Item - 2018.LS24.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on April 24, 2018 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Licensing and Standards Committee on April 10, 2018 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on April 24, 2018.

LS24.1 - Noise By-law Review - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on April 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to complete additional research and consultation for the review of Chapter 591, Noise, and to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee by the third quarter of 2019 with recommended changes to the By-law.

 

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to refine the consultation process with independent professional facilitators to ensure that all stakeholders are able to provide constructive and focused feedback towards the formation of a new Noise By-law for the City of Toronto.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 28, 2018) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Noise By-law Review - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-113598.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(March 9, 2018) E-mail from Nancy Moysiuk (LS.Main.LS24.1.1)
(March 9, 2018) E-mail from Marc Willoughby (LS.Main.LS24.1.2)
(March 10, 2018) E-mail from L.S. Beveridge and Santosh Isaac (LS.Main.LS24.1.3)
(March 10, 2018) E-mail from Jen Herszman Capraru (LS.Main.LS24.1.4)
(March 21, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Ann Kerwin (LS.Main.LS24.1.5)
(March 27, 2018) E-mail from Ewa Piatkowski and Matt Piatkowski (LS.Main.LS24.1.6)
(April 3, 2018) Submission from Liz Sauter, Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.7)
(April 4, 2018) E-mail from Carolyn Johnson, York Quay Neighbourhood Association (LS.New.LS24.1.8)
(April 5, 2018) Letter from Linda McCarthy, Lytton Park Residents' Organization (LS.New.LS24.1.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79421.pdf
(April 5, 2018) E-mail from JoAnn Breitman, Casa Loma Residents Association and Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.10)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Ulla Colgrass, York Quay Neighbourhood Association and Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.11)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (LS.New.LS24.1.12)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Chris Keating, Deer Park Residents Group (LS.New.LS24.1.13)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Michael Page (LS.New.LS24.1.14)
(April 7, 2018) E-mail from Stuart and Sandy McDonald (LS.New.LS24.1.15)
(April 7, 2018) E-mail from Dr. Robin Alter and Dr. Martin Yaffe (LS.New.LS24.1.16)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Mary Partridge (LS.New.LS24.1.17)
(April 8, 2018) Letter from Karen Gorsline (LS.New.LS24.1.18)
(April 8, 2018) Letter from Ian Carmichael, ABC Residents Association (LS.New.LS24.1.19)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79444.pdf
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Toronto Noise Coalition Members, Ian Carmichael, ABC Residents Association, and Cathie Macdonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (LS.New.LS24.1.20)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79465.pdf
(April 6, 2018) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (LS.New.LS24.1.21)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Ann Kerwin (LS.New.LS24.1.22)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Charlotte de Heinrich (LS.New.LS24.1.23)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Pam Mazza, Toronto Island Stewardship Committee (LS.New.LS24.1.24)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Roger Greenwald (LS.New.LS24.1.25)
(April 9, 2018) Submission from Eldon Murray Mathers (LS.New.LS24.1.26)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Annette VanLeeuwen (LS.New.LS24.1.27)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from John Plumadore, Deer Park Residents Group (LS.New.LS24.1.28)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79475.pdf
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Deborah J. Briggs, Summerhill Residents' Association (LS.New.LS24.1.29)
(April 9, 2018) Submission from Alan Baker, The Greater Yorkville Residents' Association (LS.New.LS24.1.30)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79477.pdf
(April 9, 2018) Submission from Harold Smith, Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.31)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Lynn Robinson, Toronto Island Community Association - Toronto Island Noise Committee (LS.New.LS24.1.32)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Ashley Nahornick (LS.New.LS24.1.33)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Cristina Panneton (LS.New.LS24.1.34)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from S. Reid-Robertson (LS.New.LS24.1.35)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Barbara Wilkes (LS.New.LS24.1.36)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Robert G. Tanner, Tanner and Guiney (LS.New.LS24.1.37)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina (LS.New.LS24.1.38)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79495.pdf
(April 10, 2018) Letter from Dr. Sara Byer, Greater Yorkville Residentsí Association - Anti-Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.39)
(April 10, 2018) Letter from Helen Klar, Greater Yorkville Residentsí Association - Anti-Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.40)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Victoria Ashat (LS.New.LS24.1.41)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Mark Reuter (LS.New.LS24.1.42)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Carla Lutchman, Eglinton Park Residents' Association (LS.New.LS24.1.43)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Ausma Malik, Trustee, Toronto District School Board, Ward 10, Trinity-Spadina (LS.New.LS24.1.44)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79503.pdf
(April 10, 2018) E-mail from T. Erlich (LS.New.LS24.1.45)
(April 10, 2018) Letter from Liz Sauter, Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.46)
(April 10, 2018) Submission from Spencer Sutherland, Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council (LS.New.LS24.1.47)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79525.pdf
(April 12, 2018) Submission from Claire Riley (LS.New.LS24.1.48)

Communications (City Council)

(April 11, 2018) E-mail from David and Theresa Pellettier (CC.Main.LS24.1.49)
(April 11, 2018) E-mail from Georgia Webber (CC.Main.LS24.1.50)
(April 12, 2018) E-mail from Karen Pedersen (CC.Main.LS24.1.51)
(April 13, 2018) E-mail from Andre Aymer, Golf Course Superintendent, Islington Golf Club Ltd. (CC.Main.LS24.1.52)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/comm/communicationfile-79630.pdf
(April 23, 2018) E-mail from Carolyn Johnson (CC.Supp.LS24.1.53)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-25-2018 2:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS24.1 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 28 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Josh Colle
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, John Tory

LS24.1 - Noise By-law Review - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to complete additional research and consultation for the review of Chapter 591, Noise, and to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee by the third quarter of 2019 with recommended changes to the By-law.

 

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to refine the consultation process with independent professional facilitators to ensure that all stakeholders are able to provide constructive and focused feedback towards the formation of a new Noise By-law for the City of Toronto.

Origin

(March 28, 2018) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards

Summary

This report provides a summary of the work accomplished to date and next steps for the review of Municipal Code, Chapter 591, Noise, which sets out specific standards for noise in the City of Toronto.

 

Regulating noise is a complex undertaking due to the vast array of sources of noise, competing interests, and the natural occurrence of noise that exists in a growing and vibrant City like Toronto. For many, the City is not only a place to work and rest, but also to enjoy music, festivals, and outdoor cafés. Toronto is a dense urban environment where neighbours reside in very close proximity to each other. The City is also experiencing a high volume of construction activity as housing and transportation infrastructure is being built to meet the needs of the City's growing population.

 

Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) began reviewing the Noise By-law in 2015. In 2016, MLS reported on proposed amendments to the Noise By-law to Licensing and Standards Committee. The Committee referred the report back to MLS with a request to convene a Noise Working Group (NWG) and report back with proposed amendments once the NWG had completed its review and Toronto Public Health (TPH) had completed its noise monitoring study.

 

Over the past year, MLS has met nine times with the NWG to review the current and proposed amendments to the Noise By-law. The NWG included a diverse group of stakeholders, including members from the Toronto Noise Coalition (TNC), representatives from the construction, manufacturing and music industries, acoustical noise engineers, and staff from different City divisions.

 

The NWG meetings highlighted a number of outstanding issues that require further exploration, such as the effectiveness of the general prohibition, challenges with the point of reception measurement, and whether the exemption permit process can effectively mitigate the impact of noise.

 

The City's approach to the enforcement of noise is also undergoing a review. Incorporated in this review is a recommendation from the Toronto Police Service Transformational Task Force Report, which outlines the modernization of policing in the City. It recommends diverting non-emergency calls to other City divisions and services. Non-emergency calls, such as noise complaints that do not require police attendance, will be directed to MLS, as the division with primary responsibility for the enforcement of the Noise By-law. MLS is actively working with Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the City Manager's Office to determine the extent of any operational and/or financial impacts that may result. A report outlining the outcomes of this review is expected at the appropriate standing committee in 2018.

 

The work necessary to determine the extent of any possible budgetary and staffing impacts of the increased volume in calls and service level changes is underway. In the meantime, MLS is proposing to implement a priority response approach to noise complaints in order to improve service levels, enhance the effectiveness of investigations, and use current resources more efficiently. This will allow officers to respond faster to noise events that are identified as high priority, such as those that occur with greater frequency and have a larger effect on an individual and/or community.

 

MLS will continue to undertake additional research and consultation to address the outstanding issues in the Noise By-law and advance the review of Chapter 591 by:

 

-  Procuring an independent acoustical engineering firm to provide a technical review of the current and proposed Noise By-law as well as the feedback collected from members of the NWG; 

 

-  Conducting broad and statistically significant public opinion research on resident attitudes, experience, and concerns with noise in the City of Toronto;

 

-  Pursuing additional research and data analysis, including jurisdictional best practices/approaches; and

 
-  Undertaking further consultation with internal and external stakeholders.
 

Staff will also continue to work with TPH to ensure that the Noise By-law is aligned with TPH's upcoming work on a noise management action plan, aimed at reducing exposure to ambient environmental noise over time. TPH is expected to report to the Board of Health with a noise management action plan in 2019.

 

MLS is planning to report on proposed changes to Chapter 591, Noise, by the third quarter of 2019, once this additional research, analysis, and consultation has been completed.

Background Information

(March 28, 2018) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Noise By-law Review - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-113598.pdf

Communications

(March 9, 2018) E-mail from Nancy Moysiuk (LS.Main.LS24.1.1)
(March 9, 2018) E-mail from Marc Willoughby (LS.Main.LS24.1.2)
(March 10, 2018) E-mail from L.S. Beveridge and Santosh Isaac (LS.Main.LS24.1.3)
(March 10, 2018) E-mail from Jen Herszman Capraru (LS.Main.LS24.1.4)
(March 21, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Ann Kerwin (LS.Main.LS24.1.5)
(March 27, 2018) E-mail from Ewa Piatkowski and Matt Piatkowski (LS.Main.LS24.1.6)
(April 3, 2018) Submission from Liz Sauter, Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.7)
(April 4, 2018) E-mail from Carolyn Johnson, York Quay Neighbourhood Association (LS.New.LS24.1.8)
(April 5, 2018) Letter from Linda McCarthy, Lytton Park Residents' Organization (LS.New.LS24.1.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79421.pdf
(April 5, 2018) E-mail from JoAnn Breitman, Casa Loma Residents Association and Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.10)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Ulla Colgrass, York Quay Neighbourhood Association and Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.11)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (LS.New.LS24.1.12)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Chris Keating, Deer Park Residents Group (LS.New.LS24.1.13)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from Michael Page (LS.New.LS24.1.14)
(April 7, 2018) E-mail from Stuart and Sandy McDonald (LS.New.LS24.1.15)
(April 7, 2018) E-mail from Dr. Robin Alter and Dr. Martin Yaffe (LS.New.LS24.1.16)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Mary Partridge (LS.New.LS24.1.17)
(April 8, 2018) Letter from Karen Gorsline (LS.New.LS24.1.18)
(April 8, 2018) Letter from Ian Carmichael, ABC Residents Association (LS.New.LS24.1.19)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79444.pdf
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Toronto Noise Coalition Members, Ian Carmichael, ABC Residents Association, and Cathie Macdonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (LS.New.LS24.1.20)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79465.pdf
(April 6, 2018) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (LS.New.LS24.1.21)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Ann Kerwin (LS.New.LS24.1.22)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Charlotte de Heinrich (LS.New.LS24.1.23)
(April 8, 2018) E-mail from Pam Mazza, Toronto Island Stewardship Committee (LS.New.LS24.1.24)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Roger Greenwald (LS.New.LS24.1.25)
(April 9, 2018) Submission from Eldon Murray Mathers (LS.New.LS24.1.26)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Annette VanLeeuwen (LS.New.LS24.1.27)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from John Plumadore, Deer Park Residents Group (LS.New.LS24.1.28)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79475.pdf
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Deborah J. Briggs, Summerhill Residents' Association (LS.New.LS24.1.29)
(April 9, 2018) Submission from Alan Baker, The Greater Yorkville Residents' Association (LS.New.LS24.1.30)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79477.pdf
(April 9, 2018) Submission from Harold Smith, Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.31)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Lynn Robinson, Toronto Island Community Association - Toronto Island Noise Committee (LS.New.LS24.1.32)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Ashley Nahornick (LS.New.LS24.1.33)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Cristina Panneton (LS.New.LS24.1.34)
(April 6, 2018) E-mail from S. Reid-Robertson (LS.New.LS24.1.35)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Barbara Wilkes (LS.New.LS24.1.36)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Robert G. Tanner, Tanner and Guiney (LS.New.LS24.1.37)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina (LS.New.LS24.1.38)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79495.pdf
(April 10, 2018) Letter from Dr. Sara Byer, Greater Yorkville Residentsí Association - Anti-Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.39)
(April 10, 2018) Letter from Helen Klar, Greater Yorkville Residentsí Association - Anti-Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.40)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Victoria Ashat (LS.New.LS24.1.41)
(April 9, 2018) E-mail from Mark Reuter (LS.New.LS24.1.42)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Carla Lutchman, Eglinton Park Residents' Association (LS.New.LS24.1.43)
(April 9, 2018) Letter from Ausma Malik, Trustee, Toronto District School Board, Ward 10, Trinity-Spadina (LS.New.LS24.1.44)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79503.pdf
(April 10, 2018) E-mail from T. Erlich (LS.New.LS24.1.45)
(April 10, 2018) Letter from Liz Sauter, Toronto Noise Coalition (LS.New.LS24.1.46)
(April 10, 2018) Submission from Spencer Sutherland, Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council (LS.New.LS24.1.47)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ls/comm/communicationfile-79525.pdf
(April 12, 2018) Submission from Claire Riley (LS.New.LS24.1.48)

Speakers

Kesh Kumar
Harold B. Smith
Carolyn Johnson, York Quay Neighbourhood Association
Gary Rygus, Retail Council of Canada
Eldon Murray Mathers
Victoria Shepherd, Music Canada Live
JoAnn Breitman, Casa Loma Residents Association and Toronto Noise Coalition
Dr. Sara Byer, Greater Yorkville Residentsí Association - Anti-Noise Coalition
Helen Klar, Greater Yorkville Residentsí Association - Anti-Noise Coalition
Ulla Colgrass, York Quay Neighbourhood Association and Toronto Noise Coalition
Cathie Macdonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations and Toronto Noise Coalition
Lynn Robinson, Toronto Island Community Association - Toronto Island Noise Committee
Robert G. Tanner, Tanner and Guiney
Liz Sauter, Toronto Noise Coalition
Claire Riley
Ron Jenkins, Waterfront for All
Edge Caravaggio, National Golf Course Owners Association
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Councillor Lucy Troisi

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to refine the consultation process with independent professional facilitators to ensure that all stakeholders are able to provide constructive and focused feedback towards the formation of a new Noise By-law for the City of Toronto.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council