Item - 2016.TE20.18

Tracking Status

TE20.18 - TOcore: Planning Toronto's Downtown - Proposals Report - Secondary Plan Directions and Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
20 - Trinity-Spadina, 27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale, 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

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

 

1.  City Council request City Planning staff to undertake stakeholder and public consultation on the policy directions outlined in Attachment 1 "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report" to the report (October 27, 2016) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York and the Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, to inform the development of the Secondary Plan for Downtown.

 

2.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to bring forward a draft Secondary Plan for Downtown by mid-2017, based on Attachment 1 "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report" and on the policy directions summarized in Attachment 2 to the report (October 27, 2016) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, informed by the consultations in Part 1 above.

 

3. City Council request the General Managers of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Children's Services, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and Toronto Employment and Social Services, and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to advance the TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy and implementation plan by mid-2017 by addressing each service sector including recreation (City and Association of Community Centres), child care, libraries, human and social services and schools.

 

4. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to bring forward the TOcore Water Strategy and a detailed implementation plan, congruent with the draft Downtown Secondary Plan that clearly links the provision of water infrastructure with growth.

 

5. City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, in coordination with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and all lead operating Divisions, to develop a financial strategy to implement the infrastructure priorities outlined in TOcore, including but not limited to community services and facilities, affordable housing, water infrastructure, public realm improvements, active and surface transportation and new parkland acquisition; and include in the strategy for revenue generation for these priorities, options that include a dedicated levy-system, locally generated DC and park land levies, all with a view to equitably and geographically accommodate the intense pressures as result of the residential intensification in the core and report back in conjunction with the Downtown Secondary Plan in mid-2017.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to evaluate the opportunity for creating a "green loop", linking existing public and publicly accessible green and pedestrian spaces, within the bounds of Davenport Road, Sherbourne Street, Queen Street and University Avenue/Avenue Road as part of the Parks and Public Realm Plan for TOcore.

Background Information (Community Council)

(October 27, 2016) Report and Attachments 3 and 4 - from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District and the Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning Division
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-97827.pdf
Attachment 1 - "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report Part 1
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98133.pdf
Attachment 1 - "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report Part 2
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98164.pdf
Attachment 2 - Summary of TOcore Policy Directions
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98134.pdf
Presentation from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - TOcore: Planning Toronto's Downtown - Proposals Report - Secondary Plan Directions and Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98510.pdf

Communications (Community Council)

(November 14, 2016) Letter from Grant Humes, Executive Director, Toronto Financial District BIA (TE.Supp.TE20.18.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/comm/communicationfile-64038.pdf
(November 14, 2016) Letter from Rick Whitten-Stovall, President, Bay Cloverhill Community Association (TE.Supp.TE20.18.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/comm/communicationfile-64040.pdf
(November 14, 2016) Letter from Richard Lyall, President, Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) (TE.Supp.TE20.18.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/comm/communicationfile-64083.pdf
(November 15, 2016) Submission from Hamish Wilson (TE.Supp.TE20.18.4)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-15-2016 12:25 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - TE20.18 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, 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, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Justin J. Di Ciano, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson

TE20.18 - TOcore: Planning Toronto's Downtown - Proposals Report - Secondary Plan Directions and Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
20 - Trinity-Spadina, 27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale, 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Community Council Recommendations

The Toronto and East York Community Council recommends that:

 

1.  City Council request City Planning staff to undertake stakeholder and public consultation on the policy directions outlined in Attachment 1 "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report" of the report (October 27, 2016) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York and the Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, to inform the development of the Secondary Plan for Downtown.

 

2.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to bring forward a draft Secondary Plan for Downtown by mid-2017, based on Attachment 1 "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report" and on the policy directions summarized in Attachment 2 to the report (October 27, 2016) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, informed by the consultations in Recommendation 1 above.

 

3. City Council request the General Managers of Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Children's Services; Shelter, Support and Housing Administration; Toronto Employment and Social Services; and, the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration; the Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library Board; and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to advance the TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy and implementation plan by mid-2017 by addressing each service sector including recreation (City and AOCC's), child care, libraries, human and social services and schools.

 

4. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to bring forward the TOcore Water Strategy and a detailed implementation plan, congruent with the draft Downtown Secondary Plan that clearly links the provision of water infrastructure with growth.

 

5. City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, in coordination with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and all lead operating Divisions, to develop a financial strategy to implement the infrastructure priorities outlined in TOcore, including but not limited to community services and facilities, affordable housing, water infrastructure, public realm improvements, active and surface transportation and new parkland acquisition; and include in the strategy for revenue generation for these priorities, options that include a dedicated levy-system, locally generated DC and park land levies, all with a view to equitably and geographically accommodate the intense pressures as result of the residential intensification in the core and report back in conjunction with the Downtown Secondary Plan in mid-2017.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to evaluate the opportunity for creating a "green loop", linking existing public and publicly accessible green and pedestrian spaces, within the bounds of Davenport Road, Sherbourne Street, Queen Street and University Avenue/Avenue Road as part of the Parks and Public Realm Plan for TOcore.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, gave a presentation on "TOCore:  Planning Toronto's Downtown - Proposals Report - Secondary Plan Directions and Update".

Origin

(October 27, 2016) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District and Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning Division

Summary

This report seeks Council’s endorsement of the TOcore Proposals Report which provides proposed policy directions that, will inform the development of a draft Downtown Secondary Plan. The report also provides updates on the Phase 2 consultations undertaken, population growth projections for the Downtown, and the status of infrastructure strategies underway that will support the implementation of a new Downtown Secondary Plan. These policy directions will be the subject of the next round of public and stakeholder consultation to inform the development of that plan.

 

TOcore: Planning Downtown is a three-year, inter-divisional study, led by City Planning. Building on Downtown's existing planning framework, TOcore's purpose is to ensure growth positively contributes to Toronto’s Downtown as a great place to live, work, learn, play and invest by determining: a) how future growth will be accommodated and shaped, and b) what physical and social infrastructure will be needed, where it will go and how it will be secured.

 

TOcore is a response to the rapid growth and intensification of Downtown that is placing pressure on finite physical and social infrastructure assets and that is occurring in a pattern and at an intensity that is beginning to threaten the liveability of the heart of the city. The new Secondary Plan will update the Downtown planning framework to shape future growth and link growth to the provision of needed infrastructure investments to achieve the city-building vision and policies of Toronto’s Official Plan. A series of infrastructure strategies for office, transportation, parks and public realm, community services and facilities, and energy are in development as part of this review, along with a water infrastructure assessment. Financing approaches will be included as part of each infrastructure strategy.

 

TOcore is aligned to Council's Strategic Plan and will inform the update to the Long Term Financial Plan, which calls for strategic investment in infrastructure to maintain city residents' high quality of life.

Background Information

(October 27, 2016) Report and Attachments 3 and 4 - from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District and the Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning Division
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-97827.pdf
Attachment 1 - "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report Part 1
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98133.pdf
Attachment 1 - "TOcore: Planning Downtown, Proposals Report Part 2
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98164.pdf
Attachment 2 - Summary of TOcore Policy Directions
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98134.pdf
Presentation from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - TOcore: Planning Toronto's Downtown - Proposals Report - Secondary Plan Directions and Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-98510.pdf

Communications

(November 14, 2016) Letter from Grant Humes, Executive Director, Toronto Financial District BIA (TE.Supp.TE20.18.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/comm/communicationfile-64038.pdf
(November 14, 2016) Letter from Rick Whitten-Stovall, President, Bay Cloverhill Community Association (TE.Supp.TE20.18.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/comm/communicationfile-64040.pdf
(November 14, 2016) Letter from Richard Lyall, President, Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) (TE.Supp.TE20.18.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/comm/communicationfile-64083.pdf
(November 15, 2016) Submission from Hamish Wilson (TE.Supp.TE20.18.4)

Speakers

Gary Switzer, BILD Toronto Chapter
Jon Carlos Tsilfitis, Renovation Council Chairman, BILD
Hamish Wilson (Submission Filed)
Kathryn Holden, Bay Cloverhill Community Association

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1.  Toronto and East York Community Council request that the General Managers of Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Children's Services; Shelter, Support and Housing Administration; Toronto Employment and Social Services;  the Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration; the Chief Librarian of the Toronto Public Library Board; and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning advance the TOcore Community Services and Facilities Strategy and implementation plan by addressing each service sector including recreation (City and AOCC's), child care, libraries, human and social services and schools by mid-2017.

 

2.  Toronto and East York Community Council request that the General Manager, Toronto Water bring forward the TOcore Water Strategy and a detailed implementation plan, congruent with the draft Downtown Secondary Plan that clearly links the provision of water infrastructure with growth.

 

3.  Toronto and East York Community Council request the Executive Director of Financial Planning and the Executive Director of Corporate Finance, in coordination with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, Community Planning and all lead operating Divisions develop a financial strategy to implement the infrastructure priorities outlined in TOcore, including but not limited to community services and facilities, affordable housing, water infrastructure, public realm improvements, active and surface transportation and new parkland acquisition; and include in the strategy for revenue generation for these priorities, options that include a dedicated levy-system, locally generated DC and park land levies, all with a view to equitably and geographically accommodate the intense pressures as result of the residential intensification in the core and report back in conjunction with the Downtown Secondary Plan in mid-2017

 


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

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

The Toronto and East York Community Council recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, in consultation with Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff, to evaluate the opportunity for creating a "green loop", linking existing public and publicly accessible green and pedestrian spaces, within the bounds of Davenport Road, Sherbourne Street, Queen Street and University Avenue/Avenue Road as part of the Parks and Public Realm Plan for TOcore.

 

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