Thorncrest Village Neighborhood Improvements
Over the next few years, the City will be undertaking a number of projects in Thorncrest Village. The proposed scope of work is as follows:
- Local road resurfacing (see those included on map below)
- Basement flooding protection work
- Implementation of Green Infrastructure in the neighbourhood
You are invited to attend a Public Drop-In Event to learn more about the proposed works and meet with City staff and your local Councillor John Campbell and his team.
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: Drop-in from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Correction to Public Notice:
Public Drop-In Event is Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
Which local roads will be resurfaced?
- Thornbury Cresent
- Thorncrest Road
- Friars Lane
- The Wynd
- Sir Williams Lane
- Pheasant Lane
Note: Property owners in the construction area are advised to remove any items installed or planted beyond the private property line and in the City-owned right-of-way that may impact construction. If you have a lawn sprinkler system located within City property, please contact the project team to arrange for a site inspection.
The City will not be responsible for damage to any privately owned items installed on City property.
Will you inform us about local road resurfacing work in advance?
Advanced notice about road work, closures or restrictions will be communicated to stakeholders, the residents association, the surrounding community and other road user groups. Efforts will be made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents.
What are Green Streets?
A Green Street is a road or street that incorporates green infrastructure. This includes natural and human-made elements such as trees, green walls, and Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater infrastructure that work in the local environment to improve air quality, ecological diversity and water quality, to name a few functions.
Why do we need Green Streets?
Toronto has approximately 5,600 km of streets – almost a quarter of Toronto’s total land area is covered by streets. Traditional streets are designed to direct stormwater into storm sewer systems (gutters, drains and pipes). Green Streets are designed to capture rainwater at its source, where it falls, providing water for plants and trees to grow. At the same time, Green Infrastructure act as a natural filter to clean stormwater before it makes its way into local waterways.
What are the benefits of Green Streets?
Benefits of Green Streets include:
- Improved air quality
- Increased tree canopy and shade
- Management of Stormwater quantity and quality
- Increased biodiversity and habitat
- Community space
- Enhanced public realm aesthetics
Green Streets contribute to building climate change resilience, support environmental sustainability and an improved quality of life in the city. They also support the Official Plan policies and the environmental objectives of the Toronto Green Standard, the Wet Weather Flow Master Plan and other City strategic initiatives including Complete Streets Guidelines, and ResilientTO.
What are the next steps for developing a plan for Green Infrastructure?
- Consultants will identify and propose the most suitable sites for green infrastructure in order to maximize the treatment of storm water in Spring 2018.
- Consultant will review road and right-of-way conditions to determine the suitable type of Green Infrastructure for the observed conditions
- Residents will be engaged once this information is available
- Construction expected later in 2019
What other cities have green infrastructure programs?
Over 11 North American Cities with Green Infrastructure Programs including:
- New York City
Who will maintain the new green infrastructure?
All specialized maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the right-of-way will be the responsibility of the City or its designated contractor.
With the exception of specialized infrastructure, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain and ensure their property is in a state of good repair. If the Green Infrastructure feature is located in the boulevard abutting a residential property, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the boulevard as per Chapter 743 of the municipal code, Use of Streets and Sidewalks (Article V, Maintaining Boulevards). With respect to Green Infrastructure, maintenance activities of residents will include, for example, the removal of trash, weeding and cutting back overgrown vegetation.
Homeowners will be provided an informational guide indicating their responsibilities and who to contact for maintenance needs.
Where has Toronto implemented similar infrastructure?
A number of green infrastructure demonstration projects have been completed at various sites in the City and a number more are in planning stages.
- The Queensway Sustainable Sidewalk – The first application of the use of a tree planting technology (Soil Cells) to treat and improve stormwater road run-off while supporting the growth of healthy trees;
- South Station Street – An urban and sub-urban bio-swale was constructed on opposite sides of the road to provide a visual demonstration of context sensitive Green Streets design; and,
- Fairford Parkette – A welcoming public destination for the local community with the functionality of a bio-retention facility to absorb and clean water to demonstrate that form and function can co-exist.
There are multiple ways to stay informed and get involved with the work happening in Thorncrest Village.
- Attend an event: Next event – February 27, 2018, 35 Thorncrest Road.
- Project mailing list: This will provide general updates about the project. Please email Khatija.Sahib@toronto.ca, or call 416-392-2962 to be added to the list.
- Volunteer: If you are a home owner in the project area interested in learning more about the green infrastructure technologies, call or email: Khatija Sahib, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-392-2962
- Green Street Technical Guidelines
- Green Infrastructure Selection Tool
- Vegetation Selection Tool
- Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
- Basement Flooding Investigation Environmental Assessment Studies
- Completed Basement Flooding Environmental Assessment Studies