Councillor Robinson’s March 2016 Update

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Spring has arrived in Toronto – and with it, the culmination of a number of initiatives I’ve been working toward, based on your feedback, since I was first elected.

Most significantly, City Council recently approved the final report on the implementation of a Local Appeal Body (LAB) in Toronto, which I championed in the last term. The LAB will be an independent decision-making body that will replace the OMB in hearing appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions on minor variance and consent applications – it’s expected to be up and running in early fall 2016.

Last term, I also moved several motions to improve how the city deals with problem residential infill construction sites, and I’m happy to share that staff have designed a comprehensive, interdivisional strategy that aims to improve communication with residents, foster good construction practices and respond to complaints more efficiently and effectively.

In my capacity as Chair of Public Works & Infrastructure, the arrival of warmer weather also signals a new season of construction and maintenance work to improve the city’s aging infrastructure. Since 2008, Toronto has embarked on an improved system of capital coordination to better streamline and synchronize construction projects in order to improve efficiency and reduce disruption for residents. 

For Ward 25ers, I’ve consistently pushed city staff to address our problem roads, and I’m pleased to provide a comprehensive list of the city’s upcoming construction activities to improve our neighbourhood’s infrastructure.

I’ve also been working to beautify our local parks and am happy to share the exciting new improvements that are coming to Lawrence Park, Lord Seaton Park and Mossgrove Park, among others!

On May 28, I’ll be holding my annual Community Environment Day at York Mills Collegiate – it’s a great opportunity to clean out forgotten items during your spring cleaning routine as well as used electronics and household hazardous waste. Be sure to save the date

Keep reading to learn more about exciting spring events in Ward 25 and for the latest updates on ongoing development applications.  

As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. Just send me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or give me a call at (416) 395-6408.

I look forward to hearing from you!