SERRA Working Groups in August, 2015

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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.

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