Item - 2017.PE23.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on January 31, 2018 with amendments.
  • City Council considered this item on December 5, 2017 and postponed its consideration to a later date. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.
  • This item was considered by Parks and Environment Committee on November 17, 2017 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on December 5, 2017.

PE23.3 - Yellow Creek/Vale of Avoca - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
22 - St. Paul's, 27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

City Council on January 31 and February 1, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to evaluate the status of the infrastructure and ecological integrity of Yellow Creek, in coordination with the Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment and the recommendations of the Ravine Strategy; such evaluation must include an inventory, including the state of good repair, of existing facilities and features - including the trail network, invasive species and the health of the tree canopy, and identification of the divisions or agencies responsible for implementing and maintaining these assets.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to evaluate the infrastructure and ecological integrity of Yellow Creek in consultation with a working group composed of relevant community stakeholders; such working group to be formed at the earliest opportunity.

  

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to review the forthcoming Ravine Strategy in conjunction with the analysis of the status of the infrastructure and ecological integrity of Yellow Creek to establish a timeline for the major works required; and where the hydrogeological study and Ravine Strategy anticipate improvements in the range of eight or more years, City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee on opportunities for immediate investments that would make the ravine accessible to regular access.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 30, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Yellow Creek/Vale of Avoca - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-108752.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 12, 2017) E-mail from Milena Kras-Claydon (PE.New.PE23.3.1)
(November 12, 2017) E-mail from Trevor Currie (PE.New.PE23.3.2)
(November 13, 2017) E-mail from Tania Sulan and David Bentley (PE.New.PE23.3.3)
(November 13, 2017) E-mail from Monika Geisweiller (PE.New.PE23.3.4)
(November 14, 2017) E-mail from Gillian Bogden (PE.New.PE23.3.5)
(November 15, 2017) Submission from John Bossons, Board Member, Summerhill Resident's Association and Coalition of Yellow Creek Residents' Associations (PE.New.PE23.3.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-73952.pdf
(November 16, 2017) Letter from Joan York, Board Member, Deer Park Residents Group (PE.New.PE23.3.7)
(November 16, 2017) E-mail from Shane Crompton (PE.New.PE23.3.8)
(November 17, 2017) Submission from Catherine Berka, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study, University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry (PE.New.PE23.3.9)
(November 17, 2017) E-mail from Susan Stock (PE.New.PE23.3.10)
(November 16, 2017) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, and Councillor Josh Matlow, Ward 22, St. Paul's (PE.New.PE23.3.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-73967.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(December 5, 2017) Submission from Lenka Holubec (CC.New.PE23.3.12)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council delete Parks and Environment Committee Recommendations 1, 2, and 3:

 

Recommendations to be deleted:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to expand the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment to include assets beyond geomorphic systems and erosion-impacted infrastructure, as well as a long-term maintenance plan. This must include, at a minimum, an inventory and state of good repair of all existing facilities, including the trail network, an analysis of ecological integrity, and identification of the departments or agencies responsible for implementing and maintaining all planned improvements.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, develop the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment in consultation with a working group comprised of relevant community stakeholders and that this working group be formed at the earliest opportunity to inform the Environmental Assessment process for its full duration.


3.  City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, use the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment as a template for future ravine studies and as a costing model for what is required to bring Toronto's entire ravine system into a good state of ecological repair.

 

and replace them with the following new Recommendations 1, 2, and 3:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to evaluate the status of the infrastructure and ecological integrity of Yellow Creek, in coordination with the Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment and the recommendations of the Ravine Strategy. This must include an inventory, including the state of good repair, of existing facilities and features - including the trail network, invasive species and the health of the tree canopy, and identification of the departments or agencies responsible for implementing and maintaining these assets.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, evaluate the infrastructure and ecological integrity of Yellow Creek in consultation with a working group comprised of relevant community stakeholders and that this working group be formed at the earliest opportunity.

  

3. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, review the forthcoming Ravine Strategy in conjunction with the analysis of the status of the infrastructure and ecological integrity of Yellow Creek to establish a timeline for the major works required. Where the hydrogeological study and Ravine Strategy anticipate improvements in the range of eight or more years, the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation will report back to the Parks and Environment Committee on opportunities for immediate investments would make the ravine accessible to regular access.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-01-2018 11:52 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE23.3 - Wong-Tam - motion 1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, 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 Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson

Declared Interests (City Council)

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Mike Layton - as his family owns property in the immediate area.

PE23.3 - Yellow Creek/Vale of Avoca - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred
Wards:
22 - St. Paul's, 27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

City Council on the December 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2017, deferred Item PE23.3 to the January 31, February 1 and 2, 2018 Council meeting or to a special meeting to be called by the Mayor.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 30, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Yellow Creek/Vale of Avoca - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-108752.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 12, 2017) E-mail from Milena Kras-Claydon (PE.New.PE23.3.1)
(November 12, 2017) E-mail from Trevor Currie (PE.New.PE23.3.2)
(November 13, 2017) E-mail from Tania Sulan and David Bentley (PE.New.PE23.3.3)
(November 13, 2017) E-mail from Monika Geisweiller (PE.New.PE23.3.4)
(November 14, 2017) E-mail from Gillian Bogden (PE.New.PE23.3.5)
(November 15, 2017) Submission from John Bossons, Board Member, Summerhill Resident's Association and Coalition of Yellow Creek Residents' Associations (PE.New.PE23.3.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-73952.pdf
(November 16, 2017) Letter from Joan York, Board Member, Deer Park Residents Group (PE.New.PE23.3.7)
(November 16, 2017) E-mail from Shane Crompton (PE.New.PE23.3.8)
(November 17, 2017) Submission from Catherine Berka, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study, University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry (PE.New.PE23.3.9)
(November 17, 2017) E-mail from Susan Stock (PE.New.PE23.3.10)
(November 16, 2017) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, and Councillor Josh Matlow, Ward 22, St. Paul's (PE.New.PE23.3.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-73967.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(December 5, 2017) Submission from Lenka Holubec (CC.New.PE23.3.12)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Defer Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That City Council defer consideration of this Item remaining on the agenda to the January 31, February 1 and 2, 2018 Council meeting or to a special meeting to be called by the Mayor.

Declared Interests (City Council)

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Mike Layton - his family owns property in the immediate area.

PE23.3 - Yellow Creek/Vale of Avoca - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
22 - St. Paul's, 27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to expand the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment to include assets beyond geomorphic systems and erosion-impacted infrastructure, as well as a long-term maintenance plan. This must include, at a minimum, an inventory and state of good repair of all existing facilities, including the trail network, an analysis of ecological integrity, and identification of the departments or agencies responsible for implementing and maintaining all planned improvements.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, develop the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment in consultation with a working group comprised of relevant community stakeholders and that this working group be formed at the earliest opportunity to inform the Environmental Assessment process for its full duration.


3.  City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, use the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment as a template for future ravine studies and as a costing model for what is required to bring Toronto's entire ravine system into a good state of ecological repair.

Origin

(October 30, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Summary

The purpose of this report is to respond to the request from the September 9, 2016 Parks and Environment Committee on the feasibility and process to develop a Master Plan for the Yellow Creek and Vale of Avoca area. The Vale of Avoca are the ravine lands surrounding Yellow Creek in Ward 22, St. Paul's and Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale. It is a highly valued parkland space that includes vital infrastructure such as trails, stairs, bridges, sewers and other public facilities normally found in Toronto ravines.

 

The Ravine Strategy, approved by City Council on October 2, 2017, will guide the management of Toronto's ravine system. Through the application of the Ravine Strategy Prioritization Framework, the City will be able to prioritize areas where protecting ecosystems while managing recreation use and improving access is needed and to start to identify opportunities for collaboration with internal and external partners.

 

As part of their Council Approved 2017-2026 Capital Budget and Plan, Toronto Water will initiate a Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment for Yellow Creek. This study will recommend a long-term plan to address erosion and protection of existing critical culvert, sewer, and watermain infrastructure.

Background Information

(October 30, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Yellow Creek/Vale of Avoca - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-108752.pdf

Communications

(November 12, 2017) E-mail from Milena Kras-Claydon (PE.New.PE23.3.1)
(November 12, 2017) E-mail from Trevor Currie (PE.New.PE23.3.2)
(November 13, 2017) E-mail from Tania Sulan and David Bentley (PE.New.PE23.3.3)
(November 13, 2017) E-mail from Monika Geisweiller (PE.New.PE23.3.4)
(November 14, 2017) E-mail from Gillian Bogden (PE.New.PE23.3.5)
(November 15, 2017) Submission from John Bossons, Board Member, Summerhill Resident's Association and Coalition of Yellow Creek Residents' Associations (PE.New.PE23.3.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-73952.pdf
(November 16, 2017) Letter from Joan York, Board Member, Deer Park Residents Group (PE.New.PE23.3.7)
(November 16, 2017) E-mail from Shane Crompton (PE.New.PE23.3.8)
(November 17, 2017) Submission from Catherine Berka, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study, University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry (PE.New.PE23.3.9)
(November 17, 2017) E-mail from Susan Stock (PE.New.PE23.3.10)
(November 16, 2017) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, and Councillor Josh Matlow, Ward 22, St. Paul's (PE.New.PE23.3.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-73967.pdf

Speakers

Robert Spindler, Moore Park Residents Association
Chris Lowry, President, Moore Park Residents Association
Joan York, Board Member, Deer Park Residents Group
Catherine Berka, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study, University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry
Eric Davies, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study, University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry
John Bossons, Board Member, Summerhill Resident's Association
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Motions

Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to expand the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment to include assets beyond geomorphic systems and erosion-impacted infrastructure, as well as a long-term maintenance plan. This must include, at a minimum, an inventory and state of good repair of all existing facilities, including the trail network, an analysis of ecological integrity, and identification of the departments or agencies responsible for implementing and maintaining all planned improvements.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, develop the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment in consultation with a working group comprised of relevant community stakeholders and that this working group be formed at the earliest opportunity to inform the Environmental Assessment process for its full duration.


3.  City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, use the Yellow Creek Geomorphic Systems Master Plan Environmental Assessment as a template for future ravine studies and as a costing model for what is required to bring Toronto's entire ravine system into a good state of ecological repair.

Declared Interests

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Mike Layton - as his mother owns property adjacent to the Vale of Avoca area.
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council