On November 25, 2019 Councillors Jaye Robinson, Josh Matlow and Mike Colle hosted a Midtown Town Hall meeting about road safety in the Yonge and Eglinton area.
SERRA created a 15 point list of traffic safety action items for the Y-E area. The list was created with input from the local residents’ associations and was sent to each Councillor.
In addition, we are opposing the recent provincially mandated increases in midtown tower heights and densities (under Official Planning Act 405 and Bill 108), since it will prolong construction mayhem till the latter part of the twenty-twenties.
Since the 2016 Canada Census, our midtown area has witnessed 21,100 new housing units for approximately 35,000 new residents within a 1 1/4 km radius of Y-E (completed, approved but not yet completed and in the final approval cycle). As a result of these newly announced provincially permitted heights and densities, we expect another major push for yet more development, which will lead to one of the densest communities in North America and one that is not matched to our transportation infrastructure, so creating worsening long-term community safety and livability issues. There are also issues with school capacity, etc. leading to extensive school busing, further creating unsafe conditions.
We absolutely need our Honourable Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark visit Midtown, to view our condition and to modify the provincial Official Planning Act 405 and Bill 108.
Recent media coverage can be found here: