Item - 2014.TE34.10

Tracking Status

TE34.10 - Final Report - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
20 - Trinity-Spadina

City Council Decision

City Council on August 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council amend the former City of Toronto Zoning By-law 438-86, as amended, for the lands at 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment attached as Attachment 1, to the report (August 1, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District.

 

2.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.

 

3.         Before introducing the necessary Bills to City Council for enactment, City Council require the owner to enter into an Agreement pursuant to Section 37 of the Planning Act as follows:

 

A.        Provide a cash contribution of $4,000,000, prior to the issuance of an above-grade building permit for any development, for the following local community improvement initiatives:

 

i.          $1,000,000 for the John Street Cultural Corridor;

 

ii.         $400,000 for capital improvements to Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) facilities in Ward 20;

 

iii.        $1,500,000 for streetscape improvements in the immediate area, which may include a future east/west connection to the PATH system;

 

iv.        $500,000 for community services and facilities in Ward 20;

 

v.         $100,000 for the Toronto Book Award Plaque Program, of which $50,000 shall be payable prior to the introduction of Bills; and

 

vi.        $500,000 for public art, in accordance with the City of Toronto’s Percent for Public Art Program.

 

B.        In the event the cash contributions referred to in Parts A.i. through vi. above has not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of this By-law coming into full force and effect, the cash contribution may be redirected for another purpose, at the discretion of the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the local Councillor, provided that the purpose is identified in the Toronto Official Plan and will benefit the community in the vicinity of the lands.

 

C.        The payments required in Parts A.i. through vi. above shall increase in accordance with the increase in the Non-Residential Construction Price Index for the Toronto CMA, reported quarterly by Statistics Canada in Construction Price Statistics Publication No. 62-007-XPB, or its successor, calculated from the date of execution of the Section 37 Agreement or, if the site specific by-laws for the project are appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, from the date of the Board Order approving the by-laws, to the date of submission of the funds by the owner to the City.

 

The following shall be secured as a matter of legal convenience:

 

D.        Provide the City with documentation as to LEED certification of the development and the marketing materials that will include information on LEED certification.

 

E.         The design of the building and site plan shall be generally in accordance with the plans associated with the Zoning By-law Amendment application, on file with the City Planning Division, and shall be to the satisfaction of the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Community Council)

(July 18, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-72353.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Aug-25-2014 3:03 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - TE34.10 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, James Maloney, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, 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 Michelle Berardinetti, Mike Del Grande, Giorgio Mammoliti, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz

10a - Supplementary Report - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application

Background Information (Community Council)

(August 1, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application - Supplementary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-72556.pdf

TE34.10 - Final Report - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
20 - Trinity-Spadina

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Community Council Recommendations

The Toronto and East York Community Council recommends that:

 

1.         City Council amend the former City of Toronto Zoning By-law 438-86, as amended, for the lands at 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment attached as Attachment No. 1, to the report (August 1, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District.

 

2.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.

 

3.         Before introducing the necessary Bills to City Council for enactment, City Council require the owner to enter into an Agreement pursuant to Section 37 of the Planning Act as follows:

 

A.        Provide a cash contribution of $4,000,000, prior to the issuance of an above-grade building permit for any development, for the following local community improvement initiatives:

 

i.          $1,000,000 for the John Street Cultural Corridor;

 

ii.         $400,000 for capital improvements to Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) facilities in Ward 20;

 

iii.        $1,500,000 for streetscape improvements in the immediate area, which may include a future east/west connection to the PATH system;

 

iv.        $500,000 for community services and facilities in Ward 20;

 

v.         $100,000 for the Toronto Book Award Plaque Program, of which $50,000 shall be payable prior to the introduction of Bills; and

 

vi.        $500,000 for public art, in accordance with the City of Toronto’s Percent for Public Art Program.

 

B.        In the event the cash contributions referred to in Section A.i. through vi. above has not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of this By-law coming into full force and effect, the cash contribution may be redirected for another purpose, at the discretion of the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning, in consultation with the local Councillor, provided that the purpose is identified in the Toronto Official Plan and will benefit the community in the vicinity of the lands.

 

C.        The payments required in Section A.i. through vi. herein shall increase in accordance with the increase in the Non-Residential Construction Price Index for the Toronto CMA, reported quarterly by Statistics Canada in Construction Price Statistics Publication No. 62-007-XPB, or its successor, calculated from the date of execution of the Section 37 Agreement or, if the site specific by-laws for the project are appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, from the date of the Board Order approving the by-laws, to the date of submission of the funds by the owner to the City.

 

The following shall be secured as a matter of legal convenience:

 

D.        Provide the City with documentation as to LEED certification of the development and the marketing materials that will include information on LEED certification.

 

E.         The design of the building and site plan shall be generally in accordance with the plans associated with the Zoning By-law Amendment application, on file with the City Planning Division, and shall be to the satisfaction of the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Toronto and East York Community Council held a statutory public meeting on August 12, 2014, and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

Origin

(July 18, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District

Summary

This application proposes to rezone the lands at 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street to permit the development of a 54-storey commercial office tower.   The application proposes incorporate a portion of the heritage building located at 156 Front Street West into the podium of the new office tower, in accordance with the Union Station Heritage Conservation District Plan.

 

The proposed development would have an overall non-residential gross floor area of approximately 126,570 square metres, an overall building height of 265 metres, and a proposed density of 21.7 times the lot area.  The proposal will provide 370 parking spaces within 4 levels of underground parking.

 

The proposed office tower development, within the Financial District, and in close proximity to major regional transit hubs, such as Union Station, the Union Pearson Express, and the subway, meets the City's planning objectives for the area. In addition, it represents a significant investment in the downtown, replacing a surface parking lot and contributing the both the City's employment and tax base.


This report reviews and recommends approval of the application to amend the former City of Toronto Zoning By-law 438-86, as amended.

Background Information

(July 18, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-72353.pdf

Speakers

Patrick Devine, Dentons Canada LLP

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (Carried)

That the Toronto and East York Community Council recommend that City Council adopt the recommendations in the supplementary report (August 1, 2014) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, subject to:

 

A.        Deleting Recommendation 3.A.iii. and replacing it with the following:

 

"3.A.iii.$1,500,000 for streetscape improvements in the immediate area, which may include a future east/west connection to the PATH system;"

 

B.        Deleting Recommendation 3.A.v and replacing it with the following:

 

"3.A.v  $100,000 for the Toronto Book Award Plaque Program, of which $50,000 shall be payable prior to the introduction of Bills; and"

 

C.        Deleting Recommendation 3.D. and replacing it with the following:

 

"3.D.    Provide the City with documentation as to LEED certification of the development and the marketing materials that will include information on LEED certification."


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (Carried)

10a - Supplementary Report - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application

Origin

(August 1, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District

Summary

A report dated July 18, 2014, from the Director of Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, recommends approval of the Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit the construction of a 54-storey commercial office tower at 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street.  The application proposes to incorporate a portion of the heritage building located at 156 Front Street West into the podium of the new office tower, in accordance with the Union Station Heritage Conservation District Plan.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide supplemental information to the July 24, 2014 report regarding the Zoning By-law Amendment and Section 37 under the Planning Act.

Background Information

(August 1, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street - Zoning Amendment Application - Supplementary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-72556.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council