Welcome to Summerhill
The Summerhill Resident’s Association (SRA) is made up of owners/renters of residences in the area bounded by Yonge Street on the west, Woodlawn Avenue East on the north, Shaftesbury Avenue on the south and David A. Balfour park ravine on the east. Included in the area is Summerhill Avenue, Summerhill Gardens, Tacoma Avenue, Shaftesbury Place and Woodlawn Avenue East.
To be eligible to vote on matters brought forward at meetings throughout the year individuals must have paid their membership fees for the year. One membership grants one vote and multiple residents at single address may vote by taking out additional memberships. All registered owners of neighbourhood condominiums that have taken out bulk memberships are entitled to vote.
The association is served by a board of directors elected at an AGM each January. This year’s (2016) members of the Board of Directors, may be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to contact The President (Debbie Briggs) should you have a neighbourhood concern or question.
The board of directors provides community feedback to our city councilor, the committee of adjustment and the city planning department and often takes on a proactive role in expressing the neighbourhood's viewpoint on development issues. SRA is also a member of FONTRA (Federation of North Toronto Resident's Association) which provides feedback on issues that affect North Toronto specifically and all of Toronto generally.
SUMMERHILL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION 2016 PRIORITIES
1. Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation: The SRA is confident that the City will do its utmost in keeping the residents informed as the project proceeds, we have two major concerns at this time, following the staff presentation to the SRA-Board on February 9th, as follows:TREES: That every effort be made by the City and its contractors to ensure that no trees and their roots are damaged during the Reservoir Rehabilitation and that all trees removed or destroyed during the construction be properly replaced. The quality of the tree cover is an important neighbourhood attribute and no trees should be sacrificed simply to reduce project costs.
CONSTRUCTION ACCESS: That all trucks and heavy equipment access the construction site via Rosehill Avenue and not intrude into the residential neighbourhood. The community may be without the large David Balfour Park for 2 - 4 years and, therefore, the continued use of the "Little Park" acquires a heightened importance.
2. Rail Safety: Recognizing that Rail Safety is a federal jurisdiction, the SRA requests that the City collaborate with the federal MPs to ensure that Rail Safety is maintained at all levels, as follows: IMMEDIATELY: Rail corridor fence mending, track safety, traffic volume reduction, and independent railway speed monitoring by the City with periodic reports to the constituents.
LONG TERM: Rerouting of freight trains with hazardous loads to corridors with low population densities and use of the rail tracks for commuter rails, as contemplated in the Official Plan.
3. Ravine Restoration, Rehabilitation and Maintenance Strategy: The Ravine is seen as a top priority by the SRA Board. The City needs to move immediately on implementing its recently developed Ravine Strategy by working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and other stakeholders to dedicate funds for the restoration of the entire ravine system by starting this priority project for the year 2016, with a longer term restoration completed no later than four years later, in 2020. This includes repairing bridges and pedestrian paths which have been regularly destroyed by storm runoff.
4. Transit Service: While the long-term solution to the overcrowded Yonge subway line maybe the downtown relief line, there is an urgent need to provide some immediate (now) relief to the TTC along the Yonge corridor especially during the rush hours. Possibilities might include express buses starting at different points along Yonge Street and dedicating a lane to these buses during rush hours. The SRA is also interested in an early installation of handicap access at the Summerhill Subway Station.
5. Local Area Planning and the Official Plan: Adequate funds need to be allocated to the Planning Department so that its focus can shift to preparing local planning frameworks from its current preoccupation with reacting to individual development proposals. The SRA is concerned with the lack of clear planning controls and the frequency with which Official Plan policies are being amended on a site-by-site basis. City officials need to uphold Official Plan policies and, when necessary, also defend them at the OMB when appeals are being heard (e.g. 1429 Yonge Street).
6. TTC Property between Summerhill Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue: The SRA Board does not support the use of the land parcel between Summerhill Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue East owned by the TTC for a public parking lot. This TTC-parcel is on a long-term lease with 7 Jackes Avenue as an integral requirement of the 7 Jackes development, as approved by City Council and by the Ontario Municipal Board. Any deviation in use would require a re-zoning of 7 Jackes Avenue and, essentially, double its density.