The Bayview Village Association (BVA) is a non-profit community organization for residents of Bayview Village. Established in 1956, the Association is committed to representing the interests of the community, including dealing with governments, organizing and promoting community activities, and in general, taking care of the welfare of the community.
BVA Holiday Social on Friday Dec 6 at 7pm
Dessert and coffee in the Hearth Room at Forest Grove United Church. Please let us know if you can join us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Simin at 416-730-0927.
Family Skating Party on Thursday Dec 27 7pm - 9PM
at the Bayview Arena - 3230 Bayview Avenue. Refreshments.
NEW! view City Update
The following items were reviewed and discussed at a November 13 meeting of the Municipal and Government Affairs Committee
1. 784 Sheppard East (former Sheridan Nurseries site):
General contractor (Broccolini) last month sent letters to homeowners on Blue Ridge Avenue and Denrock Drive to ask permission to conduct visual inspections of their properties. We informed David Shiner and city planner Guy Matthew about this letter. Councillor Shiner responded with a letter of his own.
Guy Matthew informed us that the final planning report is to be presented to the January 15 meeting of North York Community Council (NYCC). The final report will include a recommendation that a public path be created between Denrock and the MEC development. This meeting will serve as a final community consultation meeting on this development
MAGA recommends the BVA be prepared to make a presentation to at this meeting to respond to the final planning report. We remain concerned about the size of the pedestrian walkway between Denrock and Sheppard through this development, the proximity of the townhomes to homes on Denrock and Blueridge, and MEC customers parking in Bayview Village, rather than on the underground MEC parking lot.
Tim Storus and David Magil will closely monitor the situation, and may need to consult with the Executive in late December and early January (i.e., before our next Executive meeting).
We will make our case(s), if necessary, before the NYCC with any or all of the following: MEC, Broccolini, Councillor Shiner and city planner Guy Matthew.
2. Proposed development at corner of Kenaston Gardens and Sheppard East:
A preliminary planning report (available online at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ny/bgrd/backgroundfile-63084.pdf) on this proposed development was presented to the November 19 meeting of the NYCC.
The committee agreed with Chair David Magil that the BVA’s initial concerns are the height of the development’s building (12 stories), the density of the development (4.35 FSI) and the width of a 16.5 metre (54.2 feet), rather than 20 metres (65.7 feet), right-of-way for a public road extension.
David Magil presented the BVA’s concerns to this meeting.
3. Provincial Land Use Planning Consultation
The provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAH) has launched a review of Land Use Planning and Appeals Systems (information online at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10357.aspx), and the Development Charges Systems (information online at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10370.aspx).
MAH says it wants suggestions on:
· how to improve the province’s land use planning systems, including what can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board;
· the Development Charges Act
· parkland dedication;
· section 37 of the Planning Act.
The government makes it clear upfront that the consultation will not discuss or consider eliminating or changing the OMB’s operations, practices and procedures; removing or restricting the provincial government’s approval role and ability to intervene in matters; removing municipal flexibility in addressing local priorities; changing the “growth pays for growth” principle of development charges; education development charges and the development charges appeal
MAGA formed a sub-committee (David Magil, Tim Storus, Eric Bristow, Bill Tynkaluk) to review the consultation’s discussion documents, identify the areas on which we should comment, and submit these comments to the MAH before the January 10 deadline. David Magil will attend and information workshop on December 9.
4. City of Toronto “Feeling Congested” transportation planning public consultation
Jan Siegel and David Magil attended a Ward consultation workshop on November 6 which was hosted by Councillor Shiner and animated by a City planning staff member leading the consultation process on the City’s “Feeling Congested” transportation initiative. The meeting was also attended by leaders of other ratepayer/resident groups in our ward.
The meeting did not turn out to be a consultation meeting. Rather, it was a rambling, unfocussed presentation of a large amount of information about transportation planning. Nevertheless, we were able to provide constructive feedback on the process and some of the points presented during the evening.
Planning staff intend to use the feedback from our and other ward meetings to create more focused and finer-tuned consultation meetings to take place sometime next year.
The online gateway for this consultation can be found at http://www.feelingcongested.ca/#whats-at-stake/report.
Two printed documents (an information booklet and a toolkit) were distributed.
5. Monty McDonald observations and suggestions about so-called “Monster Homes” in Bayview Village
Monty circulated his observations and suggestions as an attachment to a email circulated to the Executive last month. MAGA reviewed Monty’s comments since they fall within the purview of the committee,
MAGA’s responses are the following:
· We will work with the BVA webmaster to create a section within BVA website on which we will provide residents information on how to access the bylaws applicable to Bavview Village. We will also inform residents in this section that we are available for consultation if they have concerns about specific Committee of Adjustment applications.
· The vast majority of renovations or infill projects in the Village have proceeded without Committee of Adjustment applications because they conformed to existing bylaws.
· Our policy as an association has been to not get involved in individual situations but rather to respond only when requested by homeowners affected by indivdual proposed renovation projects. As a result, we not think the BVA should sadopt a policy to object at all Committee of Adjustment applications and any appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board.
· We will alert David Shiner to the stratagems used by contractors to get around the bylaws if we can receive confirmation that this is the case in more than one instance.
Ron Choi reports on City's Presentation on Basement Flooding
...they had power point slides on cardboard display with a team of city staff to assist with any water flood related questions from the residents. In this phase, the only area pertaining to Bayview Village residents is Area #27 which is currently being investigated by the city consult team. The assessment results will be made available to the public by summer of 2014. Also, the city staff explained the functions and benefit of having basement flood preventive devices installed in your home and the city is offering a basement flooding protection program with financial subsidy to the residents on the following basement flood protection devices if needed provided the work is performed by a qualified licensed plumber.
- Backflow valve device – up to $1200
- Sump pump device – up to $1700
- Disconnection of a home’s foundation drains (weeping tile) from the sewer system – contact the city staff to confirm the subsidy amount. Attached link is the presentation power point details for your review and reference. If you had any basement flooding related issues or interested in water flood prevention for your property, please direct any questions you have as listed below. Mae (Rigmea) Lee, Public Consultation Unit 55 John Street, Metro Hall, 19thFloor Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Phone: 416-392-8210
Website links:Presentation http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/basement_flooding/pdf/24_27-pic1-presentation-boards.pdf
Investigations of Basement Flooding
Class Environmental Assessment Study - Current Studies http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/basement_flooding/sa_24_27.htm
1200 Sheppard Update - Mediated Settlement Achieved
At the July 4, 2013 OMB Hearing, a final mediated settlement was achieved, with all parties (BVA, Amexon and the City) indicating their support.
Your BVA has been working the past 18 months to reduce the Amexon proposal to something that our community could live with, and we have achieved that.
The mediated settlement bottom line:
- 5 towers, at heights of 12, 19, 31, 31, 31 stories, with smaller floor plates and better tower separation. This compares to Amexon's original proposal of 6 towers ranging from 27 to 43 stories.
- Significantly reduced shadowing and other impacts.
- Density reduced to 3.94 Floor Space Index (FSI). This compares to Amexon's original proposed density of 5.5 FSI.
- For more information, see:
Our success in achieving this settlement is a direct result of all your support, and we thank you big time!!
- Your financial donations - Without this we would not have been able to hire top quality talent to represent and support us, and would not have achieved this mediated settlement.
- Your strong turnout to community meetings
- Your 220+ individual letters of opposition.
- The work of our excellent lawyer Marc Kemerer, and our excellent Planner Wendy Nott.
- The support from the City, and being aligned with the City and Councillor Shiner, and working together these past 18 months, especially during the mediation process.
Eric Bristow, Chair BVA 1200 Sheppard Committee