You might recall that a week and a half ago, I sent you an update on the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands and an invitation to attend a community meeting that took place on Monday. The meeting was co-hosted by the City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC), and the Province. The purpose of the meeting was to update residents on the progress of an inter-governmental working group and to seek your feedback to shape the future of this important site.
At the start of the meeting I spoke about how this site is a strategically important city-building site and that I believe all of us have an interest in doing something great for our community here. I outlined some of the past history and City involvement that you can read by clicking here to see my previous updates on this topic. I also reiterated that any future development of this TDSB owned site must include but not be limited to:
- The preservation of as much green space as possible;
- The preservation and expansion of child care spaces;
- The need for affordable housing to be included as part of any development on the site;
- That any proposed development fits with the character of the neighbourhood;
- The preservation of the heritage aspects of the site; and
- The need for community services, uses, and a community hub to be created on the site itself.
The TLC (the TDSB's real estate arm) will be issuing a request for proposals at some point in the future to maximize revenues from the sale of the site. In my opinion it is important that the RFP reflects the discussions that the community has had over the years. Once the site is purchased and if a development application is submitted, the formal City planning process would then take over with additional opportunities for public consultation and input.
It was great to hear the feedback, ideas, and concerns that many residents proposed to the independent meeting facilitators yesterday. Your engagement can shape the future of this important site and I encourage you to provide your thoughts and feedback to the working group. Please click here to access the online feedback form and make your voice heard. You can also send any feedback directly to Nicole Swerhun, Swerhun Facilitation (the Independent Meeting Facilitators) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit comments is Monday June 27, 2016 at the end of the day. All comments will be included in the meeting summary that they are preparing and I will be sending out to everyone.
I look forward to continuing to update you on this process and welcome any additional comments, questions, and feedback that you would like to make me aware of. I am including below the materials produced by the Working Group for the meeting. Please click on each title to download them in PDF format. To see my previous updates and efforts on this important community issue please visit: http://www.anabailao.com/bloor_dufferin_school_lands
Materials Produced by the Working Group for the Meeting