Item - 2015.PE2.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 31, 2015 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Parks and Environment Committee on February 25, 2015 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on March 31, 2015.

PE2.1 - Rouge National Urban Park Draft Management Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 31, April 1 and 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council receive the report (February 10, 2015) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B for information.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 10, 2015) Report and Attachments 1 - 4 from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, on Rouge National Urban Park Draft Management Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-76309.pdf
(February 25, 2015) Presentation by the Senior Planner, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning, on Rouge National Urban Park Draft Management Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-77601.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(March 23, 2015) Letter from Jim Robb, General Manager, Friends of the Rouge Watershed (CC.Main.PE2.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/comm/communicationfile-52011.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-01-2015 2:19 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE2.1 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Denzil Minnan-Wong, David Shiner, John Tory

PE2.1 - Rouge National Urban Park Draft Management Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council receive the report (February 10, 2015) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B for information.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The following made a presentation to the Parks and Environment Committee:

 

- John Livey, Deputy City Manager, Cluster B;

 

- Jane Weninger, Senior Planner, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning; and

 

- Pam Veinotte, Field Unit Superintendent, Rouge National Urban Park, Parks Canada.

 

Origin

(February 10, 2015) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B

Summary

The Federal Government is establishing a National Urban Park in the Rouge Valley area of Toronto and York and Durham Regions.  The City of Toronto, along with other municipal land holders, has agreed to transfer land to Parks Canada for inclusion in the park.   The House of Commons, for the Government of Canada, has adopted Bill C-40 An Act respecting the Rouge National Urban Park to provide the legal framework to establish and implement the park. Bill C-40 is currently before the Senate for consideration.  Parks Canada has released the draft Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan (RNUPMP) for public input.  The RNUPMP provides the long-term direction for the management and operation of the park under the legislative framework of Bill C-40.  Once Bill C-40 receives Royal Assent, the management plan will be tabled in the House of Commons for information by the Federal Minister of the Environment.

 

This report responds to City Council's request to address the consistency of the RNUPMP with the environmental policies of existing approved plans that relate to the proposed national park and summarizes staff comments on the RNUPMP and Parks Canada's response.  City staff  recommended:   detailed implementation strategies for natural heritage and archaeology be prepared as part of the park transition phase;  additional information on park governance; reference to the recently executed agreement to collaborate in relation to the Toronto Zoo and proposed Beare Road Park; and additional information on service delivery needs in relation to implementation of the management plan.  Parks Canada has responded that the City's comments will be used to help finalize the management plan for the Rouge National Urban Park, that detailed implementation strategies in support of the management plan will be prepared and that Parks Canada is committed to continuing to work with the City including on park planning, development of implementation strategies, collaboration initiatives and park service delivery.

Background Information

(February 10, 2015) Report and Attachments 1 - 4 from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, on Rouge National Urban Park Draft Management Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-76309.pdf
(February 25, 2015) Presentation by the Senior Planner, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning, on Rouge National Urban Park Draft Management Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-77601.pdf

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council