On the 17th of June 2022, The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) hosted a Community Supper at HQ (116 Industry Street) in collaboration with Councillor Frances Nunziata- York South Weston to discuss and give outcome-based, community-driven direction to the Mount Dennis Secondary Plan.
What is a Secondary Plan?
The City of Toronto has an Official Plan, a city planning document that acts as Toronto's road map for land use matters. It sets out the long-term vision, shared values, and policies that help guide decision-making on land development, economic growth, the environment, and more.
A Secondary Plan is a complementary document to the Official Plan. Essentially, the Secondary Plan speaks to how the City of Toronto will address the unique planning needs of each community.
The Mount Dennis community has consistently and enthusiastically expressed, "Yes, in my neighbourhood!" whereas the proposed Picture Mount Dennis Secondary Plan seemed to lack that crucial sentiment and focus. The Community Supper event's purpose was simple—allow organizations and residents to work with The City of Toronto divisions in developing a "Mount Dennis for All Action Plan," which aims to complement and support the City of Toronto's Planning of the Picture Mount Dennis Secondary Plan.
What did the Mount Dennis Community residents say they wanted?
- A community that is affordable to live, work, shop and play in
- A measurable method and process of accountability
- An equitable economic growth plan, particularly for historically excluded equity groups
- A pre-designed form used for future MD development(s) that highlights both environmentally and ecologically sustainable community growth or buildings
Outstanding Local Attendance and Participation!
227 residents were in attendance to support Councillor Nunziata's motions to direct the City of Toronto’s Planning and other City divisions.
- Maintain and improve existing non-profit, co-operative, affordable rental, and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) homes (https://www.torontohousing.ca/).
- Increase the number of units and access to the community’s permanent, affordable and geared-to-income rental housing develop opportunities that offer improved access to pursue homeownership through initiatives like the Black North Initiative. (https://blacknorth.ca/)
- Maximize efforts to predict and prevent the displacement of residents resulting from economic and renovation (renovictions) provoked evictions.
- Intentionally amplify social and economic equity outcomes through measures to protect and increase Black-owned businesses and infrastructure.
- Achieve defined and measurable positive economic and social outcomes for residents, particularly for Black and Indigenous youth.
- Identify actions to protect and improve the natural and built environment, and public places.
- Enhance the City’s support to Mount Dennis community organizations to support and deliver the “Community for All Action Plan”.