Item - 2013.PW22.10

Tracking Status

PW22.10 - Complete Streets

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 request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to develop Complete Streets Guidelines, based on the following:

 

a.         integrating the City's by-laws;

b.         standards and specifications;

c.         Walking Strategy;

d.         Bike Plan;

e.         Urban Design Guidelines;

f.          Toronto Street Trees Guide; and

g.         current best practices for urban street design guidelines,

 

the development to also include a review of the National Complete Streets Coalition "Policy Elements", which has successfully identified ten elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets Policy, including design criteria, being context sensitive, performance measures, implementation, and further resources they utilize, and report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the 3rd quarter of 2013 on an approach for developing Complete Streets Guidelines in the City of Toronto.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to include the Disability Issues Committee, Toronto Transit Commission riders, Share the Road Coalition, Architecture for Humanity, 8-80 Cities, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Cycle Toronto and Walk Toronto in the process for developing the Complete Streets Guidelines.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 12, 2013) Letter from Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on Complete Streets
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-56923.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 10, 2013) Submission from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.pw22.10.1)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council delete Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Recommendation 2:

 

Recommendation to be deleted

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to include the Disability Issues Committee in the process for developing the Complete Streets Guidelines.

 

and replace the following new Recommendation 2:

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to include the Disability Issues Committee, Toronto Transit Commission riders, Share the Road Coalition, Architecture for Humanity, 8-80 Cities, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Cycle Toronto and Walk Toronto in the process for developing the Complete Streets Guidelines.

Vote (Amend Item) May-09-2013 7:56 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW22.10 - Wong-Tam - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 29 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are John Parker
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council delete Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Recommendation 1 and replace it with the following:

 

1.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, in consultation with the General Manager, Transporation Services and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to develop Complete Streets Guidelines, based on the following:

 

a.          integrating the City's by-laws;

b.          standards and specifications;

c.         Walking Strategy;

d.         Bike Plan;

e.         Urban Design Guidelines;

f.          Toronto Street Trees Guide; and

g.          current best practices for urban street design guidelines;

 

The development to also include a review of the National Complete Streets Coalition "Policy Elements", which has successfully identified ten elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets Policy, including design criteria, being context sensitive, performance measures, implementation, and further resources they utilize, and report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 on an approach for developing Complete Streets Guidelines in the City of Toronto.

 

 

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-09-2013 7:57 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW22.10 - Ainslie - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-09-2013 7:58 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW22.10 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

PW22.10 - Complete Streets

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to develop Complete Streets Guidelines, integrating the City's by-laws, standards and specifications, Walking Strategy, Bike Plan, Urban Design Guidelines, Toronto Street Trees Guide and current best practices for urban street design guidelines and report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 on an approach for developing Complete Streets Guidelines in the City of Toronto.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to include the Disability Issues Committee in the process for developing the Complete Streets Guidelines.

Origin

(March 12, 2013) Letter from Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ward 34 - Don Valley East

Summary

"Complete streets" is a relatively new term that quite simply describes streets that have been designed with all users in mind; the motorists, street car and bus riders, cyclists, pedestrians and those with disabilities.  A complete street is therefore, one where a variety of policies, bylaws and infrastructure have come together to make the public right-of-way fully multi-modal wherever possible.  While it may not be possible to accommodate every type of user on every street, the goal should be to build a city where every user group has a well-functioning network so that people can travel easily and safely.

 

As one can see in other Canadian cities, as near as Markham, Ontario, and as far as Whitehorse, Yukon, transportation planners and policy makers are seeing streets in a much more holistic manner.  In doing so, their communities stand to gain through reduced infrastructure costs, safety, social and environmental benefits, expanded mobility options and a more attractive and livable public realm.

 

This is accomplished when all stakeholders in the right-of-way are involved in the planning and decision making in order to create a transportation system that works for everyone. Instead of pitting one against another, this approach can lead to greater cooperation amongst the many different users and stakeholders.  It can also lead to improvements that don't have to benefit one user at the expense of another, which is all too often the case in the city today.

 

The City of Toronto does have a variety of strategies, polices and guidelines such as the Walking Strategy, the Bike Plan and Urban Design Guidelines, to name a few.  Considered individually, each has the goal and capacity to improve the public realm, move people better and improve the livability of our city.  What's missing is a Complete Streets Policy; one that integrates them all and can be applied when there is an opportunity to improve the street from building line to building line, and accommodate all users.

Background Information

(March 12, 2013) Letter from Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on Complete Streets
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-56923.pdf

Communications

(April 10, 2013) Submission from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.pw22.10.1)

Speakers

Ryan Anders Whitney, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT)
Hamish Wilson
Anthony M. Humphreys
Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto
John Fischer, Walk Toronto
Councillor Adam Vaughan

Motions

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

That City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to include the Disability Issues Committee in the process for developing the Complete Streets Guidelines.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That Recommendation 1 in the letter from Councillor Minnan-Wong be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

"1.        City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to develop Complete Streets Guidelines, integrating the City's by-laws, standards and specifications, Walking Strategy, Bike Plan, Urban Design Guidelines, Toronto Street Trees Guide and current best practices for urban street design guidelines and report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 on an approach for developing Complete Streets Guidelines in the City of Toronto."

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council