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CHANGING LANES: The City of Toronto’s Review of Laneway Suites – City-Initiated Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment – Final Report + Community Council Meeting

Agenda Item: TE32.11

Time: 10:00am

Ward:14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 

This item will be considered by Toronto and East York Community Council on May 2, 2018 10:00am. It will be considered by City Council on May 22, 2018, subject to the actions of the Toronto and East York Community Council

Summary

This report recommends establishing a planning framework to permit laneway suites on lands within the Toronto and East York District that are designated as Neighbourhoods by amending both the Official Plan and City-wide Zoning By-law

The City’s Official Plan does not reference or set out specific provisions for second units, however second units are permitted city-wide as-of-right in the City-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013.  A second unit can take many forms but is generally considered to be subordinate to the primary dwelling unit on a lot. Second units are an important part of the City’s rental housing stock. Laneway suites are one form of second unit.

At its meeting of July 4, 2017, Toronto City Council directed City Planning staff, in consultation with numerous City Divisions, to initiate a review and consultation of the City’s current policy and planning framework regarding laneway suites within the Toronto and East York District. City Planning staff were directed to prepare a report to Toronto and East York Community Council with recommended policy and Zoning By-law amendments necessary to implement a laneway suite strategy, and with recommendations on other related matters such as the provision of affordable housing and infrastructure costs.

This report contains a detailed planning rationale for the introduction and regulation of laneway suites within the Toronto and East York area and discusses the policy implications and intent of proposed performance standards and criteria. 

Be informed on Laneway Housing and Secondary Suites – read more on this site.

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Overnight On-Street Permit Parking- Public Consultation

In October 2017, Toronto and East York Community Council directed staff to solicit feedback from residents on the proposal to provide Residential On-street Permit Parking on streets that do not have permit parking in Toronto and East York District.

Have your say by filling out the online survey here: www.toronto.ca/TEYpermitparking

City staff will also be holding public meetings:

  • April 23: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • April 30: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St Clair Ave. W.
  • May 1: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St.
  • May 3: 7p.m.- 9 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W.

For full details, view the notice here.

In October 2017, Toronto and East York Community Council directed staff to solicit feedback from residents on the proposal to provide Residential On-street Permit Parking on streets that do not have permit parking in Toronto and East York District.

Have your say by filling out the online survey here: www.toronto.ca/TEYpermitparking

City staff will also be holding public meetings:

  • April 23: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • April 30: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St Clair Ave. W.
  • May 1: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St.
  • May 3: 7p.m.- 9 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W.

For full details, view the notice here.

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SVRA Meeting January 17, 2018

A friendly reminder about the SVRA meeting Wednesday, January 17
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Vermont Square Longterm Care Facility – 914 Bathurst St – join us in the basement
 
Agenda
 
  • Monsignor Fraser Greening Project – presentation brief
  • SVRA Winter Solstice – event brief
  • Seaton village Lane Naming – project updates
  • Grants: TD Park People (community events) + City of Toronto Every Tree counts
  • Community Updates: Traffic, Westbank + Honest Ed’s redevelopment (OMB hearing)
  • SVRA updates: Planning Committee, street reps + new website
  • Other business
Previous meeting minutes: SVRA Meeting Minutes November 14 2017 
The SVRA continues to build our street rep system, actively looking for community members who can help us with outreach efforts!
SVRA Planning Committee
Are you an architect, a planner, are you interested in neighbourhood planning and development? The SVRA is looking for community members to participate on our Planning Committee to consult on residential and commercial development applications

Please send us an email to  express interest, ask any questions or to connect us to someone you know who might be interested!

seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com
 
Stay warm and keep shovelling 🙂
Meeti

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BLOOR STREET BIKE LANES – Staff Report released

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.

The project webpage has been updated:

  • Infographics of key findings from the evaluation report (see preview image below)
  • Links to a new Backgrounder, the Economic Impact Study, and the Public Feedback Survey Raw Data (Open Data)
  • How you can have your say at the October 18, 2017 Committee meeting

Visit    toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOOR BIKE LANES EVALUATION REPORT

infographics of Bloor Bike Lane Evaluation Highlights

Learn more and subscribe for updates at

toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes

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!

 

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SVRA Meeting Tuesday October 10, 2017

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

[Draft] Agenda

  • 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: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

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

Communication and collaboration with the neighbourhood/our neighbourhood partners are essential to ensure the SVRA is as responsive and effective as possible in addressing neighbourhood issues and to ensure meaningful approaches and treatments of these issues.  This info exchange also helps our Councillor and staff best address community issues at City Hall.
The SVRA believes its success depends on membership and a representative contact list so we can reach as many community members as possible!
The next SVRA Meeting will be November 14, 2017

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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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StreetPLAY in Seaton Village – starting Friday, June 2, 2017 4:00 – 8:00pm

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!

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Please go to the StreetPLAY website to view the schedule and for more info

 

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