Transportation Innovation Zone

The LRA and the Leaside Business Park Association have written to the City about putting Leaside forward as a Transportation Innovation Zone trial:

December 8, 2020

Jason Diceman
Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator
Public Consultation Unit, PPF&A, City of Toronto

RE: Transportation Innovation Zones (TIZ) – Draft Framework

Dear Jason,

This joint communication from the Leaside Business Park Association and the Leaside Residents Association is to indicate our full support for the City’s Transportation Innovation Zone initiative, and to confirm our interest in putting Leaside forward as a site to be considered for
future TIZ Trials or “Mobility Innovation Zone” concepts should opportunities arise in the future.

Leaside has many attributes that would make it attractive for a TIZ Trial, such as:

  • Planned “complete” community including industrial, commercial, residential and recreational uses comprising 16,000 residents and 10,000 full and part-time workers
  • The Eglinton Crosstown LRT with three stations (Leaside (Bayview), Laird and Sunnybrook Park (Leslie))
  • Growing internally generated users (due to intensification) as well as external commuter traffic
  • High level of support for Active Transportation and emerging shared forms of transportation
  • An active and engaged community ready to collaborate

We envision Leaside as a prime candidate to test advanced mobility solutions or other technologies that would help the City address growing congestion, pollution, and waste.

Please keep us informed on the progress of this initiative.

Best Regards,

Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin Fripp, Co-Presidents, LRA
Leslie Kellen, President, LBPA

c.c. Councillor Jaye Robinson