Item - 2018.PW29.1

Tracking Status

PW29.1 - Metrolinx Projects: Temporary Delegation for Long-Term Road Closures

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
1 - Etobicoke North, 7 - York West, 8 - York West, 11 - York South-Weston, 12 - York South-Weston, 15 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 16 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 21 - St. Paul's, 22 - St. Paul's, 25 - Don Valley West, 26 - Don Valley West, 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale, 30 - Toronto-Danforth, 35 - Scarborough Southwest, 37 - Scarborough Centre, 42 - Scarborough-Rouge River, 43 - Scarborough East, 44 - Scarborough East

City Council Decision

City Council on May 22, 23 and 24, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, until March 31, 2020 with the exception of those highways listed in section 937-4 of Chapter 937, as required for the purpose of the construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor.

 

2. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, until March 31, 2025, with the exception of those highways listed in section 937-4 of Chapter 937, as required for the purposes of the construction of the Metrolinx Regional Express Rail and Smart Track projects.

 

3. City Council exempt the General Manager, Transportation Services, in carrying out the authority in Parts 1 and 2 above, from Section 937-5 of City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, the requirement to notify the local Ward Councillor of the pending closure and the requirement to report on the proposed closure if so requested by the local Ward Councillor.

 

4. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, to provide that the current delegation to Community Council to temporarily close local roads, collector roads, and minor arterial roads does not include closures delegated to the General Manager, Transportation Services, in carrying out the authority in Parts 1 and 2 above.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to request Metrolinx to expand its use of a 24 hour, 7 days a week hotline to accept and track complaints and reports of issues associated with the Regional Express Rail project.

 

6. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to work with Metrolinx to provide details of long-term road occupancy permits to the public on project websites, consistent with current practices deployed within the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

 

7. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to ensure that affected Councillors are consulted on all traffic management plans prior to permits being issued, as outlined in the report (April 24, 2018) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

8. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, from May 23, 2018 to and including December 31, 2019, to facilitate the construction of Eglinton Crosstown LRT elevated guideway, the authority to temporarily partially close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Black Creek Drive between Photography Drive and Eglinton Avenue West for any period as required and to fully close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Black Creek Drive between Photography Drive and Eglinton Avenue West for up to 72 consecutive hours for any number of occasions.

 

9. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close the north side of Eglinton Avenue West to pedestrian traffic, between Black Creek Drive and Municipal Drive, from May 23, 2018 to and including December 31, 2022, for any period as required to facilitate the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT elevated guideway.

 

10. City Council exempt the General Manager, Transportation Services, in carrying out the authority in Parts 8 and 9 above, from Section 937-5 of City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, the requirement to notify the local Ward Councillor of the pending closure and the requirement to report on the proposed closure if so requested by the local Ward Councillor.

 

11. City Council direct that the traffic lanes and sidewalks be reopened when the projects are complete.

 

12.  City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in conjunction with the local Councillor and the Emery Village Business Improvement Area, to hold a public consultation that includes Metrolinx, City of Toronto staff, members of the public and residents, commercial and industrial owners in Ward 7 to discuss the overview of construction activities, impacts and mitigation measures along with the delegated authority to temporarily close traffic highways or portions of highways as required for the construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor and to report the results directly to the July 23, 24 and 25, 2018 meeting of City Council.

Public Notice Given

Background Information (Committee)

(April 24, 2018) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Metrolinx Projects: Temporary Delegation for Long-Term Road Closures
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-114480.pdf
(May 1, 2018) - Public Notice
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-114539.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council delete Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Recommendations 7 and 8 and adopt instead the following new recommendations 7 and 8:

 

7.  City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, from May 23, 2018 to and including December 31, 2019,  to facilitate the construction of Eglinton Crosstown LRT elevated guideway, the authority to temporarily partially close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Black Creek Drive between Photography Drive and Eglinton Avenue West for any period as required and to fully close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Black Creek Drive between Photography Drive and Eglinton Avenue West for up to 72 consecutive hours for any number of occasions.

 

8.  City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close the north side of Eglinton Avenue West to pedestrian traffic, between Black Creek Drive and Municipal Drive, from May 23, 2018 to and including December 31, 2022, for any period as required to facilitate the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT elevated guideway.

Vote (Amend Item) May-24-2018 11:37 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW29.1 - Perks - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Josh Matlow
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory

1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Amended)

That City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, until March 31, 2022, with the exception of those highways listed in section 937-4 of Chapter 937, as required for the purpose of the construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor.

 

Amended by motion 2b by Councillor Mammoliti


2a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in conjunction with the local Councillor and the Emery Village Business Improvement Area, to hold a public consultation that includes Metrolinx, City of Toronto staff, members of the public and residents, commercial and industrial owners in Ward 7 to discuss the overview of construction activities, impacts and mitigation measures along with the delegated authority to temporarily close traffic highways or portions of highways as required for the construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor and to report the results directly to the July 23, 24 and 25, 2018 meeting of City Council.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-24-2018 11:39 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW29.1 - Mammoliti - motion 2a
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are John Filion, Joe Mihevc
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory

2b - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

That City Council amend motion 1b by Councillor Perks by deleting the year "2022" and inserting the year "2020" so that it now reads as follows.

 

1. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, until March 31, 2022 2020 with the exception of those highways listed in section 937-4 of Chapter 937, as required for the purpose of the construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor.

Vote (Amend Motion) May-24-2018 11:38 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW29.1 - Mammoliti - motion 2b
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are John Filion, Norman Kelly
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-24-2018 11:40 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW29.1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Josh Colle, Josh Matlow
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory

Point of Privilege by Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Councillor Karygiannis, rising on a Point of Privilege asked Councillor Campbell to withdraw his previous remark.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and asked Councillor Campbell to withdraw his remark. Councillor Campbell subsequently withdrew his remark.


Point of Order by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti

Councillor Mammoliti, rising on a Point of Order stated that the Item did not relate to other countries in the world.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and thanked Councillor Mammoliti for his comments.

PW29.1 - Metrolinx Projects: Temporary Delegation for Long-Term Road Closures

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
1 - Etobicoke North, 7 - York West, 8 - York West, 11 - York South-Weston, 12 - York South-Weston, 15 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 16 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 21 - St. Paul's, 22 - St. Paul's, 25 - Don Valley West, 26 - Don Valley West, 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale, 30 - Toronto-Danforth, 35 - Scarborough Southwest, 37 - Scarborough Centre, 42 - Scarborough-Rouge River, 43 - Scarborough East, 44 - Scarborough East

Public Notice Given

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, until March 31, 2025, with the exception of those highways listed in section 937-4 of Chapter 937, as required for the purposes of the construction of the Metrolinx Regional Express Rail and Smart Track projects.

 

2. City Council exempt the General Manager, Transportation Services, in carrying out her authority under Recommendation 1 above, from Section 937-5 of City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, the requirement to notify the local Ward Councillor of the pending closure and the requirement to report on the proposed closure if so requested by the local Ward Councillor.

 

3. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, to provide that the current delegation to Community Council to temporarily close local roads, collector roads, and minor arterial roads does not include closures delegated to the General Manager, Transportation Services, in carrying out her authority under Recommendation 1 above.

 

4. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to request Metrolinx to expand its use of a 24 hour, 7 days a week hotline to accept and track complaints and reports of issues associated with the RER project.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to work with Metrolinx to provide details of long-term road occupancy permits to the public on project websites, consistent with current practices deployed within the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

 

6. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to ensure that affected Councillors are consulted on all traffic management plans prior to permits being issued, as outlined in the report (April 24, 2018) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

7. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways: Section 937-3.5. Closures of Black Creek Drive to delegate authority to the General Manager, Transportation Services, to temporarily partially or fully close Black Creek Drive to pedestrian and vehicular traffic between Photography Drive and Todd Baylis Boulevard, from May 23, 2018, to and including December 31, 2019, including up to 10-weekend full closures, as required to facilitate the construction of Eglinton Crosstown LRT elevated guideway.

 

8. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways: Section 937-4. Closures which require Council approval to delegate the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close the north side of Eglinton Avenue West to pedestrian traffic, between Black Creek Drive and Municipal Drive, from June 1, 2018, to and including December 31, 2019, as required to facilitate the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT elevated guideway.

 

9. City Council exempt the General Manager, Transportation Services, in carrying out her authority under Recommendations 7 and 8 above, from Section 937-5 of City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, the requirement to notify the local Ward Councillor of the pending closure and the requirement to report on the proposed closure if so requested by the local Ward Councillor.

 

10. City Council direct that the traffic lanes and sidewalks be reopened when the projects are complete.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee deferred Recommendation 1 below until June 12, 2018  and requested the General Manager, Transportation Services to report on consultation protocols related to Finch West LRT:

 

"1. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, until March 31, 2022, with the exception of those highways listed in section 937-4 of Chapter 937, as required for the purpose of the construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor."

Origin

(April 24, 2018) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

The purpose of this report is to seek approval to authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, as required for the purpose of construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor and RER/Smartrack projects (including the Lakeshore East, Lakeshore West, Barrie, Stouffville, Kitchener and Union Station rail corridors), until March 31, 2022 and March 31, 2025 respectively.

 

This recommended delegation is similar to authority previously granted to the General Manager, Transportation Services in relation to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project. This authority is necessary as the scope of major transit projects such as the Finch West LRT, RER/Smarttrack, and Eglinton Crosstown LRT necessitate numerous concurrent and consecutive lane closures that will extend beyond thirty days during a multi-year construction period.

 

Delegation minimizes the chance of project delay and significantly reduces the administrative burden on City of Toronto staff, enabling them to focus on working with Metrolinx, contractors, local ward councillors, and the community to maximize the effectiveness of traffic management and construction scheduling.

 

This report also seeks approval to authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to approve temporary partial or full road closures in the vicinity of Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue, to facilitate the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT elevated guideway, including pier 2 and box girder installation, as requested by Metrolinx and its contractor Crosslinx Transit Solutions.

Background Information

(April 24, 2018) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Metrolinx Projects: Temporary Delegation for Long-Term Road Closures
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-114480.pdf
(May 1, 2018) - Public Notice
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-114539.pdf

Motions

Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

Defer Recommendation 1 until June 12, 2018  and request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report on consultation protocols related to Finch West LRT:

 

"1. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 937, Temporary Closing of Highways, to delegate to the General Manager, Transportation Services, the authority to temporarily close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic highways or portions of highways for a period up to and including 365 consecutive days, until March 31, 2022, with the exception of those highways listed in section 937-4 of Chapter 937, as required for the purpose of the construction of the Metrolinx Finch West LRT corridor."

 

Amend Recommendation 4 as follows:

 

4. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, to provide that the current delegation to Community Council to temporarily close local roads, collector roads, and minor arterial roads does not include closures delegated to the General Manager, Transportation Services, in carrying out her authority under Part 1 and 2 above.

 

Amend Recommendation 5 as follows:

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to request Metrolinx to expand its use of a 24 hour, 7 days a week hotline to accept and track complaints and reports of issues associated with the Finch West LRT and RER projects.


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