SERRA Working Groups in August, 2015

volunteersContact if you are interested in joining a Working Group.

SERRA now has three working groups related to development and also safety for residents in Davisville. We are looking for volunteers who care. You would work with knowledgeable SERRA directors who have negotiated with the City of Toronto and appeared at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on behalf of members. You would attend sessions of the Committee of Adjustment and the OMB, sometimes as an observer, sometimes to speak for SERRA. Our City Councillor, Josh Matlow, also helps SERRA working groups to contact the right City staff managers to deal with public safety issues.  You will learn how the system works and how to protect your own interests.

SERRA Tall Replacement Homes Working Group

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Our working group handling what many people call “monster” homes has been a great success. Neighbours have been able to get designs changed, heights reduced, or financial compensation. One project was stopped cold. It is not just the streetscape. A tall new home beside you can affect drainage or dump snow on your roof, causing ice damming and water damage costing thousands. Your chimney or furnace may have to be replaced – people call this the “$10,000 Surprise”. Learn how to protect your own interests and the character of our neighbourhood.

The current priority is a City of Toronto planning study to change bylaws. Lots to do, lots to learn. More of these homes are coming and we need people who care about this issue.

Highrise and Midrise Projects Working Group

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The proposed 9-story midrise condo on Bayview between Soudan and Hillsdale is a wake-up call. It could change the character of the whole street. SERRA wants to work with the neighbouring Leaside Property Owners Association to modify the project so it benefits our area instead of harming it. (The project is in our area, but Leaside is across the street.) This is likely the first of many potential midrise projects on Bayview, Mount Pleasant and Yonge.

SERRA has already been involved in highrise projects in the Yonge Eglinton area, but on a case-by-case basis. Now we are looking for about six local residents to work with two SERRA Board members in a Working Group. We plan to meet with Councillor Josh Matlow and developers to improve projects at an early stage, before designs are fixed.  If necessary, and if there is community support, SERRA can also go to bat for local residents at planning tribunals. There is lots of scope for volunteers to help. They will also provide the passion that only neighbours feel.

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Working Group

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SERRA has supported Councillor Matlow in his effort to reduce speed limits on purely residential streets in our neighbourhood, based on statistics that show this can reduce traffic deaths.  This working group has also met with the Toronto Police Service regarding specific intersections where our members saw dangerous situations, even when accidents were averted.  Sometimes traffic rules and signage can be improved, sometimes it is a question of enforcement.

At the SERRA Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2015, the following motion was passed: “That SERRA investigate ways of requiring contractors to ensure the safety of pedestrians and neighbours during construction and to limit noise.”  This working group can also, in the future, be helpful for other community issues not directly related to construction.  For instance, it handles liaison with T.A.N.G., the Toronto Airport Noise Group.  Have you noticed how much airline traffic has been re-routed over Davisville.  Some days it is like living next door to Pearson.  If you are a horizontal thinker, this may be the working group for you.

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: 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: Questions related to … Read more