Important Documents & Links
These are some planning documents related to the redevelopment of 1960-1962 Queen Street East
Here is the January 17, 2012 letter to Councillor McMahon from the Planning Department
Gregg Lintern letter dated January 17, 2012
Here is the Avenue Segment Study by Armstrong Hunter
Avenue Segment Study
Here is the "Peer Review" by Brook McIlroy
"Peer Review" of Segment Study
"Terms of Reference" for an Avenue Segment Review Study
"Appendix 2: Terms of Reference
Here is the application made by Reserve Properties to redevelop the Lick's Restaurant:
1960 and 1962 Queen Street East - Zoning Amendment - Preliminary Report
Under the Official Plan of Toronto, Queen Street East is classified as an "Avenue".
City of Toronto Official Plan (2002-2006)
The city passed a study in July 2010 that includes guidelines that are being used on most of the Avenues:
Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study
However, Queen Street East was removed from the Study Area and so it remains the only Avenue without any official study in effect. The Council item that included this is available here as Item 3b.
Because of amalgamation in 1998, in 2004 the City passed a "companion document" to the Official Plan which gave equal status to a number of local urban design guidelines - this is noted here.
These guidelines included ones specific to Queen in the Beach and which had been in use for many years - there are numerous developments on Queen which seem to have followed these rules. The Queen East - The Beaches urban design guidelines can be found here
Links to Other Local Groups or People Involved in Planning
Our local Councillor is Mary Margaret McMahon
Her personal website is to be found here.
Her City website and contact info is to be found here.
The Beach BIA (Business group representing retailers) can be found here.
The Greater Beach Neighbourhood Association can be found here.
If you wish to contact other groups actively working on development issues or on behalf of residents in our area, the information below is taken from an October 18, 2011 column by Mary Margaret McMahon in The Beach Metro News:
Beach Lakefront Neighbourhood Association (BLNA)
Contact: Leanne Rapley; email@example.com; www.blna.net.
Boundaries: Queen to the Lake and Munro Park to Nursewood.
Membership fee: None.
Formed to prevent the construction of a large condo development at the foot of Neville Park, this lakeside group actually won at the OMB. Kudos! The BLNA is currently looking at heritage conservation district designations for both Neville Park and Munro Park.
Beach Triangle Residents’ Association (BTRA)
Contact: Hans Looije; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.beachtriangle.com
Boundaries: Inside the cute triangle formed by Kingston Road, Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue.
Membership fee: None (money raised with ads in BTRA newsletter).
Our oldest and longest-running RA, this ‘granddaddy’ of all residents’ associations was founded due to concerns about parking at the old racetrack. Some of the group’s activities include an annual Fun Fest, a Valentine’s Day Community Dance, and a newsletter. Replacing its geriatric tree canopy via education, stewardship, and succession planting is just one of the RA’s current goals, as is monitoring development along Queen Street East.
Friends of Glen Davis Ravine (FOGDR)
Contact: Jennifer Brass; email@example.com; www.friendsofglendavisravine.com. Twitter: @glendavisravine.
Boundaries: Glen Davis Crescent and surrounding streets, plus Glen Davis Ravine. Membership fee: Donations for the current OMB hearing.
Neighbours along Glen Davis Crescent became concerned after learning a development proposal for Kingston Road would take over part of the ravine. Turns out the city’s Ravine Protection Bylaw doesn’t have sharp enough teeth! Friends of Glen Davis are currently at the OMB and need your help (see the website). These neighbours care deeply about our tree canopy and ravine system. And they’re also heaps of fun, having organized myriad exciting and entertaining fundraisers. Going forward, this RA will use its energy and knowledge to help crusade for stronger city ravine protection. We’re going to need more than Kermit the Frog to HELP US STAY GREEN.
Friends of Queen Street (FOQS)
Contact: Jason Self; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boundaries: Queen Street East, Woodbine to Victoria Park.
Membership fee: None.
FOQS formed to ensure the development proposal for 1960 Queen St. E. (the Lick’s site) is in keeping with the neighbourhood. This group’s been busy researching information, recruiting neighbours and organizing ideas. And we’ve been connecting the FOQS with other residents’ associations with more experience. We’ve also arranged meetings with Frank Lewinberg (a Beacher and celebrated planner) and our Jane Jacobs’ panel of local urban planners, architects, landscape designers, etc. FOQS’ goal is to support the unique character of Queen Street East and encourage sustainable development compatible with both the city’s Official Plan and Queen Street Urban Design Guidelines.
Kew Beach Neighbourhood Association (KBNA)
Contact: Ray Chong; email@example.com; Bill Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org
Boundaries: Kew Beach Area.
Membership fee: $5-10.
This tenacious group of neighbours has worked tirelessly to preserve the character of Kippendavie Avenue. They’ve researched basement flooding, water infrastructure in the area, groundwater issues and met with numerous engineers and city staff. Through a mediated settlement with the developer, some of the concerns were met. Moving forward, the KBNA is monitoring the current environmental assessment for basement flooding and planning in Ward 32.
Toronto Beach East Residents’ Association (TBERA)
Contact: Julia McInerney; Julia.email@example.com; www.torontobeacheast.com. Boundaries: South of Queen to Alfresco Lawn/Hubbard and Lee to Hammersmith. Membership fee: $25 per year.
Coming together over a concern about the demolition of some homes in the area, this ever-tireless association has worked diligently to educate residents on the value of heritage designations. TBERA is now connecting with other RAs to share its knowledge and experience.
(Note: TBERA has just announced that it will be expanding its boundaries east, to Silver Birch - info on their AGM is avaiable HERE)
When there was a rezoning application for 1864 Queen Street East, which now being sold as One Rainsford (or sometimes called Rainsford Phase 1 as there is a neighbouring project being developed by the same people), one local resident in the Beach Tirangle had a website that might be of interest - it can be found at http://savethebeach.wordpress.com/