Item - 2019.PH9.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 29, 2019 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Planning and Housing Committee on October 15, 2019 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on October 29, 2019.

PH9.4 - Focusing on Building Design Improvements

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 29 and 30, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include in the upcoming report to the Planning and Housing Committee on the Missing Middle, a plan for a public design competition in order to solicit ideas that could help shape policies for more permissive zoning in areas designated as neighbourhoods in Toronto’s Official Plan.
 

2. City Council request the Board of CreateTO work with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO in order to employ open and international design competitions for major and transformational projects in which it is the lead developer.
 

3.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as part of existing and ongoing consultations in recently developed higher density neighbourhoods, include questions that solicit feedback on the cumulative impact of design guidelines and policies on the daily lives of residents.
 

4.  City Council invite the Chair, Design Review Panel to provide an annual letter to Planning and Housing Committee to summarize any relevant observations, suggestions and themes in the applications the panel has reviewed.
 

5.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to work with the Chair, Design Review Panel to review the mandate of the Panel and make recommendations for revision, and report to the Planning and Housing Committee in the second quarter of 2021.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 30, 2019) Letter from Mayor John Tory on Focusing on Building Design Improvements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-138429.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 11, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (PH.New.PH9.4.1)
(October 15, 2019) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Association (PH.New.PH9.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-97846.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-29-2019 10:10 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH9.4 adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 24 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, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson

PH9.4 - Focusing on Building Design Improvements

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning include in its upcoming report to the Planning and Housing Committee on the Missing Middle, a plan for a public design competition in order to solicit ideas that could help shape policies for more permissive zoning in areas designated as neighbourhoods in Toronto’s Official Plan.
 

2. City Council request the Board of CreateTO work with the CEO of CreateTO in order to employ open and international design competitions for major and transformational projects in which it is the lead developer.
 

3.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as part of existing and ongoing consultations in recently developed higher density neighbourhoods, include questions that solicit feedback on the cumulative impact of design guidelines and policies on the daily lives of residents.
 

4.  City Council invite the Chair of the Design Review Panel to provide an annual letter to Planning and Housing Committee to summarize any relevant observations, suggestions and themes in the applications the panel has reviewed.
 

5.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to work with the Chair of the Design Review Panel to review the mandate of the panel and make recommendations for revision, and report to the Planning and Housing Committee in the second quarter of 2021.

Origin

(September 30, 2019) Letter from Mayor John Tory

Summary

Toronto is a global centre for architectural, planning and design talent. However, the city hasn’t always tapped into these vast resources as effectively as we could. With these initiatives and several others I am interested in pursing, I hope to unlock and activate architects, landscape architects, planners and students in these disciplines to help build a more beautiful and engaging city.

 

This summer, my office along with Deputy Mayor Bailão and Councillor Bradford hosted a meeting of international talent from the development, architecture and planning communities to help generate ideas to shape a city we can be proud of. We learned from this meeting that we must consider design in our policy development and procurement and, employ open and transparent competitions whenever possible.

 

The international design competition for the Etobicoke Civic Centre and the Design Review Panel were pointed to as an examples of where the city got it right. With these recommendations in this letter I hope we can expand on our successes and build a culture within the City that embraces the best this city and the world have to offer.

 

The Design Review Panel represents some of Toronto’s leading designers, architects and landscape architects who volunteer their time to help guide significant developments in our city. We must review the Panel’s mandate and give the experts on the panel a chance to regularly report publically so that we can learn from their expert opinions.

 

Finally, we know that we must look for ways to add density to low-rise residential areas in a way that will enhance neighbourhoods and be embraced by neighbours. To do this effectively we have to ensure new zoning regulations and guidelines are aesthetically exciting as well as functional. I am calling for an open ideas competition to gather the ideas from the public and particularly students, young designers and experts to help us shape the new, more permissive policies Council will consider.

Background Information

(September 30, 2019) Letter from Mayor John Tory on Focusing on Building Design Improvements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-138429.pdf

Communications

(October 11, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (PH.New.PH9.4.1)
(October 15, 2019) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Association (PH.New.PH9.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-97846.pdf

Speakers

Geoff Kettel, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Association

Motions

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