Public Consultation on new Shaw St. “Contra Flow” Bike Lanes – Tuesday Feb 19, 2013

A contraflow bicycle lane is a lane in which traffic flows in the opposite direction of the bike lane.

Car traffic flows in the opposite direction of “contra flow” bike lanes.

The community is invited to an Open House and walk to discuss plans to install a “contra flow” bicycle lane on Shaw Street, from Dundas Street West to Harbord Street, and from Barton Avenue to Dupont Street. Shared lane road markings called “sharrows” would also be installed.

 

 

Public Meeting Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Location: Bob Abate Community Centre Gymnasium, 485 Montrose Ave (at Bloor Street)
  • Public Meeting time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Public Open House
  • Contra Flow Bicycle Lane Walk time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m (meet at Bob Abate Community Centre front doors)

For More information, see:
http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/shaw/pdf/2013-02-19_public_meeting_notice.pdf

Help save the Norway Maple west of the John Gibson House in Trinity Bellwoods Park

John Gibson House

John Gibson House

The Maple tree just west of the John Gibson House is slated for removal. The developers have requested destruction of the tree to allow for construction of a ramp as part of the 3-story addition to be constructed at the back of the building. The tree in question is a 25 year old Norway maple that is 58 cm in diameter.

The application is particularly upsetting since an information package released from the developers (LOFT) in 2009 stated that no trees would be destroyed as part of the construction.

Microsoft Word - Handout Community Meeting 790 Queen St W 5-26-0

Image showing the proposed redevelopment of the John Gibson House from LOFT developers (a private company operating on City land) in May 2009. Note that the proposed addition is visible and no trees have been removed.

Link to the original LOFT proposal (see highlighted text on pg 12)

Please make your voice heard: send your comments and concerns to Gary LeBlanc at gleblanc@toronto.ca or 416-392-0494 by Thursday February 14, 2013 (tomorrow). Copy any emails to Councillor Mike Layton at councillor_layton@toronto.ca.

To Learn more, see the Feb 7, 2013 posting on the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods website.

Snow removal services provided by the City of Toronto

Snow in Toronto. Image provided by Theonlysilentbob (Wikimedia Commons).

Snow in Toronto. Image provided by Theonlysilentbob (Wikimedia Commons).

The recent snowfall has led to a lot of confusion regarding the snow clearing services offered by the city.

Large snowfalls require a co-ordinated approach by City staff and contractors that are provided based on the amount of snow accumulation.

 

 

  • 2 cm of snow: plows are sent to the expressways.
  • 5 cm of snow: plows also go to the main roads and plowing will take place for the duration of the storm.
  • 8 cm of snow: plows will be sent to the local roads. Normally, local road plowing will be completed between 14 and 16 hours after the storm has ended.

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres of snow (five centimetres in January and February).

Also note that in the central core of the city property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place. You can learn more about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto and view a map of where the service takes place at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/snow/sidewalks.

The City has 600 snowplows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks ready to tackle the winter precipitation. Residents who have questions about snow-clearing efforts in their area can call the City at 311.

TBCA Meeting Minutes – November 2012 and January 2013

SUMMARY MINUTES

 

January 28, 2013 Attendees:

 

  • Chair – Chris Walker
  • Ashley Da Silva – Councillor Mike Layton’s Office
  • Elspeth Cassar
  • Tom Dean
  • Ann Dean
  • Bjarne Pedersen
  • Evan Saskin
  • Carol Craighead
  • Ben Pakuts
  • Penny Firth-Eagland
  • John Amoriaex
  • David Martin
  • Tatum Wilson (CAMH)
  • Darlene Giroux
  • Carol Keates
  • Liz Magner
  • Amy Hamblin
  • Blair Hobbs

November 26, 2012 Attendees:

  • Chair – Chris Walker
  • Ashley Da Silva – Councillor Mike Layton’s Office
  • Ross Burnett
  • Sue Campbell
  • Bjarne Pedersen
  • Lubomyr Lahodynskyt
  • Louis Skalar
  • Jennifer Gagner
  • Steven Burkes
  • Stephanie Partson
  • Anne Keary

Agenda items:

  • Origami Lofts
  • Studio Bar
  • 110 Palmerston
  • Urban Forestry Management Plan
  • Mocca Redevelopment
  • Camh Update
  • Dog-Watering Station
  • Fresh Patio
  • Kromer Radio Redevelopment
  • TBCA Executive Business

Origami Lofts

Presented by Lubomyr Lahodynskyt

  • New seven storey condo development at 202-204 Bathurst Avenue (Origami Lofts)
  • Community Information meeting completed on November 21st , approx. 50 participants
  • Concern that development is being assessed under the Mid-Rise Building Guidelines, even though Bathurst is not considered an ‘Avenue’.
  • Primary concerns have not been resolved – parking, height, servicing arrangements, impact on     Wolseley Street. Additional concern with shadows, sewer capacity, etc.
  • Local community blog set up: 202BathurstImprove.org
  • Preliminary Staff Report released.

 Action: TBCA to help direct Wolseley Street residents to Councillor’s Layton’s Office

CAMH Update

Presented by Tatum Wilson

  • Neighborhood liaison committee exists to provide input into development.
    • addressing dust issues, etc.
    • Liaison needs to be refreshed/re-energized.
    • Next meeting April 25th, during work week (6-8pm range). Tours of current new bldgs. May be a part of the meeting. Catherine Zhan, CEO of Development will be attending.
    • Phase 1B complete
    • Phase 2: two years from new construction – 3 new bldgs, placement.
    • Workmans Arts will have a space; full time arts residence to be incorporated, including art, theatre space, new patient beds, etc.
    • Previous concerns addressed by community liason: ~safety, elopees (missing patients), location of gym (available to community at certain times), forensics unit placement, parking of cement trucks, dust/noise issues.
    • Sign up for: “CAMH Connections” newsletter; see blog/twitter. TBCA to post callout for volunteers as well.

110 Palmerston Redevelopment

  • Complaint regarding variance 1 (change of use)
  • Property that currently exists: 1 story, “Queen Anne Cottage” style; but 2 story on paper. Will be adding 2 more stories (3 stories in total).
  • 20 metres is proposed new height.
  • Increase in density proposed.
  • Evan Saskin is the developer
  • Developing a number of projects in the neighborhood (similar property exists on Givens, other being built on Markham).
  • This Variance 1 is a “Use Variance” because a traditional split would be floor based or cut perpendicular to street.
  • Evan received a lot of opposition/letters and has reviewed the concerns.
  • Use Variance ~ regarding how property is divided.
  • House would occupy half of the property.
  • Offset from the street is the same as current property.
  • No height variance is required (~permitted)
  • CW: Other variance is a setback issue (SEE PLANS)
  • Variance being proposed is to match adjacent house #1 (which is much closer to street) rather than having a setback averaged between two adjacent (ie. Adjacent house #2 is much further setback than adjacent house #1).
  • CW: severance is not possible because of shared hallway; thus no danger of property being split into two in the future.
  • Evan: reason for this design is to help to gradually increase intensification.
  • Ashley: anyone can apply for a CofA. Mike’s office can assess input and work with community to make sure everyone is ok.
  • Community concern with lack of substantial backyard; loss of light and airflow (due to lack of stepbacks), future use and possibility of further increase in density (ie. If it becomes a boarding house in the future).
  • Community Question: why not build more appropriately?
  • Evan: Is there anything that we could do to improve community support?
  • Community: yes, a single family house with apartment.
  • CW: technical point that you may not know, density = floorspace/property area.
  • CW: only variance 1 is an issue. The other variances already have precedence.
  • Ashley: CofA Kromer site: MLayton was involved because it was big/massive. For smaller CofAs, community must become informed.
  • Community & CW: Requested shadow study. Evan has agreed to provide.
  • Evan: most of the CofA would be approved; until draft bylaw passes, at which point it would most likely be approved (inferring that this will eventually go through, so best to work with him in a positive, non-antagonistic manner).
  • Evan: proposes changes: to meet front setback requirement (ie. Loss of that variance); and to end 3rd story to match length of adjacent properties.
  • Deliverables: Stepback at back and shadow studies.
  • Evan: is solid on the “Use Variance”; but is amendable to making other changes.
  • Some in the Community: not happy with 2 houses scheme on one property.
  • Request to make 110 Palmerston email group. Interested parties to email CW.

Studio Bar, 824 Dundas Street

Presented by Chris Walker

  • CofA for restaurant; AGCO liquor licence for a Bar.
  • Tried to sell community on community space/restaurant, when actually a bar.
  • Ashley: AGCO application stopped; conditions added.
  • Spoke to supervisor for bldg. supervisor; concern was that there must be a kitchen.
  • Owners of Studio Bar revised plans have been submitted; proper use must be determined.
  • Noise issue, as residents abut on all sides.
  • Issue: tribunal would allow owners to cancel/redraft the condition(s) if this occurs.
  • CW: we are waiting for new plans to review
  • Ashley: solicitor corrected language pertaining to light pollution/issue on conditions.

822 Dundas “Creatures Collective” http://www.creaturescreating.com/

  • Resident who lives on 2nd floor: issue with special events; special occasions permit (SOP)/liquor license. Thus, regarding 824 Dundas, resident still has serious concerns about 824 as an event space (ie. Does not need to be a bar to be a source of unreasonable sound / smoke / vomit / underage drinking).
  • Ashley, update: if they apply for another SOP (special occasion permit), they will be stringently reviewed.
  • AGCO inspection is random currently.
  • Ashley: to lodge an effective noise complaint, must (1) contact licencing enforcement/main email (2) call customer service at AGCO.
  • SOP pulled by event organizer, not owner. Thus not the same person is involved each time.
  • Jane Letbetter from the AGCO will be attending one of the upcoming TBCA meetings to discuss/inform.

1247 Dundas, Milkglass Gallery

  • Liquor licence application in the works.

Urban Forestry Plan (Presented in November Meeting)

Presented by Jennifer Gagner

  • Area of study is bounded by Bathurst to Dovercourt and College to Queen.
  • Plan will provides an up to date tree inventory for all trees in community (street trees, private trees, parks).
  • Goal is to prepare a strategic 20 year tree protection plan with 5 year sub-plans to allow it to be more flexible and responsive.
  • Sets goals for expanding tree canopy cover, securing appropriate mix of tree types, pest management, heritage tree designations.
  • Will be used as a tool to decide what should be planted at new developments, what should be planted when trees need to be replaced, etc etc.
  • In preparing the study, the group worked with various Parks groups, community associations, parent teacher groups and the Councillors office.
  • Will start with an Operating Plan for Years 1 and 2.
  • When Plan completed, it will be circulated for comment to community groups for comment.
  • Completion of draft is expected mid-December 2012. Comments due by mid-January and final report by end of January 2013.

Urban Forestry Plan (Discussed in January Meeting)

  • Comprehensive, but a lot of work (all trees in the neighborhood must be measured/classified, door to door).
  • To organize a steering committee.
  • 1st meeting Feb 6th.

MOCCA Redevelopment

  • Preapplication meeting was held at the councillor’s meeting.
  • Biggest/highest/densest of all applications put forth in this ward.
  • Plans to demolish entire property, including a non-designated heritage building.
  • New building: retail ground, 8 stories on top
  • 151 units (~700 sq. ft, smallest 400).
  • Curbcut!!! to drive in and out of condo parking.
  • Allan Saskan (Urbancore) developers.
  • Possible precedence setter.
  • Ashley: next step: developers in process of submitting application. Community to be kept informed.

Dog Watering Station

  • Program partnership application form; dog watering station near bottom of east stairway in dog bowl.

Fresh patio

  • Application for permanent patio denied. Use of public land for private gain was an issue for some.
  • Fresh is now proposing a temporary patio structure.
  • CW requested changes to the application:
  • Change “can be dismantled” to “must” at the end of the swing season.
  • Bicycle parking along patio also proposed: but may impede sidewalk traffic.

Kromer Radio Redevelopment

  • Ashley: developer likely to apply for a rezoning application to help minimize degree of variances from major to minor.

Next TBCA Meeting is Monday February 25th, 7pm – 9pm
Note NEW meeting place:
The Tampered Press — B-256 Crawford Street (entrance on Dundas Street West)
PLEASE JOIN US!