Item - 2020.MM16.9

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on February 26, 2020 without amendments.

MM16.9 - Strengthening local businesses and retail main streets through a vacant storefront tax - by Councillor Brad Bradford, seconded by Councillor Paula Fletcher

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 26, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to report to the Executive Committee prior to the launch of the 2021 Budget on the feasibility of implementing a vacant storefront tax, including consideration of: 
 

a.  the potential for a vacant storefront tax to reduce storefront vacancies on retail main streets in the City of Toronto;

 

b.  policy options for a vacant storefront tax such as the length of vacancy prior to a tax being applied, a potential range of vacancy tax amounts, and the property class or classes to which a vacant storefront tax might apply to reduce the number of retail vacancies; 

 

c.  analysis of other jurisdictions using vacant storefront taxes to reduce main street retail vacancies;

 

d.  estimated staffing and/or other resource requirements needed to implement a vacant storefront tax; and

 

e.  estimated timelines to implement a vacant storefront tax.

Background Information (City Council)

Communications (City Council)

(February 24, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (MM.Supp.MM16.9.1)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM16.9 be referred to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

Vote (Waive Referral) Feb-26-2020 10:09 AM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - MM16.9 - Waive referral
Total members that voted Yes: 17 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Jennifer McKelvie, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, John Tory

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Lost)

That:

 

1.  City Council delete the Recommendation:

 

Recommendation to be deleted

 

1.  City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to report to the Executive Committee prior to the launch of the 2021 Budget on the feasibility of implementing a vacant storefront tax, including consideration of: 
 

a.  the potential for a vacant storefront tax to reduce storefront vacancies on retail main streets in the City of Toronto;

 

b.  policy options for a vacant storefront tax such as the length of vacancy prior to a tax being applied, a potential range of vacancy tax amounts, and the property class or classes to which a vacant storefront tax might apply to reduce the number of retail vacancies; 

 

c.  analysis of other jurisdictions using vacant storefront taxes to reduce main street retail vacancies;

 

d.  estimated staffing and/or other resource requirements needed to implement a vacant storefront tax; and

 

e.  estimated timelines to implement a vacant storefront tax.

 

and adopt instead the following new recommendation:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to report to the Executive Committee prior to the launch of the 2021 Budget on policy options, including best practices from jurisdictions internationally, being utilized successfully to support vibrant main streets and address storefronts left vacant by land speculators.  

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-26-2020 12:51 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - MM16.9 - Matlow - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 16 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Feb-26-2020 12:52 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM16.9 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 16 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council