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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Dear Community Member:

We are, once again, sending you this update in Lieu of a 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM).  There has been no activity of note on the Conservatory Group’s Quarry Lands in the past 12 months . We value your time and commitment and did not want to convene a meeting unless there was value in it for you and our cause.  We have decided not hold AGM at this time.

That said, we do continue to hold regular Board meetings and we are in regular contact with City staff and elected officials to ensure that the communities interests are represented.  No new issues regarding the Conservatory lands have come forth, but we must remain vigilant and be ready to oppose any towers on the Quarry lands at a moment’s notice. We will advise as necessary.

We would also like to post a final public farewell to long time community activist and CCQLD board member Ed Treadway who died recently.  Ed was one of the early voices for responsible development in West Scarborough and helped shape the Coalport Drive development in the 1970s. We were grateful when Ed offered to lend us his experience and counsel for several years as a member of the CCQLD board. He is missed.

We would also like to note the recent passing of another long time community activist. Maurice Weaver was one of the founders of  the Birch Cliff Concerned Citizens and regularly attended CCQLD AGMs until a few years ago.

The torch has been passed. We need new, younger blood to step up and speak out on behalf of their community.


Tim Weber

Monday, March 6, 2017

Dear CCQLD Members and Supporters

As President of the Concerned Citizens for Quarry Land Development, I would like to thank you for your continued support.  Our united opposition to the construction of high rise condominium towers in the eastern portion of the Quarry Lands remains as firm as ever, an example of what communities can achieve when they speak with one, firm voice. The land owned by mega developer GCD remains undisturbed. 
Our critics would like to paint us as anti-development, but in fact we have consistently advocated for ‘responsible community building’.  The construction of 25 story towers in a community which consists of single family dwellings and a scattering of low rise condominiums could not be considered responsible.
GCD has clearly signaled to us that it intends to ignore the wishes of the community and will at some point go ahead with construction of the condominium towers, with the approval of the Ontario Municipal Board.  Our job is to make their job as difficult as possible.  GCD’s timeline for construction is known only to them. The company has refused to negotiate a resolution to this issue and could at any moment, apply for a building permit. At that point, we will have to agree on a course of action and we will have to act quickly. Our political leaders are clear on what we expect and we will hold them accountable.  
Normally I would be writing to you at this time of the year to advise on the date and time of our Annual General Meeting. The CCQLD Board of Directors has decided to postpone our traditional spring AGM and reschedule in the fall.  The status of the GCD development remains unchanged since our last meeting, and we feel it does not make a great deal of sense to spend our limited funds on a meeting which would be little more than a restatement of last year’s discussion.
The Board will continue to monitor developments in the eastern portion of the Quarry Lands and will report to you as necessary. Thank you for your continued interest and support and vigilance on behalf of your community.

Tim Weber
President, CCQLD

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hello CCQLD members,

Here is just a quick update on what's happening with Quarry Lands right now. We received this notice from the city, which is really nothing new. This was expected to happen in preparation for the new development going in on the City owned lands.  Look for a letter to our members next month from our President.

Monday, March 21, 2016


 Hello Everyone.

  We have set the date for the Annual General Meeting of the Concerned Citizens for Quarry Land Development and we are urging all interested parties to attend.  Change is inevitable and how we manage that change as a community will affect our quality of life in the Upper Beaches and Birch Cliff for years to come. The threat from Gerrard Clonmore Developments and its plan to build a massive high rise condominium complex on the eastern portion of the Quarry Lands has not subsided, in fact we are hearing increasingly ominous sounds from both the company and our friends at the city of Toronto.
Come to the meeting and stand with your neighbours against this threat to our community. Councillor Gary Crawford will be there to answer questions and provide some clarity about where we are in the process and what we can do to keep the towers out of the Quarry Lands.
Please make plans to come out, ask questions, get involved and of course renew your membership, ($10.) on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30 pm at the Birch Cliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Road (Warden and Kingston Road).

Tim Weber
President CCQLD

Monday, November 23, 2015

Final Stages of Planning?

Dear CCQLD Members.
As you are aware, there was a meeting of Scarborough Community Council two months ago at which the Build Toronto Plan for the Quarry Lands was approved.  This plan is consistent with the meetings and discussions we have had with you over the past 18 months and there were no surprises.
On the eastern portion of the land however, nothing has changed.  GCD has OMB approval to build towers,  and perhaps especially disconcerting was a comment from a representative of GCD at that meeting. “We are in the Final Stages of Planning”. Does this mean that they will be applying for a building permit soon? Or is this just another dropped glove in the decades-old gamesmanship that has characterized the development process of the eastern Quarry Lands. GCD is keeping that answer to itself, but this is a timely reminder for CCQLD and the community that this threat remains real and present. Complacency may be our second biggest enemy in this fight. Stay tuned, stay involved and for our part, we promise to keep you informed.
Below, is a summary of that meeting and minutes of some of the discussion that took place.
Tim Weber
President CCQLD
Scarborough Community Council Item SC8.25 (Sept 8, 2015)
411 Victoria Park Ave.
Highlights of Council mting re above. 
William Bryck, Pres and CEO of Build Toronto, presented a plan that includes:
-         300 units - a mix of stacked townhouses and apartment units.
-         100,000 sq ft of commercial space
-         $1.2 million in annual property tax
-         Walking and bike paths, new streets, community park
Mr. Bryck talked about the amount of consultation with city, community, CCQLD....etc.  He felt this proposal meets with community approval.
Q: from Councillor: What about the issues around methane gas and other toxins? Has the city got a plan if any of the new home owners sue because of problems due to toxic waste?
A: No, but most of the problem is on GCD land.
Q: from Council: Will the extension of any streets cause issues for existing residents.
A: No
Q: from Council: The shape of the park is very narrow.  Could you move a block of units (Block 10) to another area to widen the top of the park?
A: Mr. Bryck went into the existing infrastructure problem and how the proposed layout is the best way to build on the property.
Next to speak:  A member of the community had a petition signed by some 560 residents. The gist of the petition was that we are losing valuable park land to yet another box store......local kids, families and dog owners use the park.  She understands some housing will go up but wants to keep more park.  She added that there is concerned about the stand of red oaks along the railway tracks.
Next to speak: Rod Hines, from Build, discussed all the consultation that Build went through...all the work that has gone into the plan....  Another member of his team addressed the question from council regarding the mix of housing. Of the 300 units, 30 are dedicated to Habitat for Humanity.  Of those 30, approx 6 would be 1-bedroom apts, 24 stacked townhouses of 2 or 3 bedrooms.  All would be priced to be affordable. A councillor asked what was considered affordable. Answer was $180 K for a 1-bd, $220K for 2-bd and $240 K for 3-bd. Rod said these prices would be above what is defined as affordable in other parts of the city.
Next to speak:  A representative from Davies Howe Partners (Law firm acting for GCD) speaking for John Alati.  GCD has the following concerns regarding the Build proposal.
1)    The current plan does not provide for appropriate buffering between the townhouse blocks located on the eastern portion of Build Toronto’s land and GCD’s 24-storey apartments adjacent to those blocks. He said the apartments will cast afternoon shadows on the proposed townhouses so for that and other reasons the town houses should be moved.
2)    The approved towers were planned so as to benefit from the land zoned as park next to the towers. He said GCD does not support moving the park to the currently proposed central location.
3)    Concerns that future signalized intersections at streets coming from the Build property will cause transportation conflicts because these traffic signals will be too close to the entrance to the towers.
The representative also stated that GCD is in the final stages of the planning process. He did not elaborate.
Q:  from Councillor Crawford: It`s kind of your client (GCD) to think of the shadow cast by their apartments. But has your client considered a lower building so as not to cast a shadow?
A:  Rep from Davies Howe: I can only speak for my client on the information I have.
Q: from Councillor Crawford: Would GCD would be willing to sit down with the City and the community to come up with a plan that is more in keeping with the present neighborhood?
A: Rep:  No response.
Councillor Crawford:   Thank you. That`s all
Q: from Councillor Crawford to Rod Hines:  Would you be willing to open a dialogue with GCD? 
A: Yes.
Final comments: Crawford praised Build and CCQLD, who have members attending today, for all their good work. Councillor De Baeremaeker stated he had come into the meeting with the intention of voting against Build`s proposal, but after Build`s presentation has changed his vote to support it.
Final vote by council:  plan approved unanimously.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Tuesday, August 18, 2015


You are invited to attend the public meeting to make your views know regarding the proposal.  A part of the enclosed proposal is a City-initiated Official Plan amendment to re-establish Blantyre Avenue north of Gerrard Street East as an additional new public street into the subject lands in future.  They (Build Toronto) also propose 2 new public streets in the Draft Plan of Subdivision including the easterly extension of Musgrave Street and a new north/south street from Gerrard Street East.

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