Item - 2014.EX38.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on February 19, 2014 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on February 4, 2014 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on February 19, 2014.

EX38.4 - Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 19 and 20, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into the Memorandum of Agreement providing for the transfer of City-owned lands, (set out in Schedule "C" to the Memorandum of Agreement), to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of the Environment for the purposes of the Parks Canada Agency ("Parks Canada"), substantially in the form of Attachment 1 to the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, conditional upon:

 

a.         Parks Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the City of Toronto entering into an agreement to allow for TRCA-owned lands which have been identified for future transportation infrastructure by the City of Toronto (approximately as described in Attachment 4 to the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B) to be transferred to the City of Toronto; and

 

b.         Parks Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Toronto Zoo and the City of Toronto entering into an agreement to collaborate per Council direction EX34.7 and to provide that TRCA-owned lands located in the vicinity of the Toronto Zoo will not be transferred to Parks Canada until the boundaries of the lands for use by the Toronto Zoo have been confirmed in a Tripartite Agreement among the City of Toronto, the Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

 

2.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into any agreements required by the Memorandum of Agreement, prior to the transfer of any City-owned lands to Parks Canada, including agreement(s) identifying the municipal services to be provided to the Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) by the City together with the form and amount of compensation to be provided for such services.

 

3.         City Council direct the City Clerk to notify the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority that the City of Toronto requests the transfer to the City of TRCA-owned lands identified for future transportation infrastructure (approximately as described in Attachment 4 to the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B) for nominal consideration.

 

4.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into any agreements with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and any other parties as may be necessary, to acquire the lands identified for future transportation infrastructure, for nominal consideration, on such terms and conditions as deemed appropriate by the Chief Corporate Officer in consultation with the General Manager of Transportation Services, and in a form acceptable to the City Solicitor.

 

5.         City Council authorize an increase of $222,000 to the 2014 Capital Budget for Transportation Services, fully funded from the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund (XR1012), for the release of the registered provincial interest in the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority owned lands identified for future transportation infrastructure, due diligence, provincial land transfer tax and registration fees.

 

6.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into such agreements or documents necessary to give effect to Council's decision on terms and conditions deemed satisfactory (including deletions, additions, and revisions) by the appropriate officials, and in a form acceptable to the City Solicitor.

 

7.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to proceed with the steps necessary to complete the transactions authorized by the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, including amending closing, due diligence and/or waiver dates and providing waivers and notices, on such terms as deemed appropriate.

 

8.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee prior to any transfer of City owned lands on the proposed draft Rouge Park Management Plan to address its consistency with City Council's November 29, 2012 decision, and the environmental policies of longstanding Rouge Park Plans (1994 and 2001); the Rouge Natural Heritage Action Plan (2008); Provincial Greenbelt (2005) and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plans (2002) and remedial action plans, watershed plans, and Great Lakes Water Quality Agreements, to improve water quality in the Rouge Watershed along Toronto's Lake Ontario shoreline.

 

9.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back on the feasibility of an educational facility and/or wildlife rehabilitation centre for Rouge National Urban Park.

 

10.       City Council direct the City Clerk to forward a copy of the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to Parks Canada, the Province of Ontario (Ministry of Infrastructure), the Region of York, the Region of Durham, the City of Markham, the City of Pickering and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

 

11.       City Council congratulate Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for committing to create a National Park in the Rouge Valley area, for recognizing the extraordinary ecological wealth found within the Rouge Park and for contributing $140 million towards establishing the Rouge National Park.

 

12.       City Council request the Deputy Mayor to send a letter of congratulations and thanks to the Prime Minister for the Rouge Valley National Park initiative.

 

13.       City Council welcome the Federal government and Parks Canada commitment to having a visible presence within the largest urban centre in Canada.

 

14.       City Council request the Federal government include in any vision of the national park, the existing park vision, which states that:

 

The Rouge National Urban Park will be a special place of outstanding natural features and diverse cultural heritage in an urban-rural setting, protected and flourishing as an ecosystem in perpetuity. Human activities will exist in harmony with the natural values of the Park. The Park will be a sanctuary for nature and the human spirit.

 

15.       City Council request the Federal government to respect conservation science, good planning principles and long-term park ecological health and visitor potential, by including the 100+ km2 public land assembly within the Rouge and Duffins Creek watersheds as part of the Rouge National Urban Park study area, and to immediately include in the Rouge National Park an additional 6,000 acres of federally owned lands contained within the designated Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine areas.

 

16.       City Council request the Federal government and Parks Canada to ensure restoration of a large mixed-wood and Carolinian forest habitat system linking Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine with public parkland and trails.

 

17.       City Council support the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority decision to permit the Toronto Wildlife Centre to locate within the Rouge National Park and request the Federal government to consider contributing to the construction of the centre from the $140 million pool of project funding set aside for Rouge National Park.

 

18.       City Council support maintaining the following roads as two-lane rural roads and request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back on the feasibility of creating a multi-use trail along these roads as well as any Official Plan Amendments that may be necessary to support maintaining the following roads as two lane rural roads:

 

-           Pickering Town Line

-           Meadowvale Road

-           Plug Hat Road

-            Beare Road

-           Old Finch Avenue

-           Finch Avenue Diversion

-            Twyn Rivers Drive

Background Information (Committee)

(January 21, 2014) Report with Attachments 1 to 4, from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, on Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-66293.pdf
(February 4, 2014) Presentation from City Planning on Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-66495.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(February 3, 2014) Submission from Pam Veinotte, Rouge National Urban Park (EX.New.EX38.4.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/comm/communicationfile-45089.pdf
(February 3, 2014) Submission from Jim Robb, General Manager, Friends of the Rouge Watershed (EX.New.EX38.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/comm/communicationfile-45071.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 9 by adding the words "and/or wildlife rehabilitation centre" after the word "facility" so that it now reads as follows:

 

9.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back on the feasibility of an educational facility and/or wildlife rehabilitation centre for Rouge National Urban Park.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-20-2014 6:03 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX38.4 - De Baeremaeker - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, David Shiner

1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council congratulate Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for committing to create a National Park in the Rouge Valley area, for recognizing the extraordinary ecological wealth found within the Rouge Park and for contributing $140 million towards establishing the Rouge National Park.

 

2.         City Council request the Deputy Mayor to send a letter of congratulations and thanks to the Prime Minister for the Rouge Valley National Park initiative.

 

3.         City Council welcome the Federal government and Parks Canada commitment to having a visible presence within the largest urban centre in Canada.

 

4.         City Council request the Federal government include in any vision of the national park, the existing park vision, which states that:

 

the Rouge National Urban Park will be a special place of outstanding natural features and diverse cultural heritage in an urban-rural setting, protected and flourishing as an ecosystem in perpetuity. Human activities will exist in harmony with the natural values of the Park. The Park will be a sanctuary for nature and the human spirit;

 

5.         City Council request the Federal government to respect conservation science, good planning principles and long-term park ecological health and visitor potential, by including the 100+ km2 public land assembly within the Rouge and Duffins Creek watersheds as part of the Rouge National Urban Park study area, and to immediately include in the Rouge National Park an additional 6,000 acres of federally owned lands contained within the designated Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine areas.

 

6.         City Council request the Federal government and Parks Canada to ensure restoration of a large mixed-wood and Carolinian forest habitat system linking Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine with public parkland and trails.

 

7.         City Council support the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority decision to permit the Toronto Wildlife Centre to locate within the Rouge National Park and request the Federal government to consider contributing to the construction of the centre from the $140 million pool of project funding set aside for Rouge National Park.

 

8.         City Council support maintaining the following roads as two-lane rural roads and request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back on the feasibility of creating a multi-use trail along these roads as well as any Official Plan Amendments that may be necessary to support maintaining the following roads as two lane rural roads:

 

-           Pickering Town Line

-           Meadowvale Road

-           Plug Hat Road

-           Beare Road

-           Old Finch Avenue

-           Finch Avenue Diversion

-           Twyn Rivers Drive

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-20-2014 6:04 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX38.4 - De Baeremaeker - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 10 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-20-2014 6:05 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX38.4 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, 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, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 10 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, David Shiner

Point of Order by Councillor Janet Davis

Councillor Davis, rising on a Point of Order, stated that she wanted to ask questions of staff on the Item.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that the opportunity to ask questions of staff had already been completed.

EX38.4 - Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into the Memorandum of Agreement providing for the transfer of City-owned lands, (set out in Schedule "C" to the Memorandum of Agreement), to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of the Environment for the purposes of the Parks Canada Agency ("Parks Canada"), substantially in the form of Attachment 1 to the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, conditional upon:

 

a.         Parks Canada, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and City of Toronto entering into an agreement to allow for TRCA-owned lands which have been identified for future transportation infrastructure by the City of Toronto (approximately as described in Attachment 4 to the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B) to be transferred to the City of Toronto; and

 

b.         Parks Canada, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Toronto Zoo and the City of Toronto entering into an agreement to collaborate per Council direction EX34.7 and to provide that TRCA-owned lands located in the vicinity of the Toronto Zoo will not be transferred to Parks Canada until the boundaries of the lands for use by the Toronto Zoo have been confirmed in a Tripartite Agreement among the City of Toronto, the Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

 

2.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into any agreements required by the Memorandum of Agreement, prior to the transfer of any City-owned lands to Parks Canada, including agreement(s) identifying the municipal services to be provided to the Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) by the City together with the form and amount of compensation to be provided for such services.

 

3.         City Council direct the City Clerk to notify the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) that the City of Toronto requests the transfer to the City of TRCA-owned lands identified for future transportation infrastructure (approximately as described in Attachment 4 to the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B) for nominal consideration.

 

4.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into any agreements with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and any other parties as may be necessary, to acquire the lands identified for future transportation infrastructure, for nominal consideration, on such terms and conditions as deemed appropriate by the Chief Corporate Officer in consultation with the General Manager of Transportation Services, and in a form acceptable to the City Solicitor.

 

5.         City Council authorize an increase of $222,000 to the 2014 Capital Budget for Transportation Services, fully funded from the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund (XR1012), for the release of the registered provincial interest in the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)-owned lands identified for future transportation infrastructure, due diligence, provincial land transfer tax and registration fees.

 

6.         City Council authorize the City of Toronto to enter into such agreements or documents necessary to give effect to the recommendations in the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, on terms and conditions deemed satisfactory (including deletions, additions, and revisions) by the appropriate officials, and in a form acceptable to the City Solicitor.

 

7.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to proceed with the steps necessary to complete the transactions authorized by the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, including amending closing, due diligence and/or waiver dates and providing waivers and notices, on such terms as deemed appropriate.

 

8.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee prior to any transfer of City owned lands on the proposed draft Rouge Park Management Plan to address its consistency with City Council's November 29, 2012 decision, and the environmental policies of longstanding Rouge Park Plans (1994 and 2001); the Rouge Natural Heritage Action Plan (2008); Provincial Greenbelt (2005) and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plans (2002) and remedial action plans, watershed plans, and Great Lakes Water Quality Agreements, to improve water quality in the Rouge Watershed along Toronto's Lake Ontario shoreline.

 

9.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back on the feasibility of an educational facility for Rouge National Urban Park.

 

10.       City Council direct the City Clerk to forward a copy of the report (January 21, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to Parks Canada, the Province of Ontario (Ministry of Infrastructure), the Region of York, the Region of Durham, the City of Markham, the City of Pickering and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Decision Advice and Other Information

John Livey, Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and Jane Weninger, Senior Planner, Environmental Planning gave a presentation to the Executive Committee on Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada.

Origin

(January 21, 2014) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B

Summary

In 2011 the Federal Government began the process of establishing a national urban park in the Rouge Valley area of Toronto. A Landholder's Table established by the federal government's representative, Parks Canada, and including the affected municipalities and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has developed a Memorandum of Agreement Respecting the Assembly of Lands for the Proposed Rouge National Urban Park (the Memorandum of Agreement). The Agreement identifies the lands to be included in the Park and the process for transferring these lands to the federal government.

 

This report describes progress to date in establishing the Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) and seeks authority for the City to enter into the Memorandum of Agreement and transfer 26.8 ha (66.2 acres) of City-owned land to the federal government for the purpose of creating the RNUP. The Toronto Zoo, the former Beare Road Landfill site and existing roads, which are not included in the proposed Park, are subject to additional agreements as described in this report.

 

Parks Canada is preparing a draft Park Management Plan for public review.  Following the execution of the Memorandum of Agreement, the Federal Minister of the Environment will proceed with legislation to establish the Park. 

Background Information

(January 21, 2014) Report with Attachments 1 to 4, from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, on Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-66293.pdf
(February 4, 2014) Presentation from City Planning on Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-66495.pdf

Communications

(February 3, 2014) Submission from Pam Veinotte, Rouge National Urban Park (EX.New.EX38.4.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/comm/communicationfile-45089.pdf
(February 3, 2014) Submission from Jim Robb, General Manager, Friends of the Rouge Watershed (EX.New.EX38.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/comm/communicationfile-45071.pdf

Speakers

Pam Veinotte, Rouge National Urban Park (Submission Filed)
Jim Robb, General Manager, Friends of the Rouge Watershed (Submission Filed)
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee prior to any transfer of City owned lands on the proposed draft Rouge Park Management Plan to address its consistency with City Council's November 29, 2012 decision, and the environmental policies of longstanding Rouge Park Plans (1994 and 2001); the Rouge Natural Heritage Action Plan (2008); Provincial Greenbelt (2005) and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plans (2002) and remedial action plans, watershed plans, and Great Lakes Water Quality Agreements, to improve water quality in the Rouge Watershed along Toronto's Lake Ontario shoreline.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

That City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report back on the feasibility of an educational facility for Rouge National Urban Park.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Deputy Mayor Norman Kelly (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-04-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required - Adopt Item as Amended
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Norman Kelly (Chair), Peter Leon, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Rob Ford
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council