Our Urban Canopy: Results from the Tree Inventory

Trinity_Park_TreeSurvey_April2014Last summer, eight enthusiastic interns began a tree inventory of Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. Highlights of their results can be seen below and in the accompanying image.


  • A total of 494 trees were inventoried.
  • The most common species was honey locust.
  • Maples made up 22% of the canopy.
  • Approximately 40% were native species.
  • Over 70% had minimal to no defoliation (indicator of good health); although over half had confined root space.
  • The largest tree was a silver maple located on Bellwoods Ave.

The tree inventory is one component of the Trinity Bellwoods Urban Forest Management Plan, which was developed through a partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry, Trinity Bellwoods Community Association, Ossington Community Association, Friends of Roxton Road Parks, and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more, please email TrinityBellwoodsUrbanForestry@gmail.com.

For more information, see the April 2014 Tree Inventory Update.

New Liquor Licence on Queen Street and Property Adjustments in Ward 19


New Liquor License for 869 Queen Street West
Please be advised that Registry Services has received notification that PITA NUTSO at 869 QUEEN STREET WEST has applied to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for new sale-advertised (new liquor licence application).

Please contact the AGCO at (416) 326-8700 if you have any questions or concerns.

Property Adjustments Requested in Ward 19
Public hearings are taking place on February 19th, 2014 for changes proposed to the following properties:

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To construct a new three-storey detached dwelling with a front porch, a rear deck and a rear third floor balcony.
MEETING DATE AND TIME DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, M5H 2N2

98 Argyle Notice
99 Argyle Plans

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To alter the existing 2½-storey semi-detached dwelling by constructing a front third-storey dormer addition, and a rear third-floor addition with third-floor deck.
MEETING DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, M5H 2N2

311 Clinton Notice
311 Clinton Plans

About the Committee of Adjustment Public Hearings
Within the files above you will find instructions on how to submit your comments to the Committee of Adjustment and how to sign up to speak. If you have any questions or comments, please email councillor_layton@toronto.ca or call (416) 392-4009.

The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of citizen members and Councillors do not sit on this committee. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents. To learn more about the Committee of Adjustment please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/comm_adj.htm

Protecting the Character of Queen West

queen_westCouncillors Layton, Perks and Bailão have initiated a Planning Study along Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. The Study is being initiated to address community concerns regarding the loss of buildings with heritage attributes, transit capacity, insufficient parking, and protecting the character of the street.

The letter, submitted to the Council by the Councillors, is available to read here [pdf].

The motion will be moved forward at the October 16 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to:

  1. Undertake a review of the policy context, built-form and heritage value of the properties on Queen Street West, between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.
  2. Consult Transportation Services, the Toronto Transit Commission, and the Toronto Parking Authority to address concerns related to transit capacity and parking in the vicinity of the study area.
  3. Consult with the community, including residents and other stakeholder groups, together with the Ward Councillors, to understand what defines the character of the street and develop a vision for future development.
  4. Report back on the findings of the review and provide recommendations for changes, if necessary, to the planning framework for the study area.

Shaw Street Bicycle lanes and Sharrows being installed

OMMM Group PowerPoint Template (Red)n Shaw Street, in the section between College and Dundas and adjacent to Fred Hamilton Park, two types of official bicycle lanes are being installed as part of a larger project along Shaw Street. Existing southbound bicycle traffic will soon be marked with “sharrows”.  A new northbound bicycle lane also called a “contra-flow” bicycle lane will be added and marked with a solid yellow line.

Parking for residents along this stretch will now be permanently on the west side of the street. Parking will also be permitted in front of Fred Hamilton Park from 9 pm- 9 am for vehicles with their street parking permits. Parking for those without permits is only allowed from 9 pm to midnight. Vehicles will not be allowed to block the entrances to the park and will not be allowed to park in front of Fred Hamilton Park during the day from 9 am- 9 pm.

This new bicycle lane will be installed this year, however exact dates for the painting schedules are subject to weather, overnight temperatures, and the availability of the contractors.  The City anticipates that the route will be substantially complete by mid November 2013.

shared lane pavement marking is a bicycle symbol with two chevrons in front of it. There are no bylaws or fines to prevent motorists from driving, stopping, standing or parking on top of sharrows.

Bicycle lanes are marked by a solid lane line, and they always have diamond symbols in them.  The line and the diamond symbol mean that this is a reserved lane, for the use of cyclists only.  Motorists should not drive, stop, stand of park in bicycle lanes or they may be fined.

Here is a link to the project website and a link to the staff report

Stanley Park Open House, Thursday Sept 19, 2013

The City of Toronto is currently undertaking landscape upgrades for Stanley Park, located at 845 and 890 King St. W. (on the north and south side of King St.).

Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Rich McAvan from Harrington McAvan Landscape Architects and representatives of the City of Toronto will present plans for landscape updates to the park. The local community is invited to attend this meeting and give feedback.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Stanley Park, Pool building, community room,
845 King St. W. (on the south side of King St.) (map)

Interpretation services may be arranged with at least one week’s notice in advance of the meeting date.

For more information please contact:
Susan Anderson
Parks Development and Capital Projects

Download the public open house notice here.