City of Toronto Regulates Short-term Rentals [SUMMARY]

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Toronto City Council has adopted recommendations to create a new bylaw for short-term rental regulations in the City of Toronto.

 

The new regulations will allow a property owner or tenant to participate as an operator (host) of a short-term rental in their principal residence, where they may share up to three bedrooms, or rent their entire residence on short-term durations but for no more than a total of 180 days a year. Short term rentals are rentals that are offered in periods of 28 consecutive days or less, and are typically facilitated through short-term rental companies (platforms) such as Airbnb.

 

“These regulations do the right thing in the right way. They strike a balance that embraces new technology and allows short-term rentals while protecting communities,” said Mayor John Tory. “I’m proud City Council has found a way to regulate short-term rentals in a way that will keep housing affordable.”

The new regulations will take effect June 1, 2018. City staff will create an online registration system for short-term rental operators and will meet with short-term rental platform companies to provide guidance on the new regulations.

 

Homeowners and tenants who wish to share their principal residence and become a short-term rental operator will be required to register with the City through a new online registration system for an annual fee of $50.

 

Short-term rental platform companies, such as Airbnb, will require a license from the City. The initial application fee will be $5,000 and an annual licensing fee based on $1 per night booked through the platform.

 

The City is taking steps to accommodate people’s desire to participate in home-sharing arrangements as both guests and hosts, while balancing the need to maintain rental housing stock and avoid commercialization of residential neighbourhoods.

 

City Council considered two staff reports today on this issue; a report from the Licensing and Standards Committee, LS23.1 Licensing and Registration Regulations for Short-Term Rentals, available at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.LS23.1

A report from the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee, PG24.8 Zoning By-law and Zoning By-law Amendments to Permit Short-term Rentals, available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PG24.8.

Each link includes the decision history and amendments passed by Council.

Air BnB and Secondary Suites

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Three Committees: Planning and Growth Committee, Municipal Licensing & Standards Committee and Executive Committee then to Toronto City Council on December 5th.

Please note everything to-date that is going on with regard to short term rentals:

 

Here are links to important reports:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PG24.8
http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.LS23.1

 

The minutes from Planning and Growth are here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PG24.8

 

Committee Recommendations
The Planning and Growth Management Committee recommends that:

1.  City Council amend Attachments 1 and 2 to the report (October 19, 2017) from the Acting Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to not allow Secondary Suites to be used as Short-term Rentals.

2.  City Council enact zoning by-law amendments substantially in accordance with Attachments 1 and 2, as amended by Recommendation 1 above, to the report (October 19, 2017) from the Acting chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

3.  City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to each zoning by-law amendment as may be required.

 

Executive Committee Agenda: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewPublishedReport.do?function=getAgendaReport&meetingId=11834

 

As seen in our December eNews

City of Toronto Snow Clearing / Snow Removal

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The City of Toronto is ready to tackle winter – both on city streets and beneath them – by managing snow and ice on city streets, and by responding to the effects of cold weather on the city’s watermains and water service pipes.

 

Cold weather and rapid swings between thaw and freezing temperatures can cause an increase in watermain breaks. Toronto Water staff are ready to respond to service calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Toronto allocates over $90 million annually to ensure that our roads and sidewalks are clear and safe. The City has more than 1,500 personnel on standby, 24/7 (contracted and City staff), 600 snowplows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks in its winter operations fleet. In addition, there are about 200 smaller pickups and dumptrucks to help keep the roads and sidewalks safe and passable during the winter season.

 

The City’s first priority during a snowfall is to keep the main roads clear for emergency and TTC vehicles. After that, crews move on to the local roads and usually complete clearing those roads between 14 and 16 hours after the storm ends.

 

As soon as the snow begins to fall, salt trucks are deployed to the expressways and main roads. Local roads and laneways are salted soon after the main roads. When two centimetres of snow have accumulated, plowing begins on the expressways and, when five centimetres have accumulated, plowing begins on the main roads. Plowing on the expressways and main roads continues until the operation is complete.

 

The City has also identified a priority network of bike lanes and cycle tracks in the downtown core that will continue to receive enhanced winter maintenance, including snow plowing and salting to improve safety for cyclists.

 

Local road plowing begins when the snow stops falling and if the snow accumulation reaches at least eight centimetres. Residents are reminded that 311 only takes service requests for specific snow clearing after the crews have had a chance to go out and clear the snow. Please don’t call when the storm is taking place to ask when a street with be plowed. Residents can track where plows and salt trucks are and which roads have been serviced using the http://www.toronto.ca/PlowTO online tracking map.

 

Residents can help assist with the City’s snow-clearing efforts by not pushing snow back onto the road, by avoiding parking on city streets to help the plows do their work and by taking public transit instead of driving.

 

The City will only open/clear driveway windrows where it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres of snow have fallen. Typically, driveway windrows are opened between one and two hours after the road has been plowed. The service is meant to only open up a width of about three metres – not the full width of the driveway. This program does not take place in the central core of the city due to narrow road widths and on-street parking.

 

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on roads with high pedestrian traffic and on bus routes after two centimetres of snow have fallen, and sidewalks on the remaining roads after eight centimetres have fallen where it is mechanically possible to do so. In the central core of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow within 12 hours of a snowfall.

 

You can learn more about sidewalk snow-clearing in Toronto and view a map of the areas where the service is provided at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/snow/sidewalks.

 

More information about the City of Toronto’s snow-clearing operations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/snow.

 

Cold weather is a major cause of watermain breaks but it is not the only one. The City is dealing with aging infrastructure, with the average watermain 50 years of age. To address this issue, the City of Toronto has committed $2.1 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade its watermain distribution system. More information can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/watermains.

 

Cold weather can also cause pipes inside the home and on private property to freeze. Residents are reminded to prepare their pipes for winter by wrapping foam pipe insulation around pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, attics and garages. It is also important to seal air leaks around windows and doors, and to disconnect hoses and drain the outdoor water supply. More tips can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes.

 

Residents can learn more about how to prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes at http://www.toronto.ca/extremeweatherready.

 

As seen in our December eNews

TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto

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Following Toronto City Council’s unanimous approval of the TransformTO ‘2050 Pathway to a Low-Carbon Toronto’ report in July, the Environment & Energy Division has launched an outreach campaign to engage and inform residents about Toronto’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, our plans to meet them, and what the public can do to help.

[MEMORANDUM] 

Bike Lane Pilot Project [ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW]

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📸 @Toronto Star. Click image for article.

 

[DEC UPDATE]

Bloor Street (downtown) Bike Lane Pilot Project Approved as Permanent.

City Council approved the Bloor Street (downtown) Bike Lane Project.  We will provide an update on the timing of next studies (Bloor/Danforth) in the New Year.  We encourage you to take our poll on the website – scroll down to ‘Poll’ section.

As seen in our December eNews

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This item is on the Agenda of Public Works and Infrastructure October 18th, 2017. The Staff Report recommends retaining the Bike Lanes on a permanent basis.

[Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Agenda]

[Data Report]

 

In total there were 371 more cyclists per day for all three streets: Bloor, Harbord and Dupont [See report]

Traffic did divert both to Dupont ( + 1,467 per day ) and Harbord ( + 584 per day ). Vehicle count was down on Bloor as a result of this diversion by -3,888 per day.

 

This will be debated at City Council November 7, 2017. 

 

Big thank you to everyone who contacted our office with their position on this issue!

Given that the downtown context is somewhat different from Etobicoke – will Etobicoke residents supports removing a lane of traffic each way on Bloor Street W?  Please do let us know.

GTAA October Update re: Mitigating Impacts of Aircraft Noise on Local Residents

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An announcement from GTAA – October 12, 2017:

 

 

This fall and winter, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) will continue to reach a number milestones toward mitigating the impacts of aircraft noise on local residents. As part of our commitment to keep elected officials informed about key activities, we would like to inform you of another milestone: our Residents’ Reference Panel’s final report:

 

The Residents’ Reference Panel was comprised of 36 residents who met throughout the spring and fall. The members were selected at random, but in such a way that they broadly represent the demographics of the Greater Toronto Area – in terms of gender, age, home ownership, and other criteria. The panel make-up was also more heavily weighted towards residents from neighbourhoods that are impacted aircraft noise.

 

During their four meetings together, the panelists  learned from a range of experts and community stakeholders. They used information collected from meetings with stakeholders, public workshops, an extensive noise-fairness survey of GTA residents, and information sessions to inform their report. 

 

Among their recommendations, the panel suggests that the airport:

  • Become a leader in the adoption of noise mitigation measures, including incentives for airlines to retrofit or use quieter aircraft, new night flight restrictions, and a noise insulation program for affected households;
  • Explore other options to mitigate noise on the ground before implementing a noise sharing program, which should only be pursued if respite afforded to communities is meaningful and predictable;
  • Adopt new annual reporting measures that quantify the health, environmental, and noise impacts of the airport’s operations;
  • Communicate proactively with neighbouring communities concerning future growth and the impact of its operations; and
  • Collaborate with municipal partners to review and adopt more stringent zoning requirements to ensure that no new residences are built in areas impacted by airport operations.

 

Details of the report will be reviewed in the coming weeks to determine how best to reflect the proposed principles, values and recommendations in a number of important projects, including: consultation on the Toronto Noise Mitigation Initiatives, the 2017-2037 Master Plan, and our updated 2017-2022 Noise Management Action Plan. This report will complement – not replace – public consultation on any major decisions that Toronto Pearson makes in the future.

 

Look for the full Residents’ Reference Panel Report here: www.torontopearson.com/rrp

Weekend Events with Road Closures – November 24- 26 [FULL DETAILS]

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Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca/ or following @TTCnotices on Twitter.

 

Cavalcade of Lights
The following streets will be closed on Saturday, November 25 from 4 to 11:30 p.m.:
• Bay Street from Dundas Street to Richmond Street West (local traffic only from Dundas Street to Hagerman Street and controlled access point for Albert Street and James Street)
• Queen Street West from University Avenue to Yonge Street
• York Street from Queen Street West to Richmond Street West
• Elizabeth Street from Foster Place to Hagerman Street
• Hagerman Street from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street

Please note that due to the road closures for the Cavalcade of Lights, the City Hall drop-off/pickup location for Registered Wheel-Trans Users will be relocated to Chestnut Street, just south of Dundas Street West from 4 to 11:30 p.m.

KidzFest at Yonge-Dundas Square
Dundas Square from Yonge Street to O’Keefe Lane will be closed on Saturday, November 25 from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Cabbagetown BIA Holiday Kickoff
Carlton Street from Parliament Street to Exchange Lane will be closed on Saturday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Weston BIA Santa Claus Parade
Weston Road from St. Phillips Road to Church Street will be closed on Sunday, November 26 from noon to 2 p.m.