Community Workshop #1 – June 16, 2012
Community Workshop #2 – July 25, 2012
Community Workshop #3 – Sept 19, 2012 – COMING SOON
Completing phase 1 of 3 phases, last night was the first Stakeholder Advisory Committee that brought together 41 SAC members, city staff, and Councillor McMahon. Now, we move onto phase 2 to present and seek feedback on different urban design ideas to address issues, priorities, and opportunities identified in phase 1. The next community workshop (#2) is on Wed, July 25 from 6 to 9pm at the Toronto Fire Academy located at 895 Eastern Avenue. I’ll see you there!
Also, we now have a dedicated web link on the City website for this study http://www.toronto.ca/planning/queen-study.htm
As part of the Basement Flooding Protection Program, the City of Toronto will be extending the existing median island on Woodbine Avenue just north of Lakeshore Boulevard as one of the measures to help manage stormwater flows on Woodbine Avenue in order to address periodic flooding in the community east of Woodbine Avenue.
At the end of June, city council was presented with a proposal for the next 30 years of transit building in Toronto. Called OneCity, this ambitious plan would build 6 subway lines, 10 LRTs and 5 Rapid Bus and Streetcar lines throughout the city, totalling 175 kilometres. However, the Ontario Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli stated that the current LRT lines planned for Eglinton-Finch, the replacement and extension of the Scarborough rail line and the Sheppard East light rail line projects will go forward and therefore the OneCity plan will have to be amended before it goes to council in two weeks’ time.
In a city where rush hour lasts much longer than just an hour, a plan which connects people from all corners of the city is not only appealing, it is necessary. I am supportive of the OneCity transit plan because of its benefits for our community and our city. This plan also presented its challenges; everyone is weary of new taxes, and we have to seriously weigh the pros and cons. The benefits would extend to everyone, including those who don’t take transit. The OneCity plan would help curb gridlock in Toronto, which was found to be the worst in North America by Toronto city staff a few years ago.
The bottom line is we need consistent and reliable funding for transit in this city, and we need an ambitious vision that goes beyond specific projects. I am excited to see the evolution of the OneCity plan and to keep discussing ways to create efficient, effective and affordable transportation for everyone in Toronto. This will hopefully be the first part of a productive dialogue between city hall, the province, and Toronto residents on how to solve our evolving transit problems.
The third party facilitator, SWERHUN is in the process of finalizing the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Queen East Visioning Study. The SAC will consist of ward 32 residents, businesses, associations, and service providers and will help update the Beach design guidelines along Queen Street East. The new Queen East design guidelines will outline how development will proceed and ensure that the street will be treated with the sensitivity to local character that it deserves.
The next two community workshops will be held at the Toronto Fire Academy at 895 Eastern Avenue on the following dates:
We want to ensure EVERYONE is involved so please spread the word to your neighbours, friends, relatives, business owners, etc. Please help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity for our neighbourhood!
We are hoping the study is all wrapped up with a report going to community council November 2012. Now’s your chance so make sure your voice is heard!
For more information contact Kate Green at firstname.lastname@example.org