Community group votes on development direction for 2014

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Parkdale Villager

At its Annual General Meeting on Nov. 4, Active 18 — an association of Ward 18 citizens, residents and business owners — voted on the organization’s mandate for the upcoming year.

The organization, which seeks to advocate for a “livable city” which they believe reflects the needs of the ward and the people in it, voted to continue to engage with the City of Toronto, developers and local residents to advocate for the position it had taken on a number of development proposals in the area.

Regarding any development at 1181 Queen St. W., across from the Gladstone Hotel, Active 18 decided it will oppose any development where the height would have a negative shadow impact and they will also advocate that the building have a distinctive design considering the landmark site.

At 11 Peel and the Carnaby development on the east side of Dufferin Street, Active 18 voted to advocate for the first two floors go to non-residential uses.

Also regarding 440 and 450 Dufferin Street, Active 18 will seek to have a proper area plan done by the city for the pocket of employment lands west of Dufferin Street.

Active 18’s mandate in 2012 and 2013 has been to fight to preserve employment lands in the area to ensure that people who live in the area can also have opportunities to work in the area.

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