Residents invited to join discussion about Toronto’s 2018 budget

The City of Toronto's Budget Committee will hear public presentations on the preliminary 2018 tax supported budgets. Members of the public can make a presentation at budget sub-committee meetings on January 8, 9 or 10 at locations across the city. Two sessions will be held at each of the six locations listed below.

Torontonians who want to share their views on the budget are asked to register by emailing buc@toronto.ca or by calling 416-392-4666 before noon on January 5, indicating the location, date and time when they want to speak. Individuals may make only one presentation at any one of the consultation sessions. Residents can also speak at the meetings without registering.

Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber
399 The West Mall
Monday, January 8 at 3 and 6 p.m.

York Civic Centre, Council Chamber
2700 Eglinton Ave. W.
Tuesday, January 9 at 3 and 6 p.m.

City Hall, Committee Room 1
100 Queen St. W.
Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Residents who are not able to attend a presentation have the option of submitting a written presentation by email at buc@toronto.ca, or fax at 416-392-1879 or mail at 100 Queen St. W., Toronto City Hall, 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, marked to "Attention: Budget Committee."

More information about the 2018 budget and the budget process is available at http://www.toronto.ca/budget2018

Save the date!

Join Green 13 and I at Swansea Town Hall on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:45pm at Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Ave) for a Flooding and Stormwater Management Town Hall.

Bloor West Village Avenue Study Consultation on December 4, 2017

Bloor West Village Avenue Study Consultation
Monday, December 4
6 pm to 9 pm
Runnymede United Church (423 Runnymede Rd)

The third and final community consultation meeting for the Bloor West Village Avenue Study will be held Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Runnymede United Church (423 Runnymede Rd). The proposal makes some important changes to the zoning of Bloor West, and will have a lasting effect on development in our community.  Please stop by as the Project Team will present and seek feedback on the draft recommendations for the Avenue Study.

For more information, visit the project website

High Park Apartment Area Community Study

Interested in joining the Character Study working Group? 

Download the application here.
Applications can be submitted directly to Allison Reid, Senior Planner Urban Design at Allison.Reid@toronto.ca
(Please note: members will be chosen by Toronto City Planning and not my office.)

On Wednesday, October 26, we had the kickoff meeting for the High Park Apartment Area Character Study. While there was a fair turn out, and some good questions asked, there seems to be some lingering confusion with the study, and how it will work with the opponents appeal to the OMB. 

There are two important aspects of the character study. First, the character study is a chance for the community to be able to express their desires for what is to come to the neighbourhood in the future. No neighbourhood is static, so whether these proposals move forward or not, it is important that the community's views and concerns are recorded and addressed. Second, the study will also include the two proposals before us. Legally, each application is looked at separately, and must have their own final Staff Report to Council. While this will continue moving forward, the Character Study is able to link together the two applications, and examine the effects that the proposed changes would have on each other's development, as well as the community as a whole. (The study was set up to work in tandem with the two development applications as one will affect the other.) The Character Study will not come out in favour or opposed to the development applications, that is the job of the final staff report, but it will be used as an additional tool for Planning Staff's final report on these applications.  This is an opportunity for increasing the input from residents on not just what they oppose, but what they want to see in the community.

The community and I have made it very clear to the developers that we do not approve of their current applications. Both Great West Life (GWL) and Minto have told us they will be resubmitting their proposals after hearing from the community following the results of the Character Study. While we of course do not know what the developers will resubmit, we hope the new proposal will fit better with the wishes of the neighbourhood.

As you know, the applicants have made an OMB appeal. This does not mean that we are headed straight for an OMB hearing. In fact, following the provincial government's announcements for proposed changes to the OMB, every proposed development in our ward made an appeal to the OMB, with the hopes they are grandfathered in under the current rules.  Neither GWL nor Minto have asked for a hearing date, and have stated they will continue to work with residents and the City to submit an improved application.

There was some confusion over a "complete" application vs an approved or final application at Wednesday's meeting. As dictated by the Province, the City must examine all development proposals.  For a development proposal to be examined, they must submit a "complete" application, which includes a number of studies for their proposals such as impacts on traffic, sunlight, infrastructure, etc. (All the studies can be found here for Minto, and here for GWL.) When an application is deemed complete, the City will begin its first examination, and the 120 day countdown to a possible OMB appeal begins. This "complete" application does not mean it is will be the final application that goes to the City. In fact, of the large scale developments in our ward, not one has gone through to Council or the OMB with their original proposal since I have been a Councillor.  

Long story short, the door is not closed, no final decisions have been made. While I, and the greater community oppose these developments as they currently stand, this Character Study allows residents to solidify in City bylaws not just opposition, but what they want to see in their community. It is an important tool we are able to have moving forward, and I encourage anyone interested to get involved.

High Park Character Study Public Meeting - October 25, 2017

I wanted to make sure you are all aware that the first public meeting for the High Park North Character Study will be taking place on Wednesday, October 25, at 7:00 pm in the Humberside Collegiate Institute auditorium (280 Quebec Avenue).

Back in April 2017, I moved a motion at Community Council that an area-based character study for the Apartment Neighbourhoods designated lands located north of Bloor Street West, west of Keele Street, south of Glenlake Avenue and east of Gothic Avenue, be undertaken. This meeting will kick off the Character Study process, allowing residents and property owners an opportunity to express their opinions and make enquiries of staff. At the meeting applications to join the working group will also be distributed.  If you are unable to attend the meeting I will also have the applications posted online, once they are available. 

As I am sure you are aware, since the two public meetings for the development proposals, both GWL and Minto have appealed their applications to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). While an OMB appeal takes control out of the City's hands, both parties have stated they are willing to work with the City and the community at large to help shape their proposals. While we don't know the extent of the changes the proponents are willing to make, the Character Study is an important way to have your voice heard, and share what you want to see in your community. 

I look forward to seeing you on the 25th! 

Sarah

Humber Theatre Development OMB Update and October 30th BWVRA Community Meeting

On September 28, 2017, the first Pre-Hearing Conference at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) was held regarding the proposed Humber Theatre re-development.  During this meeting, all of the Parties and Participants, who have an interest in the proceedings, were identified and the next steps were proposed and agreed upon. Swansea Area Ratepayers, Bloor West Village Residents' Association (BWVRA), Arbour Memorial Building and a local resident, as well as the City, are all parties in this case. A second Pre-Hearing Conference was scheduled for February 7, 2018.

The Bloor West Village Residents' Association is having a community meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017, at7 pm, at the Humbercrest United Church's Hall (16 Baby Point Rd), to the north of the development site. At this meeting, BWVRA will be seeking residents' input on the redevelopment of this site. They will also be sharing the findings of the work of Ryerson Planning students, including a community survey about Committee of Adjustment.