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* Traffic ? – MVTG letter to Councillors Layton and Cressy regarding community concerns

Update: April 4, 2018. Request submitted by councillors to TEYCC directing city staff for a traffic and public realm study in and around Mirvish Village : http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.TE31.105

 

 

25 February 2018

Mike Layton, City Councillor, Ward 19,

Joe Cressy, City Councillor, Ward 20,

Dear Mike and Joe

Subject:  Urban Design and Transportation Study for integration of New Mirvish Village Development with the Neighbourhoods

 Context:

This letter is to follow-up with you after MVTG’s meeting with City Planning, Transportation Services, Westbank, and your Executive Assistants on January 30th, 2018.  This meeting was the third time that MVTG had met with City Planning and Transportation Planning or Services to discuss our concerns and provide community input on transportation-related issues around the Mirvish Village Project. The first meeting occurred as part of Graig Uens’ Discussion Group at CSI, which both of you attended. The second meeting took place at City Hall with a smaller group which included Mike. Prior to the January 30th meeting, MVTG reasserted our Guiding Principles and Focus Areas in a one page document (attached for your quick reference).  To date we feel it has been largely ignored.

Our view continues to be that community concerns are not being addressed by city staff. We have repeatedly stressed the importance of understanding how the traffic created by the new development will fit into the existing neighbourhoods. Despite our efforts, city staff appear to have limited their scope of work narrowly on Mirvish Village, specifically Markham between Lennox and Bloor, the Bloor and Lennox intersections, and Lennox from Markham to Bathurst. There is no plan – or even a “plan to get to a plan” – to address how the larger geographic area will be affected. The functional design issues of managing the increased traffic created by the new development in order to minimize the impact on the neighbourhoods remain unexplored and undiscussed. We find this unacceptable.

However, we were very pleased when Stephanie Nakitsas and Lia Brewer agreed during the January 30th meeting that the City undertake an Urban Design / Transportation Study of the area.

The following are our initial suggestions on the scope of the study.

Geographic Scope:

  • The area bounded by and including Bloor Street West to Harbord Street and Manning Avenue to Borden Street, including all streets and alleys within that area
  • Bathurst Street from London Street to Ulster Avenue

Project Scope and Objectives:

  • Lay out all possible vehicle routes into and out of Mirvish Village Parking Garage
  • Lay out PUDO along Markham Street including the daycare, the new east-west laneway between Markham and Bathurst, Honest Ed’s laneway, and along Lennox Street including the Randolph Academy
  • Develop a framework to evaluate which routes are expected to carry the most incremental volume through the neighbourhoods
  • Develop options to address the most problematic routes with the goal of protecting the neighbourhoods from excess traffic penetration and disruption, and identifying pros and cons of each option.
  • Develop an integrated plan to extend the functional design and public realm across Lennox Street, as part of the south end of Mirvish Village
  • Facilitate choices which balance the needs of both new and existing neighbourhoods

This study would ensure a smooth transition and sympathetic fit between the new and existing neighbourhoods so that impacts created by the new development will not overwhelm or degrade the existing historic neighbourhood.

Community Consultation:

  • MVTG will fully engage with this study; options for broader community input could be considered

We look forward to meeting with you as soon as possible to further define the scope, objectives and timeline for the study.  We would like to see a motion brought to Council as soon as possible so that significant progress can be made before the summer with a working plan in place by September 2018.

The Mirvish Village Task Group believe this to be an absolutely urgent undertaking to address growing community concern. The community engagement process during planning of the Mirvish Village redevelopment has been seen as a model of progressive and imaginative city-building. We believe the credibility of this process is now at risk.  More broadly, as Toronto proceeds with redevelopment along Bloor Street and other major corridors, we believe that creating a successful, co-operative example of integrating a new, large development within an existing neighbourhood could provide a model process that would be to everyone’s benefit.

Sincerely,

Mirvish Village Task Group

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Attachment

Mirvish Village Task Group – Transportation Work Stream

4 November 2017

Document Purpose:

Section 37 of the OPA secured a consultation process with the four Resident’s Associations during the Site Plan process and prior to Site Plan approval.

This document outlines MVTG’s guiding principles for ongoing consultation of Westbank and City Transportation’s integrated transportation plan.   MVTG also identifies a number of discussion focus areas for the consultation process.

Guiding Principles for evaluating Transportation related proposal(s):

  • Traffic impact from Mirvish Village on the surrounding stable neighbourhoods’ streets should be minimal
  • Vehicle access going to and from the Mirvish Village Parking Garage is to be exclusively via the Bathurst and Lennox intersection
  • Internal vehicle circulation within the site should facilitate access to Mirvish Village businesses and services. PUDO design should consider the needs of small children, the elderly, and the disabled
  • Safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in and around Mirvish Village is a priority; potential zones of vehicle conflict should be addressed proactively

Discussion Focus Areas during the consultation process:

  • Optimizing performance of the Bathurst and Lennox Intersection
  • Plans to physically isolate Lennox Street west of the Parking Garage and the Markham Street Laneway from Parking Garage traffic
  • Mirvish Village Parking Garage design as it enables efficient vehicle flow, efficient entry and exit from entrance on Lennox, and options for technology enablement
  • Delivery vehicle allowed routes and times
  • Treatment of the Palmerston Laneway
  • Integration of Transportation related plans with other Site Plan work streams such as Landscape, Public Realm, etc.

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To view the supporting documentation about traffic and transportation click hereviewSupportingDoc (30)

To view U of T Engineering students’ study click here: http://www.mirvishvillagetg.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/MVTG_Lennox-Street-Project_Final-Design-Specification.pdf

*NIMBY or NOT?

residents of Palmerston Blvd win a ruling at OMB to restrict restaurants on the west side of Markham
 The attached video is an editorial  from TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.  Is there NIMBYism in Residents’ Associations or is there merit to citizens’ concerns? The Agenda speaks to Toronto’s outgoing chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, who is a champion of densification, about the opposition to development. The development in question is an 8 storey building in the Annex but the discussion also references the Mirvish Village Task Group.
click here to view :

http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/condo-conundrum-in-the-annex

 

*Westbank proposal passed by City Council

On April 28, 2017, Toronto City Council unanimously approved Westbank’s proposal to development Mirvish Village and Honest Ed’s. 

You can watch the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2N20fhhD4Y (You can move the time marker. It passed at approximately 5:30 pm)

You can view the complete, amended version by clicking here : http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE23.6

*For the Record : Westbank proposal adopted at TEYCC

On April 4,  Westbank’s third proposal to develop Mirvish Village and Honest Ed’s was adopted by Toronto East York Community Council.

You can read MVTG and PARA’s deputations here: Presentation to TEYCC 04.04.17 HVRA’s deputation here: TEYCC Westbank final  SVRA’s deputation here: SVRA Deputation WB TEYCC April 4 2017

To watch the full meeting, which includes a ten minute presentation by Graig Uens summing up three years of work on this project by City Planning, comments from the councillors and deputations from a diversity of citizens, click here and move the time marker to 1:02.29, Item 23.6 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2kPIOBxLE0

To review the full documentation of the adopted motion – including reports and amendments, click here:  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE23.6