps: 1. Further consultation with local business; 2. meetings (potentially 2) to review/improve design and options.
- The current iteration of the Bloor St bike lanes will remain in place with some temporary improvements of (green) paint at key points (TBD)
- Next summer (2018) water mains along Bloor St are being updated.
- Streetscaping improvements will be made (Bloor St Study [Ph 1] OPA recommendations) in tandem with the BloorAnnex BIA – more info to come
- Road resurfacing and the permanent lane design will follow infrastructure upgrades (mains instal + Bloor St sidewalk improvements)
- Funding has been allocated to the permanent lanes within the 2019 Capital works program.
RIP Honest Ed‘s and Mirvish Village
Boxer Santaros’ UPDATE: 11/9 watching others watching the demolition of
Demolition began onsite months ago, but it was underground and inside, for the most part.
Buildings are quickly being demolished and more signs are being taken away, some being preserved while others are being trashed.
Do you have photos or videos of Honest Ed’s during its heyday, or now, as the walls come tumbling down?
Please post to the Seaton Village Flickr page!
Thanks to Boxer Santaros (courtesy @votemac) and Roy Sawyer for the photos!
Pumpkins will line the path in the park east from Palmerston Ave
We need community member volunteers and WHEELBARROWS to carry pumpkins to the bin after the event ~ 8:30pm
Students can volunteer for Highschool Community Hours!!! email email@example.com to sign up
BRING MUGS FOR HOT DRINKS!
Many thanks to Seaton Villager Torie Gervais and Gervais Party and Tent Rental for the beverage urns!
Many thanks to the amazingly creative and super mixologist Seaton Villagers Alexis Eizinas and Peter Diaz for the poster AND for making our delicious hot beverages!!!
BLOOR STREET BIKE LANES
Shaw Street to Avenue Road
The Bloor Street West Bike Lane Pilot Project Evaluation report is now online and will be considered by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on October 18, 2017.
View Bloor Bike Lanes Evaluation
summary and background information
(full report) as PWIC item PW24.9
The project webpage has been updated:
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOOR BIKE LANES EVALUATION REPORT
PLEASE NOTE: The Seaton Village Residents’ Association will submit a qualified response to the Bike Lane project at Community Council on October 18, 2017
The SVRA intends to advocate for design improvements and enhancements to improve safety and accessibility and the consideration of ongoing challenges for many local businesses.
Seaton Village: get on your bike or walk down to Bloor St and continue to support the amazingly diverse shops and restaurants in Koreatown/Seaton Village and the Annex – let’s show our businesses we value local!
Please join the SVRA and community members for our upcoming SVRA meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Basement – Vermont Square Long-term Care Facility 914 Bathurst Street Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5
- Street Rep Program*
- Traffic and Safety initiatives – street/street requests. I.e., speed humps, Stop signs
- Updates: Lay-bys; Palmerston Ave north Dupont pedestrian light; Mirvish Village demolition and construction schedules; OMB prehearing for 4 Corners Bathurst Bloor appeals + SVRA incorporation; Lane Naming Project
- PUMPKIN PATCH! November 1, 2017
- Other business
Please submit any street-specific traffic/safety initiatives, your questions or agenda item requests to the SVRA in advance of the meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org
STREET REP SYSTEM
The SVRA is recruiting community members to act as “Street Reps.”
Responsibilities: act as an information conduit between SVRA and your street neighbours. Forward/circulate information via email. Sometimes act as street representative -or find an alternate neighbour(s) willing to do so- at SVRA meetings
Qualifications: If you know a lot of your neighbours, are Chief Communication Officer for your street party, have a LOT of contact info for your street residents/neighbours, then you’re perfect for the job!
Objective: Assist with raising awareness of the SVRA, communicate local issues, events and help provide community updates from the SVRA and Councillor Cressy/City Staff
The SVRA and community members have been working on a number of area traffic and safety initiatives with Councillor Cressy’s office, Palmerston Ave P.S, 14 Division and City Transportation Staff.
A significant long-term neighbourhood concern is Barton Ave traffic and related safety issues.
Last spring a No Left Turn 7:00 – 9:00am from Christie onto Barton Ave was erected as an attempt to address cut through traffic along Barton Ave in Seaton Village (SV.)
Over the summer, Annex residents along Barton Ave – who experience the same traffic and safety-related issues and concerns as SV – met with the Ward 20 office and with Transportation Services and they decided to install a No Entry, also during morning rush hour. This compliments a No Left Turn directive at the same intersection.
The No Left Turn from Christie onto Barton and No Entry to Barton east of Bathurst are interim measures. Each and every measure is being monitored to determine impacts on the volume of traffic moving through our neighbourhoods.
Hopefully, these impediments will frustrate and avert cut through traffic seeking to use SV and the Annex as a means to avoid main routes.
Furthermore, traffic stats through the neighbourhoods on Barton Ave have been collected since the installation of the Bloor St bike lanes and is now being analyzed by the City as a part of the Bloor St Bike Lane Project. Results from the study are expected this Fall and will be made public.
While Seaton Village was not consulted on this change to through traffic across Bathurst St, certainly an attempt by local residents to improve local neighbourhood conditions and enhance safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along Barton Ave. is a completely understandable one.
It is understood that this directive at Barton Ave and Bathurst St is causing re-arrangement of morning routes and travel schedules for SV residents.
The SVRA has discussed this traffic measure with staff at the Ward 20/Councillor Cressy’s office. Knowing this new measure is a contentious one for some in Seaton Village, the SVRA has been assured by the Councillor’s office that opportunity will be afforded to Seaton Village residents – as there has always been – to provide feedback on these directives. As well, please send your feedback to the SVRA so we are aware of any items to be discussed with the community and the Councillor’s office
The SVRA looks forward to collaborating with SV and Annex residents, with Councillor Cressy and City Staff on a safe and effective traffic plan for Barton Ave.
Please join your community members and Earth Day Canada for the first Seaton Village StreetPLAY event on Markham St (north of Barton Ave) and Follis Ave (from just west of Markham)
Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00pm
It’s a simple idea – open up our local neighbourhood streets to children and youth so they can connect with friends and play right outside their front door.
The Toronto StreetPLAY Pilot Project (TSPP) will test regularly scheduled, partial closures for street play on 6 residential blocks between June and November 2017. The purpose of the project is to test a permit program for regularly occurring street closures to support neighbourhood outdoor play. The
The first phase is being rolled out TODAY – June 2
All kids from the neighbourhood are welcome to play on these streets!
Please go to the StreetPLAY website to view the schedule and for more info
Bloor Street Bike Lanes Shaw Street to Avenue Road Project Update
The Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project was approved by City Council in May 2016. The installation of the separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) to Avenue Road was completed in late August 2016.
The pilot project will allow us to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street. Extensive monitoring and evaluation is being carried out and will be reported to Council later this year.
Public Drop-in Event
Join us for our third public event to learn about the technical evaluation completed to date, review summaries of on-going public feedback, and discuss your experience and suggestions for the future of these cycling facilities.
Date & Time: Monday, June 5, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre – Gym 427 Bloor Street West
Local Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy will be in attendance. All information materials presented will be posted online shortly following the event.
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From Councillor Cressy
As the 1-year Bloor Street bike lane pilot project continues, join me, Councillor Layton, and City staff on June 5th for a mid-pilot public consultation.
The City has been working hard on the extensive monitoring, evaluation, and consultation program since the project’s installation. Come out on June 5th to learn about the technical evaluation completed to date, review of summaries of ongoing public feedback, and discuss your experience, feedback and suggestions for the future.
You can find more information on the City’s website, or by viewing the meeting flyer here. Earlier this year, the City also released preliminary portions of data (collected 6 weeks after installation) that has been collected on the project. You can find more information here.
NOTE: Stay tuned for details regarding a June SVRA meeting with City staff to discuss a very helpful set of updates and further information about the Bloor St Bike Lane Project that staff and the Councillor want to ensure is shared with the Seaton Village community.
June 1, 2017 – Toronto Star: Bloor St. bike lanes working, cyclists say, though drivers may not agree
June 2, 2017 – Dandyhorse Magazine: Schools for bike lanes on Bloor
SVRA Special Presentation + Meeting Residential/Neighbourhood Planning and the Committee of Adjustment
A friendly reminder of the Seaton Village Residents’ Association meeting and special presentation with Robert Brown – TONIGHT!
- an update on traffic and safety initiatives underway;
- an update on the Dupont St corridor development following the May 4 meeting with developers, the City Planning Staff and Councillors Cressy and Layton + next steps with Mirvish Village
- April 12 SVRA Meeting minutes – for approval. Attached.
SVRA Meeting Wednesday, May 17 Focus: Residential development and the Committee of Adjustment process
Please join the SVRA and special guests, including Robert Brown, former Chair of the ARA and Committee of Adjustment to learn about residential home development and the Committee of Adjustment process and the new Toronto Local Appeals Board.
This meeting will also provide an opportunity to begin discussing our Seaton Village neighbourhood “Vision Plan”
Date: Wednesday, May 16th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Vermont Square Long Term Care Home in the basement (914 Bathurst St) – this is a fully accessible site
The complete meeting agenda will be posted Monday, May 15, 2017. Please forward agenda item suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the meeting SVRA Meeting Minutes April 12 2017 (Final) from April 12 SVRA Meeting
Due to the extreme weather we are experiencing, tomorrow’s Community Compost Day at Vermont Square has been postponed to Sunday, May 28th, 2017.
Sunday, May 28
(pick-up: Olive and Palmerston intersection)
We’ll be providing the compost, but please remember to bring your own shovels and containers. For more information, you can visitwww.toronto.ca/compost.
Bloor St Bike Lanes – Last day to complete survey #2!
The online Bloor Street Bike Lanes – Feedback Survey #2 was launched by the City in December 2016 and will close at midnight – TONIGHT – Thursday, May 4, 2017
Feedback Survey #2: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/bloor2016/
FYI for those concerned about local business input in the process:
150 Unique businesses submitted responses to the City’s 1st survey and extensive outreach from the City/project lead Jason Diceman continues to ensure local business participation in the study. A parallel study on the local economic impact of bike lanes on Bloor Street is being led by the Toronto Center for Active Transportation (TCAT), in partnership with University of Toronto, and sponsorship from Metcalf Foundation, Bloor Annex BIA, and Korea Town BIA. University students with an iPad will be visiting store front businesses again this spring to interview merchants directly.
MORE BUSINESS CONSULTATION IN PROGRESS
So far the TCAT/ UofT Economic Impact Survey has interviewed 248 store front merchants in the Economic Study Area on Bloor Street between Christie Street and Robert Street:
Once prior to bike lane installation in October-November 2015;
Again shortly after bike lane installation in October-November 2016; and will again this spring 2017.
City staff will continue to reach out to business over the coming weeks through the local BIAs and directly. Businesses are being encouraged to contact the City to discuss the project and impacts to their businesses.
A new business-focused City online Survey #3 will be launched this summer, to gather more feedback on the pilot bike lanes from local business operators along Bloor Street from Ossington Avenue to Bay Street. We will be asking more in-depth questions to better understand how different kinds of businesses have been affected in different ways.
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION – the SVRA asked for this and the City is delivering!
PUBLIC DROP‐IN EVENT #3 – JUNE 5, 2017
A third public information event is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 4-8pm, at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Members of the public are invited to speak directly with the project team, to ask questions and share comments about the pilot bike lanes on Bloor Street. Information will be provided on the latest traffic analysis, online feedback survey results, and next steps for minor design modifications and overall evaluation of the project.
Local Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy will be in attendance. A formal event notice will be distributed in the coming weeks.
Learn more about the project history and latest update (February 24, 2017) at: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly…
Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator
Public Consultation Unit, PPF&A
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Floor
55 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
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Join Councillors Cressy and Layton for a drop-in open house on coming developments along the Dupont Corridor
Date: Thursday, May 4th 6:30 – 9:00pm
Location: Sacre-Coeur Elementary School, Gymnasium (98 Essex St)
In March 2016, Councillors Layton and Cressy wrote to our Dupont communities with an update on the settlements the City reached on 840 and 500 Dupont, as well as 420 Dupont/275 Albany Ave. A settlement has also been reached on 740 Dupont.
Today, there are still some elements to these applications where we can provide input. Join us on May 4th for an update on these developments, as well as to provide input on the public realm design, transportation details, and more.
For more information, see the meeting notice here.
Saturday, April 22 10:30 am – 12:30pm
The City is providing rakes, shovels, gloves and an assortment of bags and the SVRA could really use your energy and great conversation and a broom!
Coffee provided by Starbucks (Dupont St!)
Join us and learn about the Lane Naming Project, the GD Project, how to get a tree for your property, traffic calming, StreetPLAY and other neighbourhood initiatives
Find out more about right here in SV!
Seaton Village Residents’ Association Email: email@example.com
Upcoming dates to remember:
- Saturday, May 6 – Compost In Vermont Square Park
- Sunday, June 11 – Ward 20 Community Environment Day @ Central Tech School
SVRA Meeting – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: St Albans Boys and Girls Club, upstairs in the AV room (midway down hall on right side)
- Seaton Village Traffic and Safety initiatives – updates, Quadrant and street reps, next steps + Local projects [Meeting SVRA and PSC School Zone and Area Traffic_Transportation_Safety Meeting January 18_2017 from SVRA + Palmerston School Council Traffic and (School Zone) Safety Meeting]
- Discussion of first round of recommended iSVRA Traffic key initiatives _round 1_April 2017
- Laneway Project: round 2! + Laneway graffiti art – call for project volunteers and website assistance!
- April 22 – Vermont Square Park Community Cleanup!
- Compost + Ward 20 Environment Days,
- Westbank – Honest Ed’s/ Mirvish Village Redevelopment update
Have a great idea for a local project? Would you like to volunteer and want to learn how? Questions? Would you like to add to the agenda? Please send us a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monsignor Fraser Greening Project- Public Meeting/Open House
Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Monsignor Fraser College, Annex Campus (Gymnasium) at 700 Markham St.
The meeting will be jointly facilitated by City staff, Councillor Cressy, and TCDSB Trustee Jo-Ann Davis.
Hey – Seaton Village (and beyond)!
On behalf of Joe Cressy Councillor (an advocate for increased and enhanced green spaces throughout Ward 20) you are all invited to a public open house to discuss improving the Monsignor Fraser parking lot to facilitate expanded student programming and additional community green space for Seaton Village.
View the Open House Invitation: Jan_9_2018_Public_Notice_Msgr_Fraser_final
From Councillor Cressy: Over the past number of months, I have been working closely with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), Trustee Jo-Ann Davis, Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff, and the Seaton Village Residents’ Association (SVRA) to revitalize this underutilized space into a brand new community green space. Last year the TCDSB hosted a meeting to discuss initial design concepts and preliminary budget estimates with the SVRA and local residents. There was a lot of excitement for the project and for more green space within the community. However, the proposed budget went far beyond what the TCDSB had available for implementation.
I am happy to report that I have secured City funding to implement the greening vision, and we have partnered with the TCDSB to make the project happen! As a condition of the use of city funds the TCDSB will be agreeing to a long-term lease of the space to the City, creating a new public space open to the community at large.
Hope to see you there!
From the SVRA: Thanks to Councillor Cressy and the Ward 20 staff + Monsignor Fraser School and Trustee Davis for their commitment and all their efforts to realize this project.