You might recall that back in April City Council passed my motion to direct Toronto's Chief Planner to ensure that land-use planning and urban design considerations are part of the EA process being carried out by Metrolinx on the Davenport Community Rail Overpass. As a result, the Chief Planner wrote to Metrolinx on June 16, 2015 with a list of key issues that City staff have identified after reviewing information they have received from Metrolinx to date.
I am pleased to report to you that today Toronto City Council has unanimously passed my most recent motion on this matter. Council has endorsed the list of issues as identified by the Chief Planner and has asked that Metrolinx address and properly fund them. Additionally, Council will be requesting Metrolinx to extend their project schedule by two to three months in order to provide for more time to address City staff and community comments before they start the Transit Project Assessment Process.
This project will greatly impact our community and therefore I hope that Metrolinx can accommodate my reasonable request. I have been working with local residents' groups, elected representatives, City staff and Metrolinx so that our community receives the best possible outcome from this project. It is my hope that we can continue to work together.