At the start of 2014, GBNA is focused on these initiatives:
New: ‘Sustainability’ initiative
Parallel to GBNA’s core interest in Land-use Planning topics are the many related items needs that determine the quality of our community.
We are launching our 2014 agenda with a new initiative that will bring focus to this important topic as well, by reaching out to the other groups in our area for collaborative relationships that will better represent the community at all levels of government. Stay tuned for more!
Parking in the Beach
Established in early 2013, this group has reviewed the broader issues related to parking in our area:
- Permit Parking
- Parking for visitors and businesses
- Potential effect of new developments on existing parking resources (fewer parking spots per unit; potential elevator queing)
- Parking enforcement, scope for permitted parking, traffic calming, etc.
The workgroup continues its work on this complex topic in 2014
GBNA assistance in re-establishing a Historical Society for the Greater Beach area
The Beach is a historically unique part of Toronto yet finds itself without an active Historical Society as it has enjoyed in the past. Historical Societies play an invaluable role in the development of policies that help preserve historical assets. In many other ways, they help promote and enhance the character of the area they serve. GBNA will assist in the effort currently underway to re-surrect a viable Historical / Heritage society that will continue the research and promotional effort needed in our area.
Queen Street Urban Design Guidelines
The 2012 Queen Street East Visioning study has resulted in new and appropriate guidelines that will help protect the character of Queen Street in the Beach. GBNA has actively participated in the Visioning study and will now turns its attention to an educational role to help interested residents understand the Urban Design Guidelines and their role relative to other instruments such as the Official Plan, the Avenues and Midrise Guidelines, Zoning. A community event is planned during February, updates to follow.
Storm Water Management
The Queen Street East Visioning Study conducted during 2012 did not address other important community concerns with Storm Water management (basement floodings), traffic congestion and parking. GBNA has begun to establish workgroups for these topics, with Storm Water management being first. This group has identified three focus areas:
- Continue to monitor the remediation plans identified in the current Environmental Assessment plan for the area and work with Councillor McMahon and the city to accelerate these plans where feasible.
- Ongoing monitoring of new developments in the Beach to ensure they are adhering to the City’s water management guidelines.
- Pursue options for the City to increase development fees that can be allocated directly to infrastructure initiatives.
Over time, traffic and parking will be added to our action areas.
Ravine Protection Policy
Toronto has only two natural resources unique to our city: the Lake and our ravines and watercourses. These resources should rank culturally and politically as important to the definition of the City of Toronto over time.
There are no effective by-laws with teeth to protect our ravines. Ravines are not sacrosanct as are our parks. The “Ravine and Natural Feature Protection” by law does not preserve ravines and ravines are not protected in the OP from intensification.
GBNA has delivered a ravine protection policy paper to select councilors and will continue to champion this policy issue through media and political effort.