City of Toronto (condo consultations) - The City of Toronto is holding a series of condo consultations focused on living in condos, specifically the types of issues that condo residents face and working on ideas to address them.

The consultations will engage condominium residents, condominium boards, businesses located in condominium buildings, property managers and City staff to discuss issues and concerns involving condominium living. Issues include, for example:
• access to green space, parks and dog parks
• recreational and community amenities
• parking (bicycle and visitor parking)
• childcare options in the neighbourhood.

Time for all meetings in these locations (listed below): 7pm - 9pm

Downtown: Tuesday, February 12, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. (Yonge and Bloor)

• Scarborough: Wednesday, February 20, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. (Ellesmere and McCowan)

Etobicoke: Thursday, February 21, All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. (Royal York and Bloor Street West)

North York: Wednesday, February 27, Congregation Darchei Noam, 864 Sheppard Ave. W. (Allen Road and Sheppard Avenue West)

More information on City site: www.toronto.ca/planning/condo_consultation.htm


IMPORTANT NOTE

The Condo Owners Association understands that these consultations are to identify concerns of Condo Owners and/or Residents. The City of Toronto is interested in developing ideas to address issues and to consider changes to the existing policies, regulations and guidelines for these issues. COA is concerned that the list as shown may only be touching the surface of concerns relating to Condo Owners and/or Corporations.

The City List is as follows:

• access to green space, parks and dog parks
• recreational and community amenities
• parking (bicycle and visitor parking)
• childcare options in the neighbourhood

While the City of Toronto has noted the above concerns, the Condo Owners Association recognizes deeper issues concerning Condo Owners, Residents and Condo Corporation

Some COA items of concern are as follows:

• better protection for existing condo buildings who are immediately affected by new development
• Restructuring of traffic plans relating to high density new construction resulting in major traffic jams
• Some format of liability and responsibility of claim requirements for New buildings who are affecting foundation walls of existing buildings (ie seismographs are not protective)
• Building permit requirements and structure recognizing condominium structure, declaration, by-laws etc. before permit approval

Condo Owners Association advocates to help Condo Owners since March 2010.

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COA recognizes the face of Toronto and many other Cities have changed dramatically. Toronto's Entertainment District is at the forefront with major traffic congestion, limited venues where can appreciate the heritage and neighbour surrounding venues..ie restaurants, clubs etc… limited parking and excessive traffic problems along Spadina Ave and Fort York. This area is transforming from an Entertainment to a central Toronto residential housing community. The infrastructure of this area has been compromised but is that what the area residents bargained for?

COA is happy to see the City of Toronto embarked on public meetings but we also believe that the City of Toronto needs to have a full grasp of the situation. The problem Ie… limited due diligence granting building permits to condo owners and not recognizing importance of compliance to condo declaration, existing building foundation walls being compromised by new construction without any enforcement of liability, errors and omissions insurance for the existing building during the excavation process. There is a definate disconnect between information processed from the City to the Condo Building – Condo Property Management Office and Board of Directors resulting in having the majority of Condo Owners left in the dark because the information is not getting to them. Changes to the Condo Act are absolutely necessary to ensure sustainability of these tall buildings to ensure strong condo lifestyle and value. The City is losing tax dollars because of decreased values in some condominiums because of large increases in maintenance fees. Surprisingly some condo buildings have not had any growth in value or some a decrease since 2002.

It is vitally important for the City of Toronto to work with the Condo Owners Association just as the Ministry of Consumer Services, Minister Margaret Best, Deputy Minister Giles Gherson, Several Mpp’s, Local business, news media and broadcasting and most of all as the Condo Owners continue to register with COA understanding that they need an Association to advocate on their behalf. Aside from these consultations where many Condo Owners may look at some surface issues, there a tremendous amount of deep routed problems in the mechanics of Municipal and Provincial Government which is where the changes will have the most positive affect for our Cities and Province.

COA endorses the Cities to create a better municipal structure for all Condo owners and condominiums on all levels. COA has their fingers on the pulse of the situation on all levels.

Other Points of Important Information - Municipal Level

BIA Master Plan - At this meeting, you will be able to hear about the BIA's Master Plan updates, ask questions and provide your feedback. http://torontoed.com/files/plans_reports/masterplan.pdf

METROLINX - The Big Move is Metrolinx’s plan to rebuild transportation in the Greater Toronto www.bigmove.ca/roundtable

CONDO ACT REFORM - PLEASE SEE CONDO ACT REVIEW FOR UPDATES

June 2012 - The McGuinty Government announces Ontario would take steps to modernize Condo Act. Click for "Building a Better Condo Act" for COA quote on Government News report (bottom page)

September 2012 - Public Information Sessions identified a huge disconnect between Condo operations and the Condo Act therefore not protecting Condo Owners. The rooms have been filled with disgruntled Condo Owners who believe they are at mercy to the Board, losing money on value and concerned about potential illegal acts. Building a Better Condo Act is vital for Condo Owners rights.

A Founder-President Linda Pinizzotto and Director Bob Coffey participate (by invitation from the Ministry of Consumer Services) as a Major Stakeholder in the full Review Process and have spoken at the Residents Review Panel. Our directive is to participate and provide the best recommendations for the protection of Condo Owners Rights.

better protection for existing condo buildings who are immediately affected by new development
• Restructuring of traffic plans relating to high density new construction resulting in major traffic jams