Leaside News

Mayoral Candidates Face Residents

OCAD University Auditorium,
100 McCaul Street

Rescheduled Debate – mark your calendars!

Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m.

Live at OCAD University, 60 residents’ associations will host a public meeting to introduce leading mayoral candidates to the people of Toronto. With an outreach to 900,000 residents, this unique event could be a game changer in the municipal election.

The Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations (FoNTRA) and the Federation of South Toronto Residents Associations (FoSTRA) have worked together to organize this historic opportunity, along with the generous support of OCAD University. Major media is expected to cover the resident-led meeting. Questions from residents will put leading candidates to the test.

Virtual Public Consultation

Leaside Neighbourhood Transportation Plan
Phase 1 Near-Term Plan
Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to learn more about the Leaside Neighbourhood Transportation Plan (LNTP) which is being developed to address transportation conditions in the neighbourhood.

Attend by computer, tablet or smartphone:

Leaside is turning 110!

You are invited to join your friends, neighbours, local businesses, community advocates & politicians on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, to help celebrate the 110th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Leaside.

The event will be held at the Amsterdam Brewhouse (45 Esandar Drive) from 5 to 8 p.m. As there are capacity limits, please sign up via the link below to let us know you are interested in joining us. An official event invite with additional details will be sent 2 weeks prior to the event to all interested parties who sign up by April 15, 2023. Please feel free to share this invite with your friends and family.

Join the celebration!

Leaside is one of Canada’s few truly planned communities, spearheaded by the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR), and originally designed by landscape architect Frederick Gage Todd using the principles of the Garden City…

1779-1787 Bayview Avenue Community Consultation Presentation

Including 589-595 Eglinton Avenue East & 61-67 Mann Avenue

This community consultation covered two proposals; a 35-storey mixed-use development on Bayview at Eglinton and a 35-storey mixed use development at Eglinton Avenue and Mann Avenue, both of which require Zoning By-law Amendment applications.

The proposal at Bayview and Eglinton includes 373 residential units, 478 bike spaces, 138 parking spaces, and approx. 150 sq. m. of retail space.

The proposal for Eglinton Ave. E. and Mann Ave. includes 389 residental units and 660 sq. m. of retail space.

1840 Bayview Community Consultation Presentation

This proposed 34-storey mixed-use development on the southwest corner of Broadway and Bayview, requires a Zoning By-law Amendment application.

The proposal includes 377 residential units, 416 bike spaces, 74 parking spaces, and 206 sq. m. of retail space.

2-20 Glazebrook Community Consultation Presentation

This proposed 34-storey mixed-use development on Bayview just south of Broadway, requires a Zoning By-law Amendment application, requiring changes including but not limited to standards for gross floor area and floor space index; building height; building setbacks, and parking space rates.

The proposal includes 434 residential units, 466 bike spaces, 91 parking spaces, and 314 sq. m. of retail space.

The application has been appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal.

March 2023 Community Consultation Meetings

There are 3 important community consultation meetings (so far) this month – all virtual. They include 1779-1787 Bayview (35 storey LRT station building), 589-595 Eglinton Ave. E (35 storeys), 2-20 Glazebrook (34 storeys) and 1840 Bayview (34 storeys). Registration is required to attend.

If you have views on these proposals, please attend the meeting(s) below and express yourself. The LRA believes that a framework plan for these developments is urgently needed.

1837-1845 Bayview Update

The Gupta Group has proposed a 25-storey mixed-use building for the southeast corner of Bayview and Broadway, currently occupied by 6 single-family residences. The developer has asked that the site be rezoned from its current Residential Detached zoning, with a height limit of 8.5M, to allow an 83.5M high building with an additional 7.4M mechanical penthouse. A total of 288 dwelling units and 256 square metres of non-residential uses are proposed, with a density of 8.695 times the area of the site.

The developer has not responded to any of the City’s (or residents’) concerns and appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal, with a 14-day hearing scheduled to start on October 17, 2023.

Opposition to strong mayor legislation grows

Opposition to Ontario Bill 39, Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022, giving the Toronto’s John Tory “strong mayor” powers continues to grow. FoNTRA wrote a letter to Mayor John Tory on November 23, 2022 expressing strong objections to what is widely seen as an anti-democratic move by the provincial government. It was followed by another letter on November 28, urging the mayor to call an emergency session of council to discuss the matter; he refused, despite calls from many of his own councillors to do so.

On December 6, fifteen of the 25 city councillors, including Ward 15’s councillor, Jaye Robinson, sent a joint letter to Premier Doug Ford and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark, urging a halt to the legislation.

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