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Welcome to my Councillor website for Ward 16, Don Valley East.


I want to thank the residents and voters for electing me to serve as your city Councillor at Toronto City Hall.  It is a great honour. One of our great strengths is our diverse community from Fenside in the north to Flemingdon and Victoria Village in the south and from Parkwoods and O'Connor Hills in the east to Don Mills in the west.


I encourage you to check out my website for updated information on issues and events in the ward. I encourage you to keep in touch and contact my office to serve you and your city needs.


I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon!


Community Office
Our new Ward 16 Community Office is now open!  

When I knocked on doors last fall one of the issues I heard from residents was the need for a local Ward 16 community office. Most other city Councillors have an office in their ward, but Ward 16 Don Valley East did not. I committed to residents that I would set up one in the ward, and I am pleased to inform you that the City has finalized a lease. Our community office is located at 895 Lawrence Ave East at the The Donway West (2nd floor near Pet Valu). It is in the middle of the ward, near the Shops at Don Mills and close to transit. There will also be parking available. This location will allow me to meet residents in the ward in an office setting, but I will still be available to meet in other places of your choosing in the ward.

We had an Open House on Friday July 14, 2023 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Watch my e-update and website for more details.

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Special Public Meeting & Open House - 825 Don Mills Rd

Open House


June 20, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meeting link

Special Public Meeting


July 11, 2024
starts at 9:30a.m.

Committee Room 1, City Hall and by Video Conference

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The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) and Provincial Growth Plan conformity exercise (MCR/Conformity Exercise) of the City of Toronto Official Plan. A copy of the current Official Plan can be viewed or downloaded from the City's website.


For more information, please click the flyer.

Community Consultation Meetings - Housing Action Plan


June 25, 2024

Starts at 6 PM

Meeting link


July 4, 2024

Starts at 10:30 AM

Meeting link

The HAP is a cornerstone of the City’s efforts to address current housing challenges. Adopted by City Council in December 2022, the HAP outlines a strong ‘made-in-Toronto’ multi-pronged approach to increase housing supply, housing choice and affordability for current and future residents.

To help accomplish these goals, the HAP directed City staff to find ways to accelerate the supply of housing by examining and remove policy barriers to new housing. Through the Avenues Policy Review, City Planning staff are looking at opportunities to:

  1. update the vision and policy direction for how Avenues will develop;

  2. extend and potentially introduce new Avenues;

  3. streamline study requirements for building new housing along Avenues; and

  4. consider opportunities to create areas of transition between Avenues and Neighbourhoods to enable more housing.

For more information about this and similar initiatives, please visit the project webpage.


Please also consider completing this short survey to share your thoughts on this initiative directly with staff and help inform the discussion during the upcoming meetings.

Community Environment Days


Aug 10, 2024

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fenside Arena

30 Slidell Crescent

#EnvironmentDaysTO are coming to our ward! Bring batteries and paint for safe disposal & unwanted household items for reuse and recycling. Pick up free compost foryour garden while supplies last. Find event details at:

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Development Updates

Due to rapid transit expansion and an ever-increasing demand for housing, Don Valley East is facing unprecedented levels of development. Developers continue to push for Applications that are too large for neighbourhoods. Our office will work with the community to encourage developers to modify their proposals to better suit the needs of local residents. For the most up-to-date status on an application please email our office at

895 Lawrence Avenue East 

The application is currently under review by The City.


Proposal for a mixed-use building comprised of two towers having heights of 17 and 22-storeys connected by a 6-storey podium, and containing 438 dwelling units. The proposed retail space gross floor area is 1472 square metres, and the proposed residential gross floor area is 38,949 square metres. Proposal provides 334 vehicular parking spaces, 449 bicycle parking spaces, and 2 loading spaces.

Related Applications.

Councillor Burnside’s in-person Open House and the City Community Consultation have both taken place.

  • 22 180913 NNY 16 OZ - Under Review

1-3 Concorde Gate/
10-12 Concorde Place

Date Submitted: 05/07/2021

Status: Approved by the Province, Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT)

175 Wynford Drive  

Approved by The Province.


Draft Plan of Subdivision application to facilitate the redevelopment of the site, including 3 residential tall buildings ranging from 55 to 65 storeys, a new public road and new public parkland of 1,799 sq.m. The total gross floor area is 181,332 sq.m, resulting in a density of 7.79 FSI and a total of 2,500 residential units. The linked rezoning file no. is 20 198704 NNY 16 OZ.


770 Don Mills Rd  

A HousingNOW site  – 1,254 residential units with approximately 418 affordable rental units. A new TDSB elementary school 997 square metre non-profit child care facility,1,065 square metre public park. Re-naturalization of the Don Valley Ravine. A mid-block connection between Science Centre Station and the public park – Two new public streets


789 – 793 Don Mills Rd (10 Ferrand)

OPA & Rezoning

Councillor Burnside's Open House and the City's Community Consultation are complete.

The Applicant appealed the application to The Province which is now the Approval Body.

Description: Proposed development consists of three (3) phases. Phase One is - privately Owned Publicly Accessible Open Space (POPS) with below grade parking in the existing conference centre. Phase Two - proposes two towers of 56 and 49 storeys (Buildings A and B, respectively) connected with a 4-11 storeys podium. Phase Three- proposes two towers of 45 and 22 storeys in height (Buildings C and D, respectively) connected by an 4 - 7 storey podium. Total proposed Residential GFA is 139,068 m2.


805 Don Mills Rd

A HousingNOW site – 840 residential units with approximately 277 affordable rental units, 1,020 square metre non-profit childcare facility, 992 square metre public park. A new public street and the realignment of an existing public right-of-way. Mid-block pedestrian connections between Eglinton Avenue East and the new public street. An improved public realm and streetscape in a mixed –income development adjacent to the new Eglinton Crosstown LRT Science Centre Station, a new City park and a child care facility.

825 Don Mills Rd

The 825 Don Mills site will not be included in the conversion request report at the July PHC meeting.

230 The Donway West

OPA & Rezoning 

Proposal for a 6 storey mixed use building with a 735 m2 intergrated church on the ground level, and 18,886m2 residential area. The proposal includes 271 residential units in total ( 5 townhouses, 266 condominiums) and 237 parking spaces. Sliver of the south side will be dedicated to the City for parkland to expand Duncairn Park

  • There will be a 0.4m road widening conveyance along
    The Donway West

  • The project will be registered as a Condominium Corporation and at this time, the Church is contemplated to be included
    as a part of the Condominium.

  • Low rise, single family detached homes are to the northwest of the site and resident concerns need to be addressed.

200 Gateway Blvd.  (Open House and Community Consultation Completed) 

The proposed development of a 47 storey residential tower with 8 townhouse units connected to its podium; a 12 storey residential building with 353.2 sq.m of accessory commercial uses at grade; and two townhouse blocks containing 10 residential units. The existing 17 storey apartment building will be retained.

The application is under review by City Planning.

155 St Dennis Dr.
Appealed to The Province

November 2023 Update: The Application was refused by North York Community Council and then refused by City Council.

The proposed development consists of four (4) residential towers ranging between 42 to 56 storeys in height, linked by a base building. The proposed development contains 2,170 residential units, 135,413 square metres of residential uses, and approximately 348 square metres of non-residential space. In addition, a total of 405 vehicle parking spaces and 2,397 bicycle parking spaces are proposed.

135 Fenelon Dr

April 2018 revised application for 10 storey building to the north, and 4 storey building to the south. 10 storey building would have 149 residential units (10,822 square metres GFA), and 88 square metres of commercial GFA. The four storey stand alone residential building to the south would consist of 60 residential units with a GFA of 4,643 square metres. Taking together with the existing 19 storey building which would remain, the entire site would consist of 427 rental units and a gross floor area of 37,528 square metres. The proposed density is 2.57 times the area of the lot.

The application is under review by City Planning.

48 Grenoble Dr

Application Type: Rezoning

Date Submitted: 25/03/2022

Status: Approved

Description: Rezoning application for proposed development includes 43- and 41-storey towers connected by a 6 storey podium, with on-site parkland dedication and a privately-owned publicly –accessible space. The towers and podium contain 993 residential units, comprised of 109 replacement rental units and 884 new residential units. Total GFA is 67,941 m², resulting in a density (FSI) of 10.1 times the area of the lot.

The Community Consultation meeting is complete and the application is still under review by City Planning.

123 Wynford Dr

Proposed two residential towers of 55 and 48 storeys with 1128 residential units. A portion of existing listed heritage building (Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre) will be preserved. A total of 78,659.75 square metres of residential GFA are proposed (FSI 6.48). 463 parking spaces are proposed.

The Open House and Community Consultation meeting are complete.

The development application and Heritage Designation have been appealed to The Province

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Approved by the Provincial Appeal Body, The Ontario Land Tribunal.

For further details please email my office.


For more information regarding demolition and replacement of private-market rental housing, click here.

To view past community consultation meetings, click here.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about these proposals or the Application process.

Click here to read updates on Major Streets, Locally Serving Retail & Services, Rear Transition Performance Standards, Multi-Tenant (Rooming) Houses(MTH), Major Transit Station Areas(MTSA) and Wynford-ConcordeFocused Area Study.


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