News & E-updates – Keele Finch Plus
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June 27, 2018 - Interim Report, Directions and Preferred Concept Now Available!
The Interim Report discusses the significant amount of work completed to date, and identifies directions and a preferred concept. The Report also recommends that a Secondary Plan be drafted and that consultation take place on the draft. The Report is under “Staff Reports” under the “Information & Reports” tab.
January 18, 2018 - Community Services and Facilities Profiles Now Available!
The Community Services and Facilities Profile is now available. See “December 2017 – Community Services and Facilities Profile” on the “Studies & Reports” tab.
October 17, 2017 - Materials Now Online!
Consultation materials presented at the September 28 consultation are online now. See “Event Materials” under the “Get Involved” tab.
September 29, 2017 - Thank You! Materials Coming Soon...
Approximately 100 people attended the Open House and Public Workshop last night. Thank you for your participation! A summary, results and materials will be posted soon. Subscribe to the email list & we will let you know when this is posted.
E-update 18 - May 3, 2019
E-update 18 – May 3, 2019. Toronto City Planning Division
We’re drafting a Plan!
Come chat with us about it at Finch West Station
We last wrote to you on June 27, 2018 informing you that the Interim Staff report was being considered by Community Council in July. The report and preferred concept were based on all work to date, including the work we completed with your input and assistance in 2016, 2017 and 2018. At its July meeting, Community Council endorsed the Interim Staff Report and directed staff to draft a Secondary Plan and to consult with the public on the draft.
We have since been working on a draft Secondary Plan and want to ensure we continue to consider and incorporate your feedback on the Plan. For that reason, we’re letting you know that we will be at Finch West Station on May 7, 2019 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. as part of a Planners in Public Spaces event! You’re welcome to speak to a Planner about developing the Plan and you can add your thoughts. We’ll be at both entrances of the subway, and there’s no need to pay a fare to see us if you visit us at the west entrance.
We’ll use the input we hear on May 7 to help craft a more complete draft, which we expect to be able to share with you by the summer. Stay tuned for more updates and consultation events!
Planners in Public Spaces (PiPs) Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Place: Finch West Station (both East and West entrances – Note: fare payment not required to participate in PiPS event at the west entrance)
E-update 17 - June 27, 2018
E-update 17 – June 27, 2018. Toronto City Planning Division
Interim Report Now Available!
Report to Community Council in July
The Staff Report that is being presented to Community Council in July 2018 is now available on the Community Council agenda. The report is based on all work to date, including the work we completed with your input and assistance in 2017 and 2018.
The report recommends that a Secondary Plan be developed for the study area, and to consult with you on a draft of the Secondary Plan. A Secondary Plan establishes local development policies to guide growth and change in a defined area of the city. The draft is recommended to be based on directions (see page 29) and a preferred concept that was developed based on your input on the three options and technical evaluation.
Thank you for helping us achieve this milestone!
E-update 16 - May 30, 2018
E-update 16 – May 30, 2018. Toronto City Planning Division
Another Study Milestone!
Report to Community Council in July
A Staff Report is being presented to Community Council in July 2018. The report is based on all work to date, including the work we completed with your input and assistance in 2017 and 2018.
The report recommends that a Secondary Plan be developed for the study area, and to consult with you on a draft of the Secondary Plan. The draft is recommended to be based on a preferred concept that was developed based on your input on the three options and technical evaluation.
The report will be available in advance of the public meeting. We will send a link to the report when it’s available.
Consultants Evaluate Noise and Air Quality
Based on input from stakeholders, a consultant was procured to conduct a detailed noise and air quality evaluation around the Keele Street and Finch Avenue West intersection. The evaluation will result in a more robust land use direction for key areas that will be reflected in the Secondary Plan for the area.
If it is discovered that there are noise or air quality concerns, it may be necessary to require mitigation measures for future ‘sensitive uses’ (e.g. residences).
E-update 15 - February 26, 2018
E-update 15 – February 27, 2018. Toronto City Planning Division
What We’ve Been Up To
We last wrote to you on October 17, 2017. Since that time, we have been pouring over the comments and feedback we received at the September 28 public consultation. We’ve also had further discussions with stakeholders, students, business people, land owners and many others about Keele Finch Plus. Input from the consultations, plus input from our further discussions and technical assessment will help lead us to a preferred option.
Community Services and Facilities Profile Available
The Community Services and Facilities Profile was completed in December 2017, and published in January 2018. The goal of the Profile work was to provide a comprehensive inventory of existing community services and facilities serving the Study Area, including current service levels, utilization rates and capital plans. Read more about it on the Study website or download a copy.
The York University and Downsview Neighbourhood Cycling Connections Project is well underway. This project is parallel but separate from Keele Finch Plus. Consultations are taking place this week and you can find more details about them here.
E-update 14 - October 17, 2017
E-update 14 – October 17, 2017. Toronto City Planning Division
Open House & Public Workshop Complete
It was a busy event with approximately 100 attendees! Thank you all who attended and assisted in the Open House and Public Workshop on September 28th. Attendees were eager and interested in the options presented and provided useful feedback. Most participants stayed involved to the end of the workshop activities.
Participants viewing display boards and discussing the public realm concept plan.
The community came out to this event! University students and retirees attended, as well as renters and homeowners, business people, community organizations, developers, and people of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Participants worked at tables with the assistance of a facilitator. Most were as engaged as this group, leaning right into their work!
A presentation was provided and covered the reasons for the Study, work done to date (including results of the March 2017 public meeting), how feedback is used and an overview of the day’s workshop activities.
A short presentation was given to provide the context for the Study and set the stage for the workshop.
There was a wealth of feedback and useful information gained from the event. Comments, conversations and results of the workshop are valuable inputs for the Study and are summarized in the Consultation Summary.
A Summary of Participant Feedback is Now Online
We went through every comment sheet, every comment made and the results of each completed workshop from the September 28th event. Thank you for sharing your insight and knowledge with us! We have summarized results into a Consultation Summary.
This is one example of a completed workshop exercise.
In general, there was great interest at the consultation where participants were clearly eager to learn about the options and to be involved in making their community even better. The focus of comments and conversation was on community building, which made for healthy and useful discussion. Read more by downloading the Consultation Summary.
Materials Now Online
Consultation Materials are Available for Download
The Open House and Public Workshop materials are now available online. This includes the display panels, presentation, workshop materials and discussion guide. Review these at your leisure. Whether this is your first time reviewing them or you are reviewing again, please contact us if you have feedback. It would be helpful if you could provide your feedback by Monday, October 23rd.
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