The City is conducting a survey seeking your opinions about Garden Suites: second houses built in the rear yards of detached, semi-detached, or townhouse properties, generally smaller than, and detached from, the principal residence. The deadline is April 30.
The issue arises as part of the City's plan to increase density in Toronto's established neighbourhoods in response to Provincial requirements. The City hopes that these new homes will provide affordable rentals and homes for, among others, grown children and aging parents.
The study follows a decision two years ago to permit Laneway Suites as of right in certain lots that are next to public lanes. Garden Suites would be permitted as of right in lots that are not next to public lanes, subject to policies and zoning rules that are yet to be decided.
If you have any opinions on this matter, please complete the City's survey by April 30.
Bayview/Eglinton high-rise - no news yet
In February we shared our concern about a potential high-rise on the southeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton, possibly through the use of a provincial Minister's Zoning Order to circumvent municipal planning processes. Despite a letter and engagement with City Planning, we have received no additional information yet. The LRA continues to monitor the situation and strongly opposes the construction of high-rises on Bayview.
Bigger mid-rise on Bayview
The proposal for the midrise at 1710-1736 Bayview will be considered by North York Community Council on April 20. The LRA expresses its concern about the increased density (75% more units than in their earlier application), the height (9 storeys), the removal of all ground-level retail, projections overhanging the sidewalks, and multiple setback variances.
The City is studying stormwater and sanitation risks from erosion in Burke Brook - the stream south of Sunnybrook Hospital - between Bayview Avenue and the West Don River. If you'd like to participate in its study and get updates by email, read more and subscribe here.
... will be drained and replaced in the near future. Thank you to all who have advocated tirelessly over the years for this site to be remedied.