Bloor West Village Residents Association – Meeting of the Executive Committee

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Grenadier Retirement Residence – Penthouse Room B

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

 

Attendance: Dianne Bradley, Michael Davidson, Steve Dewdney, Shirley Fairley, Dennis Horgan, Jamie Isbister, Branka Komparic, Krista Wylie, Jay Zimmerman

 

City Councillor Sarah Doucette, Rebecca Keenan

 

Regrets: Sandi Dunn, Greg Hamara, Robyn Kalda, Steve McNally, Mark Warrack

MINUTES

1.1       Developments Group Update – 30 min.

  • 2265-79 Bloor Development Work Group update – OMB Mediation finished Wednesday at end of day. Team feels positively about process but until City Council report is made public, details cannot be shared.
  • 2117 Bloor/Harcroft Working Group update – still without prejudice discussions with Developer; Developer is close to filing proposal with City.
  • 2114 Bloor/Kennedy Working Group Update – our working group is meeting with Developer week of Jan. 12; same developer as 1990 and relationship is good.
  • 1990 Bloor/Parkview Working Group Update – 2 local residents are stewarding this project so BWVRA is officially done with this project.

1.2       Policies Group Update – 10 min.

  • HCD Update – Rebecca followed up week of Dec. 29th but no response as yet; Dennis heard back from Michael Vidoni that recommendations go to the Planning and Growth Committee on Feb. 24, barring any unforeseen delay and then Toronto Preservation Board (date TBD) and then City Council on March 31. The report will be made public shortly before March 31, published on the web by the city clerk.
  • CORRA paper on Impact of Zoning Bylaw 1676-2013 and Zoning Bylaw 569-2013
  • Ward Boundary Changes – as per Sarah, 55-60,000 people is feasible for a City Councillor to manage; Branka attended community consult on this issue and found the following:
    • drawthelines.ca
    • To compete the Survey http://fluidsurveys.com/s/TWBRSurvey/
    • Significant population growth is projected for Ward 13; especially along the subway line however Ward 13 is designated as an “average population”
    • The representative from Lakeshore Planning Council Corp. http://www.lakeshoreplanningcouncil.com/ proposed that Toronto should adopt a system which works well in NY City. Lesser amount of Wards (adopt Provincial and Federal ridings) and introduce Community Boards which can much better represent communities
    • Federal/Provincial ridings seem to be more in tune with cultural factors/”Communities of Interest”
  • Sarah’s office is planning to have either Jennifer Keesmaat or Harold Mady to speak about DPS to Ward 13 and address other planning tools we could use in our Ward to guide development more responsibly in our Ward.
  • Sarah’s office is setting up consultation on Midrise Guidelines and will send invite for 2 people from each RA to attend.

 

DECISIONS:

We will not action the Zoning bylaw issue raised by CORRA at this time.

 

1.3       Councillor Doucette – deferred to next meeting

  • Green P Parking by Kennedy & Glendonwynne

1.4       Previous Minutes – Review December Minutes – 5 min. – Krista

1.5       Review of Actions Items – 5 min. – Krista

1.6       Financial & Membership – 5 min. – Dennis/Krista/Shirley

  • How to get donors engaged as members and on our email distribution?
  • How to ensure transparency of how money is being spent to donors – via SOV site? SARA? BWVRA? All?

DECISIONS:

  1. Shirley will send out an email to all donors to the SOV Campaign asking them to join BWVRA and join our subscriber list.
  2. Shirley will send out an email to all new members asking them to join the BWVRA email subscriber list.

ACTIONS:

  1. Dennis to post financial details of the SOV fundraising campaign on the SOV website.

1.7       Community Outreach Group Update – 5 min.

  • Andrea Martin Dinner – Jamie to do welcome, Krista to MC

1.8          Future Agenda Items

Focus/Objectives for 2015 – 30 min. – All

  • What should we be doing as an Association?
  • What do want to focus on in the coming year?

Community Outreach Group Update – 5 min.

  • BWVRA Brochure – (Shirley)
  • Laneways Project/Janes Walk 2015 (Dianne)
  • Interview with Radio Canada’s Carmel Kilkenny (Dianne)

Committee of Adjustments – as per Rebecca Keenan’s email of Jan. 8th

  • Do we want to get involved with C of A applications?
  • If yes – who will be point person on that?

Membership Survey

Discuss what an “ideal development proposal” might look like

Bloor West Village Residents Association – Meeting of the Executive Committee

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Grenadier Retirement Residence – Penthouse Room B

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Attendance: Dianne Bradley, Michael Davidson, Steve Dewdney, Sandi Dunn, Dennis Horgan, Greg Hamara, Jamie Isbister, Robyn Kalda, Branka Komparic, Steve McNally, Mark Warrack, Krista Wylie, Jay Zimmerman

City Councillor Sarah Doucette, Rebecca Keenan

Regrets: Shirley Fairley

MINUTES

10.1     Previous Minutes – Review November Minutes – 5 min. – All

10.2     Review of Actions Items – 5 min. – Krista/Jamie

10.3     Financial & Membership – 5 min. – Dennis

Director insurance update

  • Estimate of $1500 per year; via Volunteer Canada coverage may cost less but BWVRA would need to become a member for $100/year.
  • Gather info from various providers and meet with a few options (lawyers vs. insurance brokers)

$3600 – BWVRA

$24,928 – SOV donations

155 paid members, 119 of which in our area and 36 associate members

DECISIONS:

  • Dennis to send Jeff Dunmall BWVRA membership renewal as per rest of Executive

10.4     Developments Group Update – 30 min.

  • 2265-79 Bloor Development Work Group update
    • Legal and planning professionals engaged
    • Our lawyer seeking party status
    • Currently have over 50 residents who have requested Participant status for Jan. 6th OMB date
    • Community Meeting planned for Dec. 16th at RUC; flyer drop to 2000 homes planned for weekend of Dec. 13th to advertise meeting
    • Sarah Doucette will advertise Dec. 16th Community Meeting in her e-newsletter
    • Communications/Fundraising plan is to continue to send regular email updates/appeals and to be out on Bloor St. on weekends.
    • Send a letter to the Chair of the Credit Union appealing to them to not sell to developer until community input has been considered
  • Bloor/Harcroft Working Group update (Steve D)
    • Ensure this group now includes Sarah Doucette on email list
  • 2114 Bloor/Kennedy Working Group Update (Dianne)
    • Meeting next week with NDI; they’ve already met with Phil Carvalino and there is no formal change to their application
    • Sarah thought NDI was ready to start working group on this development
  • 1990 Bloor/Parkview Working Group Update (Dianne)
    • OMB issued final order; NDI has 15 days within which to comply with settlement requirements

10.5     Policies Group Update – 10 min.

  • HCD Update (Mark)
    • City is selecting 3 applications out of 16 to action in 2015; we’ve sent in all required information and should hear back in January
    • We’ve requested a letter of acknowledgement for our HCD submission from BIA; some BIA Executive against HCD; with election of new BIA Executive, we are waiting to hear BIA’s opinion on HCD

10.6     Community Outreach Group Update – 5 min.

  • BWVRA Brochure – pick up again in Jan./15 (Shirley)
  • Stand-up banner is done
  • Village Playhouse Fundraiser went well

10.7     Questions for Councillor Doucette

  • Who does what at our Councillor’s Office?
    • Rebecca Keenan is new to Councillor Doucette’s office and will be our main liaise for all planning/development issues: keenan@toronto.ca – 416-392-4073
    • Chris was doing all scheduling/administration and will now be more involved with Council agendas/Community Council; policy and procedures
    • Irmgaard will be taking care of scheduling now and will now also take care of some constituency work
    • Catherine will focus on constituency work
  • Why aren’t City Legal & Planning working together on 2265 Bloor? (Steve/Jamie)
    • Sarah Doucette found out about Jan. 6th OMB date from residents; not the way communication is supposed to flow – seeking to correct for future.
  • Why isn’t Councillor’s office communicating OMB date of 2265 Bloor?
    • Sarah Doucette agreed to start including information about this development in her e-newsletters
  • Green Grocers obstructing the pedestrian sidewalks
    • Sarah is addressing this issue
  • Committee Of Adjustments approval of large residential renovations, not just minor variances (Jamie)
    • Currently there is no firm no definition of “minor”; agreed that BWVRA will direct residents with concerns of COA minor variances to Rebecca Keenan
  • Ward Boundaries project
    • BWV = 50,000 population; a City Ward in Toronto is 52-53000
    • Ward Boundaries project team looking at various models, including a 50-Councillor model
    • There will be public consultation
  • Community Council reassignment
    • To have Sarah reassigned to a more urban Community Council would require another Councillor being willing to switch to her current EYC

Bloor West Village Residents Association – Meeting of the Executive Committee

Wednesday, November 1, 2014

Grenadier Retirement Residence – Penthouse Room B

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

MINUTES

Attendance: Dianne Bradley, Branka Komparic, Michael Davidson, Dennis Horgan, Shirley Fairley, Robyn Kalda, Jamie Isbister, Mark Warrack, Krista Wylie , Jay Zimmerman

Regrets: Steve Dewdney, Sandi Dunn, Greg Hamara, Steve McNally

9.1       Previous Minutes – Review September Minutes – 5 min. – All

9.2       Review of Actions Items – 5 min. – Krista/Jamie

9.3       Financial & Membership – 5 min. – Dennis

114 Members + 34 Associate Members = 148 Members

$4,080 in bank for BWVRA

$9,574 raised for 2265 Bloor St SOV

9.4       Focus/Objectives for 2014/2015 – 30 min. – Jamie

  • What should we be doing as an Association?
  • What do want to focus on in the coming year?

Deferred to next meeting.

9.5       Policies Group Update – 10 min. – Mark/Steve D.?

  1. Jamie/Jay attended Toronto Offical Plan Review Meeting and met the City’s Director of Urban Design, Harold Madi, who co-authored the 2005 visioning study for BWV with Jennifer Keesmaat. He offered to “look at the situation” re: 2265 Bloor St.

9.6       Developments Group Update – 30 min. – Steve D.?

  1. 2265-79 Bloor Development Work Group update
  • Working Group meeting on Nov. 13
  • Must hire professionals for OMB hearing of Jan. 6th
  • Must launch communications and fundraising plan
  1. 2117 Bloor/Harcroft Working Group update

9.7       Community Outreach Group Update – 30 min. – Shirley/Jamie/Krista

DECISIONS

  1. BWVRA Brochure
  • Exec provided edits for next iteration
  1. Stand-up Banner
  • Bloor West Village (line 1) Residents’ Association (line 2) Informed residents keep neighbourhoods strong (line 3) – put words underneath the picture
  1. BIA Fashion Show on Tues. Nov. 18 @ 6:30 pm
  1. Public Space Initiative
  • Dianne is attending a meeting in November about a Lane Naming initiative that may be appropriate for BWV
  1. BIA Relationship
  • Dinner in the works between BIA Exec members and BWVRA Exec members to continue to build this relationship

9.8          Future Agenda Items

  • Do we want to influence a change on the Community Council that our ward is tied to? See CORRA Discussion paper for ideas – perhaps action after municipal election in Oct. 2014?
  • Green P Parking by Kennedy and Glendonwynne – proposed changes on hold now for community consult, which Sarah D. did not undertake initially
  • Dianne’s interview with Radio Canada’s Carmel Kilkenny
  • Neighbourhood Survey from the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents Association – do we want to emulate?

 

 

Bloor West Village Residents Association – Meeting of the Executive Committee

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Grenadier Retirement Residence – Penthouse Room B

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Attendance: Branka Komparic, Steve Dewdney, Michael Davidson, Dennis Horgan, Shirley Fairley, Greg Hamara, Jamie Isbister, Steve McNally, Mark Warrack, Krista Wylie

Regrets: Dianne Bradley, Sandi Dunn, Robyn Kalda

MINUTES

8.1       Previous Minutes – Review September Minutes – 5 min. – All

September minutes were approved.

Next meeting dates are Nov. 5 & Dec. 3

8.2       Review of Actions Items – 5 min. – Krista/Jamie

See Action Item List below for updates

8.3       Financial & Membership – 5 min. – Dennis

138 Members (including 29 Associate Members)

BWVRA Bank account: $3,900

SOV Bank account: $8323 (waiting for settlement from NDI)

Donations to date for the 2265 Bloor W campaign: $5265.41

Email group: 540 people

8.4       Focus/Objectives for 2014/2015 – 20 min. – Jamie

  • What should we be doing as an Association?
  • What does each Group want to focus on in the coming year?

DECISIONS:

  1. Table for next month

8.5       Policies Group Update – 10 min. – Mark/Steve D.

8.6       Developments Group Update – 10 min. – Steve D.

2265-79 Bloor Development

  • Need to increase awareness and get rid of perception that everything is “sorted” with this development.
  • We need to engage community in establishing what we DO want to see at this site.
  • Next meeting for Working Group is on Oct. 20

Other development proposal updates

N/A

8.7       Community Outreach Group Update – 60 min. – Shirley/Jamie/Krista

Candidates Meetings (Oct. 3 Mayoral & Oct. 22 Councillor)–10 min.- Jamie

Mayoral Debate

  • Nancy Leblanc moderating
  • Start with 2 questions from BWVRA

Review of BWVRA brochure & flyers – 15 min. – Shirley

  • Brochure = timeless, general handout with goal of having people sign up for e-newsletter and/or become members
  • Flyer = issue-specific handout with goal of having people take action on a specific issue (i.e. give money)
  • Defer further work on BWVRA brochure until flyer is created for 2265-79 Bloor and we can compare/contrast at next Exec. Meeting.

Stand-up banner – ideas for content/look? – 10 min. – Shirley

  • Defer to next Exec Meeting.

Village Playhouse Fundraiser and other fundraising – 5 min. – Jamie

Street Captain Idea – 5 min. – Krista

Defer to next Exec Meeting

Volunteer Engagement – 10 min. – Krista

Defer to next Exec Meeting

8.8       BWVRA Org Structure Review & Volunteer Management – Jamie – 5 min.

Confirmed updated Org Structure

8.9          Future Agenda Items

  • Do we want to influence a change on the Community Council that our ward is tied to? See CORRA Discussion paper for ideas – perhaps action after municipal election in Oct. 2014?
  • Green P Parking by Kennedy and Glendonwynne – proposed changes on hold now for community consult, which Sarah D. did not undertake initially
  • Dianne’s interview with Radio Canada’s Carmel Kilkenny

 

Bloor West Village Residents Association – Meeting of the Executive Committee

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Grenadier Retirement Residence – Penthouse Room B

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Attendance: Branka Komparic, Sandi Dunn, Michael Davidson, Shirley Fairley, Jamie Isbister, Robyn Kalda, Steve McNally, Mark Warrack, Krista Wylie

Regrets: Dianne Bradley, Steve Dewdney, Greg Hamara, Dennis Horgan

MINUTES

7.1 Previous Minutes – Review June Minutes – 5 min. – All

June Minutes were approved.

Next meeting dates are Wednesdays Oct. 1, Nov. 5 & Dec. 3

7.2 Review of Actions Items – 5 min. – Krista/Jamie

See Action Item List below for updates

7.3 Financial & Membership – 5 min. – Dennis

Sent letters to 20 members (for whom we have no email addresses) re: expired memberships. As of Sept. 30, if no membership renewal, will remove these people from our membership list since no ability to communicate via email with them.

125 Members + 29 Associate Members for a total of 154 Members.

BWVRA Bank account: $3,721.44 plus $134 in Paypal for a total of $3,855

SOV Bank account: $8,393.30

Donations to date for the 2265 Bloor W campaign: $8,323.00

7.4 Wilmington Tennis Group – 10 min. – Carolynna Gabriel (Ceyla)

TDSB is putting tennis courts out to bid and Wilmington Tennis (a for-profit organization) is trying to gain access to the TDSB tennis courts at Western Tech C.I. to use to run their programs and make these courts accessible to the community on a non-membership basis

Wilmington Tennis plans to build a clubhouse on-site at Western Tech C.I. and find a partner to use clubhouse during off-season months

DECISIONS:

  1. BWVRA received the deputation and presentation by Wilmington Tennis and recommended that Wilmington Tennis survey property owners near Western Tech C.I. to educate them and gauge support and report back to BWVRA findings, at which point BWVRA will provide a letter of support.

7.5 Municipal Elections Debate(s) – 5 min – Jamie

DECISIONS:

  1. Mayoral Debate will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 at Runnymede United Church, 7-9 pm, debate @ 7:30 pm; John Tory & Olivia Chow confirmed; co-hosting with SARA
  2. Councillor Debate will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Runnymede United Church, 7-9 pm, debate @ 7:30 pm

7.6 2265-79 Bloor Development – 2 min. – Jamie

Etobicoke Community Council meeting on August 12 resulted in two motions being passed:

1) The City Planning Department will attend the OMB and object to the planned development at 2265 Bloor Street W. Included with this motion was the amendment that our Community must be consulted in all future discussions regarding this development (BWVRA is part of the community working group to be consulted)

2) On the basis of a presentation made by Nancy LeBlanc, the City will send a motion to the OMB requesting them to disregard any and all submissions regarding the planned development at 2265 Bloor Street W. until such time as an Area Study that’s being scheduled for Bloor West Village can be completed, reviewed and accepted.

Both of these motions have also been passed by City Council.

DECISIONS:

  1. We will use the upcoming debates to continue to educate our community about 2265 Bloor St. W development and to distribute SOV signs.

7.7 Fundraising – 2265-79 Bloor Development – 10 min. – Shirley

DECISIONS:

  1. BWVRA is committed to selling 100 tickets for the Nov. 6 performance at the Village Playhouse as a fundraiser – we will sell them at the upcoming debates and via friends/family.

7.8 Other Developments – 10 min. – Jamie/Dianne

2114 Bloor St. W

  • NDI to meet with City Planning with a revised proposal by the middle of Sept .
  • New architect on the project. The hope is that comments from the 2114 working group meetings will be incorporated. We can confirm this once they meet with the City.

2117 Bloor St. W

  • August 20 meeting hosted by developers
  • BWVRA agreed to take the lead on the Working Group with the folks from Harcroft (comprised of some BWVRA, SARA, Councillor, Main & Main)

1990 Bloor St. W

  • No reply from Phil Carvalino on status of NDI actions.

7.9 Communications/Community Engagement – 10 min. – Shirley/Dianne

  • Website has been updated over summer
  • BWVRA Brochures: glossy ½-fold costs $195 + $25 for folding for 1000 pieces
  • Banner: Stand-up banner that is easy to store, carry and set-up would cost $195+60 for design work

DECISIONS:

  1. Approve spending $220 + tax for 1000 brochures
  2. Approve spending $255 + tax on a stand-up banner
  3. Volunteer Management, Community Engagement, and determining our focus for the year will be high on our agenda priority for October’s meeting.
  4. To address emails sent to the info email account that might fall through the cracks and not get answered, agreed that we would be more vigilant and cc others in any reply to all can track replies.

7.10 Policies Group Update (HCD, SPAB, DPS, OMB) – 10 min

No updates. All items currently on hold and will likely be on hold until after Municipal elections.

7.11 BWVRA Org Structure Review & Volunteer Management – 5 min. – Jamie

DECISIONS:

  1. Shirley agreed to be Chair of the Community Outreach Committee
  2. Mark agreed to be Chair of the Policies Committee

7.12 Other Items – 5 min. – Krista

DECISIONS:

Runnymede Firehall Heritage Designation:

  1. City is redeveloping as a regional HQ for fire prevention so will not be sold to private investors who could look at alternate development plans so no action required by BWVRA.

BWVRA 10th Anniversary

  1. BWVRA will mark its 10th year BWVRA with an internal celebration – no community event.

Environmental Issues in BWV

  1. Robyn will take on role of liaising with LEAF and Green 13 and any other environmental organizations that may find out communication channels to be beneficial to them.
  2. BWVRA will look to LEAF, Green 13 etc. to be the lead on environmental issues in our community but will take on a supportive role, as required/requested.

Bloor West Village Residents Association – Meeting of the Executive Committee

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Attendance: Sandi Dunn, Dianne Bradley, Steve Dewdney, Shirley Fairley, Dennis Horgan, Jamie Isbister, Robyn Kalda, Steve McNally, Mark Warrick, Krista Wylie

Regrets: Michael Davidson, Greg Hamara

MINUTES

6.1 Previous Minutes – Review May Minutes – 5 min. – All
May Minutes were approved.
Next meeting date is Wednesday Sept. 3.

6.2 Review of Actions Items – 10 min. – Krista/Jamie

6.3 Financial & Membership – 10 min. – Dennis
Sent out renewal notices 3 weeks ago.

209 Members
40 Associate Members

$3018 in BWVRA Account
$7912.47 in SOV Account + NDI owing $20,000 (all for 1990 Bloor)

6.4 HCD/DPS/SPAB via OPA – Discussion with Jessica (CORRA) and with Councillor – 20 min. – Steve D./Krista/Dennis/Dianne/Jamie
• HCD is currently on hold due to staffing constraints by City so we are pursuing obtaining an Official Plan Amendment (OPA).
• Met with Jessica Wilson from CORRA on June 11 re: DPS and to gain insights on how Ossington obtained their OPA.
• Met with Councillor Sarah Doucette and Director of Planning Neil Cresswell on June 16 to discuss pursuing an OPA for BWV. They agree that pursuing an Area Study followed by an OPA is our best course of action at this point and will present motion to this end at July Council meeting. Neil will determine budget and funding sources.
• Group discussed benefits of Ward 13 moving from EYCC. Councillor agrees this would be more helpful for preferred outcomes and understanding of Ward issues.
• Another possible tool we could pursue is to seek designation as a character area under Midrise Guidelines
• Neil advised OMB is backed up so likely Bloor/Durie development isn’t going to get hearing until next Spring

6.5 DPS – June 19 Public Meeting – 5 min. – Steve D./Dennis/Krista
Draft letter to PGMC asking for a deferral on the decision to adopt an OPA for implementing DPS in the City of Toronto was reviewed before being sent.

6.6 Strategy – 2265-79 Bloor Development – 20 min – Dianne/Steve
• There are no working group meetings scheduled for the summer months.
• Key date will be Community Council meeting of August 12th and representation at that meeting.

6.7 Fundraising & Communications – 2265-79 Bloor Development -10 min. – Dianne

DECISIONS:
1. BWVRA will own the development of the communication strategy (Shirley) and the fundraising strategy (TBD – maybe Robin Turnbull) to support SARA as the lead on the working group.

6.8 Community Outreach/Communications Update – 10 min. – Shirley
• 533 people on our mailing list,16 of which are for businesses

DECISIONS:
1. Shirley will continue with social media presence on Facebook and Twitter and continue with e-newsletters of similar format to the initial one discussed at meeting. She will also include communications re: 2265 Bloor in her regular communications.

6.9 Swansea Legion Future Use – 5 min. – Dianne
• Not discussed.

6.10 Eglinton Connects Public Meeting on June 19 – 5 min. – Krista

DECISIONS:
1. We do not want to get involved in this Official Plan Amendment

6.11 Administrative Items – 5 min. – Krista
N/A

6.12 Municipal Elections Debate with SARA – 5 min. – Dianne
Moved to Future Agenda Items

6.13
City of Toronto Planning Division – new Engagement Action Plan
• We are invited to launch on June 24 – 6:30-9:00 pm