Midtown in Focus Update
To support the quality of life in our Yonge-Eglinton community, I helped initiate the Midtown in Focus review in 2015. After three years of intensive study by our dedicated City Planning Staff, we received a report that told us what we already know: social services and hard infrastructure have not kept pace with the rapid growth in this area.
More importantly, the Midtown in Focus study provided up-to-date policy to guide growth in the area and identified necessary capital upgrades, including the basics like pipes and wire capacity, along with expanded social services. City Council approved the strategy in July of last year. The plan is now awaiting final approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. My sincere thanks to the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association who worked with my office to organize a letter-writing campaign to the Minister advocating on behalf of their neighbours.
When in place, Midtown in Focus will provide a coordinated framework through which individual development applications will be reviewed. In the meantime, there are five proposals for new residential buildings in the Davisville Village apartment neighbourhood, which lies in the south portion of the Midtown in Focus Review area, currently under appeal at the Land Use Planning Tribunal (LPAT). Through a motion at Council this week, I ensured that our city legal team will present a case that asks the LPAT to consider the cumulative impacts of these developments on community services, physical infrastructure, and neighbourhood character, instead of assessing each application on an ad-hoc basis.