Eglinton Connects

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Eglinton Connects needs you! These are exciting times, and we have an opportunity to guide the future development of Eglinton with rapid transit. It's your Avenue and your city. We invite you to continue being involved and engaged!

Events Listed Below

Consultation events were planned throughout the study, as listed below. Learn about previous events by clicking on an event below:

Event List

ExpandDecember 2015

Proposal to amend eight municipal Zoning By-Laws for Eglinton Crosstown LRT stations

Proposal:

A proposed amendment to the City of Toronto Zoning By-law No. 569-2013, the former City of Toronto Zoning By-law No. 438-86, the former City of North York Zoning By-law No. 7625, the former City of Scarborough Zoning By-laws 9276, 9089 and 24982, the former Borough of East York Zoning By-law No. 1916 and the former City of York Zoning By-Law No. 1-83, respecting regulations applicable to buildings that are used for the operation of a transit system along Eglinton Avenue. Application No. 15 257846 WET 12 OZ.

Location:

Eglinton LRT Connects Corridor (Eglinton Avenue between Jane Street and Kennedy Road)

Stations, Maintenance Storage Facility and Traction Power Sub-stations include:

• Eglinton Maintenance Storage Facility (MSF)

 

• Mt Dennis

• Chaplin

 

• Avenue

 

• Don Mills

 

• Kennedy

 

• Yonge

 

• Keele

 

• Mount Pleasant

 

• Caledonia

 

• Bayview

 

• Dufferin

 

• Laird

 

• Oakwood

 

• Allen

 

• Bathurst

 

• Traction Power  Sub-stations (4)

 

 

To find out more, join us at a community meeting:

 

Monday, December 14, 2015, 7pm-9pm

Northern District Library, Room 224

40 Orchard View Boulevard

Toronto, ON M4R 1B9

(1 block north of Eglinton Avenue just west of Yonge Street)

 

Purpose of Community Meeting:

To provide information and consult on the proposed zoning by-law amendments required to permit the proposed transit station buildings, MSF and Traction Power Sub-stations along Eglinton Avenue between Jane Street and Kennedy Road.

 

Detailed information regarding this meeting may be obtained by contacting Natasha Laing at (416) 394-8205 or by email at eglinton@toronto.ca

ExpandMay 2014

Join us at an Open House in May!

On April 10, 2014, Planning and Growth Management Committee endorsed the Eglinton Connects Plan. The Plan will be considered by City Council on May 6 & 7, 2014. The Planning and Growth Management Committee directed the study team to consult with the communities along Eglinton on specific implementation measures and additional work required to make the Plan happen. Following this consultation process, the study team will be reporting back to the Planning and Growth Management Committee in June 2014 with Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments, and further studies needed to complete the Plan.

All Meetings:
6:00 - 7:30 pm Information on display and staff available to answer questions
7:30 - 9:00 pm Overview presentation, followed by a Question and Answer and feedback session

MEETING 1
Monday, May 12, 2014

Ontario Science Centre, 2nd Floor
770 Don Mills Road (just south of Eglinton)

MEETING 2
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Beth Sholom Synagogue, Basement
1445 Eglinton Ave. W. (just west of Allen Rd)


The consultation will focus on:

  • Limited changes to some land use designations in the Official Plan to recognize existing land uses (e.g. Neighbourhoods to Apartment Neighbourhoods) or encourage the redevelopment and intensification of properties with mid-rise buildings (e.g. Neighbourhoods to Mixed-Use Areas).
  • Zoning amendments to permit the as-of-right development of mid-rise buildings, generally between Keele Street and Duplex Avenue.
  • Reductions in parking requirements where Eglinton Avenue is identified as an Avenue in the Official Plan, from Weston Road to Duplex Avenue, and Victoria Park Avenue to Kennedy Road.
  • Relief from some zoning regulations for Metrolinx Crosstown LRT-related buildings.
  • New Site and Area Specific policies in the Official Plan to facilitate the intensification of three Focus Areas, including tall buildings at West Side Mall and Dufferin, and mid-rise buildings at Bayview.
  • Official Plan policies to require the dedication of new public lanes and extensions to existing public lanes, at the rear of some properties fronting onto Eglinton Avenue, primarily where Eglinton Avenue is identified as an Avenue in the Official Plan.
  • Future studies required to implement the recommendations of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study, including: planning policies for five Special Station Sites, Secondary Plan studies for the Golden Mile and Don Mills Focus Areas, use of the Development Permit System, and implementation recommendations for the Mount Dennis and Kennedy Mobility Hubs.

 

Download the flyer here.

ExpandOctober 2013

Open Houses were held to present the recommendations for the future of Eglinton. All are welcome and encouraged to attend any of the following sessions:

All Meetings:
6:30 - 9:00 pm Information on display and staff available to answer questions
7:00 - 8:00 pm Overview presentation, and facilitated discussion

WEST PUBLIC MEETING
Monday, October 7, 

George Harvey Collegiate Institute,
1700 Keele St. (just south of Eglinton)

CENTRAL PUBLIC MEETING
Tuesday, October 8, 

Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 
730 Eglinton Ave. W. (Chaplin & Eglinton)

EAST PUBLIC MEETING
Wednesday, October 9,

Jean Vanier Secondary School, 
959 Midland Ave (just north of Eglinton)

ExpandOctober 2013 Promotions

The October 2013 consultation events were promoted through a variety of channels. Among these was the distribution of 77,400 flyers to properties within 500 metres of Eglinton Avenue between Jane Street and Kennedy Road. This was supplemented with a direct mailing of 2,500 flyers to property owners along Eglinton who may or may not live within 500m of the flyer drop zone.

full page ad was published in the Metro Newspaper on September 23. City Councillors were provided with information and the flyer to post on their websites, include in their mailing lists, and to discuss via social media outlets, such as Twitter. Three of the City's main Twitter accounts (@TorontoComms@TorontoConsult and City Planning's@CityPlanTO), were employed to spread the word. 

A banner was posted to the main City of Toronto page starting on September 23, and at least two e-updates were distributed to over 1,400 people (all those who signed up and/or had attended a previous event and supplied an email address). 

Finally, a Media Release was sent out to media outlets on October 1.

All of these promotions were used to encourage awareness, involvement, and participation in the Eglinton Connects Study.

The 698 respondents to the third survey were asked how they found out about the October consultations. Respondents could select as many answers as applied, and provided the following results:

City of Toronto E-updates: 30.0%
Social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.): 25.1%
Flyer or bulletin: 19.6%
Eglinton Connects website: 15.4%
Word of mouth: 13.0%
News story: 10.3%
Community organization: 51 9.9%
My ward councillor: 7.6%
City Planning staff member: 5.1%
Newspaper ad: 3.9%
Consultant team staff member: 2.1%
Professional association: 1.8%
Other: 8.9%

ExpandMay/June 2013

Public workshops were held at three different locations along Eglinton, as outlined below. All were invited and encouraged all to attend any of the sessions.

East Workshop
Monday, May 27th

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
(near Don Mills and Eglinton)

Central Workshop
Tuesday, May 28th

Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Avenue West
(near Chaplin and Eglinton)

West Workshop
Tuesday, June 4th

York Memorial Collegiate Institute
2690 Eglinton Avenue West
(near Keele and Eglinton)

All Workshops
6:00 pm Display Panels and Q&A with the Study Team
6:30 pm Overview Presentation
7:00 - 9:00 pm Breakout Sessions/Workshops

Attendees could drop in at any time.

At each of the workshops, the display panels and presentation were largely the same. However, the Breakout Sessions/Workshops included a discussion of areas where more intense development may be appropriate. These Focus Areas were discussed as follows:

East Workshop: Laird, Don Mills, Golden Mile
Central Workshop: Dufferin, Bayview, and Laird
West Workshop: Caledonia, Dufferin

View materials and a summary of the consultations under the 'Materials' tab.

ExpandMay/June 2013 Promotions

The May/June consultation events were promoted using a variety of means. Among these was the distribution of 76,795 flyers to properties within 500 metres of Eglinton Avenue between Jane Street and Kennedy Road. This was supplemented with a direct mailing of 2,500 flyers to property owners along Eglinton who do not live within the 500m flyer drop zone. 

A full page ad was published in the Metro Newspaper on May 13 and 24. City Councillors were provided with information and the flyer to post on their websites, include in their mailing lists, and to discuss via social media outlets, such as Twitter. Two of the City's main Twitter accounts (@TorontoComms and @TorontoConsult), were employed to spread the word. 

A banner was also posted to the main City of Toronto page (www.toronto.ca), and two e-updates were distributed to over 1,200 people (all those who signed up and/or had attended a previous event and supplied an email address). 

All of these promotions were used to encourage awareness, involvement, and participation in the Eglinton Connects Study.

The over 800 respondents to the third survey were asked how they found out about the May/June consultations. Respondents could select as many answers as applied, and provided the following results:

My Ward Councillor: 30.7%
City of Toronto E-updates: 30.3%
Social Media (eg. Facebook, Twitter, etc): 17.7%
Flyer or Bulletin: 17.3%
Eglinton Connects Website: 11.8%
Word of Mouth: 9.5%
Community Organization: 7.6%
News Story: 5.2%
City Planning staff: 4.3%
Newspaper ad: 2.9%
Professional Association: 1.0%
Consultant Team staff: 1.0%
Other: 6.4%

ExpandFebruary 2013 - Local Business

All local businesses located within 30 metres of Eglinton Avenue between Jane Street and Kennedy Subway station were sent an invite by mail to sessions on February .19, 26, and 28. If your business along Eglinton Avenue did not receive an invite, please contact us for details.

ExpandFebruary 2013 - Public Workshops

Public workshops were held on February 19, 26, and 28th. All workshops were 'drop in any time' and took place between 5:30 and 9:00pm. The formal component of the workshops included a presentation and workshops that started at 6:30pm.The locations of the meetings were as below:

West Public Workshop
Tuesday, February 19

York Memorial Collegiate Institute
2690 Eglinton Ave W
(near Keele and Eglinton)

East Public Workshop
Tuesday, February 26

Noor Cultural Centre
123 Wynford Dr
(near Wynford and Eglinton)

Central Public Workshop
Thursday, February 28

Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W
(near Chaplin and Eglinton)

View materials and a summary of the consultations under the 'Materials' tab.

ExpandFebruary 2013 - Transportation Study Notice of Commencement

The underground portion of the new Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) will run for 12km between Black Creek Drive and Brentcliffe (which may be extended to Don Mills). As a result of this new underground transit service, some bus/carpool lanes may no longer be needed. As part of EGLINTONconnects, the City of Toronto is studying options for making the best use of this roadway space to serve all users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

This Transportation Study will follow a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Schedule 'C' process, which includes identifying the problem/opportunity, developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternative solutions, and providing opportunities for public input.

ExpandFebruary 2013 Promotions

The February consultation events were promoted using a variety of means. Among these was the distribution of 76,795 flyers to properties within 500 metres of Eglnton Avenue between Jane Street and Kennedy Road. This was supplemented with the posting and drop off of flyers along Eglinton. 

A full page ad was published in the Metro Newspaper on February 5 and February 15. City Councillors were provided with information and the flyer to post on their websites, include in their mailing lists, and to discuss via social media outlets, such as Twitter. The City of Toronto's homepage included a banner promoting the events, and the City's main Twitter account (@TorontoComms), was employed to spread the word. 

A generic radio ad promoting the Eglinton Connects study was played on Virgin Radio, NewsTalk 1010, and Boom 97.3. Finally, for those who had signed up to stay informed of the Study, two e-updates were distributed to promote the event.

The over 450 respondents to the third survey were asked how they found out about the May/June consultations. Respondents could select as many answers as applied, and provided the following results:

Flyer or Bulletin: 25.7%
Social Media (eg. Facebook, Twitter, etc): 23.1%
City of Toronto E-updates: 18.6%
Eglinton Connects Website: 18.1%
Community Organization: 12.3%
My Ward Councillor: 10.5%
Word of Mouth: 9.7%
News Story: 5.8%
Newspaper ad: 4.5%
City Planning staff: 4.2%
Professional Association: 2.4%
Online ad: 1.6%
Consultant Team staff: 1.3%
Radio ad: 0.3%
Other: 9.7%

Take a Survey!

Quick surveys will be made available to you, such that we can gauge feedback and ideas as they develop.

The fourth survey was available between October 3 and October 25, 2013. Nearly 700 people responded to the survey, a summary of which is contained in the October Consultation Summary Report and Appendix. All consultation summaries and materials are under the Materials tab.

Survey 3 was available online from May 27 to June 14, 2013, and in paper at the May/June consultation sessions. Thank you to the more than 800 people who completed the survey! This 3rd survey included images and diagrams, and asked about options for the streetscape, Focus Areas, and Neighbourhood Transitions Zones. Results are included in the June consultation summary report.

The second survey was available from February 19 to March 14, 2013. Hundreds of you participated, and we thank you for your input! Results of the survey were included in a public consultation summary for the February 2013 round of consultations. View the summary under 'March 2013' by clicking the Materials tab.

The first survey was available November 14 to December 12, 2012. Initial results of the first survey are posted here.

Visit us at a 'Pop-up' Consultation

Look out for us along Eglinton! In addition to our formal public consultations, stakeholder meetings, and surveys, we are also conducting 'pop-up' consultations. 

The next 'pop-up' consultation will take place on Thursday, August 14, 2014 between 6 and 8 p.m. as part of the Eglinton Hill BIA Neighbours Night Out Barbecue! Members of our team have also participated in the Mt Pleasant Harvest Fair and Uptown Yonge Fall Fest (September 28, 2013), the Upper Village Spring Festival (Saturday May 25, 2013), Fairbank Village Multicultural Festival (Saturday June 22, 2013), and the York-Eglinton International Festival (Saturday August 17, 2013). We spoke with and recorded comments from over 200 people at these festivals, and handed out promotional material to hundreds more. In some cases, we'll be participating as part of Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS). Hope to see you at an upcoming event!

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