Item - 2012.PE17.5

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 27, 2012 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Parks and Environment Committee on November 9, 2012 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on November 27, 2012.

PE17.5 - Scaling-up Toronto's Urban Agriculture

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 27, 28 and 29, 2012, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council receive the GrowTO: An Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto report, and congratulate the Toronto Food Policy Council and other authors for identifying how the City of Toronto can help promote urban agriculture.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 26, 2012) Letter from Councillor McMahon, Beaches-East York, Ward 32 - Scaling-up Toronto's Urban Agriculture
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-51545.pdf
(October 26, 2012) Attachment 1 - growTO: An Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-51558.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 9, 2012) E-mail from Darcy Higgins, Executive Director, Food Forward (PE.New.17.5.1)
(November 9, 2012) E-mail from Katie Berger, Occupy Gardens Toronto (PE.New.17.5.2)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-27-2012 2:25 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE17.5 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, 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: 5 Members that were absent are Josh Colle, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak

PE17.5 - Scaling-up Toronto's Urban Agriculture

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council receive the GrowTO: An Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto report, and congratulate the Toronto Food Policy Council and other authors for identifying how the City of Toronto can help promote urban agriculture.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Parks and Environment Committee referred the following report requests to appropriate City Officials with a request that they be submitted to the Parks and Environment Committee in the first quarter of 2013:

 

1.         Requested the Deputy City Manager for Cluster A to determine which City Divisions should be responsible for the management and promotion of Urban Agriculture and to examine the logistical and financial implications of creating a co-ordinated office dedicated to the promotion and expansion of Urban Agriculture in Toronto.

 

2.         Requested the appropriate City Divisions, as identified by the Deputy Manager for Cluster A, to provide the Parks and Environment Committee with a report that identifies:

 

a.         where the City of Toronto is already supporting the community in urban agriculture across Toronto;

b.         what opportunities are available for the City of Toronto to further enhance its support;

c.         what are the resource implications (either reallocation or new) of the City of Toronto in taking on these opportunities; and

d.         what mechanism and resources the City will establish to ensure there is coordination and collaboration between all City operations in supporting the community in appropriate urban agriculture activities.

 

3.         Requested the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division to respond to the relevant recommendations contained in the GrowTO Action Plan in the upcoming Parks Plan.

 

4.         Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning, the Director of the Toronto Office of Partnerships, the Toronto Food Policy Council, and other appropriate City Divisions to establish appropriate policies and processes to link urban farmers with public and private lands for short- or long-term food production; and to report these findings to the Parks and Environment Committee at or before the October 23, 2013 meeting.

 

Origin

(October 26, 2012) Letter from Councillor McMahon, Beaches-East York, Ward 32

Summary

Letter from Councillor McMahon forwarding the report on GrowTO: An Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto, and submitting recommendations to help promote urban agriculture.

Background Information

(October 26, 2012) Letter from Councillor McMahon, Beaches-East York, Ward 32 - Scaling-up Toronto's Urban Agriculture
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-51545.pdf
(October 26, 2012) Attachment 1 - growTO: An Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-51558.pdf

Communications

(November 9, 2012) E-mail from Darcy Higgins, Executive Director, Food Forward (PE.New.17.5.1)
(November 9, 2012) E-mail from Katie Berger, Occupy Gardens Toronto (PE.New.17.5.2)

Speakers

James Kuhns, Wally Seccombe and Abra Snider , Toronto Food Policy Council
Katie Berger and Jacob Kearey Moreland, Occupy Gardens Toronto (Submission Filed)
Christopher Wong, President, Young Urban Farmers

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

A.        That Recommendation 1 be adopted.

 

B.        That Recommendation 4 in the letter (October 26, 2012) from Councillor McMahon be amended by deleting the words "and Recreation" so that the recommendation reads as follows:

 

            "4. The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division respond to the relevant recommendations contained in the GrowTO Action Plan in the upcoming Parks Plan."

 

C.        That Recommendations 2-5 in the letter (October 26, 2012) be referred to appropriate City staff for a report back to the Parks and Environment Committee in the first quarter of 2013.

 


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)
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