Save the Todmorden Mills Wetland from dewatering!

The Todmorden Mills wetland will lose its groundwater if the city allows an underground parking lot now being planned for a new development. The project is 954–958 Broadview Avenue and 72 Chester Hill Road (Estonian House)

Please register (and speak up) at the City’s Public Consultation meeting set for Tuesday, May 18 7:00 pm.

Register here

See the information below which I received from Paula Davies, a fellow member of the Toronto Field Naturalists.

Here is the notice from Councillor Fletcher (below)

Very simply — the current development proposal from Diamond/Kilmer proposes 3 underground parking levels. The plans show the third level will intersect groundwater seepage which feeds water to the wetlands at Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve. They will pump the natural flowing seepage water up to a sewer on Broadview Avenue. This will dewater the wetlands in the Preserve and they may dry up somewhat or completely. Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve was designated an Environmentally Significant Area in 2017 in the Official Plan by Amendment 262 on Map 12. One of the main reasons for its designation is that there are substantial seepage points that support wetlands on the site, which supports some rare plants and provides habitat for wetland animals. Wetlands are important and rare in urban areas. Dr. Andrea Kirkwood, is a specialist in wetlands at Ontario Tech University. Here is her opinion about the value of wetlands: https://twitter.com/TheAgenda/status/1357454846979416070?s=20

If we are to keep this important community and regional amenity the site must not be dewatered. All current seepage at the site must be preserved.

Come to the virtual meeting and say you want to save the wetlands at Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve and that the third level of parking must go to protect this Environmentally Significant Area. Put the parking somewhere else maybe up on a higher level. Whatever it takes to keep the seep is what we want. You don’t have to actually speak if you are shy, you can enter your comments in the Chat box. If you cannot attend, send a quick note please to Councillor Fletcher and the planner (see link below). The more people who support this, the better chance we have. Nowadays, it’s democracy by social media opinions and crowd numbers, not based on science.

Go to this link to register: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/city-planning-consultations/ Go to the 5th page (at the bottom right) and click Register next to the item that says 954–958 Broadview Avenue. Then just fill in your information and at the end click on the word Done. You will get a message in your email that you are registered and how to connect on Tuesday evening at 7 PM.

954–958 Broadview Avenue and 72 Chester Hill Road (Estonian House) Planning Consultation

Tuesday May 18th from 7pm to 9pm

Dear Friends,

I hope you continue to stay safe and keep well. I want to let you know about the official community consultation by City Planning on the application for the redevelopment of 954–958 Broadview and 72 Chester Hill Road (Estonian House).

In February I hosted a virtual meeting with the neighbourhood about the application for the Estonian House which was on the agenda for the February 24th meeting of the Toronto East York Community Council

At that February meeting City Planning recommended an official community meeting be held on the application.

You can see the full report on the application here.

As you can see this proposal is for a residential building on Broadview with a height of 16 storeys consisting of 223 residential units and one retail unit. There is also a four storey addition that extends to the west portion of the site.

A portion of the most western edge of the site is proposed to be naturalized and conveyed to the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority.

The proposal also includes the retention, refurbishment and adaptive re-use of the heritage school which is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

I noticed from a number of emails after our February meeting that many residents are under the impression that the Estonian House is covered by the Broadview Avenue Planning Study (BAPS) and are upset that this application was allowed to go forward.

City Planning have accepted this application for review even though it doesn’t adhere to the Broadview Avenue Planning Study because the provincial LPAT (formerly the OMB) excluded the Estonian House site from the BAPS in 2018. The decision planning staff will have to make is what is acceptable for this property given that it isn’t covered by the BAPS.

I have asked planning staff to spend considerable time at this consultation meeting explaining this so everyone is on the same page.

Date: Tuesday May 18th, 2021
Time: 7:00pm and 9:00pm

Join by Phone:
Before the meeting: Submit your comments in advance by contacting the planner or the Councillors Office.

Call in Details: The call-in number and meeting number will be provided a minimum of two days in advance of the meeting date at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations

Participants by phone will be able to ask live questions during the meeting by dialing *3.

Join Online:
A link to be used for joining the meeting online will be provided a minimum of two days in advance of the meeting date at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations

For more information about how to join the meeting and how to participate visit Participate in City Virtual Engagement Events webpage.

An update report from City Planning can be found here.

If you are unable to participate in the meeting you can contact Seanna Kerr, the planner or the my office at councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca with your comments and questions.

City Planning Contact:

Seanna Kerr
Senior Planner
City Planning Division
Seanna.Kerr@toronto.ca
416–395–7053

You can see the formal City Planning Notice here.

I look forward to hearing from you on May 18th. Please share this notice with your neighbours.

Working for you,

Paula Fletcher
City Councillor
Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth

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