Item - 2019.PH10.2

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 26, 2019 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Planning and Housing Committee on November 13, 2019 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on November 26, 2019.
  • See also By-law 1653-2019

PH10.2 - Housing Now - 777 Victoria Park Avenue - Zoning Amendment - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
20 - Scarborough Southwest

City Council Decision

City Council on November 26 and 27, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, for a portion of the lands at 777 Victoria Park Avenue substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment attached as Attachment 4 to the report (October 29, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

2. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.

 

3. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and request the Toronto Transit Commission, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to advance a detailed design of a rebuilt facility at Dentonia Park Golf Course combining golf course parking and a Passenger Pick-up and Drop-off facility and bring forward plans and budget requests through the annual budget process in the future.

 

4. City Council request CreateTO and the Toronto Parking Authority, to engage project development proponents on the operation of a paid public parking facility at 777 Victoria Park Avenue and report to the Board of Directors of CreateTO or the Board of Directors of the relevant CreateTO corporate entity as part of the proposed transaction terms.

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Committee)

(October 29, 2019) Report and Attachments 1, 2, 3 and 5 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Housing Now - 777 Victoria Park Avenue - Zoning Amendment - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139490.pdf
Attachment 4: Draft Zoning By-law Amendment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139491.pdf
(October 23, 2019) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139545.pdf
Presentation from the Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning on Housing Now - 777 Victoria Park Avenue
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139938.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 5, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (PH.New.PH10.2.1)
(November 10, 2019) Letter from Mark J. Richardson, Technical Lead, HousingNowTO (PH.New.PH10.2.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-98993.pdf
(November 11, 2019) E-mail from Louise Cass (PH.New.PH10.2.3)
(November 13, 2019) E-mail from Eileen Denny (PH.New.PH10.2.4)

Communications (City Council)

(November 13, 2019) E-mail from Karen Young (CC.Main.PH10.2.5)
(November 26, 2019) Petition from 14 persons regarding the recently announced Developers application for the 777 Victoria Park High Rise Development, "We say No" to the planned development (CC.New.PH10.2.6)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-26-2019 5:00 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH10.2 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Jennifer McKelvie, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson

PH10.2 - Housing Now - 777 Victoria Park Avenue - Zoning Amendment - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
20 - Scarborough Southwest

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, for a portion of the lands at 777 Victoria Park Avenue substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment attached as Attachment 4 to the report (October 29, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning,

 

2. City Council authorizes the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.

 

3. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and request the Toronto Transit Commission, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to advance a detailed design of a rebuilt facility at Dentonia Park Golf Course combining golf course parking and a Passenger Pick-up and Drop-off facility and bring forward plans and budget requests through the annual budget process in the future.

 

4. City Council request CreateTO and the Toronto Parking Authority, to engage project development proponents on the operation of a paid public parking facility at 777 Victoria Park Avenue and report to the Board of Directors of CreateTO or the Board of Directors of the relevant CreateTO corporate entity as part of the proposed transaction terms.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee held a statutory public meeting on November 13, 2019, and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

 

The Project Manager Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis gave a presentation on Housing Now.

Origin

(October 29, 2019) Report from Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report recommends approval of a City-initiated amendment to Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, for a portion of the City-owned property at 777 Victoria Park Avenue, as part of the Housing Now Initiative.

 

The recommended Zoning By-law Amendment (Attachment 4) will facilitate the development of approximately 508 new residential units on the site, including at least 254 affordable rental units. The proposed amendment will permit over 41,000 square metres of development, comprising a tall building at the north end of the site (up to 23 storeys) and a mid-rise building at the south end of the site (up to 11 storeys).

 

The proposed development will include retail and community space at grade, including a child care facility, in addition to residential uses. The recommended Zoning By-law Amendment establishes setbacks and publicly-accessible open space that can be enhanced to improve the public realm and pedestrian experience on Victoria Park Avenue and Denton Avenue. The commuter parking use currently provided on the site is proposed to be permitted as part of a mix of below-grade resident, visitor and public parking.

 

The recommended Zoning By-law Amendment would enable redevelopment of the site consistent with the development concept prepared by CreateTO and refined through public consultation and the City's formal review process.

 

Development of 777 Victoria Park Avenue in accordance with this report's recommendations will ensure this City-owned property is optimized for the development of affordable and market rental housing and the creation of a complete, inclusive, livable community. The recommended mix of uses and intensification of the property maximize its transit-oriented location, are consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (2014) and conform with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2019) and the City of Toronto Official Plan. The proposed massing of the new buildings fits within an established tall building context while respecting transitions to adjacent properties. This development is complemented by improvements to the public realm and attention to traffic impact mitigation on both Victoria Park and Denton Avenues.

 

City Council's decision regarding the recommended Zoning By-law Amendment will set the stage for the next phase of the Housing Now Initiative: procurement by the City of a development partner to construct and operate a mixed-use, mixed-income development at 777 Victoria Park Avenue. The development partner will be responsible for submitting a Site Plan Control application in 2020 to finalize development plans. The City will secure the terms of construction and housing operation through a 99-year lease. 

Background Information

(October 29, 2019) Report and Attachments 1, 2, 3 and 5 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Housing Now - 777 Victoria Park Avenue - Zoning Amendment - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139490.pdf
Attachment 4: Draft Zoning By-law Amendment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139491.pdf
(October 23, 2019) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139545.pdf
Presentation from the Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning on Housing Now - 777 Victoria Park Avenue
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-139938.pdf

Communications

(November 5, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (PH.New.PH10.2.1)
(November 10, 2019) Letter from Mark J. Richardson, Technical Lead, HousingNowTO (PH.New.PH10.2.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-98993.pdf
(November 11, 2019) E-mail from Louise Cass (PH.New.PH10.2.3)
(November 13, 2019) E-mail from Eileen Denny (PH.New.PH10.2.4)

Speakers

Christina Blizzard
Gail Waiser, Metro Toronto Condominium Corporation 606
Sherrill Middleton, Metro Toronto Condominium Corporation 606
Keegan Harris, The Neighbourhood Group
Tom McGhee
Jonathan Cluff
Susan Fletcher
Ryan Endoh
Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, East York ACORN
Sean Meagher, ConveneToronto

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-13-2019

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council