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Yesterday, I was pleased to vote for the Bloor Complete Street proposal at City Council. This vital connection between Runnymede and Resurrection Road will add much needed cycling infrastructure along Bloor Street.
As Toronto continues to grow, other forms of transportation need to be improved. New strategies are needed to move more people safely, quickly, and comfortably. Improving the city's cycling network is one of several strategies being implemented to improve the ease of moving within the city. I was pleased to support staff recommendations and will continue to advocate for safe cycling infrastructure and other forms of mass transportation.
Changes to Bloor Street West would be made with materials that can be installed quickly, such as planters, bollards, roadway paint, and signage. No major road reconstruction is planned, and installation would take place in two phases in 2023 and 2024. More information on the Bloor Complete Streets project, which also includes additional safety measures for the area such as painted curb extensions, the construction of missing sidewalk connections, improvements to the South Kingsway/Bloor intersection, and various accessibility improvements can be found here. The project proposes road safety improvements, cycle tracks, and public realm upgrades to meet Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and Climate Change Action Plan goals.
In addition to installing more bike lanes there is a plan to expedite the implementation of priority bus-only lanes across the city via the Surface Transit Network Plan. The plan anticipates that the improved reliability of the new priority bus-only lanes will result in a faster and more reliable commute. The City has identified the top 20 Transit Corridors to start this project including the following locations in Ward 4: Jane Street, Keele Street, and Dufferin Street. More information on this project can be found here.
- Public Consultation Notice: Wabash Community Centre Project
- 150 Dunn Ave Modular Housing Update
- Multiplexes Now Permitted City-wide
- 3239-3251 Dundas St W: Zoning By-law Amendment
- REMINDER: 2400-2440 Dundas St W Community Meeting
- Toronto Nature Stewards Events
- Good Neighbour Guide for Residential Infill Construction is now available
- Join LEAF's Young Ravine Leaders!
Ways to participate in the Public Consultation for Wabash Community Centre Project
I am happy to share that the City is now entering the final phase of public consultation on the Wabash Community Centre Project (located in Sorauren Park). This is an important milestone in the project and the final opportunity for the community to provide their input on the proposed design. Please share your feedback to help ensure the community centre best meets your needs.
There are three ways to participate:
- Online Survey: June 7 to July 9, 2023
- In-Person Sorauren Park Pop-Ups: Dates and locations are still to be determined and will be shared on the project webpage and through e-updates.
- Virtual Public Meeting: Wednesday July 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register here: https://thirdpartypublic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodeCrrT4jE9TiaeRcx-au5W3R1BXEonXH#/registration
Visit the project webpage to review the preferred design, learn more about naming opportunities, and review community feedback collected in earlier engagement phases.
150 Dunn Ave: Temporary changes to road access and parking
Multiplexes now permitted City-wide
On May 10, 2023, Toronto City Council adopted Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments to permit multiplexes in Neighbourhoods city-wide. The appeal period for these amendments has now passed and no appeals were received.
As of June 14, 2023, these amendments are now in effect and multiplexes are permitted in all residential zones across Toronto. Applicants can submit a building permit application for a duplex, triplex or fourplex to Toronto Building. If you are interested in building or converting your home into a multiplex, you can review the Multiplex website, where you can read the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment, before you make your application. City staff are working on other guidance materials to help the public to understand the new regulations; these materials will be posted to the website later in the year.
If you have further questions, you may contact the Toronto Building Customer Service general inquiry line at (416) 397-5330 Monday to Friday from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. For more information, please visit Toronto Building's website.
3239-3251 Dundas Street West – Zoning By-law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition Application
On May 24, 2023, Toronto and East York Community Council deferred item g TE5.3 - 3239-3251 Dundas Street West - Zoning By-law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition Application.
The item will be heard at the June 22nd Toronto East York Community Council meeting at or soon after 1:30PM .
This application proposes an eight-storey mixed-use building with 88 dwellings units and 230 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor.
Following a review of the application, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application as the proposal will provide a contextually appropriate Mid-Rise building that fits within the planned and existing context and appropriately transitions to lower scaled neighbourhood areas to the south of the site.
The full report is available on-line at https://secure.toronto.ca/council/agenda-item.do?item=2023.TE6.33
At this time, I will be supporting staff's recommendation to approve this application.
This item will be heard on June 22nd at Toronto East York Community Council. The meeting will be conducted with members participating remotely and /or in person at Toronto City Hall Council Chambers.
To speak to the Community Council, please register by e-mail to [email protected] or by phone at 416-392-7033. Members of the public who register to speak will be provided with instructions on how to participate in the meeting.
REMINDER: Community Meeting on June 20 on 2400-2440 Dundas St W
A Re-zoning application has been submitted for 2400-2440 Dundas St W. (Current site of FreshCo/Shoppers Drug Mart, east side of Dundas St West at Chelsea)
The application proposes two mixed buildings comprised of three towers 18, 25, and 36-storeys in height. The proposal will include retail space, grocery store space, live-work units, core employment uses and a total of 873 dwelling units. A centrally located privately owned open space (POPS) is proposed facing Dundas Street West and a connection to the GO/UP Station pickup/drop off area will be provided to the south.
Information submitted to the City by the applicant is available for your review under 'supporting Documents' on the City's Application Information Centre at:
To allow you to learn more about the application, ask questions, and gather feedback, City Planning will be holding a Virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023, from 6 - 8 PM.
Register to attend the virtual community meeting at: http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations
I will chair the meeting, which includes presentations from both City Planning staff and the applicant, followed by a Q&A period to allow for discussion.
To register for the meeting, visit the City Planning Engagement Website at https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/city-planning-consultations/ . More information is also available in the attached document.
Looking forward to seeing you online.
Toronto Nature Stewards events at South Kingsway Humber River Park
Toronto Nature Stewards, a recipient of the inTO the Ravine grant, is hosting a series of events in the park located at the bottom of the Humber River and The Queensway, accessed from South Kingsway.
Approximate address: 6 South Kingsway
Wednesday, July 12th at 6 PM
Peter Welsh: noted nature photographer and Nature Lover
His Personal ByLine from his Facebook account Pete Witnesses Nature:
I'm not a botanist, a geologist, an entomologist, a hydrologist or an ornithologist - I'm just a person that has a deep affinity to nature and respect for natural processes. Native species are paramount to a healthy ecosystem and most of my photos will attempt to showcase them. My hope in posting these photos is to inspire people to stop and look - whether you're in the city, suburbs or adjacent to pristine areas, nature is all around us. Some of my photos have species ID or other bits of information. I consult with others before adding info. Nature is a learning experience for everybody.
Wednesday, July 19th at 6 PM
Lorraine Johnson: writer, editor and community advocate
Lorraine, when pressed to describe what unifies her work, has settled on the term cultivation activist. The author of numerous books on growing native plants, gardening for pollinators, restoring habitat, and producing food in cities, Lorraine’s work focuses on people and communities growing plants, ecological health, and connection to nature and to each other. Through her books, articles and community projects, she strives to advance the understanding that everything and everyone is connected and that, through our actions, we all have a role to play in making this world a better place for all life. She’s a little bit earnest, but, she hopes, in a good way.
Wednesday, August 23rd at 6 PM
Alan Colley: Indiginous Teacher, creator and owner of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours
Located in Canada's most diverse city, Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours is an experience of Aboriginal culture and environmental understanding of creation from an indigenous world view through experiential adventure. Our mission is to share in meaningful ways an opportunity to experience connections with Turtle Island (North America) for generations to come in sustainable ways to honour all our relations.
Good Neighbour Guide for Residential Infill Construction
Cities such as Toronto are in a constant state of change. Some of this change is focused in Toronto’s residential neighbourhoods, where people demolish and build, or renovate older houses.
The City of Toronto calls this process of building and renovating in established neighbourhoods ‘residential infill’. This guide is intended for property owners, builders, and contractors starting a construction project in an established neighbourhood, and for neighbours in the area. The guide outlines requirements and best practices for residential infill construction, as well as communication tips to help everyone involved move smoothly through the project. If issues do arise, this document provides some guidance and contact information to assist you.
You can find the complete guide here.
Join the Young Ravine Leaders!
Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Toronto’s ravine network while learning from and connecting with industry professionals through the Young Ravine Leaders (YRL)! Toronto youth (18 – 29 years old) interested in ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship are invited to apply to this free, online program. This program is open to all youth, but seeks to support those from Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and/or underrepresented groups within arboriculture and urban forestry. YRL is organized by LEAF and funded by the City of Toronto.