The Board of the Bloor West Village Residents Association is made up of local resident volunteers who are committed to making our neighbourhood a better community to live, work and play. Our boundaries are Bloor, Annette, Jane and Quebec.

The BWVRA was originally created in response to new development in the area. Ensuring responsible development has remained our main focus over the last 10 years. This issue will likely continue to be central to our organization over the foreseeable future. However, we are very interested in hearing from residents like yourself about what other issues are important to you and where else you might like our Association to focus some of its time and energy.

The purpose of this survey is to get a better understanding about:

  • what our residents think about our neighbourhood
  • how we can all work together to continue to make Bloor West Village one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the GTA.

Your responses will be anonymous. The survey results will be used as a planning tool.

Deadline for the survey responses is March 30, 2015.

With this in mind we look forward to hearing your responses to the following 6 questions. Click here to link to the Bloor West Village Residents Association Neighbourhood Survey

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

Thank you to everyone who attended the OMB Pre-Hearing on Tuesday January 6th. The turnout was fantastic. People were spilling out into the hall. Over 100 people showed up, making it clear to the OMB Chair and the proponent that our voices need to be heard about developments in our community. Sarah Doucette, Cheri DiNovo and Peggy Nash were all there lending their support and we even had a celebrity in our midst! Andrea Martin attended as a local resident passionate about responsible development. A little “star power” never hurts!

Although the majority of us were excused very early in the day, it was vitally important that this show of force was made and we really appreciate everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the Pre-Hearing. 110 participants registered at the meeting and they may have an opportunity to have their voices heard later in the process.

Mediation began on Tuesday January 6th and concluded on Wednesday January 7th. We are now awaiting a report from City Legal to be presented to City Council, hopefully in February. Confidentiality protocols prevent us from saying any more about the mediation until the report is made public, but we do feel positively about the process. As soon as we can share more, we will let you know.

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?

 

 

Call to action for the OMB appeal!

Neighbours and Friends
Apply for Participant Status

at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) for

the Development at 2265-79 Bloor St. W. (Bloor & Durie Ave.)

Re: OMB File Nos.

PL140435 and PL140768 2265-79 Bloor W, City of Toronto
The Ontario Municipal Board Hearing begins Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:00am. The hearing takes place at the OMB Offices, 655 Bay Street, Suite 1500, Toronto,ON M5G 1E5 (South of Gerrard, corner of Elm & Bay)

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What is Participant Status?
We want you to write to OMB Case Coordinator, Sandra Chan at the OMB asking for Participant Status so that you can voice your concerns surrounding the development. We need the Village to apply in their hundreds to attend the OMB hearing on Jan.6, 2015 at 10am.

Responsibilities and duties of a participant at the OMB hearing.

When you register as a participant, you will be:
  • required to attend the first day of the hearing & will be struck off the list if you fail to appear.
You may have to testify. Your testimony can be as simple as a read statement of an opinion. You will be:
  • given a prep session by our lawyer to ensure that your testimony does not overlap or repeat other testimony.
  • prepared so that you can confidently be cross examined by the lawyers for the developer, the CIty and/or our own lawyer.
  • given a time and/or day on which the Chair will hear you testify.
Keep in mind only a handful of all the participants will be asked to testify at the hearing.

 

Please contact OMB Case Coordinator, Sandra Chan to request Participant Status at the hearing. Click here to view the newsletter that contains a template of a “Request for Participant Status email”

Feel free to personalize the letter including your specific concerns about the development. At the end of the letter you need to add your information and address.

If you have trouble linking to the letter to Sandra Chan, please contact shirley@bwvra.ca.

A developer is proposing to build a 9-story + mechanical building at the south-west corner of Bloor and Durie. This building could get approved as early as January by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). We want to ensure that residents’ opposition to this proposal is heard at the OMB hearing, but we need your help.
We need to raise $30,000 to pay for legal and planning professionals who will attend the hearing and make sure our community gets input to the approval process. If you love this neighbourhood, please take the time to get informed, and donate.

Key Facts about the Bloor/Durie Development

Local residents’ associations were shocked to find out that the development proposal for the south-west corner of Bloor and Durie will be decided upon at an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing starting January 6, 2015 – sooner than we had been led to believe.
When a developer goes to the OMB, the OMB will frequently approve a development – even in a case such as this where both the City of Toronto and residents oppose the development proposal and argue against it at the OMB hearing.

This development will set a precedent for future developments in Bloor West Village. It could also set a precedent for developers believing that the way to conduct business in Bloor West Village is to simply ignore residents and take their proposals straight to the OMB.

The City and local residents’ associations have opposed this proposal, and will argue against it at the January OMB hearing, citing that the proposed building:
-is 9-stories tall + mechanical in a location that is currently zoned for up to 4-stories
-has no set-back to provide relief from the shadowing of the sidewalks on both sides of Bloor St.
-encroaches on the neighbourhood to the South, calling for demolition of a house in Swansea
-offers a design that does not respect the character of the neighbourhood

Additional concerns:
-crowding in local public schools
-increased traffic, and
-increased pressure on transit

We have had past success at the OMB in getting recognition of the community’s concerns.
We have legal and planning arguments to put before the OMB that we believe will improve this development. Our goal is to ensure a building that respects the character of the Village and complements our neighbourhood.

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What Can You Do?
We love Bloor West Village, and so do you. Development is inevitable in our neighbourhood and, if properly managed with community input, is an opportunity to improve our area. However, when a developer chooses not to work with the community – it is time to act!
So please:
Donate to the Save Our Village fundraising campaign Swansea Area Ratepayers Association (SARA), with support from Bloor West Village Residents Association (BWVRA), Old Mill Community Association (OMCA) and the High Park Residents’ Association (HPRA) is hiring legal and planning professionals to go to the OMB and work alongside the City lawyer and planner to represent residents’ interests.
Spread the word about this development and this fundraising effort. Encourage others to contribute and stay informed by signing up for our e-mails

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

 

Swansea Area Ratepayers Association & Bloor West Village Residents Association
are hosting a FUNDRAISER on NOVEMBER 6th, 2014 at the VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE

This annual fundraiser is a sneak preview performance of the Village Playhouse production of “Strictly Murder” on Thursday November 6th, 2014, prior to its’ official opening the following night.

The doors will open at 7:00pm, the performance starts at 8pm. It is festival seating.

STRICTLY MURDER by Brian Clemens

Directed by Harvey Levkoe

Conflicts that play out in a British couple’s rustic cottage in Provence may affect the direction of the greater conflict that is about to envelope Europe. We dare you to separate the good guys from the bad in this thrilling tale of murder and espionage set in 1939.

Tickets are only $18/each, you can email us at info@bwvra.ca for tickets

Don’t miss out on this entertaining evening!

Friday October 3, 2014
7pm
Runnymede United Church

Confirmed: Doug Ford, Olivia Chow & John Tory for the entire debate. Ari Goldkind and Matthew Crack will also attend and will do a 2 minute closing statement.

A three minute self-introduction by each candidate will be followed by questions from the moderator.

Questions in legible writing will be accepted from the audience before and during the Debate. The candidates will then finish up with a two minute closing statement.

At about the half-way point we will be passing the hat for a collection from the audience to help offset some of our expenses for this event.

Refreshments will be available before and during the Debate.

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