this budget is about the right investments

Friends,

I have been hearing from Torontonians throughout the 2024 Budget process, including at this week's public presentation sessions. People feel that it's time to reinvest in the services that make Toronto work.

People want investments in public transit that get us back to pre-pandemic service levels, investments in community services that foster strong and connected neighbourhoods, and investments in shelter and housing that ensure that our most vulnerable neighbours have the supports they need.

The inadequate state of our City's services is a direct result of a decade of austerity budgets and service cuts.

The property tax increase in the proposed 2024 Budget is designed to make up for this lost ground and get us back to building a city that we can all be proud of. I have been very encouraged by how many of you have voiced your support for this direction. 

The proposed budget increases funding in the TTC to allow for a fare freeze while increasing services and safety measures. It also includes significant investments in shelter and housing, the winter warming response plan, and the Toronto Public Library system to extend open hours and access to critical community supports and services.

There have been media reports about cuts to policing, however this is not true. The Budget proposes an increases to the police budget. The City has also designated the Toronto Community Crisis Service as the fourth municipal emergency service which is a non-police-led, 24/7, community-based, client-centered and trauma informed service to support non-emergency crisis calls. This holistic approach to community safety builds our capacity to be more responsive to crisis, and with the right expertise.

For those who have written-in, phoned-in, attended meetings, and engaged during this Budget process, thank you for doing your part in building a better City.

Sincerely,

Gord

 


- Planning and Housing Updates

     - 150 Dunn housing provider selected

     - 2453-2469 Bloor St W Community Consultation Meeting

     - 2112 Dundas St W Community Consultation Meeting

     - Baby Point HCD virtual sessions

- Parkside Drive Study: Public Consultation

- Winter Services Reminder


150 Dunn housing provider selected

The City has selected Fred Victor as the housing and support services provider at the supportive housing at 150 Dunn Ave.

Fred Victor is a mult-service charitable organization bringing 128 years of experience helping people rebuild their lives and operating affordable and supportive housing. 

Thank you to the community, City staff and partners for their contribution towards this milestone.


2453-2469 Bloor St W Community Consultation Meeting

The City has received a Zoning By-law Amendment application for 2453-2469 Bloor St West and so City Planning has scheduled a virtual Community Consultation Meeting for the evening of January 30th at 6pm.

A plan has been proposed to redevelop this space into a 12-storey mass timber mixed-use building with retail on the ground floor, containing 91 residential units, 111 bike parking spaces, and 40 vehicle parking spaces. A pre-application community meeting was held for this site previously on May 8th, 2023. This month's meeting, consisting of a short presentation of the development followed by a Q&A session, will allow you to view the proposal and share your thoughts.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff, and the applicant will be in attendance to help answer any questions that may arise. You can register for the meeting here: https://toronto.webex.com/weblink/register/rbfac32bd95bca3cfb767e611ef4aa0f5.

Further information on the project and what is being proposed can be found on the City's Application Information Centre website here: www.toronto.ca/2461BloorStW.


2112 Dundas St W community meeting

The property owners of 2112 Dundas St West, N/E corner of Dundas and Golden Avenue, is holding an Online Community Meeting to share preliminary plans for a 10-storey mixed-use development on this site.

Online Community Meeting Details:

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

6:30pm - 8:00 pm

Zoom Link: here

The meeting will be an opportunity to review a presentation as well as to ask questions and provide comments.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

Further details are available on the flyer below.


Baby Point HCD virtual sessions

Join the City for an update on the Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Plan.

The City is looking to get input from Baby Point community members through a series of virtual sessions happening in February 2024 to discuss this unique historic neighbourhood.

The first session regarding Archaeology & Landscape is happening on February 5, 2024 from 6 - 8pm. The second session regarding Architectural Policies is happening on February 27, 2024 from 6 - 7:30pm. 

Here is a direct link to the newsletter pdf with the information on the webinars on the front page: Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Study Newsletter Issue 02 (toronto.ca)

Here's the webpage where you can register in advance to participate in the meetings: Meetings & Events: Baby Point HCD – City of Toronto


Parkside Drive Study: Phase Two Public Consultation

Phase two of the Parkside Drive Study Public Consultation continue with a Public Drop-In event on February 1st and an online survey.

This phase of consultation will collect community and road user feedback on potential interim changes and the long-term vision for Parkside Drive. Following the stakeholder group meeting with residents on Parkside Drive, city staff have also scheduled a public drop-in event and an online survey to review next steps for Parkside Drive and to receive feedback from the community.

Public Drop-In Event

The Public Drop-In Event will provide an opportunity to view the project information through a panel display and speak with members of the project team one-on-one.

Date: February 1, 2024
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Lithuanian Hall 1573 Bloor Street West

This is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Feedback

Complete the online feedback survey  before Thursday, February 15, 2024.

Consultation Materials


Winter Services Reminder

All property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow & ice where accumulations of less than 2cm exist. Sidewalk accumulations of 2cm or more will be cleared by the City. If property owners are not able to maintain City sidewalks themselves, arrangements must be made by the property owner for clearing of snow & ice, under a depth of 2cm. Property owners that fail to comply face the risk of being reported to the City, and the City has an obligation to follow-up on reports received. Fines issued are at the discretion of the investigating bylaw officer.

Please see the City's webpage and the flyer below for more information.

 

 

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