What Will We Be Thinking About in 2019?

A belated Happy New Year to our residents and members. It was a busy 2018 and hundreds of you each month, have visited our website and shown your support. We thank you.

As 2019 gets underway, we’ll be thinking ahead to ongoing governance and our Annual General Meeting in May. We are looking to fill three vacancies on our board so if you are interested, we’d love to hear from you. The BWVRA represents all residents who live within the boundaries of Bloor Street to the south, the Humber River to the west, Humberview Road and Annette Street to the north and Quebec Avenue to the east.

We are a non-profit corporation created to engage residents, businesses and other interested community members on issues specific to Bloor West Village and also on special concerns affecting neighbouring areas and/or all of Toronto. We provide a liaison with, and seek support from, all levels of government, municipal, provincial & federal, on issues that concern our community. We participate, through the most effective means possible, in new development planning. We are strong promoters of both a safe & healthy neighbourhood environment and the quality of life that reflects the unique character of our local community.

Becoming involved with our Association will offer you a broad perspective on civic and local issues and provides a wonderful way for you to give back to your community! This opportunity will particularly appeal to those who would like to both represent the community they live in and, ideally, have some prior experience in communications, membership or accounting.

To submit your expression of interest, or to request any additional information, please contact: Jamie Isbister, Chair BWVRA at jdisbister@gmail.com.

Secondly, we’ll be also thinking of our membership, with the goal to grow our base of Bloor West residents. There’s value in being connected to your neighbourhood through an association like ours and if you agree, click here to learn how to sign up.

Thirdly, we continue to have our eye on the Humber Theatre development. In our last update, the community was informed that the City and BWVRA and SARA (Swansea Area Ratepayer’s Association) had no further objections to developer’s most recent proposal. However the two remaining Parties, Arbour Memorial and Dennis Maslo (adjacent owner on Humbercrest Trail) continue to have unresolved objections to the proposal. Their issues relate largely to private property rights and are not of concern to BWVRA. As the only path forward to a conclusion, a Contested Hearing has been scheduled for April 23 to 26, 2019.

As previously noted, that hearing will deal specifically with the objections of the two remaining Parties. However, There was considerable uncertainty and debate about whether or not those matters are even admissible for adjudication at a hearing and there has been no update as to whether or not a Contested Hearing will take place as scheduled. Participants from the community will still have an opportunity to express their personal opinions. Participants are once again reminded that regardless of what the situation is by April 23, those who initially registered to speak at the time of the very first Pre-hearing Conference in September 2017 may also attend and present their personal views on the proposal. Other members of the public may also register to speak by contacting the LPAT Case Coordinator. However, in order to speak at the hearing, ALL Participants are required to submit their written Participant Statements by February 1, 2019 to:

Tamara Zwarycz,
Case Coordinator LPAT Case PL170556
416 326-6790

In the mean time, our new Councillor Gord Perks has been be briefed on our remaining concerns related to traffic and the re-design of the corner at Bloor Street and Riverview Gardens. We will then be relying on our Councillor’s office to keep our community informed on how City staff and the developer are resolving the numerous anticipated traffic impacts of the proposed development. In addition, we will be expecting Staff to follow through on Council’s direction to consult with the community on an appropriate re-design of the afore-mentioned street corner.