Item - 2020.PH15.6

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 28, 2020 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on July 13, 2020 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on July 28, 2020.

PH15.6 - Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 28 and 29, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council approve the recommended approach and work plan described in Attachment 1 to the report (June 26, 2020) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

2. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the public, various stakeholders including community associations, and equity seeking groups to provide for a broad and inclusive consultation process.

 

3. City Council endorse the following priority projects for staff to commence work on the work plan and direct staff to report back on Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments that could advance consideration of these matters:

 

a. increasing permissions for additional residential dwelling units generally within currently permitted building envelopes in residential zones;

 

b. permissions for other forms of low-rise housing in areas designated as Neighbourhoods, along Major Streets; and

 

c. allowing garden suites, coach houses, through-lot suites, and other forms of additional units in accessory buildings.

 

4. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include consideration of a variety of co-housing forms as part of the overall work program.

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include as part of the work plan the following considerations, where applicable:

 

a. analysis of zoning standards that comprise permitted building envelopes in residential zones relative to the provision of green space and tree canopy on lots within neighbourhoods;
 

b. analysis of best practices from other related initiatives within Toronto and other municipalities; and
 

c. neighbourhood-specific analysis of population trends, current policies and other information where missing middle initiatives may be recommended.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to prepare a pilot implementation project in Ward 19, no later than the fourth quarter of 2020, to achieve the objectives outlined in the report (June 26, 2020) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 26, 2020) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148422.pdf
Attachment 1: Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148582.pdf
Attachment 2: Planning Review Panel - Summary of Advice (December 7, 2019)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148583.pdf
Attachment 3: City Planning Neighbourhood Survey - Consultant Report (June, 2020)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148584.pdf
Presentation from City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-150534.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(July 10, 2020) Letter from Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chair and Geoff Kettel, Co-Chair, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (PH.New.PH15.6.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-109248.pdf
(July 10, 2020) Letter from Astra Burka (PH.New.PH15.6.2)
(July 10, 2020) Letter from Lisa Patel, President, Toronto Real Estate Board (PH.New.PH15.6.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-109468.pdf
(July 10, 2020) Letter from Diana Petramaler, Senior Researcher, Frank Clayton, Senior Research Fellow, David Amborski, Director, Ryerson University. Centre for Urban Research and Land Development (PH.New.PH15.6.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-109768.pdf
(July 12, 2020) E-mail from Sarah Neville, Robert Dodds, Chassandre Lavictoire, and Hal Walling (PH.New.PH15.6.5)

Communications (City Council)

(July 13, 2020) E-mail from Sarah Neville (CC.Main.PH15.6.6)
(July 27, 2020) E-mail from Heather Metcalfe, Project Coordinator Centre for Urban Research and Land Development (CUR), Ryerson University (CC.New.PH15.6.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-114569.pdf
(July 29, 2020) E-mail from Eileen Denny (CC.New.PH15.6.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-116308.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mark Grimes (Carried)

That City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include as part of the work plan the following considerations, where applicable:

 

a. analysis of zoning standards that comprise permitted building envelopes in residential zones relative to the provision of green space and tree canopy on lots within neighbourhoods;
 

b. analysis of best practices from other related initiatives within Toronto and other municipalities; and
 

c. neighbourhood-specific analysis of population trends, current policies and other information where missing middle initiatives may be recommended. 


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-29-2020

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH15.6 - Adopt Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 23 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, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, 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: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

PH15.6 - Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council approve the recommended approach and work plan described in Attachment 1 - Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods, to the report (June 26, 2020) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

2. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the public, various stakeholders including community associations, and equity seeking groups to provide for a broad and inclusive consultation process.

 

3. City Council endorse the following priority projects for staff to commence work on the work plan and direct staff to report back on Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments that could advance consideration of these matters:

 

a. Increasing permissions for additional residential dwelling units generally within currently permitted building envelopes in residential zones;

 

b. permissions for other forms of low-rise housing in areas designated as Neighbourhoods, along Major Streets; and

 

c. Allowing garden suites, coach houses, through-lot suites, and other forms of additional units in accessory buildings.

 

4. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include consideration of a variety of co-housing forms as part of the overall work program.

 

5.City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to prepare a pilot implementation project in Ward 19 no later than the fourth quarter of 2020 to achieve the objectives outlined in the report (June 26, 2020) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Senior Planner, City Planning gave a presentation on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods.

Origin

(June 26, 2020) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

On July 16, 2019, City Council adopted Member Motion MM9.36 entitled "Expanding Housing Options in Toronto - Tackling the Missing Middle and the Yellowbelt". The motion directed City Planning to report on options and a timeline to increase housing options and planning permissions in areas of Toronto designated as Neighbourhoods in Toronto's Official Plan and to consult with registered community associations. In addition, staff were to include opportunities for a missing middle pilot in Ward 19 -Beaches-East York.

 

The term “missing middle” refers to housing types ranging from duplexes to low-rise walk-up apartments, all of which can be found in many parts of Toronto today, but which are also limited in where they can be newly built.

Background Information

(June 26, 2020) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148422.pdf
Attachment 1: Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148582.pdf
Attachment 2: Planning Review Panel - Summary of Advice (December 7, 2019)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148583.pdf
Attachment 3: City Planning Neighbourhood Survey - Consultant Report (June, 2020)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148584.pdf
Presentation from City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-150534.pdf

Communications

(July 10, 2020) Letter from Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chair and Geoff Kettel, Co-Chair, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (PH.New.PH15.6.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-109248.pdf
(July 10, 2020) Letter from Astra Burka (PH.New.PH15.6.2)
(July 10, 2020) Letter from Lisa Patel, President, Toronto Real Estate Board (PH.New.PH15.6.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-109468.pdf
(July 10, 2020) Letter from Diana Petramaler, Senior Researcher, Frank Clayton, Senior Research Fellow, David Amborski, Director, Ryerson University. Centre for Urban Research and Land Development (PH.New.PH15.6.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-109768.pdf
(July 12, 2020) E-mail from Sarah Neville, Robert Dodds, Chassandre Lavictoire, and Hal Walling (PH.New.PH15.6.5)

Speakers

Cathie Macdonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations
Christine Mercado, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
Sarah Neville

Motions

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

That:

 

1. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to prepare a pilot implementation project in Ward 19 no later than the fourth quarter of 2020 to achieve the objectives outlined in this report.


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

That the Planning and Housing Committee amend the recommendations contained in the report by adding the following new recommendation:

 

City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include consideration of a variety of co-housing forms as part of the overall work program.


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