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The Ontario Line - Neighbourhood Updates - East - Joint Corridor Design Excellence Working Group

Metrolinx has established a design working group that includes local community members and organizations, elected officials and project team members to discuss the future retaining and noise walls, landscape design, and vegetation plans along the joint rail corridor. We will continue to provide materials from these working group sessions below.

April 4, 2022 Meeting

Audio recording (52.3MB | MP3) →

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Schedule Update
  • TOR
    • Jury
    • Shortlist Qualifications
    • Industry Engagement/ Outreach to Firms
  • Station Renderings
  • Next Steps
    • Design Brief

Key Documents

Presentation Document (15.6MB | PDF) → 

March 21, 2022 Meeting

Audio Recording

Audio recording (98.7MB | MP3) →

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Terms of Reference Elements
  • Definition of Areas
  • Next Steps 

Key Documents

Presentation Document (15.6MB | PDF) → 
LSE CAC Presentation (6.9MB | PDF) →  

March 7, 2022 Meeting

Audio Recording

Audio recording (98.7MB | MP3) →

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • CAC Presentation 
  • Workback Schedule 
  • Bridge Cross Sections 
  • Noise/ Retaining Wall Heights
  • Next Steps 
    • Future Meetings 
    • City Presentation – Park Impacts and Opportunities
    • Noise Study (If Requested) 

Key Documents

Presentation Document (15.6MB | PDF) → 
Meeting Summary (162KB | PDF) → 

February 28, 2022 Meeting

Audio Recording

Audio recording (71.9MB | MP3) →

Agenda

  • Introduction
  • Noise Barrier Analysis 
  • Bridge Parameters
  • Working Group Workback Schedule
  • City Presentation – Park Impacts and Opportunities 
  • Next Steps

Key Documents

Presentation Document (4.9MB | PDF) → 
Meeting Summary (154KB | PDF) → 
 

February 16, 2022 Meeting

Audio Recording

Audio recording (98.7MB | MP3) →

Agenda

  • Introduction/Land Acknowledgement/Safety Moment
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Engineering Parameters and Constraints
  • City of Toronto Transit Design Guidelines
  • Defining Areas for Input
  • Next Steps

Key Documents

Presentation Document (15.6MB | PDF) → 
Meeting Summary (94KB | PDF) → 

February 7, 2022 Meeting

Audio Recording

Audio recording (108.8MB | MP3) →

Agenda

  • Introduction/Land Acknowledgement/Safety Moment
  • Elected Official Comments
  • Community Presentation
  • Engagement Approach
  • Discussion
  • Next Steps

Key Documents

Presentation Document (250KB | PDF) → 
Meeting Summary (128KB | PDF) → 
LSE CAC Presentation Part I (264KB | PDF) →  
LSE CAC Presentation Part II (3.8KB | PDF) → 

January 31, 2022 Meeting

Audio Recording

Audio recording (143.8MB| MP3) →

Agenda

  • Introduction/Land Acknowledgement/Safety Moment
  • What We Heard
  • CAC Presentation
  • Meeting Purpose and Objectives
    • Iterative Working Group Sessions
    • Timelines and Working Group Feedback
    • Engagement Methods and Tools
  • Discussion/Next Steps
     

Key Documents

Presentation Document (278KB | PDF) → 

This image contains the following text from the discussion at the January 31 session of the Ontario Line’s Joint Corridor Design Excellence Working Group: Question 1: Working Group Process: How does this working group want to engage? Agendas are mutually agreed upon. Ensures that these specific stakeholders are represented: TDSB, Fontbonne Ministries, Ray McCleary/Woodgreen and Francis Beavis Towers. Transparent process and meetings: All meetings are recorded and posted online promptly – along with the discussion plans and a method for capturing community comments/ Responds and integrates community feedback. Manages a process where neighbourhoods can review-discuss plans in their areas before finalizing them. Topics: Construction impacts (not just design); keeping things open and promoting the area through the process. Noise mitigation is a key topic. Note: Confusion about current retaining and noise wall heights. Other partnerships: BIAs and their membership along the corridor. What is doable? Finance, engineering, etc. constraints matter and need to be clear. Walkthrough: Identify which design elements could be focal points, areas for investment. Difficult to define design piece virtually. In person form will be more productive. Concepts: High level to being with. 1. Define design concept. 2. Define design areas. Output: Design guidelines against which proposals can be judged. Goal: This design is world-class. People come to see this; we can be proud of it. Action items: Will put plan for process on paper and get City approval for timeline. Will come back to working group afterward. Other action items: Follow up with Mark on sharing recordings and mural information (i.e. newsletter). Post this online. All input shared with Community Advisory Committee (or CAC for short).
This image contains the following text from the discussion at the January 31 session of the Ontario Line’s Joint Corridor Design Excellence Working Group: Question 2: The Broader Community: What tools should we use to reach the broader community? Are there topics for which broader input is essentially important? Go beyond digital – leverage street level office and other in person opportunities. Diversity of community isn’t reflected here; effort to capture it in broader community outreach needs to be a priority. Opportunities available around the clock; not just online. Chinese community in particular. Persons on the street interviews – intercept surveys. Engage community at large before the plan is finalized. Important: to the broader community before it’s finalized. In person process suggestion: walking around streets with clipboards – people will come out and talk to you. What do you like about living here? What’s important to you? Tools: billboards – ideas out, write your comments; reach high-rises. Key locations: Two shopping centres (No Frills); square with local pop-ups already; Queen Street, Logan and Broadview; Jimmy Simpson Park Center on Queen Street near station, library. Evening is difficult for businesses and so they haven’t been able to participate yet. Door-to-door to them is a better option for this group. Bridges to art program: city has concepts then takes them out. We need to understand the budget. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver. Be clear about specifications and requirements.
This image contains the following text from the discussion at the January 31 session of the Ontario Line’s Joint Corridor Design Excellence Working Group: Question 3: Who else needs to be involved? Beyond the working group and the broader community. Chinese community. Low income residential population. BIAs and local businesses (separate forum). South Riverdale Community Health Centre. Ralph Thornton and Jimmy Simpson (city for point of contact). Leslieville Historical Society. First Nations.
This image contains the following text from the discussion at the January 31 session of the Ontario Line’s Joint Corridor Design Excellence Working Group: Topics for future meetings. Impacts on City trees – provide a map of impacts. Ensure functioning of parks – during and after construction. Retaining walls – current standards and examples of others with design excellence. Budget (and are there development dollars? Note: other location had a specific development agreement; not the same). Construction impacts and business outreach programs. Add stations and bridges to the vision for community design features. Walk-through of corridor. Add noise mitigation. Clarify noise and retaining wall heights. Station design – need to understand how they fit into the context of the community. What do stations look like? Hard to think about wall without knowing about stations. More detailed introductions of project team members – who are you, what do you do, how are you involved? Clarifications on CAC (stands for Community Advisory Committee) question document.

January 24, 2022 Meeting

Agenda

  • Introduction/Land Acknowledgement/Safety Moment
  • Design Review – Joint Corridor Design Excellence Working Group
  • Presentation
    • Joint Corridor procurement packages
    • Design Excellence at Metrolinx – precedent projects
    • Joint Corridor Design Principles, Process, and Proposals
    • Community survey results
      • Retaining walls, noise barriers, and landscape design proposals
      • Metrolinx Graffiti Management Strategies
  • Discussion/Next Steps
     

Key Documents

Terms of Reference (206KB | PDF) → 
Presentation Document (12.4MB | PDF) → 
Meeting Summary (124KB | PDF) → 

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