Keeping Our Neighbourhood GREEN

SERRA has actively participated in 4 meetings and workshops this fall which will give direction to the preservation and formation of parks and green space in Davisville Village, an area of the city under great development stress.

Parks and Public Realm Update

In November Paul Farish, a Senior Planner of Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis with the City of Toronto, organized a well-attended workshop on green infrastructure. Mr. Farish leads Toronto’s Midtown in Focus Plan, which aims to improve parks and public spaces. The Yonge-Davisville neighbourhood is the latest to be singled out, and through Mr. Farish the City of Toronto is seeking public input into the future of the area’s parks and public spaces. 
In planning for this event SERRA had mapped out a potential route on side streets and lanes which would allow pedestrians and cyclists to move from the Yonge-Eglinton area to the beltline and Mt. Pleasant Cemetery without having to use major roadways. We would like to see the city respond to and develop this route, which would offer a quiet oasis and passageway in Davisville. With the planned arrival of 35,000 new residents in our area over the next 15 years, green spaces and parks will become ever more precious.

Two New Parks Coming to the SERRA Area:

Councillor Josh Matlow held a meeting in December to get local feedback on two new parks on Manor Road. These parks are close together and fairly small. About 40 people attended this meeting, including City staff. There was a quickly achieved consensus that one park should attract children, though perhaps not with the conventional play equipment, while the second park should offer a more contemplative, peaceful focus to attract adults and seniors. City staff will consult with experts on park planning and return to the community with suggestions. 

LEAF Initiatives

SERRA members have also attended two workshops held by a non-profit group called LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests).The first addressed the City Forestry Department’s plan to protect and increase the city’s tree canopy over the next decades. Local citizens’ ability to respond to the illegal removal of large trees from their neighbourhoods and ways in which they can shield and care for newly planted city trees were discussed.
The second workshop demonstrated LEAF’s achievements in two areas of the city where cutting edge planting of street trees has occurred. Through grates in the sidewalk, rainwater will reach roots protected in a special planting enclosure. As well, tall surrounding metal fences will prevent new trees from being scarred by bicycles attached to them.
Happily, this method of ensuring the healthy growth of city trees is being adopted by some local BIAs as they plan their street refurbishments. SERRA members are encouraged to work with local businesses to make sure new street trees are adequately watered during dry months.
SERRA is committed to the green infrastructure of Davisville so that we, our children and grandchildren will continue to live in ‘the city in a garden’.  

Community Consultation – 537 Eglinton Avenue East

This application proposes to amend City of Toronto Zoning By-law to permit a 23-storey (72.6 metre) high residential building with a 7-storey base building that measures 23.1 metres in height. The proposal contains a total of 128 dwelling units and a total gross floor area of 9,073 square metres, resulting in a density of 16.58 times the lot area. A total of 37 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in two levels of underground parking. City … Read more

The Midtown Working Group asks local residents to support the new vision for Canada Square development.

A new Midtown Town Centre vision for the Canada Square site at Yonge and Eglinton has been developed by the Midtown Working Group and endorsed by Midtown Councillors Josh Matlow, Mike Colle and Jaye Robinson. This vision is a once-in-a-century legacy city-building opportunity on City-owned land, for what will soon be the second most significant transit hub – right in the middle of Toronto. The Town Centre will provide sorely needed education, childcare, affordable housing, … Read more

How to make a submission to City Council and Committees – Instruction Guide

We have had many questions related to how to make a submission to the scheduled meetings for Canada Square. Council and committee meetings are scheduled with a system called TMMIS that can be found on the City’s website or just type ‘TMMIS’ into Google search. So we have prepared a quick tutorial. Read the instruction Guide here  

The Future of Yonge and Eglinton’s Canada Square: Supporting Midtown Existing and Future Residents’ Quality of Life

City Planning has completed its Special Study Area Report with Guiding Principles following working group meetings with residents’ groups supported by an inter-Divisional staff team.   You can find a copy of the planning department’s report at this link: Get Report For Action   Next Steps The Zoning By-law Amendment application for the Canada Square site was submitted to the City on December 21, 2020. The community consultation process with the broader community was put … Read more