NLT strategic planning update

Neighbourhood Land Trust has been going through strategic planning sessions to identify, prioritize and strategize key areas of activities. Since CLT work is relatively new in Toronto, it has been a challenge to align key milestones and activities with an overall goal of developing a CLT in the Parkdale area. The strategic planning session identified four key areas – now … Read More

The Queen Street West Restaurant Study

The City Planning Division has been conducting a Queen Street West Restaurant Study for the Parkdale area between Dufferin St. and Roncesvalles Ave. The study aims to assess whether any additional zoning controls could be used to mitigate some negative impacts of the concentration of restaurants and bars in the area. The public consultation meeting is scheduled on April 29 (Monday) 2013 … Read More

The dawn of community engagement in local land use debate

The NLT made its debut! We had the table for the Parkdale BIA event, ‘Spring Into Parkdale’ and facilitated the participatory exercise. People were asked 1) to  pin a dot  for where and how long they live in Parkdale and 2) to place a post-it for where and what they would like to see more in Parkdale. Different colours of … Read More

NLT will be at Parkdale BIA’s ‘Spring into Parkdale’ event

Neighbourhood Land Trust – a community land trust in Parkdale – is going to have a table at Parkdale BIA’s ‘Spring into Parkdale‘ event. If you are interested in ‘community ownership of land’, democratic local management, or alternative land development,  please come out to find out more at the NLT table! We also have an exciting participatory exercise ready so … Read More

Planting the seeds of CLT in Toronto

On February 15th 2013, Parkdale’s community land trust, Neighbourhood Land Trust, was invited to a Community Land Trust Workshop at the University of Toronto, organized by Susannah Bunce from UofT and a collaborative researcher, Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz from Boston University. The workshop featured John Emmeus Davis, a CLT consultant from Burlington Associates, while convening practitioners, researchers, and students from various organizations in Toronto who are interested in the … Read More

Neighbourhood diversity: Implication for CLT governance

On January 10th 2013, we hosted a community presentation by a group of students from University of Toronto who conducted a research project to investigate experiences of other Community Land Trusts as well as innovative participatory planning practices from elsewhere. The central question the group tackled is, “how can we structure a CLT to foster democratic decision-making, embody equity and ensure involvement … Read More

Community Presentation on Democractic governance model for Parkdale’s CLT: January 10th

A Community Land Trust is an innovative model that establishes community ownership of land and local democratic control over that land for the benefit of local community. As Parkdale has faced a number of local challenges related to land and its use – declining affordability, food insecurity, lack of community space, and limited community control over neighbourhood change, Parkdale People’s … Read More

Map 5: North Parkdale’s use of land

A while ago, we presented how land is used in South Parkdale. This time is North Parkdale. How land is used in North Parkdale shows a very interesting contract to its South Parkdale. Unlike South Parkdale, property sizes are generally a lot smaller; land use is predominantly low-rise single house. This may not come as a surprise. What is interesting, however, … Read More

Restaurant Study – Parkdale Community Consultation Meeting

As most of you are aware, Interim Control By-Law to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansion for one year on Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Ave and Dufferin St (Parkdale BIA area) was introduced on October 26, 2012 (link to the city council page). (and also see Inside Toronto article on this topic). Over the past few years, Parkdale area has seen … Read More

The first step toward incorporation

In mid-October, the CLT working group organized an information session for potential members for the first ‘transitional’ board of directors of Parkdale Community Land Trust. A Community Land Trust is a membership-based organization, as it represents community diversity through members and board of directors elected by them. Currently, however, we are not there yet to base our organizational development on … Read More