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Yonge St. corridor can’t handle more development

Toronto and Ontario need to halt further projects until transit and other infrastructure are radically upgraded.

Photo courtesy of cbc.ca
Photo courtesy of cbc.ca

 

Davisville Planning Study

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Did you see the new MONSTER HOUSE down your street?

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Residents of the Davisville/South Eglinton area continue to be “surprised” by the size of the new infill houses appearing in our neighbourhood. The current approval process for these houses is often described as the “Wild West”. SERRA members and residents will have an opportunity on June 29th to learn more and offer their opinions on planning in our residential neighbourhood.

City Planning staff are undertaking a neighbourhood study for the area known as Davisville Village, generally bounded by Eglinton Avenue East, Yonge Street, Merton Street and Bayview Avenue.

Our Councillor, Josh Matlow, has sponsored this study as a result of growing concerns that these new homes with integral garages and raised first floors are disrupting the traditional character of our area.

The City planning staff are inviting all residents and interested parties to attend an important kickoff meeting on Wednesday, June 29th, to learn more about the study, ask questions and share your comments. The public meeting will be held at the Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Road East, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. This meeting is an important opportunity for residents to influence future growth in our neighbourhood.

Plan to attend! Find out more here

2016 membership drive!

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Please renew your 2016 SERRA membership or join us today for the first time. Our neighbourhood organization is run by volunteers. Your contributions help pay for information sessions, Board of Directors insurance, occasional legal and urban planning fees, and some administrative expenses. It’s the best $25 you will spend on membership fees this year! Click here.

Full house at 2016 SERRA Annual General Meeting in April

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Almost 150 Davisville residents and friends attended our AGM at Manor Road United Church. (Above) SERRA President Andy Gort welcomes the record crowd and introduces speaker Josh Matlow, our Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2.
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Many thanks to our volunteers! The AGM offered lots of excellent discussion around our information booths, a productive Q&A with Councillor Josh Matlow, and, last but not least, carrot cake and coffee.

 

SERRA AGM April 20th at Manor Rd. United Church!

Plan to attend this important neighbourhood meeting!

Annual General Meeting
April 20, 2016
6:30 p.m. at Manor Road United Church

During the pre-meeting, chat with Toronto City Councillor Matlow and SERRA board members. Learn about condo development, Y-E city plan reviews, super-sized new homes, and safety concerns. Also learn about the proposed bold pilot project to issue tickets at bad construction sites in Toronto, just like parking tickets. Finally, get an updateon the Local Appeals Board slated to replace the OMB for many Toronto projects.

We enjoyed a stellar year in 2015!

  • Membership up by 50%.
  • 25 times at Committee of Adjustment to help concerned neighbours!
  • Ongoing negotiations with condo and mid-rise building developers
  • 7 times at the Ontario Municipal Board to help concerned neighbours
  • Over 60 attended our construction seminar in March 2016
  • Many early interventions to improve projects and mitigate effects

Mark your calendar and plan to attend! Email president@southeglinton.ca to let SERRA know your issues in advance.

Join SERRA today even if you can’t attend. Membership renewals or new memberships

Full house at SERRA construction seminar

Urban planner Terry Mills and construction lawyer Paul Hancock addressed concerns raised by almost 60 people attending a construction seminar on March 9th at Greenwood College School in North Toronto.

Both Mr. Han1407197801861cock and Mr. Mills agreed that residents should try to negotiate with builders and neighbours well before a project reaches Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment.

SERRA thanks both gentlemen for their participation in this free event. Mr. Hancock is an associate with the construction law group at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP. Mr. Mills can be reached at Arris Strategy Studio.

Residents can contact SERRA with follow-up questions they may have regarding construction issues in our neighbourhood.

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SERRA watching Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Planning process

The City of Toronto is conducting a comprehensive review of its urban planning priorities for the neighbourhoods surrounding Yonge and Eglinton streets.

This review of the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan is expected to have a major impact on commercial and residential development, park space, heritage preservation, cycling paths, sidewalks, and transit issues. The Y-E plan will become a policy blueprint for the future of our neighbourhoods, including streets within SERRA’s territory.

This process is running concurrently with a review of residential zoning provisions for Davisville Village.

“The Y-E plan is under equal development pressure inside our neighbourhoods as well as along the main avenues and intersections,” says SERRA Acting President Andy Gort. “We are actively working with city planners, city councillors, and other neighbourhood associations to ensure adequate public input.”

Free Seminar: Construction issues in Davisville

• Worried about new residential construction next door?
• Concerned about development proposals in the area?
• Planning to build yourself & want to avoid conflicts with neighbours?
• Attend this free seminar to learn about your rights

March 9, 2016
6:45 to 9:00 p.m.

Greenwood College School
443 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2L8.
An urban planner, a construction lawyer, and SERRA board members will answer your questions about city planning, the Committee of Adjustment, the OMB and other issues!

December 2015 Newsletter

Y-E plan• Art Shoppe demolition is ongoing, asbestos safely removed, construction plan proposed.
• Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan update is in full swing.
• Two tall rental towers are proposed for north side of Soudan between Redpath and Brownlow.
• Positive development changes have been made for 1 Eglinton E.
• Discussions with developer for 1674-1684 Bayview are leading to significant project changes.
• Residents’ protest stops massive homes at 15 and 111 Belsize Dr.
• SERRA board welcomes Andy Gort as interim president.
• Get ready to renew your SERRA membership online or by cheque!

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