Item - 2014.SC32.20

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 10, 2014 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Scarborough Community Council on May 13, 2014 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on June 10, 2014.
  • See also By-law 552-2014

SC32.20 - McCowan Precinct Plan Study - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
38 - Scarborough Centre

City Council Decision

City Council on June 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council amend the proposed OPA 242, and the proposed McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines, attached as Attachments 2 and 3 respectively to the report (May 2, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District, as follows:

 

a.         Amend the second point under Section 4.2.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

             "where appropriate, buildings containing retail uses will be designed to allow for their activities to 'spill out' with the provision of wider setback areas."

 

b.         Amend the first point under Section 4.4.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

             "where appropriate, buildings along the McCowan Road frontage will contain animated uses and architectural features which support pedestrian activity."

 

c.         Amend the seventh point under Section 4.1 of OPA 242, and the third point under Section 4.2.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

             "retail uses will be located at grade within residential, employment and public use buildings where appropriate, to provide interest and animation to public streets and spaces. Retail uses may be provided in additional locations provided that there are prominent, at-grade, street related entrances."

 

d.         Amend the fifth point under Section 4.1 (Built Form and Scale) of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

"All buildings will be designed and located so as to not create adverse shadows and wind on adjacent public spaces, streets, parks or open spaces, including East Highland Creek and the School/Park site, having regard for the varied nature of such areas. Shadows and wind impacts affecting neighbouring properties and buildings should be minimized."

 

e.         Amend the second point under Section 4.8: Community Services and Facilities and Section 37 of the Planning Act, second bullet (under Community Agency Space) by adding "and services for animals such as the Scarborough Animal Shelter (821 Progress Avenue) and the Toronto Feral Cat Recovery Centre (705 Progress Avenue)" after the word "children" so it now reads as follows:

 

"As part of the development review process, the City will assess the need for new development to contribute to the provision of community services and facilities. Community services and facilities priorities for the McCowan Precinct include, but are not limited to:

 

- public realm and streetscape improvements;

 

- public art;

 

- parks, open space and urban spaces;

 

- Community Agency Space - Dedicated and accessible community agency space for non-profit service agencies to deliver a wide range of programs/services for all user groups, in particular, newcomers, youth and children; and services for animals such as the Scarborough Animal Shelter (821 Progress Avenue) and the Toronto Feral Cat Recovery Centre (705 Progress Avenue).

 

- Child Care - High quality and accessible non-profit licensed child care facilities, particularly for infants, toddlers;

 

- Community Recreation –Additional recreational facilities and/or satellite recreation space including a double gymnasium and large flexible multipurpose rooms to run programs for all user groups."

 

2.         City Council amend the Official Plan, substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment attached as Attachment 2 as amended to the report (May 2, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District.

 

3.         City Council adopt "The McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines", including the "McCowan Conceptual Master Plan" attached as Attachments 3 as amended to 4B to the report (May 2, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District.

 

4.         City Council direct staff to use the "McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines, including the McCowan Conceptual Master Plan" in the evaluation of all new and current development proposals and public initiatives.

 

5.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to undertake, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services and other City Divisions, a Scarborough Centre Transportation Master Plan Study to examine the existing and planned transportation network within the Scarborough Centre and surrounding area.

 

6.         City Council direct City Planning, in consultation with other City Divisions, as appropriate, to report further to City Council, if necessary, regarding any changes/refinement to the McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines (including the Conceptual Master Plan) following completion of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Bloor Danforth (No. 2 Line) Subway Extension and completion of the Scarborough Centre Transportation Master Plan Study.

 

7.         City Council request Parks, Forestry and Recreation, together with other City Divisions as appropriate, to initiate the steps necessary, including proposing changes to Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division's 10 year Capital Plan, to develop a public park on the City's portion of lands at 705 Progress Avenue and to undertake discussions with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) with the objective of optimizing shared-use of recreation amenities on the site.

 

8.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment as may be required.

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Community Council)

(May 2, 2014) Report and Attachments 1-5 from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District - McCowan Precinct Plan Study - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-69042.pdf
Scarborough Centre - McCowan Precinct - Urban Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-69043.pdf
Notice of Public Meeting - McCowan Precinct Plan Study
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-68693.pdf
(April 25, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District - McCowan Precinct Plan Study - Final Report - Notice of Pending Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-68804.pdf

Communications (Community Council)

(May 2, 2014) Letter from Lorne Ross, on behalf of Glen Andrew Community Association, Midland Park Community Association, Condo Boards of 68 Corporate Drive and Omni Drive (SC.New.SC32.20.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47173.pdf
(May 9, 2014) Letter from Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc. (SC.New.SC32.20.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47352.pdf
(May 9, 2014) Letter from Lorne Ross correcting his letter dated May 2, 2014 (SC.New.SC32.20.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47392.pdf
(May 11, 2014) Letter from Robert A. Dragicevic, Senior Principal, Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited (SC.New.SC32.20.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47463.pdf
(May 13, 2014) Letter from Bryan Bowen, regionalArchitects (SC.New.SC32.20.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47529.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(May 26, 2014) Letter from Guy D'Onofrio, Vice-President and Mike Mestyan, Director of Planning, The Goldman Group (CC.New.SC32.20.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cc/comm/communicationfile-48014.pdf

Motions (City Council)

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

That City Council amended Scarborough Community Council Recommendation 1 by adding a new Part e as follows:

 

e.         Amend the second point under Section 4.8: Community Services and Facilities and Section 37 of the Planning Act, second bullet (under Community Agency Space) by adding "and services for animals such as the Scarborough Animal Shelter (821 Progress Avenue) and the Toronto Feral Cat Recovery Centre (705 Progress Avenue)" after the word "children" so it now reads as follows:

 

"As part of the development review process, the City will assess the need for new development to contribute to the provision of community services and facilities.  Community services and facilities priorities for the McCowan Precinct include, but are not limited to:

 

- public realm and streetscape improvements;

- public art;

- parks, open space and urban spaces;

- Community Agency Space - Dedicated and accessible community agency space for non-profit service agencies to deliver a wide range of programs/services for all user groups, in particular, newcomers, youth and children; and services for animals such as the Scarborough Animal Shelter (821 Progress Avenue) and the Toronto Feral Cat Recovery Centre (705 Progress Avenue)."

-Child Care - High quality and accessible non-profit licensed child care facilities, particularly for infants, toddlers;

- Community Recreation –Additional recreational facilities and/or satellite recreation space including a double gymnasium and large flexible multipurpose rooms to run programs for all user groups.

Vote (Amend Item) Jun-12-2014 3:30 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - SC32.20 - De Baeremaeker - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 9 Members that voted No are Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, Gord Perks, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Peter Milczyn, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-12-2014 3:31 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - SC32.20 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Shelley Carroll, Mike Del Grande, John Parker, James Pasternak
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Peter Milczyn, Michael Thompson

SC32.20 - McCowan Precinct Plan Study - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
38 - Scarborough Centre

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Community Council Recommendations

Scarborough Community Council recommends that:

 

1.         City Council amend the proposed OPA 242, and the proposed McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines, attached as Attachments 2 and 3 respectively to the report (May 2, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District, as follows:

 

a.         Amend the second point under Section 4.2.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

            "where appropriate, buildings containing retail uses will be designed to allow for their activities to 'spill out' with the provision of wider setback areas."

 

b.         Amend the first point under Section 4.4.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

            "where appropriate, buildings along the McCowan Road frontage will contain animated uses and architectural features which support pedestrian activity."

 

c.         Amend the seventh point under Section 4.1 of OPA 242, and the third point under Section 4.2.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

            "retail uses will be located at grade within residential, employment and public use buildings where appropriate, to provide interest and animation to public streets and spaces. Retail uses may be provided in additional locations provided that there are prominent, at-grade, street related entrances."

 

d.         Amend the fifth point under Section 4.1 (Built Form and Scale) of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

"All buildings will be designed and located so as to not create adverse shadows and wind on adjacent public spaces, streets, parks or open spaces, including East Highland Creek and the School/Park site, having regard for the varied nature of such areas. Shadows and wind impacts affecting neighbouring properties and buildings should be minimized."

 

2.         City Council amend the Official Plan, substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment attached as Attachment 2 (as amended) to the report dated May 2, 2014 from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District.

 

3.         City Council adopt "The McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines", including the "McCowan Conceptual Master Plan" attached as Attachments 3 (as amended) to 4B to the report dated May 2, 2014 from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District.

 

4.         City Council direct staff to use the "McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines, including the McCowan Conceptual Master Plan" in the evaluation of all new and current development proposals and public initiatives.

 

5.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to undertake, in consultation with the General Manager Transportation Services and other City Divisions, a Scarborough Centre Transportation Master Plan Study to examine the existing and planned transportation network within the Scarborough Centre and surrounding area.

 

6.         City Council direct City Planning, in consultation with other City Divisions, as appropriate, to report further to City Council, if necessary, regarding any changes/refinement to the McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines (including the Conceptual Master Plan) following completion of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Bloor Danforth (No. 2 Line) Subway Extension and completion of the Scarborough Centre Transportation Master Plan Study.

 

7.         City Council request Parks, Forestry and Recreation, together with other City Divisions as appropriate, to initiate the steps necessary, including proposing changes to Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division's 10 year Capital Plan, to develop a public park on the City's portion of lands at 705 Progress Avenue and to undertake discussions with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) with the objective of optimizing shared-use of recreation amenities on the site.

 

8.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment as may be required.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Scarborough Community Council requested the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District, to consider the comments made at the meeting of the Scarborough Community Council on May 13, 2014 and report directly to City Council on any further amendments if necessary.

 

The Scarborough Community Council held a statutory public meeting on May 13, 2014, and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

Origin

(May 2, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District

Summary

In September, 2011, City Planning (Scarborough District) began a study of an area within the Scarborough Centre, identified as the McCowan Precinct.  The purpose of this Study is to develop a "Precinct Plan" (Neighbourhood Plan) for the McCowan Precinct (see Attachment No. 1) that would further articulate the policies of the Toronto Official Plan (including the Scarborough Centre Secondary Plan) and develop a framework to guide future growth and development of the McCowan Precinct, one of four Precincts of the Scarborough Centre.

 

The McCowan Precinct Plan Study was undertaken with the assistance of area residents, landowners, business owners, Ward 37 & 38 Councillors, City Divisions and interested persons who formed "Working Groups" to assist in the development of the Precinct Plan. The Study has now been completed. 

 

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the study components, the consultation process, and the findings and recommendations of the Study, including future analysis/studies to be undertaken in relation to the McCowan Precinct and the surrounding areas.  This report also provides an overview of the implementation plan for the McCowan Precinct Plan Study which includes: i) an Official Plan Amendment (OPA No. 242 – Attachment No. 2 to this report) for Council's consideration that would add Site and Area Specific Policies for the McCowan Precinct to the Official Plan and ii) Urban Design Guidelines (including a Conceptual Master Plan) for the McCowan Precinct (Attachment Nos. 3 to 4B to this report) for Council's consideration.

 

The City-initiated amendment (OPA No. 242) is subject to the new provisions of the Planning Act and the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

Background Information

(May 2, 2014) Report and Attachments 1-5 from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District - McCowan Precinct Plan Study - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-69042.pdf
Scarborough Centre - McCowan Precinct - Urban Design Guidelines
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-69043.pdf
Notice of Public Meeting - McCowan Precinct Plan Study
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-68693.pdf
(April 25, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District - McCowan Precinct Plan Study - Final Report - Notice of Pending Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-68804.pdf

Communications

(May 2, 2014) Letter from Lorne Ross, on behalf of Glen Andrew Community Association, Midland Park Community Association, Condo Boards of 68 Corporate Drive and Omni Drive (SC.New.SC32.20.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47173.pdf
(May 9, 2014) Letter from Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc. (SC.New.SC32.20.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47352.pdf
(May 9, 2014) Letter from Lorne Ross correcting his letter dated May 2, 2014 (SC.New.SC32.20.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47392.pdf
(May 11, 2014) Letter from Robert A. Dragicevic, Senior Principal, Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited (SC.New.SC32.20.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47463.pdf
(May 13, 2014) Letter from Bryan Bowen, regionalArchitects (SC.New.SC32.20.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/sc/comm/communicationfile-47529.pdf

Speakers

Greg Miklas, Invar Building Corporation
Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker, Urban Strategies Inc.
Guy D'Onofrio, Vice President of Development Planning & Governmental Relations, The Goldman Group

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That OPA 242, and the McCowan Precinct Urban Design Guidelines, attached as Attachments 2 and 3 respectively to the report (May 2, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District be amended as follows:

 

a.         Amend the second point under Section 4.2.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

            "where appropriate, buildings containing retail uses will be designed to allow for their activities to 'spill out' with the provision of wider setback areas."

 

b.         Amend the first point under Section 4.4 b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

            "where appropriate, buildings along the McCowan Road frontage will contain animated uses and architectural features which support pedestrian activity."

 

c.         Amend the seventh point under Section 4.1 of OPA 242, and the third point under Section 4.2.b. of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

            "retail uses will be located at grade within residential, employment and public use buildings where appropriate, to provide interest and animation to public streets and spaces. Retail uses may be provided in additional locations provided that there are prominent, at-grade, street related entrances."

 

d.       Amend the fifth point under Section 4.1 (Built Form and Scale) of the Urban Design Guidelines to read as follows:

 

"All buildings will be designed and located so as to not create adverse shadows and wind on adjacent public spaces, streets, parks or open spaces, including East Highland Creek and the School/Park site, having regard for the varied nature of such areas. Shadows and wind impacts affecting neighbouring properties and buildings should be minimized."


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

That the Director, Community Planning, Scarborough District consider the comments made at the meeting of the Scarborough Community Council on May 13, 2014 at the Public Meeting and report directly to City Council on any further amendments if necessary.

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