With your support, I helped initiate the Midtown in Focus review for the Yonge-Eglinton area in 2015 to improve the quality of life in our community. After three years of hard work by yourselves and many other community members, the evening meetings and letter-writing paid off with a final report from our dedicated City Planning Staff.
The report finally validated and quantified what we already know: social services and hard infrastructure have not kept pace with the rapid growth in our community. More importantly, the Midtown in Focus study provides up-to-date policy that will guide growth in the area and identify necessary capital upgrades, including the basics like pipes and wire capacity, along with expanded social services. After considerable debate, Council approved the final Midtown in Focus plan (also known as “Official Plan Amendment 405”) in July of this year. But there is still one more hurdle to cross. The Minister if Municipal Affairs has to approve the plan.
The province is conducting public consultation on OPA 405 until November 29, 2018 through a posting on the Ontario government’s Environmental Bill of Rights registry. It is very important that you demonstrate your support for our community. Tell the Minister that for too long, provincial rules have favoured developers over people. Please let him know that this plan needs to be approved so that growth occurs much more responsibly and to ensure that:
- Social services such as childcare, seniors’ supports, and youth recreation programs are in place to support residents’ quality of life
- Green space, public squares, community centres, are provided to make Yonge-Eglinton a more livable neighbourhood
- Hard infrastructure, such as pipes and wires, are adequate to make our community work in the long term
- New transit options, including single-fare express buses on major north-south routes, are created to relieve pressure on the overcrowded Yonge subway line
You can either submit your comments online by following the directions provided in this link or provide your comments in writing to:
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Municipal Services Division
Municipal Services Office – Central Ontario
777 Bay Street
Phone: (416) 585-6226
Toll Free Phone: (800) 668-0230
I also encourage you to email your comments directly to this Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as well at firstname.lastname@example.org