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Lawrence Park: Neighbourhood News

9 April 2017

Update on the City’s plans for Lawrence Park

We have been notified that the City's proposals under its Environmental Report will not be presented to the April 12th meeting of the Public Works Committee for consideration.

The LPRA continues to actively promote the interests of Lawrence Park residents regarding matters of traffic and pedestrian safety, basement flooding, and the preservation of the rural ambiance that is a defining characteristic of our neighbourhood.

We believe it is essential to accurately portray the opinions and views of residents directly impacted by City proposals. As such the LPRA has:

1) Completed a comprehensive survey of affected residents through a professional market research firm to determine prevailing opinion on pedestrian safety, basement flooding, road reconstruction, traffic safety measures and the preservation of Lawrence Park's signature tree canopy.

2) Completed a comprehensive study by am independent, certified arborist to determine the potential impact of City proposals on the local tree canopy.

3) Creation of a working group of the Traffic and Safety Committee to examine traffic calming measures in a co-ordinated way in order to propose a comprehensive overall traffic safety plan for our neighbourhood.

4) Undertaken detailed study of the basement flooding issue to determine its the extent of the problem and to examine causes and prospective solutions.

5) Made detailed submissions to Mayor John Tory, Councillor Jaye Robinson, and City staff regarding these public opinion surveys and related studies.

6) Initiated and supported local petitions which were submitted to the City.

7) Undertaken three extensive 'sign and ribbon' campaigns (one red, two yellow) to help raise neighbourhood awareness of the City's proposals and the extent of their impact on Lawrence Park.

8) Supported the efforts of local residents in having parking signage along Mildenhall changed to address the serious pedestrian and traffic safety issues caused by indiscriminate long-term parking by Sunnybrook Hospital visitors.

The LPRA's position continues to be:
  1. We support any work necessary to correct basement flooding issues;
  2. We support a 7.2-meter road with one sidewalk on Mildenhall; and
  3. We believe the opinions and views of residents directly impacted by City proposals, as have been conveyed to the City, should be respected and taken into consideration by City staff.
The survey conducted by FORUM Research revealed that 86% of Lawrence Park residents directly impacted by the City’s proposals approve of the LPRA’s position.

The LPRA believes that a comprehensive plan to reduce traffic volume and speed, introducing more traffic calming measures, four-way stops, appropriate parking regulation and enforcement as well as the downgrading of Mildenhall from a ‘collector road’ to a ‘local road’ (with one sidewalk) is the preferred approach to addressing pedestrian safety throughout our entire neighbourhood. The survey conducted by FORUM Research revealed that 75% of Lawrence Park residents directly impacted by the City’s proposals approve of this approach.


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 all 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 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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Please note that the opinions and activities in this newsletter are those of diverse groups of residents in Lawrence Park and are included as a service to our community. They do not always reflect the work of or views of the LPRA.
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