that Executive meetings are public and held normally on the third Tuesday of
each month, excluding July and August. There may be seating limitations, so
contact the Executive before you come to a meeting.
executive is: V. Masnyk - President; G. Dubauskas Vice-president & Louis
Gris - Vice-president & Membership; J. Oreto - Treasurer; V. Vancas -
Secretary; Peter Chant - Past President; Directors: R. Braun, Ritvars Bregzis,
L. Clay, M. Fenner, Bill Haines, M. Hudson, Peter Keefe, M. Lalonde, J.
McMullen, William (Bill) Roberts, L. Volpe and S. Wilkinson. John Meijer is
helping out as our web-master.
many you may know, since the last newsletter the community has lost Jamie Bell
who as well as being an active Executive member was the Executive Director of
the Swansea Town Hall, and served on the March of Dimes and organized the
volunteers for High Park Adventure Playground. His passing has created a major
gap in our Association and he will be deeply missed. Regrettably it seems since
2000 we have lost key members to mor bios such as: Jean Roberts in 2000,
Gunnars Martinsons in 2001 and now Jamie Bell.
GARDINER LAKESHORE TASKFORCE
to monitor this committee's work. Bill Roberts is our contact on this body. The
taskforce has now met on a regular basis and is reviewing the City and Fung
proposals for the waterfront including the proposed business plan. SARA
continues to take the position that it does not support the removal of the
Gardiner at this time. While it may be desirable to preserve the alignment at
this time, the present business plan is not predicated on the removal of the
Gardiner. In addition we are not certain how the public benefits from the
removal based on our concerns which have been stated in earlier newsletters. It
must be noted that the City intends to bring Ontario Place and the CNE together
and the remainder of what was the CNE will be privatized for office and
If you have
not done so, renew your membership for 2002 now.
FOLLOWING ARE THE FEES FOR 2002:
Family membership $12.00
Business membership $14.00
L. Gris at (416)766‑2792 to renew. Membership inquiries may be sent to
Swansea Area Ratepayers' Association, c/o Swansea Town Hall, Box 103, 95
Lavinia Avenue, Toronto M6S 3H9.
MEGACITY COMMUNITY COUNCILS
We continue to
monitor this matter and note when the Urban Development department held the
public meetings in May on the proposed Official Plan they chose not to go to
York-Humber Civic Centre. This raises a serious concern that the staff truly
has no use for our community or the York-Humber Community Council.
HIGH PARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE
is our representative.
HOURS OF OPERATION OF GAS BARS
to press the City to enforce its bylaw. We continue to monitor this matter, but
have not heard in regard to the status of the settlement discussions as of the
date of this newsletter.
an appeal by the Ripley Area Residents Group Ltd. (RARG). RARG objected to a
Committee of Adjustment decision which reduced the parking standards while
allowing the residential density to be increased. The developer moved to
dismiss the appeal and seek costs against the appellants. At the Ontario
Municipal Board (OMB) material was filed in favour and opposed to the motion. A
settlement was reached between RARG and the developer, which kept the parking
standard at one space per unit on the west side of the site, half of the
commercial density (thereby reducing the residential density), while
maintaining the section 37 Agreement conditions of approval. Bill Roberts acted
as lawyer for RARG. An area planner Robert Truman provided planning advice at
nominal costs to RARG. It should be noted that RARG and SARA were on their own
since the Urban Development Department supported the developer and not the
We continue to
monitor the site and remain concerned there may be an attempt to erect
high-rise condominiums on this site.
JOY OIL STATION
to watch the situation, with increasing concern that the City is not doing all
it can to protect and preserve the historic gas station (one of the last
examples in Ontario).
COMMUNITY POLICE LIAISON COMMITTEE
Bill Haines is
our representative on this committee. The new Staff Inspector Brody Smollet
attended our Executive meeting to say hello and let us know either he or the
appropriate police officer would be willing to attend Executive meetings to
discuss any pressing matters in our area.
HUMBER RIVER PEDESTRIAN/CYCLING TRAILS
We continue to
monitor this matter as well and hope that the funding and work will commence
next Spring. This was a matter Jamie was monitoring, and so we will have to
follow-up with Councillor Miller to see why the trail did not go forward during
the summer of 2002. We do know that Councillor Miller is supportive of the
trail being built. This is also an issue the Gardiner-Lakeshore Taskforce is
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commenced however, we have been advised that piles are being driven rather than
drilled, which we have also been advised is not in keeping with promises made
to the community.
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the neighbors who appealed the decision to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board).
The OMB granted the appeal in part, by not allowing the applicants to exceed .6
times coverage. It granted the other two variances which allowed the building
to exceed the depth provisions and have an addition greater than 15% of the
original building. It should be noted the Urban Development Department refused
to support the community and felt the neighbours who appealed, would lose at
THE FAN/BILLY BOB'S/WEDGE
The owners of
the Fan have reapplied for their roof top patio to the Alcohol and Gaming
Commission. SARA has filed an objection, along with other community groups and
Dubauskas, one of our vice-presidents made submissions before the York-Humber
Community Council on behalf of SARA, and Victoria Masnyk, our President made a
written submission to the Planning and Transportation Committee on our behalf.
Bill Roberts and Frances Labelle attended at Councilor Miller's office for a
meeting with members of the Urban Development Department concerning the
retention of the Part II Plan for Swansea. The Urban Development Department did
not want to retain the Part II Plan, on the basis it was redundant. Councillor
Millor agreed to support SARA. At City Council he successfully moved a motion
to retain the Swansea Part II Plan. SARA may well appeal the approval of the
other parts of the Proposed Official Plan in conjunction with other ratepayers
who are strongly opposed to the present wording. SARA is waiting to see what
amendments were made, and in particular to what extent the Belza/Roberts
proposals were adopted.
SWANSEA MEMORIAL LIBRARY
We continue to
keep an eye on the Library. Please remember if we do not use it we will lose
it. Remember it is as a living memory to the Village of Swansea soldiers who
served in the First World War – the 22 who did not come back and the 150 who
do not forget you can arrange for any movie, book or any other library material
to be delivered to the Swansea branch for pickup.
NEW LIBRARY HOURS
Tuesday: 10:00 A.M. ‑ 12:00 &
(*) 1:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday: 1:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Thursday: 10:00 A.M. ‑ 12:00 & (*)
1:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M. ‑ 5:00 P.M.
(*) closed for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
Tuesday & Thursday
There is a proposal
to rebuild the rear of Runnymede Library during 2003 and it is presumed the
Library will not be operational for one year from the commencement of
construction. During that time Swansea may be used; however, a reliable source
indicates that Library staff is suggesting that patrons be directed to the
Annette and Royal York Libraries rather than increasing the use of the Swansea
Memorial Library. We will monitor this matter.
supporting the concept finds the proposal poorly drafted; it is our
understanding that council is trying to better draft the by-law based on the
concerns raised by SARA along with other groups. It appears Council has agreed
to a distancing provision requiring shelters to be a minimum distance apart.
Councillor David Miller has agreed that our concerns are reasonable.
We continue to
follow this matter.
OUR WEB SITE
website is http://www.swansearatepayers.ca
THE SAVANNAH REFUSES TO DIE
Municipal Board wrote to the solicitor for the property owner asking whether
the owner still wanted to have a by-law drafted as per the Board order or to
have the file closed. The owner has indicated that it wishes the by-law to be
amended as per the Board order and the City is presently drafting an amendment.
SARA has requested the City to keep it advised.
APPLICATIONS FOR PATIOS IN BLOOR WEST VILLAGE.
withdrew their application. There was a hearing before the Alcohol and Gaming
Commission to remove the conditions on the Dark Horse. SARA supported the area
residents in their concerns in regard to the application. It appears the City's
rules are more generous than those of
the Alcohol & Gaming Commission in regard to the size of the patio that
would be allowed.
again the villain appears to be the Urban Development Department that did not
recommend prohibiting patios on residential flankages several years ago and a
City which seem to be more interested in licensing fees and commercial
interests than ensuring our neighbourhoods are livable rather than exploited.
It appears the amalgamated City no longer strikes a balance between the two
As many of the
members in the south end of Swansea may be aware there is a proposal by
Georgian Homes to redevelop the plaza to include residential along with
commercial uses. It appears that the developer is now seeking to go above the
Swansea Part II clearly set out the criteria for the redevelopment of the Plaza
which included: a study of the such issues as parking, views and impact;
retention of the existing commercial density; and, that the total density for
the plaza must not exceed 2 times coverage. A careful examination of the Part
II Plan which interestingly enough "our purported" Urban Development
Department did not want to retain, shows the interrelationship of the Plaza to
the lands to the south and the north and east. The existing condominiums to the
west and north are limited to an O.P. density of 1.5; while the Southport
condominiums to the south are limited to 2 times, and an additional density of
.28 if the balconies were required to be enclosed. When REON sought to rezone
the Stelco site it retained the 2 times coverage. If you consider, the overall
effect there is a stepping down toward the lower density residential to the
north, west and east. [Ie. 2 times on southern condos, not to exceed 2 on the
plaza and 1.5 to the north and east] as you move toward the one times of the
low density residential areas. The industrial area of Ripley also has design
controls built in, to protect the low rise residential neighbourhood adjacent
allow the plaza to exceed two times would upset this balance. [Do you think
there was a game plan when "our purported" Urban Development
Department wanted to separate these policies throughout the new Official Plan?
We leave it for you to decide.]
Louis Gris &
John Meijer: Advisory Committee