Balmy Beach

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Upcoming Event: Daniel Tim Daniel of Sullivan: The Fighting Irishman of Norway Village
2017-10-05

Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 7-8:15pm

Location: Beaches Library (2161 Queen St. E.)

Cost : Free

The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society and the Toronto Public Library host historian and author Joanne Doucette as she discusses Daniel Tim Daniel of Sullivan: The Fighting Irishman of Norway Village.

The character of the Sullivan’s is well known in this city, and not a row of any consequence takes place but the name of Sullivan is connected with it… This name carries terror along with in, to every peaceable and well-minded citizen.

—The Toronto Recorder and General Advertiser, July 1835

Fall UPdate!
2017-09-02

Dear Neighbours,

Your Balmy Beach Residents Association (BBRA) has been busy over the summer bringing on new Board Members, as our President Carole Wilson has moved away from the Beach to the shores of south Etobicoke. We want to thank Carole for being instrumental in the BBRA’s success over the past few several years.

We have also been busy working with residents to assist with development pressures in the neighbourhood – a full summary is attached below.

Starting our new year as a BBRA, we’ll be holding our AGM soon, and will be sending details shortly. As always, we encourage you to get involved – please reach out to us at balmybeachra.org to find out more –

Please keep your memberships current to support our work (still only $10/year). You can use Paypal – in our Membership section – or etransfer to president@balmybeachra.org.

Your Balmy Beach Residents Association Board

Development Update:

Your BBRA works with affected residents when a development seems out of character for the neighbourhood (floor space, height) or when parts of the tree canopy that defines are neighbourhood could be at risk. With an urban planner joining our Board, we are able to get expert feedback on each proposal and navigate residents through the city’s Committee of Adjustment process. It has been a busy summer of development, please see a summary below of those we have been involved with.

195 Silverbirch Ave.

  • Familiar development to many of the local area
  • Subdivision of lot was approved by OMB, but not development
  • Want to build two new homes on property
  • CoA Ask:
    • Floor Space Index (FSI) of properties 65% and 60% above the allowable FSI
    • Side yard setback 50% less than required
    • Flanking street distance 75% less than permitted
    • Removal of oak, and potential damage to other trees
  • Concern: Size of development, impact to tree canopy
  • Result: 1,000+ signed a change.org petition to save trees, led by a well-organized group of neighbours, and size of application, led to a complete variance rejection by CoA
  • Next Steps: Developer plans appealing to new Toronto Local Appeal Body

189 Willow Ave.

  • Residents want to add a floor to existing house, build a foyer on existing front porch
  • CoA Ask:
    • Side-yard setback
    • Front-yard setback for foyer
    • Front and rear wall setback
    • Potential damage to oaks for footing placement according to arborist report
  • Concern: Footing impacts to oak trees
  • Result: Residents worked with arborist and BBRA to address concerns, leading to CoA with conditions on footing placements
  • Next Steps: Development

171 Willow Ave.

  • Owners want to add 1.5 floors to 1.5 floor residence
  • Maintain existing foundation and sidewalls
  • CoA Ask:
    • Front and rear walls 23% higher than the by-laws permit
      • Walls are 1.75 metres higher than allowed (almost 6 feet)
    • Side-yard setback is 40% closer than the by-law allows
    • FSI – 30% over by-laws
  • Concern: Size and height of development
  • Result: Non unanimous decision by CoA to approve
  • Next Steps: Being appealed to Toronto Local Appeal Body by neighbouring residents
APRIL BULLETIN
2017-04-22
RESIGNATION:

It is with deep regret that I announce my resignation as President of the BBRA.

After 40 years on Silver Birch Ave., my husband and I have decided to move to a condo in the west end. It is closer to work, there are no stairs, and it's a quasi retirement residence. It is time for us to move on.

As I will not longer live in the Beach neighborhood, I step down as President of the Balmy Beach Residents' Association. I would like this to be an orderly transition with the executive handing over the books, records, and e-mail lists to a new leader and team.

Going forward, this organization will reflect the priorities of the volunteers who lead it. If you have priorities that you want your neighbors to advocate, this may be the perfect vehicle for you. Schools, parking, transportation, safety, developers, municipal by-laws, vacant store fronts, fun fairs, the Boathouse, dogs, swimming, whatever your interests or concerns, the BBRA can be the platform for your neighborhood advocacy.

Please let me know if you would be interested or know someone who would be interested in taking on this position. With appreciation for all your support, Carole Wilson.

WINTER STATIONS
2017-02-21

REMINDER - WINTER STATIONS ON THE BEACH

This is the third annual design competition of Winter Stations, created by artists and designers from around the globe. A jury of design professionals chose five designs from over 350, and these five joined three student installations from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Humber College. The Winter Stations are on display along the beach from Woodbine to the Balmy Beach Club until March 27.

Regards,

Carole Wilson
President, BBRA

COMMUNITY COUNCIL AGENDA FEBRUARY 22
2017-02-14

TMMISS - MEETING SCHEDULE

The above website shows the monthly calendar of meetings at Toronto/East York Community Council. In particular, the February 22 agenda might be of interest to local residents.

TE22.44 Danforth Avenue Planning Study (Coxwell Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue) - City-initiated Official Plan Amendment - Update Report (Ward 31, 32).

TE22.78 Toronto East End Streetcar Routes - Extended Peak Period Regulations (Ward 28,30,32).

TE22.86 Appointment of Public Members to the Ted Reeve Community Arena Board (Ward 32).

Regards,
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Carole Wilson
President, BBRA

HAPPY NEW YEAR
2017-02-06

FEBRUARY 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR

DEVELOPMENT

Toronto and East York Community Council gave approval on January 17 to a proposed six storey development at 355 Coxwell Ave. and Queen St. East. Reliable sources have told me that the development is for a non-profit co-op, affordable housing project.

FONTRA (Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations) advised that the City of Toronto is launching a city-wide "MEDIATION PILOT PROGRAM" to assist in resolving disputes for minor variance and consent applications being considered by the Committee of Adjustment. This free program strives to assist disputing parties in reaching a voluntary, mutually-acceptable solution for some or all of the issues in dispute. This program will reduce costs, provide access to neutral professional expertise and increase the likelihood of a settlement. The program will be available through the Committee of Adjustment starting in North York on Feb. 9, and Toronto/East York on Feb. 16, and Etobicoke/York on Feb. 23. For more information see: http://www.toronto.ca/cofa.

HISTORICAL TALKS - BEACHES LIBRARY

Lawrence A. E. Lee from the City of Toronto Archives will speak on: "The Post War Housing Boom 1919-1930" and East Toronto Amalgamation with the City. The event will be at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. East, on Tuesday, February 21, from 7-8:15pm. Talks are free, and everyone is welcome.

DISTILLERY HISTORIC DISTRICT LIGHT FESTIVAL

The Toronto Light Festival at the Distillery features light sculptures, light canopies, neon works of art, and floating light installations and will run until Sunday, March 12. The event is open from sundown to 10 p.m. on Sunday to Wednesday, and sundown to 11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. For further information see: www.Toronto-LightFest.com

BEACHES 5TH ANNUAL EARTH HOUR - LIGHTS OUT!

This Earth Hour celebration will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Kew Gardens Bandshell. There will be live music, paper lanterns, singing and dancing. We will welcome the arrival of spring.

Regards,