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4155 Yonge Street Follow-up

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Thank you to those who attended City Planning's Community Consultation meeting in February to discuss the development application submitted for 4155 Yonge Street.

Earlier this year at North York Community Council, I extended the notice area for the meeting to ensure that a much larger part of the neighbourhood received advance written notice of the public consultation.

We had a fantastic turn out at the meeting. As I've told many of you, I was very impressed by the neighbourhood's well-informed comments and questions about the proposed development. 

I heard a number of concerns from the community at the meeting, including:

The height and massing of the proposed building in relation to the surrounding neighbourhood, top-of-ridge, and the historic St. John's York Mills Anglican Church;

  • The close proximity to the toe-of-slope of a designated natural heritage feature;
  • The potential traffic impacts, with particular consideration of the daily Summit deliveries;
  • The potential to exacerbate flood risks in an already sensitive area, and
  • Other concerns about the existing TTC tunnels, construction process, and potential impacts on the surrounding neighbourhood.

I share your concerns and continue to believe that the proposed development is not appropriate for the subject site in its current form.

Since our meeting, I have sent an official letter to the CEO of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) stating that I will not support a 14-storey building in such close proximity to a designated natural heritage area.

As many of you know, Valeria Maurizio is the City Planner with carriage of this application. If you haven't already, I'd encourage you to write to Valeria and let her know what you think about this application. Please copy me on these emails so that I can stay in the loop. Valeria is also available to answer any and all questions about the planning process and the application. You can reach her at valeria.maurizio@toronto.ca.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks to the Yonge Ridge Homeowners' Association, St. Andrew's Ratepayers Association, York Mills Valley Association, William Carson Crescent Condo Boards, and the St. John's York Mills Anglican Church for their overwhelming support in this process.  

I have already received a number of emails from concerned neighbours and I truly appreciate the community's continued engagement on this file.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Warm regards,


Community Consultation Meeting - 2908 Yonge Street

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Dear Friends and Neighbours,

As you may be aware, the City recently received an application to construct a 13-storey mixed-use building at 2908 Yonge Street, at the corner of Yonge and Chatsworth, currently occupied by a gas station. The proposed development contains 85 residential units, 421m2 of at-grade retail, and 87 underground parking spaces with access from Chatsworth Drive. The total proposed floor area will be 8,559m2, with a proposed floor space index of 7.8.

A community meeting will be held on February 28, 2018 at Glenview Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1 Glenview Avenue, from 6:30-8:30pm. Although this development technically falls within the boundaries of Ward 16, the proposed building would be precedent-setting on this stretch of Yonge Street and would impact the Old Lawrence Park neighbourhood.

For more information on this application, please see the City's Application Information Centre page.

I would encourage you to share your comments and concerns directly with Cathie Ferguson, the City Planner with carriage of this file. You can reach Cathie by email at Cathie.Ferguson@toronto.ca, or by phone at (416) 395-7117.

To recap:

Date: February 28, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Glenview Presbyterian Church Sanctuary,1 Glenview Avenue

I will be attending next week's meeting in support of the community. I hope to see you there.

Warm regards,


Community Consultation Meeting - 4155 Yonge Street

City Planning is hosting a community consultation meeting to discuss the proposed development at 4155 Yonge Street.

About the Proposal

Goldberg Group is proposing a 14-storey residential building on the western portion of the subject site, constructed over the existing TTC subway tunnel. You can find out more about this application here.

City Planning presented a Preliminary Report at the January meeting of North York Community Council (NYCC). I moved a motion to extend the notice area for the meeting. You can read the complete recommendations here.

Contact Information

Valeria Maurizio, City Planner




Smart-er Congestion Management in Ward 25

Ten intersections on Yonge Street between York Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue will be outfitted with new, "smart signal" technology in 2018. Transportation Services is aiming for the system to become fully operational in the Spring. As Chair of Transportation, I launched this initiative in November at the very first installation site at Yonge Street and Yonge Boulevard in Ward 25.
These new smart signals will replace the 25-year old signal technology used across the City of Toronto. Our current traffic light technology employs fixed signal timing plans to accommodate predicted volumes of traffic, while the new smart signals will automatically monitor traffic flow and adjust signal cycles without human intervention. Smart signals can automatically make large-scale adaptations in response to unusual traffic conditions caused by weather, events, or accidents. They can also synchronize automatically and will be able to re-assign "green-time" over large stretches of Yonge Street to accommodate a high volume of vehicles travelling in the same direction.
The success of this project will be assessed based on the reduction of overall delay for travellers across the connected network of signalized intersections on Yonge Street. Transportation staff hope that the signals will also limit driver frustration caused by waiting at a red signal when there are no vehicles travelling in the other direction. Staff have undertaken significant preparatory data collection and will be comparing vehicle delay, stops, and travel time before and after the network is installed.
I am hopeful that this technology will help to alleviate some of the pressures of irregular congestion on Ward 25's busiest roadways.

As Chair of Transportation, I was happy to launch Toronto's first smart traffic signals in Ward 25 on Yonge Street.

As Chair of Transportation, I was happy to launch Toronto's first smart traffic signals in Ward 25 on Yonge Street.