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Donations to SERRA much appreciated

SERRA wishes to thank two local residents who recently sent us $100 donations to thank SERRA for the assistance we gave to them at the Toronto and East York Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board respectively. Not only is this money that SERRA will use for future legal expenses. It is also nice for us to know that people appreciate the work we do.

Though these two donations were unsolicited, they prompt us to remind members and other local residents that SERRA does need funds to do a good job protecting our neighbourhood. If you have too much money jingling in your pocket, or if you simply want to have a better neighbourhood to live in, do keep SERRA in mind. The PayPal button on our Membership tab functions equally well for donations, or you can send a traditional cheque to our PO Box address.

Some recent SERRA activities

SERRA has actually been doing well over the last year in general terms. Our membership numbers have almost doubled since last spring. We have been very active helping individual owners of homes in the Davisville area to go to the Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) if overly tall homes are planned next to them. SERRA is incorporated as Ontario Corporation 481978, which allows us to be a party at OMB proceedings and influence the result. Recently, an OMB appeal which we opposed was dropped by the applicant. We think this was because SERRA had produced very thoughtful and complete documentation about the project.

Sometimes, though, we need a planning opinion from a professional to bolster our case, and that costs money.

SERRA also recently registered as an interested party with the OMB regarding two new condo projects, because nearby residents are worried about negative effects on them. As an organisation, we are very busy, though unfortunately sometimes too busy to have the time to tell you about what we do.

Volunteers welcome

Even more than donations, some more volunteers to help out would be wonderful. Another North Toronto residents association has both a retired lawyer and a retired planning consultant as volunteers – and a gifted social media coordinator. We are jealous. Tell your neighbours to join SERRA and work with us. Davisville/South Eglinton faces challenges as Toronto grows and changes. Dealing with this is both interesting and, we think, very satisfying work.

So do send us an email at serra@southeglinton.ca if you’d like to talk to someone about volunteering or donations.

Mark your calendars! Important community consultation on January 20, 2021.

The hugely busy Davisville area is seeing another development proposal, this time at 185 Balliol. Come to a virtual community consultation on January 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more.     185 Balliol Public Notice (002)

Davisville Village Planning – Town Hall Meeting

HOSTED BY COUNCILLOR MATLOW (Tuesday, Dec 8 at 6:30 pm)   Please find below an invite from City Councillor Matlow to all residents in the Davisville apartment neighbourhood and the immediate adjacent area to attend an important DAVISVILLE VILLAGE PLANNING meeting. In addition to our Councillor and his staff, various City Planning groups will attend (Community Planning, Parks). City Transportation Services staff, who can answer questions about future construction will be there as will SERRA. … Read more

November 2020 Newsletter

  Read about what is happening in our neighbourhood in our latest newsletter.   Please click here: November 2020 Newsletter  

Virtual Town Hall 2020 – Invitation to Non-Members

If you are not a current member of SERRA, we would ask you to pre-register for the Town Hall at the following link. When: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: SERRA AGM/Town Hall Virtual Meeting Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_caSK-6VcSomoxS3inZcv_A If you are unable to pre-register, you may join the Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82387651823 Questions related to … Read more