Item - 2021.EX27.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 9, 2021 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on October 27, 2021 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on November 9, 2021.
  • See also By-laws 923-2021, 956-2021, 957-2021

EX27.4 - City-wide Real Estate - Next Phase of Implementation

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 9, 10 and 12, 2021, adopted the following:

 

Real Estate Authorities and Centralization

 

1. City Council direct that all City Divisions, and the City Agencies and Corporations identified in Attachment 1 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services operate in accordance with the City's centralized Real Estate Service Delivery Model as approved by City Council on May 24, 25, and 26, 2017 in Item 2017.EX25.9 and the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services.

 

 2. City Council direct that any City Agencies or Corporations that are created in the future be required to operate in accordance with the City’s centralized Real Estate Service Delivery Model, unless expressly exempted from doing so by City Council.

 

3. City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 279, Toronto Transit Commission substantially in the form as set out in Attachment 2 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, effective upon approval, subject to such stylistic or technical amendments as may be required by the City Solicitor.

 

Strategic Investment and Property Acquisitions/Transfers

 

4. City Council adopt the following Principles to guide strategic real estate investment:

 

a. the City's real estate assets are to be optimized for City-wide benefit as part of the City-wide Real Estate Model and capital investment in real estate, including state-of-good-repair investments, will be prioritized with a City-wide lens;


b. existing real estate assets that are unlocked through portfolio optimization will be repurposed to meet program needs and City building opportunities as a first priority;


c. in the event that City Council determines that a sale of a real estate asset is the best way to maximize its value to the City, net proceeds will be reinvested into real estate assets to support the current and future ability to deliver City programs, either to fund the purchase of new real estate assets and expanded capacity, or to invest in state-of-good-repair as part of life-cycle asset management; and


d. the City may, from time to time, proactively acquire real estate assets where lands become available through unforeseen circumstances and/or without identified and/or immediate program requirements; such strategic real estate acquisitions will be consistent with the City-Wide Real Estate mandate to enable city building and support the City's corporate priorities.   

 

5. City Council adopt the Strategic Acquisition Policy set out in Attachment 3 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, and rescind the framework for Strategic Property Acquisitions approved by City Council on August 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2014 in Item 2014.EX44.22 and City Council amend General Condition (D) of Appendix B of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 213, Real Property, to reflect this change.

 

6. City Council direct that a minimum of 20 percent of the land value that is unlocked or generated from portfolio optimization initiatives, as determined by the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer on a recommendation from the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, be deposited in the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund.

 

7. City Council exempt the sites identified by City Council as part of the Housing Now Program from the direction in Part 6 above.

 

8. City Council amend the "Policy Governing Land Transactions Among City Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Departments and Proceeds from Sale of Surplus City-Owned Real Property" (Clause 1 of Report 9 of the Policy and Finance Committee, as adopted by City Council on June 18, 19 and 20, June 2002) as follows:


a. delete clause (7) so that all proceeds from future sales of any real estate assets are directed to the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund to fund future City-wide future real estate capital requirements, and


b. delete clause (9) so that if there is a jurisdictional transfer or sale of land under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Parking Authority which was purchased by the City with parking revenues, the land will no longer be valued at fair market value with all net proceeds going to the Parking Reserve Fund, and the Toronto Parking Authority will no longer be required to pay fair market value if it is receiving a jurisdictional transfer of land.

 

9. City Council amend the purpose for the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund in the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 227, Reserves and Reserve Fund to read: “Provides funding for various capital projects involving acquisitions of real estate assets and/or significant capital improvements to existing real estate assets to support City Programs and the City's city building objectives.” 

 

Financial Matters

 

10. City Council direct the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in collaboration with the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services to identify and implement a new funding model, both operating and capital, for CreateTO as part of the 2022 Budget process.

 

11. City Council direct the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, in collaboration with the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to identify net new revenues sources to support CreateTO's operating budget.

 

12. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, in consultation with the City's Divisions, Agencies and Corporations to establish a City-wide view of real estate capital needs, and governance for prioritization of real estate capital expenditures on a City-wide basis for consideration by the Budget Committee and City Council, starting with land acquisitions and new construction as part of the 2023 Budget process and continuing on to state-of-good-repair investment needs in subsequent budgets.

 

General

 

13. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to report back to the Executive Committee in the first quarter of 2022, as part of the next phase of implementation of the real estate model, with a process and selection criteria for identification of future sites for the Housing Now Program.

 

14. City Council direct the City Manager to establish a working group of relevant City divisions and agencies for the purpose of developing a coordinated, long-term view of the City of Toronto's operational needs for industrial lands, to do so in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to advise on opportunities to co-locate, consolidate, relocate and/or modernize the City's current portfolio of yards and to report back to City Council in the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

15. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to engage with local Councillors regarding the use of the lands for yard and industrial requirements of City divisions, agencies and corporations and the potential for alternative city-building opportunities at City-owned industrial sites, where operational requirements can be addressed through business cases for alternative site solutions.

 

16. City Council direct CreateTO, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to explore opportunities for further city-building opportunities at the City of Toronto property known municipally as 891 Morningside Avenue, along with all other City-owned properties in the immediate area, to explore options to rationalize current and future uses to maximize the use of the properties.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 13, 2021) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services on City-wide Real Estate - Next Phase of Implementation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171950.pdf
Attachment 1 - City-Wide Real Estate Service Delivery Model Scope
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171951.pdf
Attachment 2 - Amendment to Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 279, Toronto Transit Commission
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171952.pdf
Attachment 3 - Strategic Acquisition
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171953.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(November 8, 2021) Supplementary report from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services on City-Wide Industrial Portfolio (EX27.4a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-173026.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the City Manager to establish a working group of relevant City Divisions and Agencies for the purposes of developing a coordinated, long-term view of the City's operational needs for industrial lands, to do so in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to advise on opportunities to co-locate, consolidate, relocate and / or modernize the City’s current portfolio of yards, and to report back to City Council in the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

2. City Council direct CreateTO, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to explore opportunities for further City-building opportunities at the City of Toronto property, known municipally as 891 Morningside Ave, along with all other City of Toronto owned properties in the immediate area to explore options to rationalize current and future uses to maximize the use of the properties.


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That City Council adopt the following recommendation in the supplementary report (November 8, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services (EX27.4a):

 

1. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services and Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to engage with local Councillors regarding use of lands for yard and industrial requirements of City Agencies, Divisions and Corporations, and the potential for alternative City Building opportunities at City-owned industrial sites, where operational requirements can be addressed through business cases for alternative site solutions. 


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

EX27.4 - City-wide Real Estate - Next Phase of Implementation

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

Real Estate Authorities and Centralization

 

1. City Council direct that all City Divisions, and the City Agencies and Corporations identified in Attachment 1 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services operate in accordance with the City’s centralized Real Estate Service Delivery Model as approved by City Council on May 24, 25, and 26, 2017 in Item 2017.EX25.9 and the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services.

 

 2. City Council direct that any City Agencies or Corporations that are created in the future be required to operate in accordance with the City’s centralized Real Estate Service Delivery Model, unless expressly exempted from doing so by City Council.

 

3. City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 279, Toronto Transit Commission substantially in the form as set out in Attachment 2 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, effective upon approval, subject to such stylistic or technical amendments as may be required by the City Solicitor.

 

Strategic Investment and Property Acquisitions / Transfers

 

4. City Council adopt the following Principles to guide strategic real estate investment:

 

a. the City's real estate assets are to be optimized for City-wide benefit as part of the City-wide Real Estate Model and capital investment in real estate, including state-of-good-repair investments, will be prioritized with a City-wide lens;


b. existing real estate assets that are unlocked through portfolio optimization will be repurposed to meet program needs and City building opportunities as a first priority;


c. in the event that City Council determines that a sale of a real estate asset is the best way to maximize its value to the City, net proceeds will be reinvested into real estate assets to support the current and future ability to deliver City programs, either to fund the purchase of new real estate assets and expanded capacity, or to invest in state-of-good-repair as part of life-cycle asset management; and


d. the City may, from time to time, proactively acquire real estate assets where lands become available through unforeseen circumstances and/or without identified and/or immediate program requirements; such strategic real estate acquisitions will be consistent with the City-Wide Real Estate mandate to enable city building and support the City's corporate priorities.   

 

5. City Council adopt the Strategic Acquisition Policy set out in Attachment 3 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, and rescind the framework for Strategic Property Acquisitions approved by City Council on August 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2014 in Item 2014.EX44.22 and City Council amend General Condition (D) of Appendix B of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 213, Real Property, to reflect this change.

 

6. City Council direct that a minimum of 20 percent of the land value that is unlocked or generated from portfolio optimization initiatives, as determined by the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer on a recommendation from the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, be deposited in the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund.

 

7. City Council exempt the sites identified by City Council as part of the Housing Now Program from the direction in Recommendation 6 above.

 

8. City Council amend the "Policy Governing Land Transactions Among City Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Departments and Proceeds from Sale of Surplus City-Owned Real Property" (Clause 1 of Report No. 9 of the Policy and Finance Committee, as adopted by City Council on June 18, 19 and 20, June 2002) as follows:


- delete clause (7) so that all proceeds from future sales of any real estate assets are directed to the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund to fund future City-wide future real estate capital requirements, and


- delete clause (9) so that if there is a jurisdictional transfer or sale of land under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Parking Authority which was purchased by the City with parking revenues, the land will no longer be valued at fair market value with all net proceeds going to the Parking Reserve Fund, and the Toronto Parking Authority will no longer be required to pay fair market value if it is receiving a jurisdictional transfer of land.

 

9. City Council amend the purpose for the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund in the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 227, Reserves and Reserve Fund to read: “Provides funding for various capital projects involving acquisitions of real estate assets and/or significant capital improvements to existing real estate assets to support City Programs and the City's city building objectives.” 

 

Financial Matters

 

10. City Council direct the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in collaboration with the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services to identify and implement a new funding model, both operating and capital, for CreateTO as part of the 2022 Budget process.

 

11. City Council direct the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, in collaboration with the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to identify net new revenues sources to support CreateTO's operating budget.

 

12. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, in consultation with the City's Divisions, Agencies and Corporations to establish a City-wide view of real estate capital needs, and governance for prioritization of real estate capital expenditures on a City-wide basis for consideration by the Budget Committee and City Council, starting with land acquisitions and new construction as part of the 2023 Budget process and continuing on to state-of-good-repair investment needs in subsequent budgets.

 

General

 

13. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to report back to the Executive Committee in the first quarter of 2022, as part of the next phase of implementation of the real estate model, with a process and selection criteria for identification of future sites for the Housing Now Program.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Executive Committee:

 

1. Requested the City Manager to report directly to the November 9 and 10, 2021 meeting of City Council on the status of the City's plan to consolidate works yards in order to optimize available space for City-wide benefit and potential community activation.

Origin

(October 13, 2021) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services

Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on the next phase of implementation of the City-wide Real Estate ("C.W.R.E.") Transformation. The report will provide a summary of accomplishments achieved during the first three-year period of implementation and value delivered to date. It also sets the stage for the continued advancement of the centralization of strategic real estate activities and service functions, in support of City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations (D.A.C.), City-building opportunities, and City Council priorities. In particular, the report addresses three key matters.    

 

1.  The report reaffirms the purpose and intent of the City-wide Real Estate ("C.W.R.E.") Transformation and the new Real Estate Service Delivery model (“the Model”), approved by Council in 2017 (EX25.9) through four key principles for strategic investment in real estate.  It also makes recommendations to update existing policies to align and enable the new real estate operating Model.   
 

2.  The report also provides Council with an update of the City's journey toward centralization of real estate activities and functions across all Divisions, Agencies, and Corporations. In 2017, City Council consolidated real estate authorities related to asset-use and transactions. The next phases will see the establishment of expanded centralized oversight, through capital planning governance and prioritization city-wide, and city-wide real estate asset management practice. Additionally, property management and facility operations functions and accountability will be brought into the Corporate Real Estate Management Division. 
 

3.  Finally, the report includes recommendations to ensure the future financial sustainability of CreateTO. The funding method used during its first three years was meant as a temporary funding mechanism and a new approach is required to ensure the agency is sustainably funded.   

Background Information

(October 13, 2021) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services on City-wide Real Estate - Next Phase of Implementation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171950.pdf
Attachment 1 - City-Wide Real Estate Service Delivery Model Scope
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171951.pdf
Attachment 2 - Amendment to Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 279, Toronto Transit Commission
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171952.pdf
Attachment 3 - Strategic Acquisition
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171953.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That the Executive Committee request the City Manager to report directly to the November 9 and 10, 2021 meeting of City Council on the status of the City's plan to consolidate works yards in order to optimize available space for City-wide benefit and potential community activation. 


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

That:

 

1. City Council exempt the sites identified by City Council as part of the Housing Now Program from the direction in Recommendation 6 of the report (October 13, 2021) from the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services.

 

2. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to report back to the Executive Committee in the first quarter of 2022, as part of the next phase of implementation of the real estate model, with a process and selection criteria for identification of future sites for the Housing Now Program.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council