Item - 2019.PH5.2

Tracking Status

PH5.2 - Public Consultation Comments and Revised Official Plan Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Planning and Housing Committee:  

 

1. Endorsed the proposed Official Plan Amendment containing the revised policies to address the loss of dwelling rooms, appended as Attachment 1b to the report (April 5, 2019) from Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as the basis for consultation at an open house scheduled for May 6, 2019.

 

2. Directed the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to prepare a Final Recommendation Report with a recommended Official Plan Amendment containing revised policies to address the loss of dwelling rooms to be considered at a statutory Public Meeting held by the Planning and Housing Committee on May 28, 2019.

 

3. Directed the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to continue to use the Consultant's summary report on the consultations on the draft policies, appended as Attachment 2 to the report (April 5, 2019) from Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, when preparing the Final Recommendations report.

 

4. Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider the public presentations and communications from the April 30, 2019 meeting in addition to the Consultant's summary report on the consultations when preparing the Revised Official Plan Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms - Final Recommendations report.


5. Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Director, Affordable Housing to consider the public presentations and communications during the development of the Housing Opportunities report.

 

6.  Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Director, Affordable Housing to review the existing Rental Housing Replacement Policy.

Origin

(April 5, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report presents the results of the consultations on the draft city-wide Official Plan Amendment to Section 3.2.1 Housing of the Official Plan with respect to policies to address the loss of dwelling rooms. Based on the feedback received through consultations, as well as additional analysis and consultation with City Divisions, the draft policies have been revised. A proposed Official Plan Amendment containing the revised policies is appended to this report as Attachment 1b.

 

The consultation process included public open houses, stakeholder roundtable sessions, an online survey, written submissions and consultations with relevant City Divisions. Revisions made to the draft policies aim to balance the City's need to address the loss of this deeply affordable housing stock with the impacts of replacement on development.

 

Key revisions to the policies include: a lowered minimum threshold of dwelling rooms; adjustments to the affordability period; the introduction of rent thresholds; and the inclusion of references to Section 5.1.1 of the Official Plan, Height or Density Incentives (Section 37 policies) to achieve full replacement of dwelling rooms. Definitions for Dwelling Room Affordable Rent and Mid-Range Rent have also been introduced.

 

The proposed Official Plan amendment would provide a citywide policy framework for dwelling rooms and apply to both licensed and unlicensed dwelling rooms.  The proposed Official Plan Amendment reinforces the City’s policy objectives for providing a full range of housing across the City including affordable housing, provides for the replacement of dwelling rooms consistent with existing Official Plan policies that require the replacement of rental housing, and is a key policy initiative to advance the yardstick and address affordable housing challenges within the City.

Background Information

(April 5, 2019) Report and Attachment 3 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Public Consultation Comments and Revised Official Plan Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-131945.pdf
Attachment 1a: Revisions Incorporated into the Draft Official Plan Amendment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-131946.pdf
Attachment 1b: Proposed Official Plan Amendment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-131947.pdf
Attachment 2: Consultant Report: Consultation Summary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-131948.pdf

Communications

(April 29, 2019) Submission from Melissa Goldstein, Rooming House Policy Researcher & Organizer, The Neighbourhood Land Trust (NLT) & Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) (PH.New.PH5.2.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-93945.pdf
(April 29, 2019) Letter from Joy Connolly (PH.New.PH5.2.2)
(April 29, 2019) Letter from Paul Dowling, Chair, Joy Connelley, Human Rights Working Group, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.New.PH5.2.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-93929.pdf
(April 29, 2019) Letter from Kenneth Hale, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (PH.New.PH5.2.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-93957.pdf
(April 30, 2019) Letter from Carmina Tupe, Planning, Policy and Government Relations, Building Industry and Development Association (PH.New.PH5.2.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-93968.pdf
(April 30, 2019) E-mail from Emily Paradis (PH.New.PH5.2.6)
(April 30, 2019) Letter from Pablo Escobar, Manager, Housing Supports, Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services (PH.New.PH5.2.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-93970.pdf
(April 30, 2019) Letter from Eileen Costello, Aird Berlis LLP, on behalf of KingSett Capital Inc. (PH.New.PH5.2.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-93971.pdf
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Jim Gilbert (PH.New.PH5.2.9)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Euridice Baumgarten (PH.New.PH5.2.10)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Bart Poesiat (PH.New.PH5.2.11)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Jeremy Withers (PH.New.PH5.2.12)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Rozeta Aleksor (PH.New.PH5.2.13)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from David Langley (PH.New.PH5.2.14)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Bob Rose (PH.New.PH5.2.15)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Tracy Murdoch (PH.New.PH5.2.16)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Rafi Clarke (PH.New.PH5.2.17)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Lindsey Vodavek (PH.New.PH5.2.18)
(April 30, 2019) Submission from Ronny Yaron (PH.New.PH5.2.19)

Speakers

Melissa Goldstein, The Neighbourhood Land Trust & Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust
Pablo Escobar, Dixon Hall
Willa Marcus
Bart Poesiat, Parkdale Community Legal Services
Joy Connelly
David Langley
Annie Hodgins, Centre for Equality, Rights and Accommodation
Jeremy Withers
Emily Paradis
Councillor Mike Layton

Motions

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

That:

 

1.  Recommendation 1 be amended to change the scheduled open house date from May 23, 2019 to May 6, 2019.
 

2.  Recommendation 2 be amended to change the date of the statutory Public Meeting to be held by the Planning and Housing Committee from July 3, 2019 to May 28, 2019.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Planning and Housing Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Director, Affordable Housing to consider the public presentations and communications during the development of the Housing Opportunities report.

 

2.  The Planning and Housing Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Director, Affordable Housing to review the existing Rental Housing Replacement Policy.


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

That:

 

1.  The Planning and Housing Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider the public presentations and communications from the April 30, 2019 meeting in addition to the Consultant's summary report on the consultations when preparing the Revised Official Plan Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms - Final Recommendations report.


4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-30-2019

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council