Just Published! City of Toronto Good Neighbour Guide

SERRA and other resident association volunteers have worked with the City of Toronto to help create a new reference guide for residents to use when they have questions about nearby infill (new home or renovation) construction projects in their neighbourhood. The Good Neighbour Guide will help answer many questions. Here are some examples of information … Read more

Transforming Mount Pleasant Village

In October 2016, the Toronto-based urban design landscape architect studio, Public Work, presented to the Mount Pleasant Village BIA a proposed Streetscape Master Plan: the BIA had called a public meeting to review the proposed plan. The plan presents a vision of Mount Pleasant Road from Eglinton to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, taking into account … Read more

Out of Control Development – Read the three part Toronto Star series!

Our concerns are being heard! Toronto Star City Hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro has written a 3-part series on out-of-control development in the Yonge-Eglinton area (and other neighbourhoods).  The proposed development at 18 Brownlow is prominent. OMB Reform | Toronto Star Feb 2017, articles: Part One: http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/contested-development/ Part Two: http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/planning-power-politics/ Part Three: http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/onward-upward/

Keeping Our Neighbourhood GREEN

SERRA has actively participated in 4 meetings and workshops this fall which will give direction to the preservation and formation of parks and green space in Davisville Village, an area of the city under great development stress. Parks and Public Realm Update In November Paul Farish, a Senior Planner of Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis … Read more

SERRA Provides Strong Support for FoNTRA’s Submission Calling for OMB Reform

In response to the province’s request for input on OMB reform, SERRA drafted and submitted a letter with our recommendations.    We believe that OMB reform should be based on the principle that municipal councils together with input from the local community should drive local planning decisions, not an unelected body that is not accountable to citizens. … Read more

Construction Initiatives

  Each year, SERRA residents and members are asked to fill in a survey at Annual General Meeting, and construction always appears near the top of the list of key concerns. Early in 2016, SERRA administered an electronic survey with our active members to help us to gather more information on the nature of the … Read more

Getting to Know the City of Toronto – Committee of Adjustment

The City of Toronto recently produced a short 8 page brochure that provides an excellent introduction to the Committee of Adjustment process. The brochure has been printed in a glossy fold-out format and is not yet available on-line. You may contact the councillor or visit the Committee of Adjustment to get a printed copy. SERRA has scanned … Read more

Getting Ready For Your First Committee of Adjustment Hearing

    The  SERRA region is experiencing rapid infill residential development and nearby neighbours may receive an invitation to participate in their first Committee of Adjustment hearing. Al Kivi, a member of the SERRA board has attended many Committee of Adjustment hearings and has assisted SERRA residents to prepare to participate in these hearings. In November 2016, … Read more

SERRA supports call for OMB Reform with a joint submission

SERRA is an active member of the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (see http://www.fontra.com). FoNTRA has drafted and submitted a briefing calling for OMB reform in response to the province’s request for input. Here are the highlights from the submission. FoNTRA’s submission is based on the principle that municipal councils should be responsible for … Read more