Survey says our biggest worry is about traffic

The April 15 deadline for responses to our resident survey has passed. With the huge development proposal for 939 Eglinton East in mind (and in the knowledge that Leaside in general has become a prime development target) the survey was organized to gather Leasiders’ opinions and comments on what we want for the future of our community.

The full results of the survey will be released shortly, but in the meanwhile I can give you a bit of a preview. There have been over 2,250 responses, a very high response rate.

What are residents’ greatest concerns about the highrise proposal for 939 Eglinton East?

Eighty-five percent of respondents say traffic increase and congestion. Sixty-seven percent also worry about the (lack of) capacity of local schools to accommodate the children who would be living in the new buildings.

Clearly, the vast majority of Leasiders are concerned about its potential impact on our sense of community. Many of you added long and thoughtful comments, which we appreciate very much.

As the survey’s preamble states, the Planning Act requires municipalities to consider residents’ opinions. Your participation has been extremely valuable. Thank you for your participation.

As an aside, 72 percent also report that it was articles in Leaside Life, in advance of the survey being distributed, which made them aware of the proposed development in the first place.

About Carol Burtin Fripp 138 Articles
Carol Burtin Fripp is Co-President of the Leaside Residents Association, and is Chair of the LRA's Traffic Committee. Over the years, she has served on numerous East York and City task forces. Now a retired television producer (TVO and CBC), she writes Leaside Life's monthly LRA column, and has created a daily international current affairs newsletter read from Newfoundland to New Zealand.