Item - 2016.EX16.26

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 12, 2016 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on June 28, 2016 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 12, 2016.

EX16.26 - Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2016, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council approve the Open Door Affordable Housing Program to provide City financial incentives, the new Open Door Planning Service provided that it only be made available to developments approved through the Open Door Affordable Housing Program, and activate surplus public land for affordable housing.

 

2. City Council approve the five-year Open Door Affordable Housing Investment Plan Projections in the Financial Implications section of the report (June 8, 2016) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, based on Council's approved annual targets of 1,000 new affordable rental homes and 400 new affordable ownership homes.

 

3. City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office in collaboration with the City Manager's Office to provide an update, annually, on the prior year results of the Open Door Program including funding allocations, incentives provided and other contributions from all sources on a go-forward basis.

 

4.  City Council direct the Director, Affordable Housing Office, in collaboration with the City Manager's Office, to add a review of housing purchase and rental prices to the annual Open Door Report to ensure that City incentives are effective.

 

5. City Council approve that the non-profit affordable ownership housing development applications where a minimum of 20 percent of the residential gross floor area of the development is affordable ownership housing be eligible for the Open Door Service.

 

6. City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office, to initiate a conversation with the affordable home ownership providers to explore opportunities to expand long term affordability.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 8, 2016) Report from the Deputy City Manager Cluster A, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B, and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-94483.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 24, 2016) Letter from Danielle Chin, Senior Manager, Policy and Government Relations, Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) (EX.Supp.EX16.26.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61789.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 1 by adding the words "provided that it only be made available to developments approved through the Open Door Affordable Housing Program" so that it now reads as follows:

 

1. City Council approve the Open Door Affordable Housing Program to provide City financial incentives; the new Open Door Planning Service provided that it only be made available to developments approved through the Open Door Affordable Housing Program; and activate surplus public land for affordable housing.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council direct the Director, Affordable Housing Office in collaboration with the City Manager's Office to add a review of housing purchase and rental prices to the annual Open Door Report to ensure that City incentives are effective.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-15-2016 12:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX16.26 - Perks - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Christin Carmichael Greb, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

26a - Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program

Background Information (Committee)
(June 20, 2016) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-94575.pdf

EX16.26 - Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council approve the Open Door Affordable Housing Program to provide City financial incentives, the new Open Door Planning Service, and activate surplus public land for affordable housing.

 

2. City Council approve the five-year Open Door Affordable Housing Investment Plan Projections in the Financial Implications section of the report (June 8, 2016) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, based on Council's approved annual targets of 1,000 new affordable rental homes and 400 new affordable ownership homes.

 

3. City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office in collaboration with the City Manager's Office to provide an update, annually, on the prior year results of the Open Door Program including funding allocations, incentives provided and other contributions from all sources on a go-forward basis.

 

4. City Council approve that the non-profit affordable ownership housing development applications where a minimum of 20 percent of the residential gross floor area of the development is affordable ownership housing be eligible for the Open Door Service.

 

5. City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office, to initiate a conversation with the affordable home ownership providers to explore opportunities to expand long term affordability.

Origin

(June 8, 2016) Report from the Deputy City Manager Cluster A, and the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer

Summary

This report fulfills City Council's December, 2015 request for the City Manager to report on the financial and administrative implications of the Open Door Affordable Housing Program.

 

Open Door is a program where the City contracts/secures affordable housing through a co-ordinated approach to financial incentives, funding, planning approvals and activation of public and private land. Implementation matters addressed in this report include:

 

-  a multi-year affordable housing investment plan to meet targets;

-  the streamlining of application processes for City affordable housing funding and incentives;

-  expanded planning supports, such as the new Open Door Service application review process; and

-  annual reporting on performance toward achieving targets.

 

Concurrent reports recommend the approval of a number of Open Door pilot projects that were reported to Council in December 2015.

 

The program's success is premised on ongoing federal/provincial housing investments and the scaling up of the capacity of the non-profit and private housing sectors to participate and produce affordable housing.  In this regard the recent 2016 federal and provincial budgets provide important new funding sources for affordable housing.

 

By accelerating the creation of affordable housing, Open Door will increase the opportunity for lower-income and vulnerable individuals and families to access safe, healthy and adequate homes. This will assist in improving Toronto's economic and social well-being and easing health, justice and social costs.

Background Information

(June 8, 2016) Report from the Deputy City Manager Cluster A, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B, and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-94483.pdf

Communications

(June 24, 2016) Letter from Danielle Chin, Senior Manager, Policy and Government Relations, Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) (EX.Supp.EX16.26.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61789.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That the recommendations in the letter (June 20, 2016) from the Affordable Housing Committee [Item EX16.26a] be adopted.

26a - Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program

Origin
(June 20, 2016) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee
Summary

This report fulfills City Council's December, 2015 request for the City Manager to report on the financial and administrative implications of the Open Door Affordable Housing Program.

 

Open Door is a program where the City contracts/secures affordable housing through a co-ordinated approach to financial incentives, funding, planning approvals and activation of public and private land. Implementation matters addressed in this report include:

 

- A multi-year affordable housing investment plan to meet targets,

- The streamlining of application processes for City affordable housing funding and incentives,

- Expanded planning supports, such as the new Open Door Service application review process, and

- Annual reporting on performance toward achieving targets.

 

Concurrent reports recommend the approval of a number of Open Door pilot projects that were reported to Council in December 2015.

 

The program's success is premised on ongoing federal/provincial housing investments and the scaling up of the capacity of the non-profit and private housing sectors to participate and produce affordable housing. In this regard the recent 2016 federal and provincial budgets provide important new funding sources for affordable housing.

 

By accelerating the creation of affordable housing, Open Door will increase the opportunity for lower-income and vulnerable individuals and families to access safe, healthy and adequate homes. This will assist in improving Toronto's economic and social well-being and easing health, justice and social costs.

Background Information
(June 20, 2016) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Implementing the Open Door Affordable Housing Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-94575.pdf
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