consultation

Toronto Airspace Noise Review

Over the past few months, the consultants at Helios have been reviewing the feedback and issues shared with them as part of the Toronto Airspace Noise Review and identifying options to help mitigate aviation noise in our community.

The next round of public meetings will be held in March. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting that best suits their schedule or location. The meeting in Toronto, specifically, has been arranged on a Saturday morning to give those who are unable to attend weeknight meetings an opportunity to engage with this review.

In these meetings, the consultants will be presenting their thoughts on mitigation options as well as additional ideas you may have. At this stage, the recommendations have not been finalized – there is still an opportunity for the consultants to introduce and consider more options.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Mississauga (Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Boulevard)
  • Thursday, March 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Oakville (St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas Street West)
  • Saturday, March 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in North York (Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue)

For more information, please visit this link.

Get Involved: Basement Flooding Master Plan Environmental Assessment Study

As you may know, city staff are currently conducting a Basement Flooding Study Master Plan that covers parts of Wards 16, 22 and 25.

A Notice of Study Commencement was released in January 2016 and includes information about the study area and process.

The Project team has just released its second newsletter with useful information about what causes flooding and what the City can do to address surface and basement flooding. There’s also a link to an online survey – the survey gives residents the opportunity to participate early in the process.

You can also learn more about the study at an upcoming Public Information Centre (PIC) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Ave. West).

At the PIC, you can view display boards about the study and speak one-on-one with project staff.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Mae Lee, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator at either 416-392-8210 or rmlee@toronto.ca.

Metrolinx Crosstown Update

As you know, Metrolinx launched a regional transportation plan – “The Big Move” – in September 2008. One of the first projects in this plan was the Eglinton Crosstown.

The Crosstown, a light rail transit line (LRT), will run across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station – a 19km corridor that includes a 10km portion undergound between Keele Street and Laird Drive.

Construction is well underway and is expected to be completed in September 2021.

Currently, the two Tunnel Boring Machines – named Don and Humber – are respectively just west and east of Bayview Avenue.

Station names were recently approved and finalized. The stops in our area include:

  • Eglinton Station – Yonge & Eglinton
  • Mt. Pleasant Station – Mt. Pleasant & Eglinton
  • Leaside Station – Bayview & Eglinton
  • Laird Station – Laird & Eglinton
  • Sunnybrook Park Stop – Leslie & Eglinton
  • Science Centre Station – Don Mills & Eglinton

Metrolinx is hosting a series of public meetings beginning in the spring to share detailed designs and an updated construction schedule from the contractor – stay informed by visiting this link or by calling the Crosstown East’s office at 416-482-7411.

Noise By-law

As you’re probably aware, the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division is reviewing the existing noise bylaw.

The goal of the review is to make sure that the noise bylaw is up-to-date based on in-depth research and extensive public consultation.

Between March and August 2015, city staff were hard at work conducting detailed analysis and soliciting stakeholder and public feedback. In order to maximize the opportunity for residents to offer their feedback, I requested that the online survey be extended until mid-September.

City staff are currently writing the final report on the review. It’s expected to head to the Licensing and Standards Committee on January 22, 2016 and will be available online.

Committee meetings provide a unique opportunity for residents to offer their feedback in front of City Councillors, staff and fellow residents.

If you’d like to give a written or oral deputation on the final report of the noise bylaw review in January, please email lsc@toronto.ca or phone 416-397-4592.

The 10-Year Cycling Network Plan

The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan to enhance the city’s cycling network. This plan will add new routes and improve existing routes, all with the goal of making Toronto more connected and safer for cyclists while easing congestion.

The plan is in its second phase of public consultations. You can participate by offering your feedback on the draft cycle network map!

You can also get involved in the new 10-year plan by recording your cycling trips in the Toronto Cycling App, a free smartphone app for Android and iPhone.

Problem Residential Infill Construction Sites

Residential infill construction can be a major disruption, especially for immediate neighbours and nearby homes.Late last year, I moved a motion asking for a comprehensive report on how the city can improve its response to problem construction sites.

Among other things, I asked city staff to consider:

  • The feasibility of identifying a single city staff lead to liaise with neighbours and coordinate an interdivisional response;
  • Improved and effective enforcement measures to ensure compliance with site and safety by-laws;
  • The feasibility of posting key information on hoarding boards, like noise restrictions and parking permissions; and,
  • Developing a plan to effectively deal with buildings that are not built according to plan.

Earlier this summer, city staff brought a work plan to the Planning and Growth Management Committee. The work plan sets out an extensive review of best practices, research and issue identification as well as ratepayer and industry consultation.You can find the work plan here. A final report is expected in fall 2015.

Civitan Arena Replacement

Photo:  TOBuilt

Photo: TOBuilt

Update - May 2014

Don Mills’ Civitan Arena is due to close in 2020, and the site for a replacement arena returned to the city’s Government Management Committee in mid May.

The Committee opted to defer a final decision until 2015 to allow a further search for suitable replacement sites in the area of Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. The Committee also ruled out Don Mills Collegiate Institute’s field as a suitable option.

Following my push for community consultation in fall 2013, I brought a motion forward directing city staff to establish a working group of community stakeholders to provide direct and substantive feedback throughout the duration of the site selection process.

My motion ensures that the neighbourhood’s opinion will be front and centre when the final site is chosen!

Update – February 2014

At Government Management Committee in October, I pushed hard for a community consultation to give residents an opportunity to have their thoughts heard about the arena relocation. The public meeting took place in early December and it was a full and productive discussion!

At January’s Government Management Committee, a decision on the best relocation site was deferred until spring to ensure that each and every option is thoroughly studied and reviewed. I will continue to work with Ward 25, my colleagues on Council and city staff to make sure that the new arena is open by 2020 as planned!

November 2013

In mid-October, city staff brought forward a report to Government Management Committee identifying the northwest corner of York Mills Road and the Don Valley Parkway as the recommended site for an arena to replace the Don Mills Civitan Arena. The Science Centre parking lot at the southwest corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road was also under consideration.

The Toronto District School Board recently declared surplus a portion of the Don Mills Middle School property fronting Lawrence Avenue East, and it has been suggested as a further alternative.

I pushed hard at Government Management Committee for a successful motion that requires city staff to schedule a public meeting prior to making any decisions about the replacement site. In my mind, we need to hear from Don Mills before moving forward on a location!

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Don Mills Middle School Cafetorium (17 The Donway East). It is an opportunity to speak directly to city staff and to discuss the replacement location of the Don Mills Civitan Arena.

Everyone is welcome and I encourage you to attend!

Post City Column: Upholding Bayview’s tree canopy

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine — Bayview Edition
March 2014

Ward 25 has one of the largest tree canopies in the city with over 50 per cent forest cover. It is one of the main reasons our neighbourhoods are such desirable places to live.

I have been a long-standing advocate for trees, working alongside residents to save trees in Ward 25. That’s why it is devastating to see how many trees were damaged as a result of the December ice storm. Ours was one of the hardest hit. Many mature trees were heavily damaged and have been removed.

Some estimate that as much as 20 per cent of Toronto’s tree canopy was lost. This is a big setback for the city as it moves forward with a plan to increase Toronto’s tree canopy.

One way to achieve our goal is through Toronto’s tree protection bylaw, which could use a bit of fine tuning to make it more effective. That’s why I will be moving a number of motions to strengthen the protection bylaw and make it more transparent.

I will be requesting that the city improve the public notice and consultation process around applications as well as develop a communications strategy to ensure the public knows on what grounds applications are approved or refused.

My aim is to break down the silos at city hall between the planning and forestry departments and ensure tree protection is considered as early as possible in development and planning applications.

I will be introducing these motions to the parks and environ-ment committee this month.

If you have suggestions on how we can improve tree protection, please feel free to email me at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca, or give me a call at 416-395-6408.

Local Appeal Board Consultations

Public consultations are underway on creating a Local Appeal Body (LAB). The LAB would hear appeals from the Committee of Adjustment, replacing the Ontario Municipal Board in the context of minor variance and consent applications.

The North York meeting is on Monday, March 3, 7 p.m. at North York Civic Centre and the central meeting on Monday, March 17, 7 p.m. at Metro Hall.

The public consultations will feed into a long awaited and highly anticipated staff report – one that I have pushed hard for over the course of the term – that is expected to recommend that the city establish a LAB. I encourage you to come out and have your say. Check out www.toronto.ca/localappealbody for more information!

Ice Storm Review Consultation

As I mentioned in my ice storm recap, there was significant room for improvement in the city and Toronto Hydro’s response to the December ice storm.

At January’s City Council meeting, I voted for a full and comprehensive review of that response, including actions to improve the city’s response to extreme weather events in the future. Toronto Hydro also announced it assembled an Independent Review Panel to evaluate its storm response. Both reviews are well underway.

The city is hosting public town hall meetings on behalf of Toronto Hydro’s Independent Review Panel to gather feedback on Toronto Hydro’s service during the storm.

The North York town hall is scheduled for Thursday March 6, 7 p.m. at the North York Civic Centre.

Those attending can provide a three-minute comment to the panel on how Toronto Hydro can improve its response to extreme weather events.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can also provide feedback to the panel via email at torontoicestorm@daviescon.com.

Post City Column: Bayview design study underway

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine — Bayview Edition
January 2014

Bayview Avenue from Lawrence Avenue East to Highway 401 is facing significant intensification and development pressure.

Throughout the fall, I have been working with residents and ratepayer associations as well as senior City of Toronto planning staff, including our chief planner, to develop solutions to protect and preserve Bayview’s unique and distinctive character.

In early November, I held a community meeting to give residents an opportunity to speak directly to city planning staff. A clear majority of the neighbourhood —including Bayview-area residents’ associations — voted to undertake a design guidelines study of Bayview from Lawrence to the 401.

I am pleased to report that immediately after the meeting I moved a successful motion at North York Community Council directing staff to get the study underway.

Design guidelines provide a framework for evaluating development applications and setting out setback, landscaping, privacy and other key design issues. They should also help prevent townhouse creep onto adjoining side streets. A similar study was undertaken for Bayview north of the 401.

Community and neighbourhood consultations will be the focus of the study. We need your input, and I encourage you to get involved when the study gets off the ground next year!

If you would like to receive updates about the study — including public consultation dates — please send me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca, or give my office a call at 416-395-6408.

Share Your Feedback on Upcoming Playground Enhancements

Councillor Robinson is working on exciting playground enhancements in Lord Seaton Park and Mossgrove Park!

Parks staff designed a number of options for each playground and you’re invited to provide feedback on the concepts by completing the survey in the link below:

https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/Ward25_park_enhancement/

Please note that the images used in the survey are only intended to illustrate the concepts. Final equipment selection, colour and placement may differ from what is shown based on site conditions, availability and final budget.

If you have questions about either project or the survey, please contact Ruthanne Henry, Senior Project Coordinator with Parks, at either rhenry@toronto.ca or 416-395-0142.