Ward 27 News: Kristyn Wong-Tam

Kristyn Wong-Tam, our City councillor, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
January 8, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope that you and your family are well after the holidays. It was a pleasure seeing so many of you come out to the numerous events and celebrations being held in Ward 27. From the seasonal activities of our many shopping districts to major festivals at Yonge-Dundas Square and New Years Eve at Nathan Phillips Square, we know how to celebrate and show our city!

On February 17, City Council will meet to debate and pass the 2016 City Budget. As part of the consultation process, I want to hear from you. What are your priorities and concerns for the budget going into 2016? I will be hosting a consultation with the Executive Director of Financial Planning on Wednesday, January 27 to brief residents on the budget process, the City’s financial considerations, and, most importantly, to hear from you in-person. I hope that you will be able to attend and invite others who are interested in getting involved.

As always, I encourage you to visit www.ward27news.ca for the latest updates and community consultation postings. 2016 will see many new area improvement projects that will need your input, as well as continued development in the downtown area. My team and I are here to keep you connected with the Ward all year long. We look forward to hearing from you.

I remain yours in service,
Kristyn Wong-Tam

2. The City of Toronto 2016 Budget and Ward 27 Consultation

Over the next month, City Council will decide on the 2016 Operating and Capital Budget.  The budget determines the City's many services that keep our homes and neighbourhoods safe and vibrant, encourage business growth and investments and make Toronto welcoming for visitors from around the world. 

Ward 27 Budget Town Hall

As Council deliberates on the 2016 City of Toronto Budget, I want to hear from you, the community of Ward 27 about what you want to see for Toronto in 2016.

Please join me for a presentation by Josie Lavita, Executive Director of Financial Planning for the City of Toronto, followed by a Q & A with myself and Ms. Lavita.
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Location:  Central YMCA – 2nd floor Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm; registration at 6:15pm
To register, please visit: http://www.ward27news.ca/2016budget

The City of Toronto's Budget Committee will hear public presentations on the preliminary 2016 tax supported budgets next week. Members of the public can make a presentation at the downtown budget subcommittee meeting:
City Hall – Committee Room 1, 100 Queen St. W.
January 12 at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

In addition, a User Fee Town Hall, where residents can learn more about proposed increases to user fees, is scheduled for January 11 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.

Members of the public who want to share their views on the budget are asked to register by sending an email to buc@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4666

Residents who are not able to attend one of the meetings have the option of submitting a written presentation by emailing buc@toronto.ca, or by mailing it (address to Attention: Budget Committee, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto City Hall, 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2), or by faxing at 416-392-1879, Attention: Budget Committee.

More information about the 2016 budget and the budget process is available at http://www.toronto.ca/budget2016.

3. Bloor East Streetscape Community Consultation

As part of planned road resurfacing work on Bloor Street East from Church Street to Parliament Street in 2017, Councillor Wong-Tam is working with local residents and stakeholders on upgrading the public realm for this stretch of road.  Improvements to pavement treatments, benches, street trees, lighting, and cycling infrastructure are being considered.

Please join us for an open house next week. Meeting details:

January 11 from 5:30-7:30pm
519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street

Residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on initial design concepts. Information on this meeting will be posted on www.Ward27News.ca as it becomes available.

4. Yorkville Development Community Consultations

The City is holding THREE separate Community Consultation meetings where you can learn more about an application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Meeting Location: Park Hyatt Hotel4 Avenue Road
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (6:30 PM Open House)

126-128 Hazelton Avenue (Thursday January 28, 2016)

This application proposes a new 9-storey (33.6 metres, plus a 4.2 metre mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building.  The building would have a total of 21 dwelling units and up to 470 square metres of non-residential floor area on the first and second floors. 22 bicycle parking spaces and 47 vehicular parking spaces are proposed.  One building in the Yorkville-Hazelton Heritage Conservation District is proposed to be demolished.

48-58 Scollard Street & 1315-1325 Bay Street  ( Monday February 1, 2016)

This application proposes a new 43-storey (158 metres, including mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building with commercial and retail uses on the first four floors and residential uses above. A total of 112 residential units, 132 resident parking spaces and 151 bicycle parking spaces are proposed. One of five listed heritage buildings on the site would be demolished and the remaining four heritage buildings would be altered, moved and integrated into the proposed development.

100 Davenport Road   (Thursday February 11, 2016)

This application proposes a new 39-storey (137 metres, including a 5-metre mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building with commercial and retail uses on the first three floors and residential uses above. A total of 53 residential units, 100 resident parking spaces, 4 residential visitor parking spaces and 10 commercial parking spaces are proposed. A total of 65 bicycle parking spaces are also proposed.

Background information including architectural plans and reports are available at: www.toronto.ca/planning/yorkville

To speak to the planner, contact Oren Tamir, at (416) 392-7349 or otamir@toronto.ca

You may also contact Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale, (416) 392-7903 or councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca.


5. Noise By-Law Review Goes to Committee This Month

After significant public consultation and much participation from Ward 27 residents and community members, the Noise By-law Review will be appearing at the January 2016 meeting of the Licensing & Standards Committee. This will be your last chance to depute and participate in the policy process before the item is voted on and referred to City Council for enactment.

For more information, or to depute to the Committee, please keep an eye on the Committee Agenda Page which will soon be updated with the January 22 agenda. Alternately you may contact the lead policy staff: Jessica Walters, Senior Policy & Research Officer (jwalter2@toronto.ca) and Intiaz Ruffudeen, Manager, Policy & Planning Services (iruffude@toronto.ca).

6. Gardiner East Consultation

The City of Toronto invites you to join in an upcoming public meeting where you can comment on the results on the evaluation of the alternative designs for the Hybrid option for the future of the Gardiner Expressway East.

The Study

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are jointly carrying out the Gardiner Expressway / Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) and Integrated Urban Design Study. The EA will determine the future of the Gardiner Expressway East and Lake Shore Boulevard East, from approximately Jarvis Street to approximately Leslie Street.

The Hybrid option was endorsed by Toronto City Council as the preferred alternative for the Gardiner Expressway East on June 11, 2015. The upcoming public meeting will present the results on the evaluation of the alternative designs for the Hybrid option, as well as urban design concepts for the study area.

How to Participate

You can attend the upcoming public meeting or participate online. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can watch a live webcast of the meeting at www.gardinereast.ca and submit your feedback online.

Public Meeting Details: 
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Open house begins at 6:30 p.m.; presentations at 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto (Bloor Street subway station)
Parking: Paid - parking lots on Cumberland Avenue, Asquith Ave and Church Street.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessibility is at the main entrance.

Please register at: gardinerexpresswayeastpublicmeeting5.eventbrite.ca

 For more information or to be added to the project mailing list, contact info@gardinereast.ca, or call (416) 479-0662. 


7. Snow and Transportation Services

The days are shorter and it’s time to start thinking about winter…and snow, again.

The City of Toronto's Winter Operations Program keeps our roads and sidewalks safe and passable for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

24-hour patrols continuously check road conditions and staff monitor weather forecasts and pavement temperature.  Even before the snow starts to fall, Transportation Services crews work continuously until the storm is over.

When snow falls, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways, main roads and local roads.  When the snow stops or snow accumulation reaches 8 centimeters, plows will be sent to the local roads. Normally, local road plowing will be completed between 14 and 16 hours after the storm has ended.

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after 8 centimeters (5 centimeters in January and February) of accumulation.  For Ward 27, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place.  

You can always call the City at 311 for any snow clearing questions or visit www.toronto.ca/transportation.

Councillor Wong-Tam