In advance of the Committee of Adjustment (CofA) hearing to deal with three zoning variances associated with 233 Carlton, a public information meeting has been scheduled by the project architects:

Date: Monday February 10, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Central Neighbourhood House 
349 Ontario St.

Here’s an information sheet, which provides more details about this session.

There are currently 3 zoning variances that need to be addressed: 

1. Density
They plan to turn the basement at 233 Carlton from a storage area to offices, which means the building will be able to accommodate more people than in its current configuration, so there is a density variance.

2. Parking
The required minimum number of parking spaces for the office use for this building is 2 spaces. The SSHA wants to do away with this requirement as the existing building sitting tight against
the property line and they want deliveries and garbage collection to happen in Doctor O Lane. So there is parking variance.

3. Rooftop Patio
The architects’ plans that were originally submitted to the C of A have since been revised, as they have added a roof top patio. This adds a third variance.

SSHA staff responsible for the building renovations have informed us that if there is an issue with getting approval for the density zoning variance, they will simply move ahead with the refurbishment of the above ground floors and address the basement at a later stage. In fact they already have plans to split the work into two tenders – one for the above ground floors and one for the basement. This level of forward planning seems to indicate concerns about the outcome of the C of A. They have also informed us that if there is an issue with the parking variance they will just forge ahead anyway and manage all deliveries and garbage removal from front of the building, on Carlton Street.

It’s important that any concerns residents may have related to these variances be voiced at this session and we encourage residents to attend to learn more and have their concerns registered. Residents can also submit letters to the C of A, stating any concerns they may have. These must be restricted to the three variances in question, which are the only items the C of A is allowed to adjudicate.

Here’s all the supporting documentation submitted by the architects in advance of the C of A hearing.

Find out more about the C of A process here.

Not able to make the event? Share your feedback with the City’s engagement consultants at


Frontage of 233 Carlton StreetThe CRA attended the Community Forum on  21 February at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre, along with several other local resident’s associations and many Cabbagetown residents.

We were wearing two hats that night, as both the CRA and as supporters of the Cabbagetown Coalition – a grassroots group of Cabbagetown residents, businesses and residents associations, focused on addressing safety and security concerns related to the proposed drop-in and respite centre at 233 Carlton Street.

We have worked closely with the Cabbagetown Coalition to pull together this comprehensive report on our findings at this session.

We also picked up several useful background documents and brochures related to Downtown East Action Plan, Respite Services and 233 Carlton itself. These can all be accessed via links in the report.

The City has promised to get back to residents with their own report on their findings at the Forum, which will hopefully also detail what they plan to do to address all the concerns raised by residents. When we get a copy of this report we will be sure share it on the CRA web site. 

If you were not able to attend and still wish to have your own voice heard directly, you can email the city’s engagement consultants for 233 Carlton Street  – Joy Connelly and Joe Mihevc, at  Please feel free to cc on such communications.

Winners of teh CRA holiday lights contest2019 marked the fifth year in a row that the CRA has run its popular Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest (#CabbagetownLights). It was, as always, a well supported, fun and successful festive event.

Once again, all the great photos that Cabbagetown residents submitted showed off our lovely neighbourhood in all its holiday finest. 

After all the votes were counted, one location was a clear winner, garnering over 44% of the total votes! Our congratulations to Brian Ettkin and Andrey Shukalyuk from Wellesley Street, seen here with the 2019 Holiday Lights competition organizer, James Davie. 

Here are the first, second and third placed homes:

2020 Holiday lights first place winner

First Place – WINNER – Wellesley Street


2020 Holiday Lights 2nd place winner

Second Place – Carlton Street

2020 Holiday Lights 3rd place winner

Third place Wellesley Street

Thanks to all our great neighbours that made the effort to embrace the Festive Season by decorating their front yards so beautifully, to all the folk that submitted photos for the competition and, last but not least, to all the residents that joined in the holiday spirit and voted for their favourites.


James Davie, CRA board memberJames Davie joined the board of the CRA in the Fall of 2019. He’s lived in Cabbagetown since 2014 with his partner Mark and their two children.  He runs a design firm, under his own name, out of his home on Sackville Street, just south of Carlton.

Best place in Cabbagetown for a bite to eat …
Qi Sushi, which is a cute little Japanese restaurant on Gerrard at the bottom of Sackville, if you don’t already know it. Their Maki rolls are HUGE!

Cabbagetown needs … Better and more regular sweeping of residential streets. It would be great if the city could come up with a better way to clear all the leaves in the spring.

Favourite block …  Carlton between Metcalfe & Sackville. I just love all the majestic mansion houses along this stretch.

Best public space –
Necropolis cemetery. It’s a calm and beautiful place to just wander and be alone with your thoughts.

Favourite store – Akasha Art Projects – it’s the place to go if you need really special and unique customized framing that focuses on your interior design and enhancing your art.

Cabbagetown pet peeve – Litter in people’s yards. C’mon guys, just clean up won’t you. It takes a so little effort!

Cabbagetown’s best kept secret – It’s a secret!

Best reason to join the Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) – It helps you stay abreast of what’s going on in your immediate hood and if you want to get involved you can feed your inner passion for community activism.


The Cabbagetown Residents Association is looking for new volunteer board members.  If you have a passion for the neighbourhood and wish to contribute to our community, we’d like to hear from you. 

Alternatively, please forward this to someone you think might be a good fit. Please contact us at for more information. 

F’Amelia, Cabbagetown’s cozy and sophisticated Italian eatery, on 12 Amelia Street, is hosting their second annual MINGLE WITH F’AMELIA Fundraiser on Monday January 20, 2020 to benefit the Winchester Public School. It’s a super fun night that provides opportunity for the community to come together in support of their local French Immersion school to enjoy some delicious pizza and aromatic wines. Todd Vestby and Tanya Grant generously donate the proceeds from ticket sales to Winchester PS, helping fund its art, music, sports and science programs.

Tickets cost $100 and include wine, beer, pizza and canapés. The evening starts at 6:30 and goes till 9 pm. Be prepared for fantastic door prizes and lots of mingling with Cabbagetown neighbours and friends . Charitable tax receipts will be provided for the full amount of the ticket cost.

Tickets can be purchased by RSVPing to Todd or Tanya at

The City circulated a flyer to Cabbagetown residents this week, containing details of a Community Forum, planned for January 21, at 5-8 pm. Location: Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster Avenue. In case you missed it coming through your mailbox, here’s a copy :

233 Community Forum Flyer

In the discussions with City consultants before the holidays, the CRA, along with local residents associations, the BIA and the CPA recommended that, first and foremost, any such meeting should focus on bringing residents up to speed on where things are at with this project, most specifically:

  • Sharing the details of the end to end engagement process – what’s happened so far, where it’s at now, what will happen next
  • Sharing their understanding of all the feedback they have received to date – especially residents’ concerns about safety and security
  • Explain what steps the City/SSHA plans to take to address all the concerns that have already been communicated to them.

The City has chosen to take a hybrid approach, more closely aligned with their existing community engagement playbook. Notwithstanding this, we strongly encourage you to attend this session, as it will provide a welcome forum for residents to:

  • Talk one on one with the City’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration Division and Women’s Resource Centre staff
  • Share your concerns and your ideas on community safety, service planning and community engagement

After the forum all the ideas and concerns raised by attendees will be compiled by the City to help inform the future of the service and will be shared back with the community.

Please share details of this event with interested friends and neighbours in Cabbagetown.

The City of Toronto’s enhanced Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw took effect on January 1 and is intended to improve the safety and accessibility of taxicabs, limousines and the vehicles of private transportation companies such as Uber, Lyft and Facedrive.

You can read all the details here 

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. The Holiday season has snuck up on us and it’s time for our FIFTH annual Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest!
In what has become a popular Festive Season tradition, Cabbagetowners get to see our neighbourhood’s houses in all of their illuminated glory and vote on which one they think is best. We get hundreds of votes for this popular contest, and look forward to you joining in the fun!

You can enter your own home or nominate one of your neighbours. And it’s so easy to do, with three ways to enter:
– Post a photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;
– Post a photo to our Facebook page timeline with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;
– or email us your photo at 
Please include the street name of the home in the photo so we can include the location on the voting website.

Your skillfully taken photos can be submitted anytime between now and and Friday, December 27. (Note: Photos will be identified on the voting site by the house’s street but no names or other personal identifying details will be published.)  
The voting website will go live on Friday, December 13 (So as to not give too much of an advantage to those who submit early!) However, don’t wait too long to enter! 

Here’s the all important link to the voting website.
The three photo submissions that have the most votes by the end of the day on December 27 will each win a trophy, a one-year membership to the Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA), and, of course, fully justified bragging rights! The winners also get to display a lawn sign marking their achievement. 

For the purpose of determining winners, if the same house is photographed more than once, total votes will be counted. Only one vote will be allowed per IP address; however, you can switch your vote anytime up until the deadline.

As always, by submitting a photo, you consent to that photo being reproduced on our voting website that will contain all of the submissions. 

Check out our gallery of photos from  last year’s submissions.

Cameras in Ward 13/Cabbagetown will be located at Prospect Street between Rose Avenue and Ontario Street and Spruce Street between Gifford Street and Nasmith Avenue

Check #CityofTO news release


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