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Introduction to FoQS & The Issues
Welcome to the home of Friends of Queen Street (FoQS). We are a community group active in The Beach neighbourhood of Toronto, (or as some prefer to call it, The Beaches - we won't take sides in that debate!).
Our objective is to preserve the unique "small-town" character of our neighbourhood, and we have an interest in any and all issues related to redevelopment and heritage conservation, mainly on Queen Street East, but also in the surrounding neighbourhoods or elsewhere in the East End of Toronto.
Our priority was stopping the rezoning of 1960-1962 Queen Street East, which is the "Lick's Homeburgers" restaurant. Please go to the tab labelled "The Issues" for the full story on this.
There are some new things to report on - such as the "Visioning Study" for Queen Street that Council passed on January 10th - we have been calling on our Councillor to pass something at Council since at lease September, if not earlier. The details on this study are yet to come, and we will update this site soon to include this and report on other progress.
We have also received a copy of a letter to Councillor McMahon from Gregg Lintern which lays out the process and the process for this application will include evaluation of:
* consistency with the Queen Street East - The Beaches Urban Design Guidelines and consideration of the current zoning by-law standards, an understanding of the deviations and impact
* through the Avenue Segment Study, the potential built form implications for the portion of the Queen Street East resulting from the proposed development and whether the proposed development would be setting a positive precedent for future development of the remainder of the Avenue
* the application based on the current Official Plan policy framework, including development criteria and performance standards that best achieve policy objectives.
Please browse through our entire website and feel free contact us, and maybe even join us if you share our concerns.
Who We Are, and Our Mission:
We are a group of local residents who met at the public consultation meeting for the redevelopment of the Lick's Restaurant site (1960-1962 Queen Street East) in June 2011.
While the Beach has many resident's associations, there is not community wide group with a focus on the main streets in our part of the city, particularly Queen street, though we are also interested in Kingston Road and in development issues in general.
We are working with our local elected representative, Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon and with other local groups.
We are not anti-development or NIMBYs, but we want to ensure that any new development is appropriate and that the Official Plan and other City policies are followed, and in particular, that objectives other than just growth and intensification are given due regard.
We invite any people who live in our area to contact us, and to join us, as we try to work with planners and politicians and developers, to try to maintain and preserve the things that make our neighbourhood so special.
Our mission is to support the unique character of Queen Street in the Beach for the benefit of all citizens of Toronto.
We will work with like-minded neighbourhood groups and the City to demand that existing Plans, Laws and Guidelines be upheld until such time that these have been studied and shown to be obsolete.
- Recent development activity has caused a groundswell of concern for intrusive and out-of-character development in the greater Beach area.
- Precedent-setting by-law exemptions are causing irreversible “falling domino” destruction of the eclectic street character, (which is recognized throughout the city and beyond) of Queen Street.
- Healthy, sustainable development along the Beach area section of Queen Street is entirely feasible with existing zoning bylaws, which, in their current form, are entirely compatible with the aims and principles of the Official Plan (OP) and published urban design guidelines (UDG).
- While current bylaws may need to be updated, no significant exemptions to these by-laws should be approved until the due diligence prescribed in the OP and UDG has been completed and agreed upon by the required parties.