Newsletter 18 September 2015

Lawrence Park: Neighbourhood News

18 September 2015



The notice for the Community Consultation Meeting in respect of the proposed redevelopment of three single-family homes at 84 Weybourne Crescent and 49 and 51 Lawrence Avenue East, has now been received (see below). The applicant is proposing to amend the Official Plan and zoning bylaw to accommodate a 22 unit apartment building set parallel to Lawrence Avenue with an underground parking garage with 22 spots exiting onto Weybourne Crescent.
The City report is available at the following link ( LPRA opposes this rezoning and encourages residents to attend. As there are no developments of this scale or format on Lawrence Avenue east of Yonge, and this is the first attempt we have seen of a developer attempting to build a multi-family unit on a side street in the neighbourhood (off of Lawrence Avenue), any residents wishing to protect against similar developments in the future are encouraged to attend.

Please come to the meeting on September 28th at 7:00pm in the cafeteria at Toronto French School (306 Lawrence Avenue East). This is a critical opportunity to make your view heard on this matter!

Additionally, a fund is being raised to assist with the costs. If you have not already done so, please consider making a meaningful contribution to the preservation of Lawrence Park by donating to the LP Community Preservation Initiative. Funds are being collected (cheque or e-transfer) by Margo Webb, Treasurer LPCPI, 77 Weybourne Crescent, Toronto, ON M4N 2R6. Margo can be reached at

Thank you all for your commitment to our neighbourhood!


And as a complete counter point to the development pressures going on in our neighbourhood...  our neighbourhood history buffs found the following historic Lawrence Park Estates poster available for print.
A lovely reminder of the original vision for our neighbourhood (and a fun gift!).

October 16, 17, 18

The Lawrence Park Art Show is taking place at Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Avenue on October 16, 17, 18 (see website for gallery hours).Over 35 Canadian artists will fill the halls with art of all kinds. With artists like Michael Zarowsky, Marsha Strycharz, Ryan Tacay, Andrew Benyei, and many more, there is something for every taste.

Opening night is Friday, October 16 and includes a wine and cheese reception and a first look at the art. Tickets are $30 dollars and are available on site and online at If you miss the Friday night come in on Saturday or Sunday. Admission is $5 and re-entry is free!

All proceeds from the event will go to Lawrence Park Community Church and its outreach programs including Out of the Cold, New Circles, and Camp Scugog.


The North York Panel of the Committee of Adjustment reviews applications for minor variances for construction in our neighbourhood. This panel meets every two weeks, usually on a Thursday.The Development Committee of the LPRA is available to help you understand this process if you are interested in construction on your property or have questions about proposed development in the neighbourhood. Our Guiding Principles and Tips for Residents are on the LPRA website or you can email with questions.


Residents of Lawrence Park are served by the LPRA whose mandate includes:
  • To consider and promote all matters regarding the collective welfare of Lawrence Park and its preservation as a residential park area;
  • To consider, recommend and promote legislative and other measures that may be deemed wise and expedient to the intent of the community;
  • Generally, to promote good government in the City of Toronto and adjacent areas particularly as it relates to the community;
  • To promote a strong sense of community amongst our residents and families and provide a voice that represents the interests of residents;
  • To regularly seek input and direction from LP residents to shape the LPRA mandate and collaborate with other relevant associations and organizations.
The work of the LPRA (including, importantly, contributing when financially able to the cost of planners and legal counsel in respect of development) is supported by contributions from our residents. To become a supporting member, please click here and pay via PayPal or print off and send in a membership form. (If you are not sure of your membership status, email us at and we will check for you.)
Thank you for the support!

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