Here are the minutes from the last TBCA monthly meeting held November 28 (nb: the TBCA did not meet in December)
If you would like to be a part of the conversation, the TBCA’s next meeting is Monday January 30th, 7 pm, Trinity Community Recreation Centre, 155 Crawford St., 2nd floor.
Trinity-Bellwoods Community Association
Trinity Recreation Centre, Crawford Street
Monday, November 28th, 2011
To contact the TBCA: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Co-Chairs — Chris Walker / Chris Shulgan
- Cllr Layton
- Angella Surrey
- Anne Holmes
- Ross Burnett
- Matt Bremer
- Sandy Stagg
- Lois Schklar
- Mimi Vulovic
- Anne Keary
- Michael Sims
Parks Plan Report
- Presented by Ross Burnett
In 2010, City Council approved the development of a City-wide Parks Plan based on seven guiding principles: parks and trails as city infrastructure, equitable access for all residents, supporting a diversity of uses, nature in the city, environmental stewardship, place making and community engagement.
- City is asking residents to input on development of first ever city-wide Parks Plan to guide acquisition, development, management and operation of the system of public parkland in the City of Toronto over a five-year period.
- Go on-line and share your views around each of the 5 priorities. This voluntary survey gives you an opportunity to provide input and should not take more than 15 minutes to complete.
- Send feedback on Parks Plan to December 16th: http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/pfr/parksplan.nsf
York West Development: Concerns on 116 and 114 Robinson & 42 Claremont
Presented by Ann Holmes and Mimi Vulovic
- York West Development recently lost CofA case due to overbuild of site
- 114 and 116 Robinson Street.
- Concern over blockbusting and development quality as well as maintenance issue / tenant problems (trespassing, animal issues, nighttime issues, overcrowding of units).
- Concern over tenant issues at 42 Claremont Street.
- Advice to call MLS (Municipal Licencing and Standards) on structural concerns (building issues).
- Building issues need to go through property inspectors. Future complaints are to go through the Councillors office.
- Contact police to deal with tenant issues.
- Details of landlord/developer to be sent to Cllr Layton`s office to follow up with group.
- Cllr meeting with group on January 10th.
Fresh Patio Update
Presented by Chris Shulgan
- Went to Community Council early November
- Held public meeting – split meeting
- Crawford Survey from Queen to Dundas – 249 homes, owners and tenants
- 25% need to respond, of which 50% of people need to say yes (= 35 people).
- City Staff is very against concept of privatizing public space
- Poll to be undertaken – need to have a 25% support to have it move forward
- Poll to be mailed out Dec 5th, survey to be back Jan 5th.
Action: TBCA passed motion to flyer Crawford Street to raise awareness
ML Lumber Development Update
Presented by Anne Keary
- Approved by Council in early November with the following:
- Height to be 7 storeys with mechanical wrapped within the seven storeys (25m)
- Eastern setback to start at 5.5m (2 storeys)
- Western setback to start at 10.5m (3 storey townhouses) – reduced by one storey
- 25m is to be maximum height along Dundas Street, according to City, however, Avenues and Mid-Rise building study recommends 20m
- Council Request new presentation for Jan 10th Community Council – new plans available at that time.
Website & Email Issues
Presented by Matt Bremer
- New website up and running
- Emails can be forwarded to new email account (needs to be set up)
- Set up Executive with author accounts for WordPress website
- TBCA_Toronto is new Twitter Account
- Suggests one post per week from Executive – quick and dirty.
- TBCA to start promoting meetings in Community Centre/Libraries/Coffee Shops/Etc etc
- Follow TBCA on Twitter at twitter.com/tbca_toronto
Renaming Public Spaces
Presented by Anne Keary
- Some community concern over how spaces can be named. Allows for corporations to purchase naming rights with little consultation.
- Corporations can also purchase street names
- Concern that corporate naming erases place-making within the city
- City Staff allowed to decide independently on cases where naming rights are valued at less than $500,000.00
- Issue is going before Council on November 29th.
Celebrating Trinity Bellwoods: Positive Projects we can Undertake in Future
- Skating Event
- Tobogganing Party
- TBCA Dog Dayz
- PicNic Day Summer party – Bellwoods not just for hipsters
- Food crawl / pub crawl – Local people, local places: Partner with BIAs, Restaurant / Bar discount cards
- Photographic event – digital or disposal\
- Favourite Place in Bellwoods – Scavenger Hunt
- Neighbourhood Story Telling event
- Writer or artist series