Updated (May 2014):
The City of Toronto is reviewing its Official Plan for the Yonge Street area between Drewry and Steeles. I want to focus on building a complete neighbourhood, with community facilities, schools and places to work and shop. I would like to restrict tall buildings to sites with subway stations – and to make any increased density conditional on subway construction. I am proposing a network of bicycle paths and pedestrian connections, with lots of new parkland. Not everybody agrees with my vision. If you are interested in helping to shape a new community, I hope you will consider joining me at a presentation of this planning study on Wednesday, May 28, 7 PM at Edithvale Community Centre (131 Finch Ave W).
Original Post (October 2013):
Bicycle lanes separated from the roads; pedestrian paths connecting new parks; a healthy mixture of places to live, work and shop; lower building heights. In other words, a new “liveable neighbourhood.”
This is a vision for a new North Yonge re-development area, I put forward and which was unanimously adopted by North York Community Council last week. My recommendations also dealt with the extreme traffic congestion in the area and a series of reports to ensure this creation of a new development area doesn’t make it worse. Equally important, these recommendations will form the basis for community consultation, so that residents have a real opportunity to shape the future of the area.
Over the past few years, consultation on this issue was done by a consultant discussing “high level” concepts. Participation tended to be dominated by developers and land speculators who were (understandably) focused on their personal financial interests. For the next round of consultation, issues will be ground-focused and we wish to involve residents interested in creating and preserving liveable neighbourhoods.
If you are a resident who is interested in participating in the upcoming discussions, please contact me by e-mail, so we can place your name on a mailing list. You may also wish to read a copy of my motion at North York Community Council.