Below is a cut-and-paste of the online "Participant Workbook", a digital version of a hard copy version provided to participants at "Port Lands and South of Eastern" Public Meeting #1:
Port Lands and South of Eastern
November 28, 2013 Public Meeting
Riverdale Collegate 1094 Gerrard Street East
Below the the cut-and-paste are my submissions which were originally written in under each numbered Question in the online Workbook.City of Toronto Planning - WaterFront Toronto - Toronto and Region Conservation
Online Participant Workbook: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/Port-Lands-and-South-of-Eastern/
Hardcopies are available via Ward 30: Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher's web site here: http://paulafletcher.ca/discover-ward-30/community-planning/#portlands
Port Lands and South of Eastern
(typo's were corrected - street address redacted - email robot-protected)
1. What do you see as the two or three key issues and/or opportunities that need to be addressed in the Port Lands Planning Framework?CONNECTING THE PORT LANDS TO THE CITY - Connecting neighbourhoods with sustainable transportation models.
Leslie has been cut off from the Waterfront by three Box Store developments that rely on car traffic as part of their business model. These create high volumes of car traffic on a narrow street that prevent separated cycling infrastructure where it is needed because of (ironically) the volume of traffic.
The TTC Leslie Barns project extends these peak hours congestion.
The new Cement Plant at the East end of the shipping channel also adds to automobile traffic congestion by adding dangerous noisy heavy trucks to the mix.
These barrier conditions call for new roadways across the Grand Boulevard at Pape, Carlaw and Logan. This three-street area should be considered a Complete Streets corridor - with separate for pedestrians / separate of cyclists, fly-over bridges across the Shipping Channel. The new streets should accommodate a mass public transit corridor as well.
A place that through Complete Streets in neighbourhoods West, North and East of it, will connect the city to the Great Lake Ontario; a corner stone towards creating a liveable city - that would become a show-case for the Complete Streets transportation visioning for the entire Greater Toronto-Hamilton Region - and the world.
2. What types of land uses and/or character would you like the different areas in the Port Lands to have?Lower Don Lands:
Mix of residential and commercial - service industries and knowledge work. Park Lands along the existing dock to expand park area around a naturalized Don River. Suggestion: Design around recreational fishing as an existing form.
Film Studio District:
Design Towards Biggest Film Studio in North America - big indoor Spaces and Sound Stages and ancillary businesses. Surround with Art, Design and Information Technology Schools and Colleges.
Mixed residential / commercial area with Complete Streets that connect neighbourhoods to the Lake. Suggestion: Use Community Gardens as an existing form fdesigh parameter.
South of the Ship Channel:
Mixed Residential/Commercial with an accent on connectivity to the Waterfront - especially recreational cycling.
Existing forms: Urban Wilderness, Tommy Thompson Park (TTP); the Yacht Club; various recreational cycling forms; Martin Goodman Trail. Community Gardens.
Tommy Thompson Park users are 50% cyclists now (2012 data - TRCA. Road cyclists are currently using the Urban Wilderness to train on during the week - towards this subcultures' long, weekend, Group Road Rides. (See "Beaches Cycling Club" ... and many other such road-cycling clubs - a vast much-unknown subcultural reality.)
Add a Separated Cycling Training Track now (as TRCA doesn't want road cyclists training on the Park due to the sensitive habitat and trail user conflicts). Visioning a circuit the length of the Port Lands, separated by layers in depth, of staggered hedges. :)
Use the reality of this road biking, training infrastructure as an existing form in later phases.
[N.B. - I am on the TTP-User Group as a Cycling Representative; and a Cycle Toronto Ward 30 Captain; a commute cyclist, not a group road cyclist - done much research and outreach on this issue.]
3. Do the draft objectives reflect how you see the Port Lands developing? Provide us with your ideas and suggestions on how to improve these objectives.[see Answer 1. and 2.]
4. Are there specific improvements that you would like to see in the South of Eastern area? Are there areas that you think need special attention?Coming up with employment business models that do not rely on the car transportation model is key to creating and maintaining good connections between the city and the waterfront.
5. What types of businesses and economic activity would you like the City to promote in the South of Eastern area?Business models that do not rely on the car transportation model. See Answer 2. subheadings for each area.
6. Do you think these problems and opportunities reflect the issues that need to be addressed in the Port Lands and South of Eastern area from a transportation and servicing perspective? Are there other problems and opportunities that should be considered?Perhaps canal transportation! (Venice, Rotterdam...) Extend the water channel North and South from the shipping channel! Fascinating. Could redefine the entire vision.
OPTIONAL: Please PRINT name, address, and email:Michael Holloway
Toronto Ontario M4M 2Z8
Writing on this a lot, at Ward 30 Bikes BLOG: http://ward30bikes.blogspot.ca/
Submitted by Michael Holloway - December 12, 2013 at 1:33am