Item - 2019.PH7.1

Tracking Status

PH7.1 - Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - City-wide Expansion of City-Initiated Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 16, 17 and 18, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council amend the Official Plan substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment 460 appended as Attachment 4 to the report (June 5, 2019) from The Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

2. City Council amend the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 5 to the report (June 5, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, by removing the Asquith-Collier, Ramsden Park, and Yorkville neighbourhoods as delineated in Site and Area Specific Policy 211 of the Official Plan, from the area to which the proposed By-law Amendment will apply.

 

3. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 5 to the report (June 5, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and as amended by Part 2 above.

 

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

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider permitting laneway suites within the Asquith-Collier, Ramsden Park, and Yorkville neighbourhoods as part of the ongoing review of Site and Area Specific Policy 211.

 

6. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as part of the monitoring report, to review all minor variance applications for laneway suites and include an analysis and discussion of these applications in the laneway suites report originally directed by City Council at its meeting on June 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2018 in its decision on Item TE33.3.

 
7. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations as part of the consultation undertaken for the monitoring report noted in Part 6 above.

 
8. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with appropriate City officials, to initiate a staff training program within all City Districts to ensure consistent City-wide understanding and application of the Laneway Suites Policies and By-law provisions.

 

9.  City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to extend the Affordable Housing Laneway Suites Program to April 2022, to be funded through the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative and to be available to eligible applicants on a City-wide basis.

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Committee)

(June 5, 2019) Report and Attachments 1 to 3 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - City-wide Expansion of City-Initiated Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135115.pdf
Attachment 4 - Draft Official Plan Amendment No. 460
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135116.pdf
Attachment 5 - Draft Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 569-2013)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135117.pdf
(June 11, 2019) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135118.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 25, 2019) E-mail from Lawrence Lus (PH.New.PH7.1.1)
(June 27, 2019) Letter from Alyssa Rhynold, Land and Right-of-Way Administrator, Trans Northern Pipelines Inc. (PH.New.PH7.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95785.pdf
(June 28, 2019) E-mail from Rohan Walters (PH.New.PH7.1.3)
(June 28, 2019) Letter from John Caliendo and Ian Carmichael, Co-Presidents, ABC Residents Association (PH.New.PH7.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95809.pdf
(June 28, 2019) Letter from Daniel Brent, Planner, Planning and Policy, Policy Planning, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (PH.New.PH7.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95825.pdf
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Deborah Mesher (PH.New.PH7.1.6)
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Sean Galbraith, Galbraith and Associates (PH.New.PH7.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95828.pdf
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Anton Lodder (PH.New.PH7.1.8)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Taras Kulyk (PH.New.PH7.1.9)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Brian O'Brian (PH.New.PH7.1.10)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Mary Alton (PH.New.PH7.1.11)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Daphne Hubble (PH.New.PH7.1.12)
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Brian Kelcey, Toronto Region Board of Trade (PH.New.PH7.1.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95848.pdf
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Cameron MacLeod (PH.New.PH7.1.14)
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Lanescape founders Andrew Sorbara, Alex Sharpe, and Craig Race (PH.New.PH7.1.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95886.pdf
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Michael Collins, President, Toronto Real Estate Board (PH.New.PH7.1.16)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95895.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(July 2, 2019) Letter from Brian Kelcey, Vice President, Public Affairs and Advocacy, Toronto Region Board of Trade (CC.Main.PH7.1.17)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-95991.pdf
(July 15, 2019) Letter from Christian Chan, Land Use Planner, C2 Planning (CC.New.PH7.1.18)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-96115.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to extend the Affordable Housing Laneway Suites Program to April 2022, to be funded through the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative and to be available to eligible applicants on a city-wide basis.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-18-2019 9:57 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH7.1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 22 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, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson

PH7.1 - Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - City-wide Expansion of City-Initiated Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment - Final 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 Official Plan substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment 460 appended as Attachment 4 to the report (June 5, 2019) from The Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

2. City Council amend the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as attachment 5 to the report (June 5, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, by removing the Asquith-Collier, Ramsden Park, and Yorkville neighbourhoods as delineated in Site and Area Specific Policy 211 of the Official Plan, from the area to which the proposed By-law amendment will apply.

 

3. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 5 to this report (June 5, 2019) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and as amended by Recommendation 2 above.

 

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

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider permitting laneway suites within the Asquith-Collier, Ramsden Park, and Yorkville neighbourhoods as part of the ongoing review of Site and Area Specific Policy 211.

 

6. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as part of the monitoring report, to review all minor variance applications for laneway suites and include an analysis and discussion of these applications in the laneway suites report originally directed by City Council at its meeting on June 26, 2018 in its decision on Item TE33.3.

 
7. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations as part of the consultation undertaken for the monitoring report noted in Recommendation 7, above.

 
8. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with appropriate city officials, to initiate a staff training program within all City Districts to ensure consistent city-wide understanding and application of the Laneway Suites Policies and By-law provisions.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee held a statutory public meeting on July 3, 2019, and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

Origin

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

Summary

On June 26, 2018, City Council approved Official Plan Amendment 403 and Zoning By-law Amendment 810-2018 to allow laneway suites within the boundaries of the Toronto and East York District as the boundaries existed in 2018. This report recommends extending permissions for Laneway Suites to areas adjacent to public laneways zoned for low-rise residential uses across the City.

 

Laneway suites are considered a type of second unit permitted by the Official Plan.  A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit, subordinate to a primary dwelling, in which both kitchen and bathroom facilities are provided and located on a lot within an ancillary building, adjacent to a public laneway. Laneway suites provide an additional form of contextually appropriate low-rise housing within the City's neighbourhoods and are part of complete communities. They can provide more opportunities for people to live close to where they work, shop, and play and, can help make the city's urban lanes more green, liveable, and safe. Laneway suites can contribute to increasing the supply of rental housing and provide additional housing options for households at different ages and life stages.

 

On February 12, 2019, Planning and Housing Committee requested that City Planning, in consultation with appropriate staff, undertake a review and consultation on expanding the current policy and regulatory framework for laneway suites city-wide. This report responds to Planning and Housing Committee's request.

Background Information

(June 5, 2019) Report and Attachments 1 to 3 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - City-wide Expansion of City-Initiated Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135115.pdf
Attachment 4 - Draft Official Plan Amendment No. 460
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135116.pdf
Attachment 5 - Draft Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 569-2013)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135117.pdf
(June 11, 2019) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-135118.pdf

Communications

(June 25, 2019) E-mail from Lawrence Lus (PH.New.PH7.1.1)
(June 27, 2019) Letter from Alyssa Rhynold, Land and Right-of-Way Administrator, Trans Northern Pipelines Inc. (PH.New.PH7.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95785.pdf
(June 28, 2019) E-mail from Rohan Walters (PH.New.PH7.1.3)
(June 28, 2019) Letter from John Caliendo and Ian Carmichael, Co-Presidents, ABC Residents Association (PH.New.PH7.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95809.pdf
(June 28, 2019) Letter from Daniel Brent, Planner, Planning and Policy, Policy Planning, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (PH.New.PH7.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95825.pdf
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Deborah Mesher (PH.New.PH7.1.6)
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Sean Galbraith, Galbraith and Associates (PH.New.PH7.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95828.pdf
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Anton Lodder (PH.New.PH7.1.8)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Taras Kulyk (PH.New.PH7.1.9)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Brian O'Brian (PH.New.PH7.1.10)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Mary Alton (PH.New.PH7.1.11)
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Daphne Hubble (PH.New.PH7.1.12)
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Brian Kelcey, Toronto Region Board of Trade (PH.New.PH7.1.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95848.pdf
(July 2, 2019) E-mail from Cameron MacLeod (PH.New.PH7.1.14)
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Lanescape founders Andrew Sorbara, Alex Sharpe, and Craig Race (PH.New.PH7.1.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95886.pdf
(July 2, 2019) Letter from Michael Collins, President, Toronto Real Estate Board (PH.New.PH7.1.16)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-95895.pdf

Speakers

Jeremy Schwartz
Kathrin Bohr, ABC Residents Association
Karen Gorsline, ABC Residents Association
Craig Race
Abbad Al Radi
Councillor Joe Cressy

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)

That:

 

1.  As part of the monitoring report, City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to review all minor variance applications for laneway suites and include an analysis and discussion of these applications in the laneway suites report originally directed by City Council at its meeting on June 26, 2018 in its decision on Item TE33.3;

 
2.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations as part of the consultation undertaken for the monitoring report noted in Recommendation 1, above; and,

 
3.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with appropriate city officials, to initiate a staff training program within all City Districts to ensure consistent city-wide understanding and application of the Laneway Suites Policies and By-law provisions.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council amend the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as attachment 5 to the report by removing the Asquith-Collier, Ramsden Park, and Yorkville neighbourhoods as delineated in Site and Area Specific Policy 211 of the Official Plan, from the area to which the proposed By-law amendment will apply.

 

2.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider permitting laneway suites within the Asquith-Collier, Ramsden Park, and Yorkville neighbourhoods as part of the ongoing review of Site and Area Specific Policy 211.


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

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-03-2019

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Kristyn Wong-Tam
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council