Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) Meeting #3

NOTE: PDFs of meeting minutes, presentations, and attachments are available upon request.

Date of Meeting: July 18, 2018, 6:00 pm
Location: Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 399 The West Mall, Toronto
Minutes prepared by: AECOM

 Overview

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the City of Toronto together with Perkins + Will hosted the third Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) meeting for the Eglinton West LRT. The purpose of the SAG is to provide organizations representing a broad range of interests with the opportunity to learn about and provide input into the study. This second meeting focused on:

  • Eglinton West LRT updates;
  • Community Working Group (CWG) updates;
  • The Planning and Streetscape study; and, Next steps.

The format of this meeting included a welcome and overview, a presentation on Eglinton West LRT updates including the CWG, a presentation on the Eglinton West Planning and Streetscape Study followed by two (2) breakout workshop sessions focusing on issues and opportunities for each of the segments along the Eglinton West corridor, and a presentation on next steps in the Project. The minutes below outline the questions, comments and feedback received during the SAG meeting.

Attendance

SAG Members:
Martin Green, John DiSalvo, Eli Aaron, Janice Charles, Don Charles, Tracie Napoli, Tony Monzie, Roy Murray, Lijeanne Lee, Moaz Ahmad, Raymond Dell’Aera, Aaron Cameron

CWG Members:
Janice Charles, John Di Salvo, James Chapman, Margareta Shpir

Project Team Members - City of Toronto:
Mike Logan, Maria Doyle, Jade Hoskins, Shan Li, Emily Rossini, Brian Anders, Khatija Sahib, Emilia Floro, Luisa Galli

Perkins + Will:
Paul Kulig, Shaimaa Atef, Janice Chung

AECOM:
Alicia Evans, Tiffany Dionne

Councillors and Representatives:
Ward 3 Councillor Stephen Holyday, Deputy Mayor,
Brian Klochko, Administrative Assistant for Ward 2 Councillor Michael Ford

Introduction

Alicia Evans (AECOM) opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and asked all attendees to introduce themselves and their organizations.

Following the introductions, Emily Rossini (City of Toronto) provided a review of the agenda for the evening. Alicia requested that questions be held until the end of the presentations.

Eglinton West LRT Update

Maria Doyle (City of Toronto) provided an update presentation on the Eglinton West LRT Project since the last SAG meeting in October, 2017 including:

  • Council direction in December 2017 to approve the 10-stop LRT and form a CWG to investigate further grade separation and/or tunnelling options; further develop traffic modelling; and an enhanced framework;
  • The 2017 Council-approved alignment;
  • Traffic analysis and optimization along the Eglinton West corridor, including the Martin Grove Study; and,
  • The Airport segment study.

Laila Strazds (CWG Chair) then provided an update on the CWG, including the purpose of forming the group and discussions that have taken place throughout their meetings. She noted that each of the six (6) CWG meetings covered different topics including: the identification of topics and work plan; business cases; community benefits, impact and strategic fit; traffic modelling; and, the evaluation of CWG Options. Laila also stated that CWG Members are currently working on their own report that can be shared with the SAG, once finalized

Planning & Streetscape Study - Presentation

Paul Kulig (Perkins + Will) delivered a presentation on the Eglinton West Planning and Streetscape Study. Topics covered in the presentation include:

  • Project scope: travelling, greening, building;
  • EglintonConnects vision and recommendations;
  • The history and evolution of Eglinton; and,
  • Preliminary analysis and emerging segments.

Paul noted that Eglinton Avenue is broken into six (6) segments, including:

  • Segment A – City of Toronto boundary to the hydro corridor
  • Segment B – Hydro corridor to Wincott Drive
  • Segment C – Wincott Drive to Royal York Road
  • Segment D – Royal York Road to Scarlett Road
  • Segment E – Scarlett Road to edge of Eglinton Flats
  • Segment F – Edge of Eglinton Flats to Weston Road

Questions for Clarification

All questions were answered by Paul Kulig (Perkins + Will) unless noted otherwise.

Q1: Do the catchment areas in the presentation refer to LRT catchment or typical movements of people in the surrounding neighbourhoods?
A1: The catchment areas refer to both the LRT and typical movements of local residents.

Q2: I have been a long time rider of the Kipling Express Bus and know that a lot of people come from Steeles to Bloor to get to the Bloor subway line. I expect getting downtown would be more efficient using the LRT and then transferring to the subway. But between Eglinton and the 401, not many people will be captured as most of the people travelling west toward the subway are located further east.
A2: The point is that most people will find their own paths, no matter where they are located. There is a larger area outside of the Eglinton corridor that we also need to consider. The point is to understand how the broader system works as a whole.

C1: The presentation identified public green spaces such as parks, schools, wood lots and golf courses but did not include the cycling trail and other green space along the corridor. Green space is the main feature along the Eglinton corridor and should be treated as an important consideration in this study.
R1: Yes, you are correct. Thank you for pointing this out so we can expand the green space considered.

Planning & Streetscape Study - Breakout Sessions

For each of the corridor segment, Paul asked the SAG meeting participants to consider the following questions:

  • What other factors should be considered in determining the character of the corridor segments?
  • What are the unique characteristics of each corridor segment?
  • What are the issues and opportunities of each of them?
  • What is the emerging vision specific to each?

Each breakout group discussed a different segment of the corridor using roll maps. The subsections below include the discussions that occurred, along with the share back provided from each table group.

 

Breakout and Share Back Session
#1 – Segments A – C

Segment A
(City of Toronto Boundary to Hydro Corridor)

Group Discussion

Comments provided on map

  • Protect the community from this area rather than embrace it
  • This is a hostile environment with Highway 427 and hydro poles
  • This segment could look nice as it acts as a connection between two nice parts of the cycling network
  • The volume of traffic in this segment gives it a different feel than the rest of the corridor – people are driving 80 km per hour or they are stopped
  • The highway network is a highly travelled area with cars going high speeds
  • Concession grids are barriers to the corridor
  • We need mixed-used development along Eglinton (zoning?)
  • Disappearing plazas
  • Need crossings designed for seniors
  • Need a vibrant and interesting/ walkable streetscape with a variety of built form
  • Lack of sidewalks in the subdivisions south of Eglinton West, east of Martin Grove
  • Subdivisions on the south side of Eglinton have a lack of relationship to Eglinton
  • Richview Park has a lack of relationship to Eglinton West
  • There are few pedestrian cut-throughs from neighbourhoods to multi-use path along the south side of Eglinton
  • Who are the riders?

Share Back

Neighbourhoods and Amenities

  • Many existing barriers, north to south and east to west
  • There is not a lot of mixing between neighbourhoods
  • There has been a disappearance of local plazas causing local residents to have to drive instead of walk
  • Community should be protected from this segment rather than trying to integrate the community with this segment

Traffic

  • Concern for traffic congestion at Martin Grove, creating traffic infiltration through neighbourhood streets
  • This segment has a hostile traffic environment
  • Rush hour traffic is terrible throughout this segment, specifically east bound evening traffic

Aesthetics

  • Pedestrians and cyclists do not want to be in this segment but it could be modified to be more aesthetically pleasing for people travelling through this segment
  • Serves as a connection between two cycling trails and multi-use paths and should look more appealing

Segment B
(Hydro Corridor to Wincott Drive)

Group Discussion

What are corridor-wide factors that should be considered in determining the character for the corridor segment?

  • Variety of built form is needed along Eglinton

What are the unique characteristics of this corridor segment?

  • Cycling trail maintenance during winter
  • Small percentage of transit ridership
  • Over capacity of schools and services
  • Crossing lights mid-way
  • Martin Grove to Royal York has the same characteristics
  • More entrances and exits at major roads to relieve traffic from local streets
  • Keep the green spaces

What are the issues and opportunities?

  • Noise problems – need more greenery to absorb sound
  • Connectivity between the north and south
  • Stormwater issues
  • The area was not dependent on automobiles in the past as it is now
  • Walkability issues
  • Population density versus traffic and congestion
  • Implement street parking on Widdicombe

What is the emerging vision specific to the corridor segment?

  • Very low walking scores
  • More people walking on neighbourhood streets rather than Eglinton Avenue West
  • Minimum north-south connections/ crossings
  • Lack of community service
  • Stormwater runoff
  • More trees and landscaping
  • Disappearance of the local plazas which force local residents to travel along Eglinton Avenue

Comments provided on map

  • Safety issue at crossing on Martin Grove intersection
  • Stormwater problem in front of Richview Park
  • Safety issue at crossing on Widdicombe Hill/ Lloyd Manor intersection
  • Explore ways to slow traffic between the Widdicombe Hill/ Lloyd Manor intersection and the Kipling intersection
  • There are major destinations at and around the Widdicombe Hill/ Lloyd Manor intersection
  • Many car accidents happen on Widdicombe Hill
  • There should be longer left turn lanes provided at the Widdicombe Hill/ Lloyd Manor intersection
  • There should be a safer crossing for cyclists implemented at the Widdicombe Hill/ Lloyd Manor intersection with a physical stop light similar to Queens Quay
  • Developers do not provide enough parking spots for residents and visitors in developments near Wincott Drive
  • Building and park near Wincott Drive is a destination for lunch hour
  • Neighbourhoods on the south side of Eglinton have limited access
  • Residents in this segment living in close proximity to Lloyd Manor Plaza generally drive to the plaza

Share Back

Noise

  • Noise is an issue due to the proximity of Highways 401 and 427 and types of vehicles travelling through (e.g., motorcycles and large trucks)
  • Suggestion to add lines of cedar trees to create a noise barrier

Safety

  • Suggestion to implement boulevards to promote safety and protect pedestrians as there are currently no safety barriers installed in this segment
  • The streets must be designed to be safer to decrease car/ pedestrian incidents
  • Concerned about flooding risk as the weeping wells that were redone by the City are not working properly, causing puddles to remain for a long period of time following rainfall

Traffic

  • There should be a street sign or traffic light added to the existing cycling path to ensure cyclists adhere to traffic regulations
  • Traffic lights should be installed on Lloyd Manor to control traffic

Access to Eglinton Avenue

  • The plaza at the Lloyd Manor and Eglinton intersection includes amenities and developments that face each other without direct access to Eglinton; This does not make sense for entrance/ exit purposes and is causing increased congestion on Lloyd Manor and Richview
  • A median should be installed on Lloyd Manor to prohibit vehicles from crossing through when accessing the plaza, and a direct access point to Eglinton should be developed
  • Neighbourhoods south of Eglinton have limited access to Eglinton Avenue

Population Density and Development Potential/ Considerations

  • The population density of each neighbourhood should be studied as it is important when discussing traffic congestion on Eglinton
  • New developments being built should require direct access to Eglinton Avenue
  • Existing and future infrastructure must be studied
  • There are issues with north-south connectivity as local plazas have been removed, causing local residents to drive to their destinations instead of walk
  • Most local residents in this segment will not take the LRT as the new townhouse development includes 135 units, with each unit housing one to three people who have one to two personal vehicles
  • Local residents raised a concern regarding the elimination of local plazas due to residential redevelopment and the lack of replacement of those amenities, which forces the residents to drive to Eglinton Avenue. Future development should be required to provide replacement services and amenities

Segment C
(Wincott Drive to Royal York Road)

Group Discussion

What corridor-wide factors should be considered in determining the character of the corridor segment?

  • Neighbourhood definition
  • Cater to specific demographic of the area
  • Reasons to walk along Eglinton east to west
  • Accessibility: Street furniture by bus stops difficult for accessibility

What are the unique characteristics of this corridor segment?

  • Bike paths, sidewalks, beautiful woodlots/ nature
  • Greenery/ consistent streetscape
  • Neighbourhood feeling/ visual environment
  • Big ditches on both sides

What are the issues and opportunities?

  • Issues include:
    • Artificial school traffic conditions
    • Elevation issues/ visibility and safety
    • Sidewalk and bike path structure
    • Potential flooding/ drainage issues at Eden Valley
    • High traffic in area at Eden Valley
    • Hydro corridors are an eye sore
    • Power outages and consistency
    • Peak hour traffic
    • Tow trucks at Islington/ Eglinton traffic accidents
    • Sunken elevation
    • Look at speed of traffic on corridor
  • Opportunities include:
    • Connection points into the neighbourhood/ green space
    • Stormwater management for flooding areas and ditches
    • Native species within the woodlot
    • Include bus bays to prevent blockage of traffic on Eglinton

What is the emerging vision specific to the corridor segment?

  • Accessible and safe area for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Consistency throughout the corridor (network)
  • Little development along the corridor/ neighbourhood feel with big trees and woodlots maintained
  • Flood and power outage resistant
  • Limited connections from neighbourhood to Eglinton
  • Keep green space and trees

Comments provided on map:

  • Plaza on Wincott Drive, on the north side of Eglinton, has many delivery and garbage trucks going in and out which causes a safety concern and creates noise in the area
  • Bike lanes on streets north and south of Eglinton Avenue
  • Preserve the woodlot east of Wincott/ Bemersyde intersection
  • Wincott/ Bemersyde and Eglinton at-grade and level (safety problem)
  • Path at Wincott/ Bemersyde is not accessible
  • Narrow bike path along south side of Eglinton to the east of Wincott/ Bemersyde intersection
  • External berm accessibility concern/ lack of entrance with trees on corner of Eglinton and Islington
  • Students from Richview Collegiate Institute j-walk across Eglinton to the mall
  • Pedestrian entrances to trails on southeast corner of Eglinton and Islington
  • Fire Station located on Islington, on the south side of Eglinton
  • Parent drop-off is located at Richview Collegiate, off Eglinton which causes many points of conflict
  • Flooding concerns at Ravensbourne Crescent, south of Eglinton, off Bemersyde
  • Keep consistent green space along Eglinton corridor between Islington and Royal York
  • Flooding/ drainage issues at Russell Road/ Eden Valley Drive intersection and visibility issues due to topography causing safety concern for bikes and cars
  • Russell Road sidewalk is not in a good state of repair (overgrown bushes and trees)

Share Back

Maintenance of Neighbourhoods and Green Space/ Environment

  • This segment has little development along Eglinton and has a small neighbourhood feel which we think is important to maintain
  • Has real neighbourhood definition with large tree lots
  • The wood lot across from Richview should be maintained
  • The fire hall beside Richview Collegiate Institute negatively impacts the environment
  • The maintenance of foliage along Eglinton should be improved

Flooding

  • Concern for flooding, especially if the LRT is at-grade as the water will not have any place to go

Traffic and Accessibility

  • There are a lot of traffic issues because of Richview Collegiate Institute; Students impede traffic and cross Eglinton in areas where there are no crosswalks
  • Traffic congestion and issues are mainly at peak a.m. and p.m. times, which the school/ students contribute greatly to. There are no northward turns allowed out of the school parking lot which forces people to travel through neighbourhood streets. It makes sense to ask Richview Collegiate Institute to modify their schedule so school begins at 10:00 a.m. instead which is better for the students and will improve traffic congestion.
  • Elevation changes cause issues for all of the TTC buses, school buses, cyclists, pedestrians and students with limited visibility causing traffic delays
  • The intersection of Russel Road, Eden Valley Drive and Eglinton is a poorly designed area that should be improved
  • The only intersections that provide a connection to Eglinton in this segment are Islington and Royal York, even though there are many neighbourhoods, causing local residents to walk a long distance to get to Eglinton
  • Sidewalks are only located on the south side, causing all residents on the north side to cross
  • There are accessibility issues with the cycling paths and pedestrian walkways
  • Richview Collegiate Institute and surrounding area has accessibility issues with a steep climb up the stairs and a ramp that creates a very long detour for users
  • Concerned about increased truck traffic in an area where traffic congestion is already an issue as developments are being planned west of Royal York Road

Aesthetics

  • The hydro poles do not coincide with the design of this segment and should be buried to match existing infrastructure

General Question and Answer

C2: The proposed development for Richview does not supply sufficient variety or scale to the corridor. We are currently creating an environment along the corridor that does not entice people to live in or walk through it. There should be a mix of developments with more driveways and access points to Eglinton Avenue. The north side of Eglinton needs sidewalks. We need Built Form that is more interesting than what we have now.

C3: Currently, there is no real reason to walk east to west on Eglinton Avenue. We need more diversity in development including different types of homes, shops, restaurants and recreational spaces.

C4: Most neighbourhoods in the study area stay to themselves and do not use Eglinton Avenue.

 

Breakout and Share Back Session #2 – Segments D – F

Segment D
(Royal York Road to Scarlett Road)

Group Discussion

What corridor-wide factors that should be considered in determining the character of the corridor segment?

  • Walking is a necessity, biking is leisure

What are the unique characteristics of this corridor segment?

  • Function/ service > enjoyment/ leisure
  • Humber cycling trail (accessible)
  • James Gardens community destination
  • Community bus shuttle connecting senior homes
  • Strip mall is a focal point/ gathering in the community
  • Accessible and segregated cycling paths

What are the issues and opportunities?

  • Issues include:
    • Hydro lines and power outages in neighbourhood
    • Plant World barrier for north to south
    • Accessibility at the bridge from both sides (public access)
    • People with mobility impairment can’t use the bridge when it is closed at one side
    • Closed pedestrian bridge near private property
    • Issues with connectivity to Eglinton from the north and south
  • Opportunities include
    • Neighbourhood connection at the bridge
    • Connect north-south community at Mulham Station

What is the emerging vision specific to the corridor segment?

  • Goal: pedestrians and active transportation
  • Goal: retail should be street-oriented at Plant World
  • Kids parkette: most kids bus to school, a lot of parks and recreation facilities

Comments provided on map

  • Drivers take neighbourhood streets to avoid Eglinton Avenue, past the new emergency generator building
  • The private school near Buttonwood Park is closed
  • Scarlett Road provides access to James Gardens where people have community barbeques, south of Eglinton Avenue
  • An old power substation is located on Scarlett Road, south of Eglinton Avenue
  • Hilltop Chapel is located on the north side of Eglinton Avenue, west of Royal York Road
  • Plant World and Royal York Grand developments create a barrier to communities on the north side of Eglinton Avenue
  • Medical centre, senior centre and credit union are located on Royal York, north of Eglinton Avenue
  • Demetrius Church is located behind Plant World and is an important connection to church and senior centre for the Ukrainian community
  • The 73 Bus to Royal York Station travels along La Rose Avenue to Scarlett Road
  • La Rose bakery and dry cleaners are located north of Eglinton Avenue on La Rose Avenue that is considered a real community hub and should be maintained
  • Garden plots at Mulham
  • Top of the Humber’s pool is located just east of Mulham on the north side of Eglinton Avenue
  • The north-south bridge across Eglinton, east of Mulham, is inconsistently open and not accessible – public access is required
  • Westmount Junior Public School is located north of Westmount Park
  • Richview Road has low traffic
  • Isolating sidewalk on north side of Eglinton between Mulham and Scarlett
  • Seniors avoid left turns
  • Lots of runners on the cycling trail
  • Future signalized intersection at Plant World
  • Recommendation for power upgrades in new buildings
  • People drive down Fontenay Court to get to the plaza that has an Optometrist office, small grocery store, gelato and espresso bar – underground parking/ unattractive retail
  • Car accidents take place when making a tricky left turn into the plaza at Scarlett and Fontenay

Share Back

Character of Eglinton Avenue

  • There are not many destinations along Eglinton Avenue and people use it as a way to travel east-west or along the multi-use paths that connect to the Humber Trail and James Garden
  • Eglinton Avenue acts as a barrier to the surrounding neighbourhoods to the north and south
  • This is not a very family-oriented segment as there is a lot of commercial space
  • The Mulham LRT stop is not necessary because there will not be enough ridership to justify it. In order for this stop to be justified, it must connect to the new Plant World developments and the developments on the south side of Eglinton.

Accessibility

  • Accessibility needs to improve
  • The pedestrian bridge is sometimes locked on the north side and is therefore partially inaccessible. This area must become more robust and accessible to encourage people to use it
  • The embankment leading up to the pedestrian bridge and area of apartment buildings is difficult for those with limited accessibility and should be improved
  • The connection to the area west of this segment (e.g., Plant World) must be improved
  • Limited access to Eglinton Avenue from the south side must be improved in order to better serve the local community

Segment E
(Scarlett Road to Edge of Eglinton Flats)

Group Discussion

What are the issues and opportunities?

  • Real time LRT screens are needed
  • It can be intimidating at the crossings, especially when the road gets wider with future turning traffic, cyclists have to watch out
  • Light pollution versus security
  • Bike parking and station amenities
  • Safety at Jane Station – systems and security
  • Intersection of Jane and Eglinton is very isolated
  • Accessibility issue to the health centre

What is the emerging vision specific to the corridor segment?

  • Enjoyable cycling trail
  • Implement sidewalk north of Eglinton
  • Wider sidewalks for big wheelchairs

Comments provided on map

  • Indigenous groups on Scarlett Road, on the south side of Eglinton
  • Suggestion for dedicated bike signal/ crossings at the Scarlett Road intersection
  • Spaces in parks for community to congregate (e.g., “third” spaces/ places)
  • Better connections between the communities along Scarlett Road to the south of Eglinton and the parks/ Humber River trail
  • Topham Pond fishing festival on the Humber River
  • West Park Medical facility on north side of Eglinton
    • Constructing in 2018
    • Outpatient services
    • Senior outreach in the neighbourhood
    • Main entrance faces Eglinton
  • Heritage – medical?
  • Wildlife protection in parks on the south side of Eglinton near Humber River and the golf course
  • Protect Rose Garden on north side of Eglinton near Eglinton Flats
  • Will there be a signalled intersection or crosswalk at the Emmett Avenue/ Eglinton West intersection?
  • Sidewalks are missing along Eglinton between Jane and Scarlett
  • Soccer fields on north side of Eglinton at Eglinton Flats
  • Celebrate youth and sport in Eglinton Flats area
  • Install compass rose as public art at Jane and Eglinton intersection
  • Roundabout possibility at Jane and Eglinton?
  • Protect Fergy Brown Park land for Jane LRT
  • Cricket events at Fergy Brown Park
  • Access issues to Fergy Brown Park
  • Soccer and tennis fields south side of Eglinton, across from Fergy Brown Park
  • Area outside Fergy Brown Park is very dark at night

Share Back

Green Space and Recreational Opportunities

  • This segment looks like the countryside because of the green space on the north and south sides of the roadway
  • Implement a system where the multi-use paths join the sidewalk north of Eglinton as there is currently confusion between cyclists and pedestrians
  • There is a lot of heritage in this segment
  • There is room for more recreational opportunities to add to the existing soccer fields, ponds and golf courses
  • There is potential for skiing opportunities in the winter

Accessibility

  • There is an accessibility issue for the West Park Healthcare Centre on the north side
  • Request to have direct access to a TTC Station at the West Park Healthcare Centre

Segment F
(Edge of Eglinton Flats to Weston Road)

Group Discussion

  • No group discussion had for this section as it was focused on Segment E instead

Share Back

  • A mobility hub study was conducted for the Mount Dennis Station area that covered planning for Weston Road on the north and south sides and another study will begin in the area this fall

Breakout Sessions Summary

Following the breakout and share back sessions, Paul Kulig (Perkins + Will) provided a summary of the main issues raised:

  • Eglinton acts as a barrier between communities on the north and south sides
  • A goal for this study is to make the corridor more connected and have it be a better place to travel through
  • Communities are changing as local plazas are closing and being replaced by condos and townhouse developments but more mixed developments are required to encourage business in the area
  • There are many accessibility issues in the study area that must be addressed
  • The Martin Grove intersection area must be improved to relieve traffic congestion
  • Two unique places within the study area include the Highway 427 and Eglinton Flats (with the cemetery in the middle)

Paul then provided information on the next steps of the Eglinton West Planning and Streetscape Study. He noted that Perkins + Will would be developing the preliminary streetscape design over the summer and will be analyzing the fit, functionality and aesthetics of all potential options. He also noted that Perkins + Will would study all potential development sites and work with the City of Toronto’s Community Planning Department to help better integrate the community along the Eglinton corridor. He then asked if anyone had further questions or would like to suggest other areas to study over the summer.

Q3: Last year the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) discussed studying the old interchange between Highway 427 and Eglinton. Will this area be considered as part of this study?
A3 (Maria Doyle, City of Toronto): As part of the Eglinton West LRT Project, the City of Toronto is studying the Martin Grove area, including the interchange, to find a solution for traffic congestion. The City is taking a holistic approach to this study to attempt to improve traffic flow in the area as a whole. The study is currently ongoing and the report will be available in early 2019.

Q4: What legislative effects will Perkins + Will have over the design and build of the Eglinton West streetscape?
A4 (Paul Kulig, Perkins + Will): Perkins + Will will develop a report to be shared with the community to provide comments and suggestions before submitting it to the City of Toronto Community Planning Department. We are able to suggest high level design such as the height of developments and densities, but we are not able to impact specific design such as the colour and material of developments. Once the Community Planning Department receives the report developed from the Eglinton West Planning and Streetscape Study, they will draft their own set of recommendations that will be submitted to Council.

Q5: It seems like we are discussing a conceptual approach of the community instead of an abstract approach to how this study will make the neighbourhood more vibrant and diverse. Will the Planning and Streetscape Study recommend principles for successful community development over time, rather than just design recommendations?
A5 (Paul Kulig, Perkins + Will): The overall vision of EglintonConnects provides a path to building a community that will be successful and become better over time. The end goal of the Eglinton West Planning and Streetscape Study is to build off of the principles of EglintonConnects and propose a vision for what the overall community will look like in the future.

Next Steps & Meeting Adjournment

Following the question and answer period, Mike Logan (City of Toronto) provided an update on next steps for the Eglinton West LRT Project. The City of Toronto will be out in the community this summer, hosting a variety of informal consultation events such as pop-ups, small/ focused conversations, and community bus tours. He suggested that the Project Team would also be interested and available to speak with the SAG/ CWG member’s organizations and groups, so they can gain as much feedback and input from local residents as possible. The bus tour is tentatively planned for August 1, 2018 and if interest is shown, a second tour will be hosted. To invite the City to neighbourhood events, individuals can email eglintonwestlrt@toronto.ca or call Mike at 416-338-2848.

Mike also noted that the City had just launched a new online consultation tool as part of the Eglinton West Planning and Streetscape Study. He encouraged CWG and SAG Members to share the online consultation link (www.eglintonwestlrt.ca/socialpinpoint) with their friends and family so they may join the conversation and contribute to the study.

In the fall the City will host another SAG meeting, followed by another public meeting to allow the broader public to provide feedback on the Eglinton West Planning and Streetscape Study, Martin Grove Study and the Eglinton West LRT. A report on the Eglinton West LRT Project will be submitted to Council in early 2019 where the City will seek authority to advance to the next phase of the Project.

Q6: Is the bus tour being hosted on a holiday?
A6 (Maria Doyle, City of Toronto): No. August 1 is a Wednesday.

Q7: The bus tour should be held during rush hour so that all participants can have a true experience of what traffic is like.
A7 (Maria Doyle, City of Toronto): The bus tour will be held in the evening. It is tentatively scheduled for August 1, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Q8: The CWG Members represent the local community but LRT users will include people from many parts of Toronto and Mississauga. Are there Project communications and consultations being held outside of the study area?
A8 (Mike Logan, City of Toronto): The SAG also includes members who represent City-wide interests. The City has also reached out through internal networks (e.g., Community Neighbourhood Planning Table) to engage other Neighbourhood Improvement Areas as well as schools to engage youth.
A8 (Maria Doyle, City of Toronto): Reaching out to other communities is a challenge and if any SAG or CWG Member has connections to people or groups in other neighbourhoods, please provide us with their contact information so we can reach out to them.

Mike Logan (City of Toronto) adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

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