At the Nov. 16 meeting, we distributed a flyer asking for feedback on two questions:
What do you see as the key issues facing our community?
How might a residents association best respond to these issues?
Below is a summary of comments we received back. See also the meeting report and the feedback sent by e-mail (links to come)
1. What do you see as the key issues facing our local community?
- need for smart, integrated intensification
- high rise development issues – traffic, density, etc.
- zoning that will maintain the community
- Humber theatre development site
- Bloor St. W as an Avenue under the new Official Plan
- Bloor St. development, new condo developments
- lack of coherent plan re design elements
- preserving small business quality of BWV
- encouraging healthy business life along Annette
- impact of large corporations on small business, ie demise of independent business
- supports for seniors to stay in their homes
- licensed infant daycare spots do not exist
- repair and maintain roads, sidewalks and parks
- condition of local parks
- preserving green spaces – protecting High Park, etc.
- replant black oaks to replace those cut down
- general maintenance -ways to reduce litter, improve streetscape
- schools – need money to maintain grounds – rebuild St. Cecelia’s school
- traffic control – how to pursue with intelligence and efficiency?
- traffic noise and congestion on main roads (e.g. Runnymede)
- will Runnymede truck traffic increase with new Walmart?
- meshing interests of adjacent neighbourhoods, eg. Junction and BWV, etc.
- taxes – MVA
2. How might a residents association best respond to these issues?
- as per Sewell’s ideas: provide good, timely information and ways for people to meet, debate and compare ideas and encourage action
- communications strategies – create website, blog, newsletter, public meetings
- request report-backs from public representatives – press local reps to represent community interests
- lobby government
- provide a clear liaison to City Hall
- represent community in official processes, e.g. Committee of Adjustment, OMB
- help sustain a prized neighbourhood – promote creative growth
Several responses indicate uncertainty as to how much or just what an RA can do, but they’re interested in exploring the possibilities.