Upcoming Public Consultation on New Dust Control Measures

Posted in City Wide, Construction Notices, Development

 

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The City is considering new requirements for dust control measures for construction dust, specifically dust created by cutting stone, rock, concrete, tile and insulation for residential construction.

Residents are invited to have their say at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 15th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1.

Residents who cannot attend the consultation in person, but would like to provide comments can email mlsfeedback@toronto.ca.

A report is expected at the July 6th Licensing and Standards Committee.

Toronto City Council Highlights from Meeting of April 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2018

Posted in City Wide, Development

 

 

 

Council Highlights is an informal summary of a selection of the decisions that Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk’s formal documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

 

Plan for SmartTrack stations  

Council approved a financial commitment as the City of Toronto’s share of funding for the construction of six SmartTrack transit stations along GO Transit rail lines in Toronto. The City’s funding commitment is based on a detailed financial strategy and Council has set terms and conditions for the agreement with Metrolinx. The planned six SmartTrack stations are identified as St. Clair-Old Weston, King-Liberty, East Harbour, Gerrard-Carlaw, Lawrence-Kennedy and Finch-Kennedy stations.

 

Expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack     

Council supported moving ahead with plans for expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack, subject to the execution of a Community Benefits Agreement. Council made the decision after considering a report on the social and economic conditions, including local employment, which Council had identified earlier as a requirement. Adoption of this item included motions addressing matters such as the provision of child care, the sharing of gaming revenues, the participation of local area labour and the provision of funding to support educational efforts pertaining to gambling addiction. 

 

Changes to City incentive program  

Council voted to direct staff to prepare a new Community Improvement Plan bylaw for the City’s existing Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology Program. This new Community Improvement Plan bylaw will provide greater clarity for applicants and provide new eligibility requirements and conditions. The program provides incentives in the form of grants to support the new construction or major renovation of buildings in targeted employment sectors.

 

Development charges bylaw   

Council approved a revised bylaw on development charges and a related background study. The action was taken after the City consulted extensively with the public as well as with the building industry and other stakeholders. Development charges play an important role in how the City pays for infrastructure and services needed to support new growth. Council also asked for a report on the feasibility of reducing development charges outside the downtown and midtown areas.

 

Innovation in municipal government  

Council supported taking steps for the City’s adoption of a model known as Civic Hall Toronto as a way to promote innovation through technology in Toronto’s local government. Civic Hall Toronto will supplement the efforts of the City’s existing Transformation Office and Civic Innovation Office, resulting in better public services. Many City divisions and agencies have indicated interest in becoming members of Civic Hall Toronto.

 

Smart City and digital literacy  

Council agreed to ask the Ontario government to designate the last Thursday in May of each year “Provincial Digital Literacy Day” starting next year. Council also called for the inclusion of a digital infrastructure plan in the City’s work on Smart City. The federal government launched Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge last year to encourage communities across the country to come up with bold ideas that improve residents’ lives through innovation, data and technology.

 

Filling councillor vacancy

Council declared a vacancy in the office of Councillor, Ward 33 Don Valley East and will hold a special Council meeting on May 22 to fill the vacancy by appointment. The City has advertised a May 14 deadline for applicants to submit the required forms. Shelley Carroll, who resigned as the Ward 33 councillor, was also Council’s Deputy Speaker. A vote by City Council members made Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker the new Deputy Speaker.

 

Blue bin recycling

After discussing Toronto’s blue bin recycling program and related challenges, Council authorized staff to explore the possibility of introducing new or enhanced waste-diversion efforts that include ways to process contaminated recycling. In addition, the City will ask the federal government to establish a national strategy addressing plastic pollution, with regulations that include, for example, requiring that products and packaging can be recycled practically.

 

Pilot project on alternative dispute resolution   

Council voted to establish a one-year pilot program starting June 1 supporting alternative dispute resolution as an additional tool to address certain property-related bylaw complaints arising from disputes between neighbours. The Municipal Licensing and Standards division’s initial focus for the pilot, drawing on community resources/expertise in mediation, will be disputes that involve noise, fences and right of entry.

 

Free-floating car sharing    

Council approved plans to test free-floating car sharing in Toronto. An 18-month pilot project will apply interim operating rules. Car-sharing arrangements in which members begin and end their trips at the same location are well established in Toronto. The free-floating model, now becoming popular, enables car-share service members to take one-way trips, beginning at one location and terminating at another. Regulation is needed largely because of implications for on-street parking.  

 

Additions to the cycling network  

Council authorized the installation of bicycle lanes on Thorncliffe Park Drive, Gateway Boulevard, Grenoble Drive and Deauville Lane in the Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park neighbourhoods as part of Toronto’s overall cycling network. The installations will improve safety and mobility options for residents, including children and youth. The project will also provide better access to Leaside Park, E.T. Seton Park, the West Don River Trail and the Lower Don Trail.

 

Master plan for public art in Scarborough  

The Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan was approved by Council as a guide for prioritizing public art sites, whether publicly or privately owned, to make the most of opportunities for public art in Scarborough Centre. It’s the first City-led public art master plan for Toronto. City planners will use the master plan to assist in identifying and pursuing opportunities for public art as part of the planning process.

 

Procedures of Local Appeal Body  

Council voted to request procedural changes to improve the way the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) operates. The TLAB was established in 2017 to hear appeals of minor variances and consent applications in Toronto land-use planning matters. 

 

Heat in apartment buildings   

Council supported a proposal for addressing a situation that can arise when older apartment towers’ central air conditioning is off and the heat system on during spring or fall months, when the weather is normally cool. Spells of unseasonably hot weather in that circumstance can result in very hot apartment conditions for tenants when there is minimal building ventilation.

 

Review of City’s noise bylaw  

Council directed staff to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee in 2019 on recommended changes to the City’s noise bylaw. Municipal Licensing and Standards staff who are working on the complex issue of managing urban noise will take into account work on a public health action plan addressing long-term exposure to ambient environmental noise. Meetings of a working group on noise and other consultations have provided input from a wide range of stakeholders as part of the review of the City’s current noise bylaw.

 

Dog waste in parks   

Council supported a motion to ask staff to report on the feasibility of installing dog-waste containers in City parks and dog off-leash areas, including options for conducting a pilot project for the in-ground containers. Large amounts of dog waste currently end up in landfills and also contaminate bins of material intended for recycling. Several nearby cities have had success with the use of dog waste containers, delivering the waste collected to organic waste plants.

 

Toronto Botanical Garden’s master plan   

Council authorized next steps in implementing a master plan with the goal of expanding Toronto Botanical Garden programming throughout Edwards Gardens. A fundraising initiative is part of the plan. The non-profit Toronto Botanical Garden operates on 1.8 hectares of land in Edwards Gardens, a 14-hectare City park in North York’s Lawrence Avenue and Leslie Street area. The Toronto Botanical Garden has a long history with the Edwards Gardens site.

 

Protection of pollinators   

Council adopted a pollinator protection strategy for supporting native pollinators in Toronto, particularly native bee and butterfly species. The strategy aims to create and protect habitat that pollinators need to survive and thrive. Bees provide the invaluable service of pollination, enabling plants to reproduce. Pollinators are under increasing stress due to habitat loss, invasive species, diseases, pesticides and climate change.

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Volume 22   Issue 3

 

Council Highlights, a summary of selected decisions made by Toronto City Council, is produced by the City’s Strategic Communications Division.

Formal documentation of City Council decisions: http://www.toronto.ca/council 

Questions about Council meetings and decisions: clerk@toronto.ca or 416-392-8016

Information about distribution of this summary: stratcom@toronto.ca

Previous editions: https://bit.ly/2EaDe5G

2915 Bloor St. W. Section of the Planning Report to Note

Posted in Development, Ward 5

 

 

It is critical to appreciate a Section of the Planning Report which may be reviewed here.
 
That states:

Where the Mid-Rise Guidelines do not apply, they continue to represent good principles of urban design and can be used to augment local guidelines, particularly to address aspects of new development that were not addressed in previously developed local guidelines.

Research and Information Unit of City of Toronto Planning Dept.

Posted in City Wide, Development

 

The Research and Information unit is responsible for monitoring Toronto’s changing social, economic and environmental conditions and built form fabric. It provides research services and products to other Divisions, Council, public agencies and the public. As part of their regular business practice, the unit tracks population, housing, land use, development and economic trends.

 

If you require information, the Research and Information unit of City Planning will likely be able to assist you to find the information you request as a paid research request through the Research and Information Unit. They bill on a cost per hour basis. (our office has been told that here may be a queue and it could be several weeks or even months wait).

 

We would like to remind you that this research can also be found the ‘ol fashioned way by looking up applications on the Application Information Centre (AIC) website. You will get similar data by looking for all rezoning, site plan and minor variance applications on this AIC site. However, please note that would only identify applications which were not as of right. You would need to do a research request for any building permits that have come in. You would also need to consider all of the as-of-right permissions in the existing zoning for which building permit/site plan applications have not come in.

 

2915 Bloor Street Development, Ontario Municipal Board Hearing in 4 Weeks

Posted in Development, Ward 5

 

Councillor Di Ciano is pleased to confirm, as he promised from Day 1, City Legal and Planning will be at the full hearing to defend the Bloor Kingsway Bylaw and oppose the requested 9 storeys!

 
To clarify in response to emails our office has received. The City Of Toronto does not make the final approval decision on this application. The Provincial Body, LAPT under the old OMB rules will be responsible that binding decision.  The City received a revised proposal at 8 storeys, this is NOT supported by City Staff or Councillor Di CianoDetails on our website here.

As seen in our May eNewsletter

2-4 Mendota Road – Storage Facility Application

Posted in Development, Ward 5

 

Thank you to all the residents that took the time to attend the Community meeting.  Your concerns were heard loud and clear.
If there is a core group of residents who would like to organise and help is needed, please reach out to our office.  We have years of experience in fighting development.
As per our Ward 5 Development meeting, an Appeal for this application would go through the new process, LPAT, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.  The slide presentation by Nick Perhar for which we are very grateful, is available for review on our website here.
There are concerns over this proposal, a second community meeting may be organised by the residents ( at any time ) or through the Councillor’s office  ( after the election ).

As seen in our May eNewsletter