Toronto council supports making Park Lawn GO station a priority

News Nov 09, 2017 by David Nickle Etobicoke Guardian

Toronto council has identified a GO station at Park Lawn as a priority for a new regional express rail station, to service the already-congested Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood.

“People at Humber Bay Shores are screaming because they can't move – it's congested,” said local Etobicoke Lakeshore Coun. Mark Grimes, who brought forward the priority as a member's motion to the November meeting of council Thursday, Nov. 9.

The day before, Grimes had persuaded his colleagues to ask the city's chief planner not to approve any more development in the south Etobicoke neighbourhood, even as the city remains embroiled in an Ontario Municipal Board appeal of the 27-acre former Mr. Christie/Kraft land. 

At the Nov. 9 meeting, Grimes said that the station needs to come sooner than later, as the land there currently remains undeveloped.

He pointed out that the community has seen 30,000 more people moving in to the area over the past decade, and it remains woefully underserviced in terms of transportation.

Some councillors worried that the motion was a form of queue-jumping. Parkdale-High Park Coun. Gord Perks said it was inappropriate to bring the motion forward without accompanying studies from staff – although staff said that they had studied the location.

“I just want to caution all of you if you think you're helping transit planning by bringing 'me first' motions with no context and no analysis, you're not helping,” he said.

Fellow Parkdale-High Park Coun. Sarah Doucette backed Grimes, providing an amendment that made it clear that the Park Lawn station was to be a priority, not top priority.

“This is an opportunity because the land is here right now,” she said.

Mayor John Tory supported Grimes as well. 

“I don't think we should be discouraging councillors from doing what I think is their responsibility,” Tory said. “And it's irresponsible not to ask the province to do this. If we don't ask for something, we're certainly not going to get it.”

Toronto council supports making Park Lawn GO station a priority

News Nov 09, 2017 by David Nickle Etobicoke Guardian

Toronto council has identified a GO station at Park Lawn as a priority for a new regional express rail station, to service the already-congested Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood.

“People at Humber Bay Shores are screaming because they can't move – it's congested,” said local Etobicoke Lakeshore Coun. Mark Grimes, who brought forward the priority as a member's motion to the November meeting of council Thursday, Nov. 9.

The day before, Grimes had persuaded his colleagues to ask the city's chief planner not to approve any more development in the south Etobicoke neighbourhood, even as the city remains embroiled in an Ontario Municipal Board appeal of the 27-acre former Mr. Christie/Kraft land. 

At the Nov. 9 meeting, Grimes said that the station needs to come sooner than later, as the land there currently remains undeveloped.

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He pointed out that the community has seen 30,000 more people moving in to the area over the past decade, and it remains woefully underserviced in terms of transportation.

Some councillors worried that the motion was a form of queue-jumping. Parkdale-High Park Coun. Gord Perks said it was inappropriate to bring the motion forward without accompanying studies from staff – although staff said that they had studied the location.

“I just want to caution all of you if you think you're helping transit planning by bringing 'me first' motions with no context and no analysis, you're not helping,” he said.

Fellow Parkdale-High Park Coun. Sarah Doucette backed Grimes, providing an amendment that made it clear that the Park Lawn station was to be a priority, not top priority.

“This is an opportunity because the land is here right now,” she said.

Mayor John Tory supported Grimes as well. 

“I don't think we should be discouraging councillors from doing what I think is their responsibility,” Tory said. “And it's irresponsible not to ask the province to do this. If we don't ask for something, we're certainly not going to get it.”

Toronto council supports making Park Lawn GO station a priority

News Nov 09, 2017 by David Nickle Etobicoke Guardian

Toronto council has identified a GO station at Park Lawn as a priority for a new regional express rail station, to service the already-congested Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood.

“People at Humber Bay Shores are screaming because they can't move – it's congested,” said local Etobicoke Lakeshore Coun. Mark Grimes, who brought forward the priority as a member's motion to the November meeting of council Thursday, Nov. 9.

The day before, Grimes had persuaded his colleagues to ask the city's chief planner not to approve any more development in the south Etobicoke neighbourhood, even as the city remains embroiled in an Ontario Municipal Board appeal of the 27-acre former Mr. Christie/Kraft land. 

At the Nov. 9 meeting, Grimes said that the station needs to come sooner than later, as the land there currently remains undeveloped.

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He pointed out that the community has seen 30,000 more people moving in to the area over the past decade, and it remains woefully underserviced in terms of transportation.

Some councillors worried that the motion was a form of queue-jumping. Parkdale-High Park Coun. Gord Perks said it was inappropriate to bring the motion forward without accompanying studies from staff – although staff said that they had studied the location.

“I just want to caution all of you if you think you're helping transit planning by bringing 'me first' motions with no context and no analysis, you're not helping,” he said.

Fellow Parkdale-High Park Coun. Sarah Doucette backed Grimes, providing an amendment that made it clear that the Park Lawn station was to be a priority, not top priority.

“This is an opportunity because the land is here right now,” she said.

Mayor John Tory supported Grimes as well. 

“I don't think we should be discouraging councillors from doing what I think is their responsibility,” Tory said. “And it's irresponsible not to ask the province to do this. If we don't ask for something, we're certainly not going to get it.”