Item - 2013.PG23.5

Tracking Status

PG23.5 - Updated City-wide Tall Building Design Guidelines

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council adopt the updated City-wide “Tall Building Design Guidelines” contained in Attachment 1 to the report (March 27, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning for use in the evaluation of all new and current tall building development applications across the entire city together with the “Downtown Tall Buildings: Vision and Supplementary Design Guidelines” for those applications located within the applicable Downtown area boundary.

 

2.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to make administrative updates to the "Tall Building Design Guidelines" to reflect changes that may be made from time to time to related City policies, plans, guidelines and planning implementation tools.

 

3.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to develop a framework for the use of a Development Permit System as a means for managing height.

 

4.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report back to the Planning and Growth Management Committee as soon as possible on methods to strengthen the transition provisions from tall buildings to low density residential neighbourhoods following consultation with interested ratepayer groups.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

Robert Freedman, Director, Urban Design, City Planning gave a presentation to City Council on the Tall Building Design Guidelines.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 27, 2013) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Updated City-wide Tall Building Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-57176.pdf
(March 27, 2013) Attachment 1: Tall Building Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-57177.pdf
(April 11, 2013) Presentation from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Updated City-wide Tall Building Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-57451.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 10, 2013) E-mail from Gordon Stratford (PG.New.PG23.5.1)
(April 10, 2013) Letter from Danielle Chin, Senior Planner, Policy and Government Relations, Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) (PG.New.PG23.5.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-35814.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(May 6, 2013) E-mail from Eileen Denny, Vice-Chair, Confederation of Residents and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CORRA) (CC.New.PG23.5.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/comm/communicationfile-36984.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor John Filion (Carried)

That City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report back to the Planning and Growth Management Committee as soon as possible on methods to strengthen the transition provisions from tall buildings to low density residential neighbourhoods following consultation with interested ratepayer groups.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-08-2013 11:29 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG23.5 - Filion - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, 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: 6 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-08-2013 11:30 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG23.5 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, 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 Paul Ainslie, Vincent Crisanti, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker

PG23.5 - Updated City-wide Tall Building Design Guidelines

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Growth Management Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council adopt the updated city-wide "Tall Building Design Guidelines" attached to the report (March 27, 2013) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning (Attachment No. 1) for use in the evaluation of all new and current tall building development applications across the entire city together with the "Downtown Tall Buildings: Vision and Supplementary Design Guidelines" for those applications located within the applicable Downtown area boundary; and

 

2.         City Council direct Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to make administrative updates to the attached Guidelines to reflect changes that may be made from time to time to related City policies, plans, guidelines and planning implementation tools.

 

3.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to develop a framework for the use of a Development Permit System as a means for managing height.

 

Origin

(March 27, 2013) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report recommends that City Council adopt the updated city-wide "Tall Building Design Guidelines" (Attachment No. 1). These Guidelines update the "Design Criteria for the Review of Tall building Proposals" (2006) and consolidate the "Downtown Tall Buildings Vision and Performance Standards Design Guidelines" (2012).

 

Updates to the city-wide "Tall Building Design Guidelines" generally include:

-           clear language, layout and graphic illustrations;

-           strengthened connections to Official Plan policy;

-           emphasis on design excellence, heritage conservation and sustainable design; and

-           focus on contextual fit, quality of living and working conditions in and around tall buildings, cumulative effects of tall building clusters, sunlight/shadow and sky view impacts for streets, parks, open space and neighbouring properties, tower separation, daylight and privacy, generous sidewalk widths, and high-quality landscaped open space on-site.

 

The updated Guidelines represent the result of over six years of testing, monitoring and feedback from City staff, City Council and external stakeholders (e.g. local residents, architects, urban designers, planners and developers); experiences at the Ontario Municipal Board; and advice from the Design Review Panel. To further refine and finalize the Guidelines, City Planning staff also carried out a series of formal stakeholder consultations between August 2012 and February 2013.

 

The attached "Tall Buildings Design Guidelines" integrate and build upon previous Council-adopted tall building guidelines and establish a unified set of performance measures for the evaluation of all tall building development applications city-wide.

Background Information

(March 27, 2013) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Updated City-wide Tall Building Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-57176.pdf
(March 27, 2013) Attachment 1: Tall Building Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-57177.pdf
(April 11, 2013) Presentation from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Updated City-wide Tall Building Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-57451.pdf

Communications

(April 10, 2013) E-mail from Gordon Stratford (PG.New.PG23.5.1)
(April 10, 2013) Letter from Danielle Chin, Senior Planner, Policy and Government Relations, Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) (PG.New.PG23.5.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pg/comm/communicationfile-35814.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Carried)

That the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning develop a framework for the use of a Development Permit System as a means for managing height.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Peter Milczyn (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council