Residents fight backyard homes plan

Neighbourhood groups object to Toronto’s one-size-fits-all approach to allowing green suites. The Toronto Star reports that an alliance of seven residents associations in Toronto is appealing a new bylaw that would allow backyard homes to be built on residential properties – move affordable housing advocates with delay the creation of needed housing. Christine Mercado, a … Read more

Ontario Government releases Housing Affordability Report with Mixed Reviews

The Ontario government recently released the Housing Affordability Task Force report that makes 55 recommendations aimed at reining in home prices by dramatically boosting the supply of housing. The report was released publicly on February 8, 2022, less than two months after Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark appointed the task … Read more

EHON Update – FoNTRA expresses concerns to Planning & Housing Committee

FoNTRA recently wrote a letter to the Chair of the Planning & Housing Committee expressing concerns about the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods program. In the Letter, FoNTRA supports the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) program in principle. However, neighbourhoods across the City have different characteristics that must be taken into consideration in expanding building … Read more

Regent Theatre has been sold to TerraBruce

The Regent movie theatre has been sold, but the people who bought it are planning on turning it into something totally new that will hopefully benefit the community. The Regent Theatre was originally built in 1927 and was once known as the Belsize, and has now been purchased by Terra Bruce Productions. Based in St. John’s … Read more

EHON Update … City Council expands permissions

On February 2, 2022 , Toronto City Council expanded permissions to build garden suites on residential properties. Through new policies and zoning requirements, garden suites will be permitted in most of the city’s residential zones. The garden suites project is one of many initiatives under Toronto’s Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) program, which is designed to facilitate … Read more

45, 57-93 Balliol Street – Zoning By-Law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition Applications (TE31.36)

The South Eglinton Davisville Residents’ Association (SEDRA) welcomes the Preliminary Report as prepared by City Planning, and is strongly in support of the comments raised in the report. Specifically: The proposed height of the tower and base building in relation to the existing and planned built form context of the area including massing, transition and … Read more

Will hunt for affordable homes destroy single family living?

Geoff Kettel, co-chair of the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (FONTRA) has distributed a video and other data in advance of a City Council meeting on February 2 to address the introduction into Toronto of so-called Garden Suites. These are homes built in the backyards of single-family homes in neighbourhoods that would otherwise be protected from … Read more

Check out FoNTRA’s new website

There are many diverse federations and coalitions in the City of Toronto that are focussed on matters related to City planning. The Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (FoNTRA) is the most active and effective of these groups. SERRA is an active member of this federation and several of our Board members sit on FoNTRA’s … Read more

Winter Riding Tips from CycleTO

Some of our local residents are planning to ride their bicycles throughout the winter. If you are one of these hearty residents, please follow the tips provided by the experts at CycleTO. Colder temperatures and darker days are no reason to put away your bike for the season. While it can be a little more … Read more