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Dupont St Developments Construction Meeting: Tuesday May 29, 2018

Dupont Development Construction Management Public Open House

May 29th 6:30 – 8:30pm

St Bruno Catholic School, gym (402 Melita Crescent)

Councillor Cressy and Councillor Mike Layton are hosting an Open House to give residents an opportunity to discuss the progress of a number of development projects along Dupont Street in Wards 19 and 20. At the meeting, you will be able to review the Construction Plans for 420, 500, 740 and 840 + 860 Dupont Street and learn more about managing construction in the area.

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Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm
Location: St. Bruno’s Catholic School, 402 Melita Crescent  (just west of Christie/south of Davenport)

The City’s adoption of a final report on August 25, 2014 was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A tentative settlement was reached through mediation that City Council voted to endorse in March 2016 with hearing completion in May 2016. The OMB issued a decision on January 20, 2017 approving OPA 271 and Zoning By-law 1011-2014. On February 1, 2017, the OMB issued a decision approving the site-specific Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-law amendment applications for the sites at 275 Albany Avenue & 420 Dupont Street, 500 Dupont Street, 740 Dupont Street, and 840-860 Dupont Street

Site work has begun at the 740 Dupont St/RioCan project (formerly Grand Touring Automobiles) + the Pioneer gas station has closed (sob) on the Sobey’s project site signalling the start of the redevelopment process in Ward 19. Two of the applications are slated for construction soon in Ward 20: 500 Dupont and 420 Dupont.

Both Councillors’ goal is to ensure that the impacts from construction are managed and limited – to do this,  feedback is needed from local residents and residents’ associations!

For further information please refer to the City’s website here.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to contact our offices to learn more:

Councillor Cressy, 416-392-4044 or email councillor_cressy@toronto.ca
Councillor Layton, 416-397-4110 or email councillor_layton@toronto.ca

 

 

 

 

 

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Seaton Village Laneway Buildings Survey

Laneway Building Surveys for property owners with a laneway building, laneway building occupants and neighbours adjacent to a laneway building

Please take the survey intended for you!

As you may know, the City of Toronto is bringing a set of policies forward around laneway housing. It is expected that draft guidelines (Official Plan Amendments and zoning by-laws) will be approved at the June 6th Toronto East York Community Council meeting. After that, it will be brought to City Council for a final vote in July 2018.

In anticipation of this initiative, the Seaton Village Residents’ Association created an inventory of all laneway buildings thought to be converted to single and two-storey housing or studio space in the neighbourhood.

Seaton Village has 45 laneways and approximately 40+ 1 and 2 storey existing laneway houses and studio spaces.

We are hoping to learn how your laneway structure functions to better inform our discussions with the City and to help guide these new policies. Our purpose is not to threaten or remove existing laneway housing or garage studio conversions

We hope you can fill out these surveys; one for homeowners or tenants of a main house a second for the occupants of a laneway building (studio space/residential) and third for neighbours adjacent to those structures…Please note that ALL information is confidential. We will not share personal information or comments with tenants/homeowners or neighbours. 

Our timelines are tight! pls complete the survey by midnight on Sunday May 20  THANKS! 

Homeowner or main house Tenant  Survey

Laneway Structure Occupant  Survey

Neighbour Survey

 

To contact the SVRA, please email: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

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Changing Lanes Open Community Meeting Thursday, March 29 2018

Study Background

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.

On November 30, 2017, the City hosted a meeting to discuss and receive your comments and questions on considering whether Laneway Suites are an appropriate form of new residential units in the Neighbourhoods. This meeting was well attended, with significant constructive commentary provided by those in attendance.

On February 24, 2018, the City hosted an invite-only meeting for Residents’ Associations in the study area. The meeting was attended by a range of representatives from Residents’ Associations from across the Toronto and East York area. At the meeting, City Planning staff presented a background of our work on the Changing Lanes initiative and shared a set of draft guidelines intended to guide the form, scale, and location of laneway suites for discussion and comment.

 Throughout this initiative, we have continued to work with a range of City Staff, neighbourhood and community stakeholders, and your local Councillors on refining, and drafting a comprehensive set of principles and a host of requirements to regulate the construction of laneway suites. Comments received from our consultation meetings and other correspondence with residents have continued to refine and clarify the draft guidelines and policies.

At our next meeting on March 29th, 2018, we will present updated draft Guidelines, draft Policies, and draft Zoning By-law amendments.

 For more information, please visit the following website: www.toronto.ca/changi nglanes

 Meeting Details

Changing Lanes CCM notice March 29 2018 (FYI: An advertisement for the meeting will appear in NOW Magazine and has been mailed out to those who contacted us and provided a mailing address.)

 Details of the meeting are as follows:

 Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m. (Presentation at 7 p.m.)

Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre: 222 Bremner Blvd – Room 203

The meeting will begin at 6:30pm with an open house where City staff from a number of Divisions will be on hand to answer questions.  A presentation summarizing the study background and proposed policies, guidelines and review process for Laneway Suites will commence promptly at 7:00pm. Following the staff presentation there will be a question and comment period for the remainder of the meeting.

Thank You,

Graig Uens, MCIP, RPP

Senior Planner, Community Planning

100 Queen Street W.

18th floor (East Tower)

M5H 2N2

416-397-4647

guens@toronto.ca
http://www.toronto.ca/planning /

 

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Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto’s Review of Laneway Suites – Nov. 30 Public Meeting(2)

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.

Background

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:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE25.108

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.

Consultation

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)

M5H 2N2

416-397-4647

guens@toronto.ca
http://www.toronto.ca/planning/

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No Entry Barton Ave east of Bathurst St 7 – 9am

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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.

Email: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

 

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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!

 
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Vermont Square Long Term Care facility 914 Bathurst St (at Barton Ave) 

Please join the SVRA and your neighbours for a very special evening with Robert Brown, former Chair and longtime panel member with the Committee of Adjustment

 
 
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From 2007 -2015, Robert sat on panel (A) of the Committee of Adjustment for Toronto and East York. In 2015 Robert assumed the Chair for Panel A of the COA. Robert is also the former Chair of the Annex Residents’ Association and continues to work in an advisory role on local planning applications with the ARA and the Harbord Village Residents’ Association.
 
Come learn about residential planning: where to start –  the City of Toronto’s residential Planning process, applying to the COA, how to effectively communicate with neighbours about your own or your neighbour’s residential planning application, understanding the COA process, the role of your residents’ association and City Councillor in the process and more. Learn from a home renovation expert/contractor and engineer how to navigate your home reno and the COA. 
New to Residential Planning is the Toronto Local Appeals Board which is replacing the OMB for contested residential COA applications. Robert will walk us through this new process. 
 
The Seaton Village RA is  Neighbourhood “Visioning” plan: this includes residential and commercial development + local traffic and safety initiatives – please join us to learn more and be a part of the group!
Other business for this meeting will include:
  • 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. 
We look forward to seeing you and having you a part of our discussion! 
 
 
From Toronto Star
Wednesday, May 17: Read –  OMB Reform praised as “bold” boon to local democracy 
Tuesday, May 16: Chris Hume on the Mirvish Village development:  ReadHow to avoid the next St James Town

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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” 
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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 seationvillagetoronto@gmail.com

Read the meeting SVRA Meeting Minutes April 12 2017 (Final) from April 12 SVRA Meeting

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