Toronto Ward Boundry Review is Looking for Input: Sept 15 – 21, 2016

Ward_toronto-ReviewThe Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Team is seeking input on additional information requested by the City of Toronto Executive Committee.

There are two ways to provide comments:

  • Complete a survey (Online or in PDF)
  • Attend one of four public meetings happening this September (visit drawthelines.ca for details)

Public Meeting Details

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 |  7PM – 9PM
Metro Hall – Room 310*
214 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON

*Please note the change in location for the September 14 meeting.  This meeting will take place at Metro Hall, not City Hall as indicated in a previous email.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM
Scarborough Civic Centre – Committee Room 2
150 Borough Dr., Etobicoke, ON

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM**
North York Civic Centre – Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St., North York, ON

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM**
Etobicoke Civic Centre – Meeting Room 1
399 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON

**Please note the correct times for the September 19th and 21st meetings are 7pm to 9pm.

Background
In 2014 Toronto City Council launched the TWBR. From July 2014 to February 2015, the TWBR conducted a civic engagement and public consultation process to collect opinions on Toronto’s current ward alignment. The results informed the development of five options for re-aligning Toronto’s wards. A second round of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process solicited feedback on these options between August and November 2015. The TWBR Final Report (May 2016), summarized the TWBR process and recommended a new ward structure.

TWBR Final ReportAt its meeting on May 24, 2016, the City of Toronto Executive Committee asked the TWBR Team to provide additional information on a number of issues (read the agenda item history). The TWBR Team developed this Additional Information Report in response.

During August and September 2016, the TWBR is seeking comments from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items, which are outlined in the Additional Information Report:

  1. A revised Option 2 (44 wards) that incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August – November 2015; and
  2. A ward option that is consistent with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.

Based on the input received on these two options, a TWBR Supplementary Report will be prepared and submitted to the Executive Committee meeting on October 26, 2016.

About the Toronto Ward Boundary Review
More information can be found at www.drawthelines.ca.

July 13, 2016: Bylaw Adjustments Proposed for Properties on Delaware, Ossington, Foxley, Euclid, Mansfield, Harbord and Dundas

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360 Harbord, where a new 4-story semi-detached dwelling is being proposed.

The following items will be before the Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Committee Room 2 of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Within the files below 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.

9:30am
327 Delaware Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To alter the existing three-storey semi-detached dwelling by constructing a rear one-storey addition.

710 Ossington Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To convert the existing two-storey detached dwelling into three dwelling units and to construct a rear basement entrance and a rear second floor deck.

38 Foxley Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To alter the two-storey detached dwelling by constructing a third storey addition, rear first and second storey additions, and a rear detached garage.

1:30pm
157 Euclid Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To convert the existing two-storey semi-detached dwelling into three dwelling units by constructing: a rear three-storey addition with rear second-storey deck, a front one-storey addition and to construct a rear detached garage.

159 Euclid Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To convert the existing two-storey semi-detached dwelling into three dwelling units by constructing: a rear three-storey addition with rear second-storey deck, a front one-storey addition and to construct a rear detached garage.

112 Delaware Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To alter the existing two-storey semi-detached dwelling by constructing a third storey addition, northwest corner and south side second and third storey additions, a secondary suite, new front porch, front bay window, and front basement walkout.

2:30pm
27 Mansfield Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To alter the two-storey townhouse/rowhouse by converting the attic into habitable space, constructing a rear third floor dormer addition, and constructing a rear third floor deck.

4:30pm
1002-1004 Dundas Street West & 1A Montrose Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans): To construct a new three-storey semi-detached dwelling with roof-top amenity space as described in Consent Application B0017/16TEY.

360 Harbord Street (Click to view: google map, notice parts 1&2, notice part 3plans parts 1&2, and plans part 3): To construct a new 4-storey semi-detached dwelling with rear integral garage.

About the Committee of Adjustment:
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: www.toronto.ca/abcc/qj-committee-adjustment.htm

Note: Committee of Adjustment Decisions are posted online here.

Community Consultation: West Queen West Study Heritage Kick-off Meeting, June 23, 2016

The City is holding a community meeting on the West Queen West Planning and Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study where you can ask questions of City Staff and share your comments.

WQWHCDWhen: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. Open House / 7:00 p.m. Presentation and Facilitated Discussion
Where: 1115 Queen Street West – The Theatre Centre (map)

Toronto City Planning staff are continuing to study the built form and heritage character of Queen Street West, within the area shown above.

This meeting will introduce the community to the West Queen West HCD Study and provide opportunity to comment on the area’s heritage value.

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:30-7:00pm, followed by an update by City Staff on the WQW Planning Study. FGMDA Architects, will then give a presentation followed by a discussion facilitated by the project team.

If you would like more information please contact the consultant team, one of the City Planning representatives and/or your Ward Councillor.

Consultant Contact
Alex Corey wqwhcdstudy@fgmda.com

City Planning Contacts
Sharon Hong – shong2@toronto.ca / 416-392-2653
Graig Uens – guens@toronto.ca / 416-397-4647

Download the meeting notice here.

NOISE ALERT – Toronto’s Revised Noise Bylaw Removes Safeguards

toronto-noise-coalitionNoise is a big issue in Toronto, and as the city increases in density, it is a problem that will only grow. In fact, the City’s April 2015 noise consultation found that 82.5% of respondents indicated noise problems in their Ward.

After two years of consultations with Toronto businesses, industries and residents—on May 12, 2016—the City released a draft of the new noise bylaw.

The TBCA (as a member of The Toronto Noise Coalition) has analyzed the proposed new by-law and found that it fails on three key fronts: 1) Key weaknesses in the original by-law remain unchanged; 2) The proposed changes further reduce noise protections; 3) No efforts have been made to strengthen enforcement.

In light of these failures, the Coalition is urging all supporters to attend the upcoming Licensing and Standards Committee meeting on:

Thursday May 19th, 9:30 AM
Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall

We need your support to show the Committee that the City needs a proper noise by-law that addresses the real concerns of Toronto’s vibrant communities. We cannot allow the City to approve the proposed by-law in its current form. We need to speak up if we want to be heard!

Please share this message with your networks and encourage your friends and family to attend the May 19th meeting.

Please find below an executive summary of the Coalition’s report on the proposed by-law.

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