Item - 2019.PH9.2

Tracking Status

PH9.2 - Growth Plan (2019) and Municipal Comprehensive Review / Conformity Exercise Requirements

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Planning and Housing Committee:

 

1. Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report in the first quarter of 2020 to the Planning and Housing Committee on a work program and associated timing for the completion of the required Growth Plan conformity exercise.

 

2.  Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include in the work plan report back on the required Growth Plan conformity exercise a review of Official Plan policies relating to improved design standards under the policy area four: “developing environmental policies”.

 

3.  Directed the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to prioritize the study of the Keele-St. Clair area including lands around McCormack Street where lands are designated as Employment Areas and are not identified as a Provincially Significant Employment Zone as part of the upcoming review in order to enable the potential unlocking of the lands in the vicinity of the Smart Track/GO Kitchener line and planned station located in the area of these lands.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee recessed its public session to meet in closed session to consider this item as it involves a matter about litigation or potential litigation that affects the City of Toronto, and to receive advice or that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

Origin

(September 30, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

On May 16, 2019, the Province brought into effect A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2019 ("Growth Plan (2019)"), for which all planning matters are required to conform. This new Growth Plan replaces the previous Growth Plan (2017). The Places to Grow Act, 2005 requires that official plans must be amended to conform to the Growth Plan by a specified time period. In 2017, the Minister of Municipal Affairs directed that by July 1, 2022 official plans be brought into conformity with the previous Growth Plan (2017). With the release of the new plan in May 2019, a new conformity date was not set. It is staff's understanding that the City's Official Plan must be brought into conformity by July 1, 2022. 

 

This report highlights the policy areas contained within the Growth Plan (2019) that will be addressed through a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR). Staff will report in the first quarter of 2020 to the Planning and Housing Committee on a detailed work program, resources and the associated timing for completion of the next MCR.

Background Information

(September 30, 2019) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Growth Plan (2019) and Municipal Comprehensive Review / Conformity Exercise Requirements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-138428.pdf

Communications

(October 7, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (PH.Supp.PH9.2.1)
(October 11, 2019) Letter from Councillor Ana Bailao and Councillor Frances Nunziata (PH.New.PH9.2.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-97838.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Meet in Closed Session moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Planning and Housing Committee recess its public session and meet in closed session to consider Item PH9.2 as it involves a matter about litigation or potential litigation that affects the City of Toronto and to receive advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Brad Bradford (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Planning and Housing Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include in the work plan report back on the required Growth Plan conformity exercise a review of Official Plan policies relating to improved design standards under the policy area four: “developing environmental policies”.


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

That:

 

1.  The Planning and Housing Committee direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to prioritize the study of the Keele-St. Clair area including lands around McCormack Street where lands are designated as Employment Areas and are not identified as a Provincially Significant Employment Zone as part of the upcoming review in order to enable the potential unlocking of the lands in the vicinity of the Smart Track/GO Kitchener line and planned station located in the area of these lands.


4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council