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Bloor St Bike Lanes at PWIC October 18 and City Council November 7, 2017

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:

  1. To the cycle track to enhance traffic flow and safety
  2. To the pedestrian realm and to pedestrian safety
  3. With greater consideration of and improvements to accessibility including on-street accessible parking
  4. 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!

 

 

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.

Schedule:

  • 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.
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Dupont Corridor Open House Thursday, May 4, 2017

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.

 

 

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Westbank development proposal for Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village site adopted at Toronto East York Community Council April 4, 2017

Westbank Development of Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village: For the latest information on Westbank’s Plans you can also refer to the MVTG – Mirvish Village Task Group’s – website. Members of the SVRA participate with this group along with members of PARA (Palmerston Area RA), the HVRA (Harbord Village RA) and the ARA (Annex RA): http://www.mirvishvillagetg.org/home/

 The most recent plans – with motions from Councillors Layton and Cressy – were adopted at the TEYCC on April 4, 2017. The next round of approvals will be at City Council on April 26, 2017

http://www.mirvishvillagetg.org/home/for-the-record-westbank-proposal-adopted-at-teycc/

You can read MVTG and PARA’s deputations here: Presentation to TEYCC 04.04.17 HVRA’s deputation here: TEYCC Westbank final  SVRA’s deputation here: SVRA Deputation WB TEYCC April 4 2017

To watch the full meeting, which includes a ten minute presentation by Graig Uens summing up three years of work on this project by City Planning, comments from the councillors and deputations from a diversity of citizens, click here and move the time marker to 1:02.29, Item 23.6 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2kPIOBxLE0

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Toronto Ward Boundary Review

In 2014, Toronto City Council launched an initiative to ensure effective representation within the ward structure of the city. This process involves extensive public consultation to find a way to address the current ward population imbalance.

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review Options Report was recently released and it presents five options for restructuring ward boundaries across the city.

Public meetings have been scheduled across the city to present the options and gather feedback. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Metro Hall (55 John Street; Room 308/309) from 7-9pm. Click here for a complete list of public meetings across the city.

From Councillor Cressy: There are significant changes proposed to the boundaries of ward 20 given our large and continually growing population. I am carefully reviewing each of the proposals and will be continuing to consult with all of our neighbourhoods throughout this process. I would encourage each of you to review the report, to attend the meetings, and submit your feedback online.

Please share and pass this along to others who may wish to participate

WHY ATTEND? The purpose of the public meetings is to gather feedback on 5 options for new ward boundaries in Toronto. The meetings will include a presentation of the options, followed by a facilitated discussion. Can’t attend? Read the consultation guide and Complete the Online Survey: online | hard-copy

Feedback from the meetings and survey will inform the Final Ward Boundary Review Report.This Report will include a recommended option and be presented to the Executive Committee and City Council in May 2016.

ACCESSIBILITYAmerican sign language will be provided. Attendant care and translation in the following languages will be available upon request: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Urdu, Farsi, Chinese (Simple and Traditional), Tamil, Tagalog. Please email us up to 5 days prior to the meeting to request.

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Review of Dog Behaviour and Responsible Dog Ownership underway

The City is undertaking a review of Chapter 349, Animals to determine how to balance, manage and address dog behaviour, owner responsibilities and public safety in Toronto.

The Bylaw covers registration/licensing requirements and the requirement to leash dogs on public property, except where permitted (e.g., off-leash parks), as well as how the City responds to dogs at large (on the loose) or dogs that have bitten people or animals.

One of the goals of the review is to provide recommendations on how the City can effectively respond to incidents of dog bites and dogs that may pose a risk to public safety.

Toronto residents are invited to participate by taking part in our survey, found at www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay until October 30, 2015 or by attending a public consultation session:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 2, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, September 28, 2015

City Hall, Committee Room 4, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday October 6, 2015

East York Civic Centre, Committee Room A, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Background on the review can be found at www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

More info: Jessica Walters, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 416-392-8794 or jwalter2@toronto.ca

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Public Consultation: UofT plans to build 42 storey mixed-use building 316 Bloor St W

Community Consultation for 316 Bloor St. West 

Please join us for a community consultation meeting to discuss the development proposal for 316 Bloor St. West.

This is an opportunity to make your voice heard about new developments in your neighbourhood. The developer will present their proposal followed by time for questions from attendees.

Date: Thursday April 2nd Time: 6:30-8:30p.m.

Location: University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Building (100 St. George St.), Rm. SS1085

The application proposes to construct a 42 Storey mixed-use building with 535 residential units, consisting of 383 Bachelor and 152 one bedroom units.

Note – City Planning will also be present to give an update on the development of a planning policy framework for Bloor St., from Walmer Rd to St. George St.

Please email councillor_cressy@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4044 if you have any questions.

Hope to see you Thursday to discuss this important proposal, Joe

public consultation flyer

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Westbank Open House – Bathurst and Bloor – March 3rd, 2015

Bloor & Bathurst

When Westbank purchased the site at Bloor and Bathurst we saw it as one of Canada’s great city-building opportunities. Our goal is to produce the best urban design in the country and a model for future development in Toronto.

The next step in our consultation process is our second Open House, taking place on March 3.

We invite you to join us as we share our initial plans for Bloor and Bathurst. Your input has helped to shape our preliminary plans and we want to continue hearing from you.

Open House Details

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Open House: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Presentation: 6:30pm

Place: Park Hyatt, Main Floor 4 Avenue Road, Toronto (Queens Park Ballroom)

Light refreshments will be provided.

City-Building:

By setting an example for new development, this conversation has to look beyond Bloor and Bathurst to Toronto as a whole. We have challenged ourselves to ensure that Bloor and Bathurst is successful from its smallest details to how it relates and contributes to the broader City.

Public Consultation:

Getting to know this neighbourhood and its many stakeholders is an integral part of this project. Last year we started our planning process by engaging the neighbourhood in a conversation about the property, the community, and the City. Your feedback and ideas have helped to shape what we will present on March 3.

Inspiring Architecture & Public Art

A New Level of Sustainability

A Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm

Sharing Economy Principles

Housing for a Diverse Community

Celebrating Heritage

Innovative Transportation Options

A Unique & Vibrant Retail Area

For more information, please contact: Benjamin Hoff  Urban Strategies e. info@bloorandbathurst.com | t. 416.340.9004 x 297

1367-OH 2 Newsletter_FINAL and Bloor Bathurst Open House Invitation from Westbank

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