Item - 2014.PG31.5

Tracking Status

PG31.5 - Construction Staging Areas - Planning, Public Art, and Accessibility

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on April 1, 2 and 3, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report back to the June 19, 2014 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee with an update on the initiatives directly related to reducing the impact of construction staging areas on congestion and any recommendations for changes to the permit fees for street occupations.

 

2.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, when considering applications for zoning amendment, to include preliminary comments on whether or not construction of the proposed development may have impacts on the adjacent roadways and, if necessary, to require the applicant to prepare a construction management plan to mitigate these impacts as part of the Site Protection or Street Occupancy permit approval process, and that City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include these comments in the Final Reports to Community Council.

 

3.         City Council adopt the "Guideline for Emergency Contact Sign on Hoarding" attached as Appendix B to the report (February 3, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

4.         City Council adopt the "Guidelines for Covered Walkways" attached as Appendix C to the report (February 3, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

5.         City Council maintain the current permit fee structure of a one-time fee of $6.45 (2014) per linear metre for a Construction Hoarding Sign permit.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back to the Planning and Growth Management Committee on the feasibility of developing a standard for the amount of space allocated to community art, and the proportion of first party advertising versus community art that must be provided on construction hoarding in consultation with the Toronto Sign Unit, the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 3, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Construction Staging Areas - Planning, Public Art, and Accessibility
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66972.pdf
Appendix A - Survey Results re: Regulating Construction Staging Areas in Other Cities
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66973.pdf
Appendix B - Guideline for Emergency Contact Sign on Hoarding, Drawing No. 421G-1340
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66974.pdf
Appendix C - Guidelines for Covered Walkways, February 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66975.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(March 20, 2014) Supplementary report from the General Manager, Transporation Services on Construction Staging Areas - Industry Consultation (PG31.5a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-68121.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(February 25, 2014) Letter from Danielle Chin, Senior Planner, Building Industry and Land Development Association (PG.New.PG31.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-45703.pdf
(February 26, 2014) E-mail from Max Allen (PG.New.PG31.5.2)

Motions (City Council)

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

That City Council adopt the following recommendation contained in the supplementary report (March 20, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services [PG31.5a]:

 

1.         City Council delete Planning and Growth Management Committee Recommendation 2 and replace it with the following recommendation:

 

City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, when considering applications for zoning amendment, to include preliminary comments on whether or not construction of the proposed development may have impacts on the adjacent roadways and, if necessary, to require the applicant to prepare a construction management plan to mitigate these impacts as part of the Site Protection or Street Occupancy permit approval process, and that City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director to include these comments in their Final Reports to Community Council.

Vote (Amend Item) Apr-03-2014 7:06 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG31.5 - Wong-Tam - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 29 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Josh Colle, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, Karen Stintz

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

That City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back to Planning and Growth Management Committee on the feasibility of developing a standard for the amount of space allocated to community art, and the proportion of first party advertising versus community art that must be provided on construction hoarding in consultation with the Toronto Sign Unit, the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-03-2014 8:06 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG31.5 - Wong-Tam - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, 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: 19 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, David Shiner, Karen Stintz

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-03-2014 8:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG31.5 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 27 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 18 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, David Shiner, Karen Stintz

PG31.5 - Construction Staging Areas - Planning, Public Art, and Accessibility

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Growth Management Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report back to the June 19, 2014 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee with an update on the initiatives directly related to reducing the impact of construction staging areas on congestion and any recommendations for changes to the permit fees for street occupations.

 

2.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, when providing comments on zoning amendment or site plan applications, to include comments on the anticipated overall impacts that construction of the proposed development may have on the adjacent roadways, and that City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director to include these comments in their Final Reports (rezoning and site plan) to Community Council.

 

3.         City Council adopt the "Guideline for Emergency Contact Sign on Hoarding" attached as Appendix B to the report (February 3, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

4.         City Council adopt the "Guidelines for Covered Walkways" attached as Appendix C to the report (February 3, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

5.         City Council maintain the current permit fee structure of a one-time fee of $6.45 (2014) per linear metre for a Construction Hoarding Sign permit.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Growth Management Committee requested:

 

1.         The General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with appropriate staff, to consult with Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) before the City Council meeting on April 1, 2014, and if necessary to submit a report directly to City Council which would address the issues raised in its communication of February 25, 2014 and in its public presentation to the Committee.

 

2.         The Deputy City Manager, Cluster B:

 

a.         in consultation with the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and the City Solicitor, to report to the April 10, 2014 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on a by-law to provide for an amendment to the hoarding permit fee so that the $16.94 per linear metre fee cover the cost of blank hoarding only, and that an additional 50% charge be applied for permission to place any writing or graphics on the hoarding; that such funds be used to enhance the public realm in cooperation with the Toronto Arts Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and the various Local Arts Service Organizations; and on the impact of such a by-law;

 

b.         to submit a report on an alternative method of achieving the same objective, in the event that there is a legal impediment to bringing forward such a by-law.

3.         The Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager Transportation Services to consult with stakeholders on a process to implement improved mitigation measures for construction staging plans within the Right of Way and, in consultation with the City Solicitor, to specifically review linking Site Plan approval and construction staging plans; and to report to the Planning and Growth Management Committee by June 2014 on any further recommendation on improving this process.

Origin

(February 3, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

Many of the buildings being constructed in the City of Toronto are designed to occupy the entire property on which they are situated, resulting in the need for construction staging areas to provide unloading zones and storage of construction materials. These staging areas must be very close to the site and usually occupy the curb lane and sidewalk adjacent to the building being constructed.

 

This report addresses requests from Toronto and East York Community Council and the Planning and Growth Management Committee to report on various issues related to construction staging areas within the public right-of-way. Staff recommendations aim to reduce the negative impact of construction staging on neighbourhood quality of life, the public realm and on the movement of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles including people with disabilities.

 

Solutions proposed in this report include improved tools and processes to determine the impacts of staging areas earlier in the development process and minimize the impact of construction staging areas once they are in place.  Attachments also include proposed guidelines for providing information to the public, increasing the accessibility and wayfinding of covered walkways, as well as improving their appearance and illumination.  Finally, this report addresses the current Construction Hoarding Sign Permit Fee and its potential use for generating funding for artistic programming in the public right-of-way through a program administered by the Toronto Arts Council.

Background Information

(February 3, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Construction Staging Areas - Planning, Public Art, and Accessibility
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66972.pdf
Appendix A - Survey Results re: Regulating Construction Staging Areas in Other Cities
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66973.pdf
Appendix B - Guideline for Emergency Contact Sign on Hoarding, Drawing No. 421G-1340
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66974.pdf
Appendix C - Guidelines for Covered Walkways, February 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-66975.pdf

Communications

(February 25, 2014) Letter from Danielle Chin, Senior Planner, Building Industry and Land Development Association (PG.New.PG31.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-45703.pdf
(February 26, 2014) E-mail from Max Allen (PG.New.PG31.5.2)

Speakers

Leona Savioe, BILD Board Member and Danielle Chin, Senior Planner, The Building Industry and Land Development Association

Motions

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

That the General Manager, Transportation Services in consultation with appropriate staff consult with Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) before the City Council meeting on April 1, 2014, and if necessary submit a report directly to City Council which would address the issues raised in its communication of February 25, 2014 and in its public presentation to the Committee.


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

That the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B:

 

a.         in consultation with the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and the City Solicitor, report to the April 10, 2014 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on a by-law to provide for an amendment to the hoarding permit fee so that the $16.94 per linear metre fee cover the cost of blank hoarding only, and that an additional 50% charge be applied for permission to place any writing or graphics on the hoarding; and that such funds be used to enhance the public realm in cooperation with the Toronto Arts Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and the various Local Arts Service Organizations;

 

b.         submit a report on an alternative method of achieving the same objective, in the event that there is a legal impediment to bringing forward such a by-law. 


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Peter Milczyn (Carried)

That the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager Transportation Services consult with stakeholders on a process to implement improved mitigation measures for construction staging plans within the Right of Way, and specifically review in consultation with the City Solicitor, linking Site Plan approval and construction staging plans; and report to the Planning and Growth Management Committee by June 2014 on any further recommendation on improving this process.


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Peter Milczyn (Carried)

That the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B report to the Planning and Growth Management Committee on April 10, 2014 on the impact of Motion 2 by Councillor Filion.


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