Lower Yonge Precinct Plan: Julie Beddoes is GWNA rep on SAC. Ahead of completion of plan, Pinnacle developments are going to OMB to ask for much taller buildings than plan would allow. Julie will talk to Willie Macrae about this site and report later in month. Otherwise much to like about the plan.
BUT the ability of Pinnacle to take its proposal to the OMB before the precinct plan has been completed and been solidified into a zoning bylaw makes the planning exercise seem a bit redundant. This parallels the situation with the Cityscape application, where in theory the developer could go to the OMB before the process of making the Distillery a heritage conservation district has been completed. Fortunately, Cityscape is willing to hold off its appeal to OMB and talk more to the community.
Mill St. refurbishing: City staff have been working on technicalities, budget, etc. Working group will meet soon. Jane Robinson and Phylis Coles are on list to be invited. Gobnait McAnoy, who lives in 70 Mill St., will also attend.
Lower Don River and the Port Lands Jane Robinson will continue as GWNA rep onPort Lands issues with Julie Beddoes as alternate. SAC meeting on Villiers Island is imminent. See article in Globe and Mail later this week.
Future of the Gardiner East EA: Report of Council decisions is at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.PW4.1
The EA stakeholder advisory committee will meet on July 21. The EA is a statutory process under provincial law. It seems unlikely that the options city staff have been asked to study and report on in September will conform to the Terms of Reference of the EA nor will they have been subject to the lengthy process of public consultation required. It is hoped that SAC members will be updated on the relationship of the city studies and the EA process.
See this article by John Lorinc, Spacing magazine:
Island Airport Runway Extension EA: Terms of reference stage of study is complete. Draft report on work to that date will go to Council in the fall. It is expected that the final report will go to Council in spring 2016.
First Parliament Working Group: Lester Brown and Gobnait McAnoy are GWNA reps.
Tom Davidson explains: The Environmental Assessment work by the consultants has been completed. Our office is organizing a working group meeting to review the results of this work and update on the timelines for a workplan, and beginning a Master Plan process. We are prepared to hold a meeting in Mid August, otherwise it would have to be in mid September. We'll advise you shortly on this after we talk a bit more.
Relief Line: TTC has presented on this to the GWNA May meeting and covered technical and route issues. Keith twice forwarded link to consultation site to GWNA listserv so that members may express their opinion. Report should go to Council in December 2015 or early 2016.
Aitken Place Park: George Hume is GWNA representative on the stakeholder committee and will post final design when available.
Development on Unilever site: Jane Robinson attended public meeting which was looking for input on public realm, public amenities, sustainability and connections.
City Long-Term Waste Management Strategy Update#4 report distributed on Listserv June 25th 2015.
Keith attended SAC meeting on June 25th to evaluate criteria for the proposed program and facilities. Gobnait will take over as GWNA rep.
Report was distributed to all board members, awaiting webmaster to post on GWNA website. No further SAG meetings expected during the summer, possibly late 2015.
Toronto Core planning meeting Gobnait will be GWNA delegate to this exercise.
Data Centre: GWNA board sees no need to meet with centre management but would like information re emergency measures.
Waterfront Srategic Review:
On recommendation of Development Committee, GWNA send letter in support of staff recommendations to Executive Committee. Committee adopted report and asked for review of financial operations of Waterfront Toronto.
Ward and provincial riding boundaries: Further consultations to be held in fall. Members urged to participate. Some danger of our area being split as for federal ridings.