Item - 2011.PW7.6

Tracking Status

PW7.6 - Wet Weather Flow Master Plan and Basement Flooding Protection Program Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on September 21 and 22, 2011, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct that the prioritization of Basement Flooding Protection Program projects be consistent with the principle that the greatest number of properties are protected as soon as possible within approved funding envelopes and coordinated with other City capital programs.

 

2.         City Council direct that projects identified through completed Environmental Assessments in the 32 identified Chronic Basement Flooding Study Areas,  proceed to detailed design and construction, if the cost to benefiting property, as determined during the preliminary design phase, is less than or equal to $32,000.

 

3.         City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water to submit an updated five year list of projects, through the annual Capital Budget submission process, where Class Environmental Assessment studies have been completed, and the projects be prioritized in conformance with Parts 1 and 2 above, and where the first two years of projects will be identified for construction and the following three years of projects will be subject to confirmation for implementation through the preliminary design phases where cost estimates will be refined, and the project scheduling will be coordinated with Transportation Services and other utilities.

 

4.         City Council approve the following changes to the coordination of Transportation Services’ Program within Basement Flooding Study Areas:

 

a.         Road resurfacing and reconstruction works that are not coincident with projects on the projected five year Basement Flooding Protection Program list, may proceed in accordance with Transportation Services' standard project prioritization process; and

 

b.         Road resurfacing and reconstruction works that are coincident with projects on the projected five year list should be deferred.

 

5.         City Council direct that existing sanitary and storm sewer design criteria continue to apply to road and sewer reconstruction projects outside of currently identified basement flooding study areas, but be consistent with the Wet Weather Flow Policy adopted by Council in 2003.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to finalize the Environmental Study Report for the Don River and Central Waterfront Class EA and submit it to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for the obligatory 30 day public review period under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

 

7.         City Council direct that subject to receiving approval of the Don River and Central Waterfront  Project Environmental Assessment from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the General Manager, Toronto Water:

 

a.         proceed to undertake the detailed design of the first phase of the Project, which represents the twinning of the Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer and associated pumping station;  and

 

b.         the Chief Financial Officer report back, through the 2013 Capital Budget process, on an implementation schedule and a long term funding model for the remaining elements of the plan.

 

8.         City Council direct that the Eligibility Criteria: Financial Assistance for Low Income Property Owners previously approved under the Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program be revised  as outlined in Attachment 1 to the report (August 12, 2011) from the General Manager, Toronto Water including, without limitation, the following revisions:

 

a.         Eligibility limited to low-income disabled or senior citizen property owners;

 

b.         The financial assistance available limited to a maximum upset limit of $500, payable in the form of a cheque; and

 

c.         Revised conditions for financial assistance and eligible work.

 

9.         City Council authorize the General Manager of Toronto Water, in consultation with the City Solicitor, to prescribe any application form and other forms which the General Manager deems necessary to implement the financial assistance provisions set out in Part 10 above and to revise and amend those forms as the General Manager considers appropriate from time to time.

 

10.       City Council authorize the General Manager of Toronto Water to amend or revise the eligibility criteria with respect to low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons from time to time to reflect any future changes to the Municipal Code, Chapters 681 and 849.

 

11.       City Council authorize the discontinuance, effective 2012, of the Community Program for Stormwater Management and the funds in the amount of $250,000 be redirected to support the development and dissemination of public education and communication program to inform homeowners and contractors about:

 

a.         climate change impacts, associated with intense storms, related to basement flooding;

 

b.         the importance of downspout disconnection and “home isolation” consisting of the installation of sewer backwater valves and the capping off of storm sewer laterals with the installation of a sump pump to help prevent basement flooding;

 

c.         the importance of other lot level controls (e.g. proper lot grading); and

 

d.         the City’s Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program.

 

12.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, in collaboration with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, to report back in 2012 on the feasibility and costs of carrying out an Environmental Assessment for a Humber Bay Islands Land Form to improve water quality at Sunnyside Beach and protect the shoreline from erosion.

 

13.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to examine the possibility of including additional storm water ponds or other innovative "green" solutions to storm water management as part of the Don River and Central Waterfront Project.

 

14.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to reinstate the annual report to Council on Toronto Water activities, including Sewer-use By-law compliance and the Outfall Monitoring Program.

Background Information (Committee)

(August 12, 2011) Report and Attachments from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Wet Weather Flow Master Planand Basement Flooding Protection Program Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-40671.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(September 2, 2011) Submission from Sarah Miller, Water Policy Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law Association (PW.New.PW7.6.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24250.pdf
(September 5, 2011) Submission from Meirav Even-Har, Chair, Ontario Water Campaign, and Vice Chair, Board of Sierra Club Ontario (PW.New.PW7.6.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24251.pdf
(September 5, 2011) E-mail from Liz Miller, Member, Toronto Chapter, Council of Canadians Water Team (PW.New.PW7.6.3)
(September 6, 2011) E-mail from Chris Owens (PW.New.PW7.6.4)
(September 6, 2011) E-mail from John Wilson (PW.New.PW7.6.5)
(September 6, 2011) E-mail from Satya Mohapatra (PW.New.PW7.6.6)
(September 6, 2011) Submission from Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (PW.New.PW7.6.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24256.pdf
(September 6, 2011) Submission from Dan McDermott, Chapter Director, Sierra Club Ontario (PW.New.PW7.6.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24380.pdf
(September 6, 2011) Submission from Sandra Weston, Director, Great Lake Division, Environment Canada, and Richard Raeburn-Gibson, Great Lakes/COA Project Director, Ontario Ministry of the Environment (PW.New.PW7.6.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24381.pdf
(September 7, 2011) Letter from Phil Goodwin, Chair, Don Watershed Regeneration Council (PW.New.PW7.6.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24394.pdf
(September 7, 2011) Submission from Michael Brothers (PW.New.PW7.6.11)
(September 7, 2011) Submission from Lino Grima (PW.New.PW7.6.12)

Communications (City Council)

(September 8, 2011) E-mail from Ineke MacNab (CC.Supp.PW7.6.13)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That Recommendation 6 be amended by inserting the words "it to Council through the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee for consideration prior to submitting" after the word "submit" so it now reads as follows:

 

6.          City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to finalize the Environmental Study Report for the Don River and Central Waterfront Class EA and submit it to Council through the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee for consideration prior to submitting it to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for the obligatory 30 day public review period under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

Vote (Amend Item) Sep-21-2011 4:20 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - PW7.6 - Perks - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 16 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Gord Perks, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 22 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, John Filion, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, John Parker, Anthony Perruzza

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to reinstate the annual report to Council on Toronto Water activities, including Sewer-use By-law compliance and the Outfall Monitoring Program.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Sep-21-2011 4:21 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW7.6 - Davis - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, John Filion, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, John Parker, Anthony Perruzza

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Sep-21-2011 4:22 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW7.6 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Adam Vaughan
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, John Filion, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, John Parker, Anthony Perruzza

PW7.6 - Wet Weather Flow Master Plan and Basement Flooding Protection Program Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct that the prioritization of Basement Flooding Protection Program projects be consistent with the principle that the greatest number of properties are protected as soon as possible within approved funding envelopes and coordinated with other City capital programs.

 

2.         City Council direct that projects identified through completed Environmental Assessments in the 32 identified Chronic Basement Flooding Study Areas,  proceed to detailed design and construction, if the cost to benefiting property, as determined during the preliminary design phase, is less than or equal to $32,000.

 

3.         City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water to submit an updated five year list of projects, through the annual Capital Budget submission process, where Class Environmental Assessment studies have been completed, and the projects be prioritized in conformance with Recommendations 1 and 2, and where the first two years of projects will be identified for construction and the following three years of projects will be subject to confirmation for implementation through the preliminary design phases where cost estimates will be refined, and the project scheduling will be coordinated with Transportation Services and other utilities.

 

4.         City Council approve the following changes to the coordination of Transportation Services’ Program within Basement Flooding Study Areas:

 

a.         Road resurfacing and reconstruction works that are not coincident with projects on the projected five year Basement Flooding Protection Program list, may proceed in accordance with Transportation Services' standard project prioritization process; and

 

b.         Road resurfacing and reconstruction works that are coincident with projects on the projected five year list should be deferred.

 

5.         City Council direct that existing sanitary and storm sewer design criteria continue to apply to road and sewer reconstruction projects outside of currently identified basement flooding study areas, but be consistent with the Wet Weather Flow Policy adopted by Council in 2003.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to finalize the Environmental Study Report for the Don River and Central Waterfront Class EA and submit it to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for the obligatory 30 day public review period under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

 

7.         City Council direct that subject to receiving approval of the Don River and Central Waterfront  Project Environmental Assessment from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the General Manager, Toronto Water:

 

a.         proceed to undertake the detailed design of the first phase of the Project, which represents the twinning of the Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer and associated pumping station;  and

 

b.         the Chief Financial Officer report back, through the 2013 Capital Budget process, on an implementation schedule and a long term funding model for the remaining elements of the plan.

 

8.         City Council direct that the Eligibility Criteria: Financial Assistance for Low Income Property Owners previously approved under the Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program be revised  as outlined in Attachment No. 1 including, without limitation, the following revisions:

 

a.         Eligibility limited to low-income disabled or senior citizen property owners;

 

b.         The financial assistance available limited to a maximum upset limit of $500, payable in the form of a cheque; and

 

c.         Revised conditions for financial assistance and eligible work.

 

9.         City Council authorize the General Manager of Toronto Water, in consultation with the City Solicitor, to prescribe any application form and other forms which the General Manager deems necessary to implement the financial assistance provisions set out in Recommendation 10 and to revise and amend those forms as the General Manager considers appropriate from time to time.

 

10.       City Council authorize the General Manager of Toronto Water to amend or revise the eligibility criteria with respect to low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons from time to time to reflect any future changes to the Municipal Code, Chapters 681 and 849.

 

11.       City Council authorize the discontinuance, effective 2012, of the Community Program for Stormwater Management and the funds in the amount of $250,000 be redirected to support the development and dissemination of public education and communication program to inform homeowners and contractors about:

 

a.         climate change impacts, associated with intense storms, related to basement flooding;

 

b.         the importance of downspout disconnection and “home isolation” consisting of the installation of sewer backwater valves and the capping off of storm sewer laterals with the installation of a sump pump to help prevent basement flooding;

 

c.         the importance of other lot level controls (e.g. proper lot grading); and

 

d.         the City’s Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program.

 

12.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, in collaboration with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, to report back in 2012 on the feasibility and costs of carrying out an Environmental Assessment for a Humber Bay Islands Land Form to improve water quality at Sunnyside Beach and protect the shoreline from erosion.

 

13.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to examine the possibility of including additional storm water ponds or other innovative "green" solutions to storm water management as part of the Don River and Central Waterfront Project.

Origin

(August 12, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water

Summary

The purpose of this report is to advise Council of the progress made since the adoption of the Wet Weather Flow Master Plan (WWFMP) in 2003, to set priorities for the next five years and seek approval in principle for the Don River and Central Waterfront Project.  Subsequent to the adoption of the WWFMP, the rainstorm of August 2005 and the discovery of significant faults in the Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer have profoundly influenced the implementation of the Plan.  As a result, the main funding priorities should be: improving basement flooding protection during extreme storms; twinning of the Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer; elimination of combined sewer overflows; and protection of infrastructure and property from imminent collapse due to stream erosion.  All of these priorities are urgent, the solutions very complicated and each will involve several hundreds of millions of dollars to correct.

 

This report recommends that the Basement Flooding Protection Program, the Don River and Central Waterfront Project and the Stream Restoration Program be the main funding priorities for the WWFMP over the next five to ten years.  Within those programs, it also recommends a method for prioritizing basement flooding projects and coordinating those projects with the rest of the Capital construction program and recommends a technical amendment to the low income subsidy for the Downspout Disconnection Program.

Background Information

(August 12, 2011) Report and Attachments from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Wet Weather Flow Master Planand Basement Flooding Protection Program Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-40671.pdf

Communications

(September 2, 2011) Submission from Sarah Miller, Water Policy Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law Association (PW.New.PW7.6.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24250.pdf
(September 5, 2011) Submission from Meirav Even-Har, Chair, Ontario Water Campaign, and Vice Chair, Board of Sierra Club Ontario (PW.New.PW7.6.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24251.pdf
(September 5, 2011) E-mail from Liz Miller, Member, Toronto Chapter, Council of Canadians Water Team (PW.New.PW7.6.3)
(September 6, 2011) E-mail from Chris Owens (PW.New.PW7.6.4)
(September 6, 2011) E-mail from John Wilson (PW.New.PW7.6.5)
(September 6, 2011) E-mail from Satya Mohapatra (PW.New.PW7.6.6)
(September 6, 2011) Submission from Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (PW.New.PW7.6.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24256.pdf
(September 6, 2011) Submission from Dan McDermott, Chapter Director, Sierra Club Ontario (PW.New.PW7.6.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24380.pdf
(September 6, 2011) Submission from Sandra Weston, Director, Great Lake Division, Environment Canada, and Richard Raeburn-Gibson, Great Lakes/COA Project Director, Ontario Ministry of the Environment (PW.New.PW7.6.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24381.pdf
(September 7, 2011) Letter from Phil Goodwin, Chair, Don Watershed Regeneration Council (PW.New.PW7.6.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-24394.pdf
(September 7, 2011) Submission from Michael Brothers (PW.New.PW7.6.11)
(September 7, 2011) Submission from Lino Grima (PW.New.PW7.6.12)

Speakers

Karen Buck
Lino Grima (Submission Filed)
Michael Brothers, Toronto Chapter - Council of Canadians (Submission Filed)
Jon Gee, Manager, Great Lakes Areas of Concern, Environment Canada
Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (Submission Filed)
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Paula Fletcher
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to examine the possibility of including additional storm water ponds or other innovative "green" solutions to storm water management as part of the Don River and Central Waterfront Project.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That Recommendation 6 in the report (August 12, 2011) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, be amended by adding after the words "and submit it" the words "to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee prior to forwarding it"; so that Recommendation 6 now reads:

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to finalize the Environmental Study Report for the Don River and Central Waterfront Class EA and submit it to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee prior to forwarding it to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for the obligatory 30 day public review period under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council