Item - 2019.PH6.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 18, 2019 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on May 28, 2019 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on June 18, 2019.
  • See also By-law 986-2019

PH6.1 - Official Plan Amendment - Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms: Final Recommendation Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 18 and 19, 2019, adopted the following:  

 

1. City Council amend the proposed Official Plan Amendment in Attachment 1 to the report (May 21, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning by adding the words "in areas where dwelling rooms, such as those in rooming houses, are permitted" to the new Policy 11, following the words, "New development" so that the Policy reads as follows:

 

"New development in areas where dwelling rooms, such as those in rooming houses, are permitted that would have the effect of removing all or part of a private building or related group of buildings, and would result in the loss of six or more dwelling rooms will not be approved unless:"

 

2. City Council amend the Official Plan substantially in accordance with the recommended Official Plan Amendment in Attachment 1 to the report (May 21, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as amended by Part 1 above.

 

3. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the recommended Official Plan Amendment as may be required.

 

4. City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend Subsection 111(3) of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, to permit the regulation of residential rental properties that contain six or more dwelling rooms in a similar manner as the City of Toronto is permitted to regulate properties that contain six or more dwelling units.

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Committee)

(May 21, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Official Plan Amendment - Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms: Final Recommendation Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-133413.pdf
Attachment 1 - Proposed Official Plan Amendment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-133436.pdf
(May 7, 2019) Notice of Public Meeting to be held by the Planning and Housing Committee (Under the Planning Act)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-132706.pdf
(May 10, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Official Plan Amendment - Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms: Final Recommendation Report - Notice of Pending Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-133038.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 27, 2019) Letter from Signe Leisk, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (PH.New.PH6.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94851.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Eileen Costello, Aird Berlis (PH.New.PH6.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94860.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Melissa Goldstein, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PH.New.PH6.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94861.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Carmina Tupe, Planner, Policy and Government Relations BILD (PH.New.PH6.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94864.pdf
(May 28, 2019) Letter from Daphna Nussbaum, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.New.PH6.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94885.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Jeffery Milne, Parkview Arms Hotel (PH.New.PH6.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94866.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(June 17, 2019) Letter from David Bronskill, Goodmans LLP, on behalf of Knightstone Capital Management Inc. (CC.New.PH6.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-95373.pdf
(June 18, 2019) Letter from Andrew Ferancik, Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited on behalf of Minto Communities Limited (CC.New.PH6.1.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-95416.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-18-2019 10:35 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH6.1 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, 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, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, 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

PH6.1 - Official Plan Amendment - Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms: Final Recommendation Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council amend the proposed Official Plan Amendment appended as Attachment 1 to the report (May 21, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning by adding the words "in areas where dwelling rooms, such as those in rooming houses, are permitted" to the new Policy 11, following the words, "New development" so that the policy reads as follows:

 

"New development in areas where dwelling rooms, such as those in rooming houses, are permitted that would have the effect of removing all or part of a private building or related group of buildings, and would result in the loss of six or more dwelling rooms will not be approved unless:"

 

2. City Council amend the Official Plan substantially in accordance with the recommended Official Plan Amendment appended as Attachment 1 to the report (May 21, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as amended by Recommendation 1 above.

 

3. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the recommended Official Plan Amendment as may be required.

 

4. City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend Subsection 111(3) of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 to permit the regulation of residential rental properties that contain six or more dwelling rooms in a similar manner as the City of Toronto is permitted to regulate properties that contain six or more dwelling units.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee held a statutory public meeting on May 28, 2019, and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

Origin

(May 21, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report recommends a citywide Official Plan Amendment to Section 3.2.1 Housing of the Official Plan to address the loss of dwelling rooms through redevelopment proposals. The recommended Official Plan Amendment is the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders including advocates and organizations working in Toronto’s affordable housing sector, current and former tenants of dwelling rooms, landlords and operators of rooming houses, the development industry, and the public.

 

Based on feedback received through consultations, as well as additional analysis and consultation with City Divisions, the draft policies have been revised. The recommended Official Plan Amendment, appended to this report as Attachment 1, 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 an important step forward for the City in addressing the loss of deeply affordable housing such as dwelling rooms.

 

Key components of the recommended policy framework include: additional rent definitions and categories; a 15 year affordability period with opportunities to be sought to secure the ongoing affordability for a period of at least 49 years; replacement housing type to be either a rental dwelling room or a rental bachelor unit; and identifying that the City will seek opportunities to achieve full replacement and longer-term affordability.

Background Information

(May 21, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Official Plan Amendment - Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms: Final Recommendation Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-133413.pdf
Attachment 1 - Proposed Official Plan Amendment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-133436.pdf
(May 7, 2019) Notice of Public Meeting to be held by the Planning and Housing Committee (Under the Planning Act)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-132706.pdf
(May 10, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Official Plan Amendment - Policies to Address the Loss of Dwelling Rooms: Final Recommendation Report - Notice of Pending Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-133038.pdf

Communications

(May 27, 2019) Letter from Signe Leisk, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (PH.New.PH6.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94851.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Eileen Costello, Aird Berlis (PH.New.PH6.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94860.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Melissa Goldstein, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PH.New.PH6.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94861.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Carmina Tupe, Planner, Policy and Government Relations BILD (PH.New.PH6.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94864.pdf
(May 28, 2019) Letter from Daphna Nussbaum, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.New.PH6.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94885.pdf
(May 27, 2019) Letter from Jeffery Milne, Parkview Arms Hotel (PH.New.PH6.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-94866.pdf

Speakers

Kegan Harris
Melissa Goldstein, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust
Jeff Milne
Ana Teresa Portillo, Rooming House Tenant Advocate

Motions

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

That the Planning and Housing Committee:

 

1.  Amend the proposed Official Plan Amendment appended to the report as Attachment 1 by adding the words "in areas where dwelling rooms, such as those in rooming houses, are permitted" to the new Policy 11, following the words, "New development" so that the policy reads as follows:

 

"New development in areas where dwelling rooms, such as those in rooming houses, are permitted that would have the effect of removing all or part of a private building or related group of buildings, and would result in the loss of six or more dwelling rooms will not be approved unless:"

Vote (Amend Item) May-28-2019

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

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

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-28-2019

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