Item - 2021.EX27.8

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 9, 2021 without 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.

EX27.8 - The First Parliament Site and Expropriation of City-owned Lands by Metrolinx for Transit Purposes

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
13 - Toronto Centre

City Council Decision

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

 

1. City Council authorize the City to accept the advance payments of compensation offered by Metrolinx, without prejudice to the City's right to make a claim for further compensation, pursuant to Section 25 of the Expropriations Act for the expropriated properties at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and part of 44 Parliament Street, in the amounts set out in Confidential Attachment 1  to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning  and direct it to the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund (XR1012), to be held in trust until the development and site plans for the First Parliament lands are finalized.

 

2. City Council authorize the public release of Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning following the full and final determination of the compensation payable to the City for the expropriation of the properties at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and part of 44 Parliament Street, by arbitration or appeal or, if settled, at the discretion of the City Solicitor.

 

3.  City Council direct the City Manager, the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the City-led First Parliament Working Group and the local Councillor on how the funds from the expropriation can be best used to achieve implementation and principles outlined in the First Parliament Master Plan.


4.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, in consultation with Toronto Public Library, to ensure that all interim relocation costs incurred by Toronto Public Library are accounted for in the final settlement offer from Metrolinx for the expropriation of 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and 44 Parliament Street.


5. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to prioritize in the ongoing negotiations with Infrastructure Ontario with respect to the First Parliament Transit-Oriented Communities development the civic objectives outlined in the Master Plan and other local capital improvements, and to report back to the Executive Committee when the final Transit-Oriented Community development plan for First Parliament is presented, including but not limited to:

 

a. parkland and/or park improvements;


b. public realm improvements; and


c. affordable housing.


6.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to present alternative massing studies to Infrastructure Ontario on the Transit Oriented Communities proposals at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and 44 Parliament Street, and to report back to the Executive Committee on how City ideas and comments have been addressed when the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament is presented.


7.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to negotiate the provision of affordable housing, consistent with the City's policies for Inclusionary Zoning and the Housing Now initiative, in addition to Provincial requirements for affordable housing in the Transit-Oriented Communities proposal at First Parliament/Corktown, and to report back to the Executive Committee on such affordable housing options, including the approach to funding it, when the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament is presented.


8.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to report back to the Executive Committee in a standalone report on the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament.

 

Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning remains confidential at this time in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it contains information regarding a proposed or pending expropriation of City-owned land by Metrolinx. Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning will be made public following the full and final determination of the compensation payable to the City for the expropriation of the properties at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and part of 44 Parliament Street, by arbitration or appeal or, if settled, at the discretion of the City Solicitor. 

Confidential Attachment - A proposed or pending expropriation of City-owned land by Metrolinx

Background Information (Committee)

(October 13, 2021) Report and Attachments 1 and 2 from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on the First Parliament Site and Expropriation of City-owned Lands by Metrolinx for Transit Purposes
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171988.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1 - Details of Advance Payments of Compensation from Metrolinx
Presentation from the Senior Development Planner, CreateTO on First Parliament Master Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-172479.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Laura S. Garzon (EX.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from David S. Crawford (EX.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Keith Bricknell (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137776.pdf
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Julie Beddoes (EX.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) Letter from Stewart Linton, President, on behalf of the Board of Directors, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137795.pdf
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Toby Tenenbaum (EX.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Isobel Collins (EX.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Adam Cohoon (EX.Supp)
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Rick Green, Chair, Federation of South Toronto Residentsí Associations (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137976.pdf
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Alan Barthel, President, Longboat Area Residents' Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137939.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Ian Morrison, Vice President and Secretary, The Spire Condominium (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137940.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Kristan Burley, President, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 782 (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137984.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Diana Belshaw, Vice-President and Chair, Development Committee, Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138018.pdf
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Suzanne Kavanagh, Chair, Development Committee, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138048.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Andre Bermon, President, Corktown Toronto on behalf of the Board of Directors, Corktown Residents and Business Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138124.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from David Chan, President, East Waterfront Community Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138144.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Lester Brown (EX.New)
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Arthur Klimowicz and Donna Patterson (EX.New)
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Cynthia Wilkey, Co-Chair and John Wilson, Co-Chair, West Don Lands Committee (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138146.pdf
(October 27, 2021) Letter from Mary Todorow (EX.New)

Communications (City Council)

(November 8, 2021) Letter from Ian Morrison, Vice President and Secretary, TSCC-1864 (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-138712.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-10-2021 9:56 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX27.8 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 26 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, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

EX27.8 - The First Parliament Site and Expropriation of City-owned Lands by Metrolinx for Transit Purposes

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
13 - Toronto Centre

Confidential Attachment - A proposed or pending expropriation of City-owned land by Metrolinx

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council authorize the City to accept the advance payments of compensation offered by Metrolinx, without prejudice to the City's right to make a claim for further compensation, pursuant to Section 25 of the Expropriations Act for the expropriated properties at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and part of 44 Parliament Street, in the amounts set out in Confidential Attachment 1 and direct it to the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund (XR1012), to be held in trust until the development and site plans for the First Parliament lands are finalized.

 

2. City Council authorize the public release of Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (October 13, 2021) from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning following the full and final determination of the compensation payable to the City for the expropriation of the properties at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and part of 44 Parliament Street, by arbitration or appeal or, if settled, at the discretion of the City Solicitor.

 

3.  City Council direct the City Manager, the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the City-led First Parliament Working Group and the local Councillor on how the funds from the expropriation can be best used to achieve implementation and principles outlined in the First Parliament Master Plan.


4.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, in consultation with Toronto Public Library, to ensure that all interim relocation costs incurred by Toronto Public Library are accounted for in the final settlement offer from Metrolinx for the expropriation of 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and 44 Parliament Street.


5. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to prioritize in the ongoing negotiations with Infrastructure Ontario with respect to the First Parliament Transit-Oriented Communities development the civic objectives outlined in the Master Plan and other local capital improvements, and to report back to the Executive Committee when the final Transit-Oriented Community development plan for First Parliament is presented, including but not limited to:

 

a. parkland and/or park improvements;


b. public realm improvements; and


c. affordable housing.


6.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to present alternative massing studies to Infrastructure Ontario on the Transit Oriented Communities proposals at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and 44 Parliament Street, and to report back to the Executive Committee on how City ideas and comments have been addressed when the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament is presented.


7.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to negotiate the provision of affordable housing, consistent with the City's policies for Inclusionary Zoning and the Housing Now initiative, in addition to Provincial requirements for affordable housing in the Transit-Oriented Communities proposal at First Parliament/Corktown, and to report back to the Executive Committee on such affordable housing options, including the approach to funding it, when the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament is presented.


8.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to report back to the Executive Committee in a standalone report on the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Executive Committee considered Items EX27.8 and EX27.9 together.

 

The Senior Development Planner, CreateTO gave a presentation on First Parliament Master Plan.

Origin

(October 13, 2021) Report from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report responds to the following motions and recommendations as directed by City Council related to the following properties: 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and the north portion of 44 Parliament Street (managed by Toronto Parking Authority) (collectively known as the "First Parliament Properties"), and the expropriation of the First Parliament Properties and the subsurface portion of Parliament Square Park partly located on the south side of 44 Parliament Street by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario:

 

- MM31.35 Assessing Provincial Interest in the First Parliament Site - by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy


- EX23.3 Provincial Transit-Oriented Communities Program


- MM35.30 Checking the Ticket - Understanding The Province’s Extraordinary Powers to Expropriate for Transit - by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy


- MM35.31 Ensuring Retention of Community Benefits Through Provincial Expropriation of Municipally-owned Land - by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy


- MM36.23 Local Planning and the First Parliament Master Plan - by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy

 

This report also seeks City Council authority for the City to accept Metrolinx's advance payment of compensation, pursuant to Section 25 of the Expropriations Act, for the expropriation of First Parliament Properties and part of Parliament Square Park in the amounts set out in Confidential Attachment 1.   

Background Information

(October 13, 2021) Report and Attachments 1 and 2 from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on the First Parliament Site and Expropriation of City-owned Lands by Metrolinx for Transit Purposes
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-171988.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1 - Details of Advance Payments of Compensation from Metrolinx
Presentation from the Senior Development Planner, CreateTO on First Parliament Master Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-172479.pdf

Communications

(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Laura S. Garzon (EX.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from David S. Crawford (EX.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Keith Bricknell (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137776.pdf
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Julie Beddoes (EX.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) Letter from Stewart Linton, President, on behalf of the Board of Directors, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137795.pdf
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Toby Tenenbaum (EX.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Isobel Collins (EX.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Adam Cohoon (EX.Supp)
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Rick Green, Chair, Federation of South Toronto Residentsí Associations (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137976.pdf
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Alan Barthel, President, Longboat Area Residents' Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137939.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Ian Morrison, Vice President and Secretary, The Spire Condominium (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137940.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Kristan Burley, President, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 782 (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-137984.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Diana Belshaw, Vice-President and Chair, Development Committee, Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138018.pdf
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Suzanne Kavanagh, Chair, Development Committee, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138048.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Andre Bermon, President, Corktown Toronto on behalf of the Board of Directors, Corktown Residents and Business Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138124.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from David Chan, President, East Waterfront Community Association (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138144.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Lester Brown (EX.New)
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Arthur Klimowicz and Donna Patterson (EX.New)
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Cynthia Wilkey, Co-Chair and John Wilson, Co-Chair, West Don Lands Committee (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/comm/communicationfile-138146.pdf
(October 27, 2021) Letter from Mary Todorow (EX.New)

Speakers

Cynthia Wilkey, West Don Lands Committee
Diana Belshaw, Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association
Lance Alexander
Adam Roy Cohoon
Stewart Linton, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Motions

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That Executive Committee amend Recommendation 1 by adding the words "to be held in trust until the development and site plans for the First Parliament lands are finalized” so that it now reads

 

1. City Council authorize the City to accept the advance payments of compensation offered by Metrolinx, without prejudice to the City's right to make a claim for further compensation, pursuant to Section 25 of the Expropriations Act for the expropriated properties at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and part of 44 Parliament Street, in the amounts set out in Confidential Attachment 1 and direct it to the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund (XR1012), to be held in trust until the development and site plans for the First Parliament lands are finalized.


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the City Manager, the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the City-led First Parliament Working Group and the local Councillor on how the funds from the expropriation can be best used to achieve implementation and principles outlined in the First Parliament Master Plan.


2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, in consultation with Toronto Public Library, to ensure that all interim relocation costs incurred by Toronto Public Library are accounted for in the final settlement offer from Metrolinx for the expropriation of 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and 44 Parliament Street.


3. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to prioritize in the ongoing negotiations with Infrastructure Ontario with respect to the First Parliament Transit-Oriented Communities development the civic objectives outlined in the Master Plan and other local capital improvements, and to report back to the Executive Committee when the final Transit-Oriented Community development plan for First Parliament is presented, including but not limited to:

 

a. parkland and/or park improvements;
b. public realm improvements; and
c. affordable housing.


4.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to present alternative massing studies to Infrastructure Ontario on the Transit Oriented Communities proposals at 271 Front Street East, 25 Berkeley Street and 44 Parliament Street, and to report back to the Executive Committee on how City ideas and comments have been addressed when the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament is presented.


5.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to negotiate the provision of affordable housing, consistent with the City's policies for Inclusionary Zoning and the Housing Now initiative, in addition to Provincial requirements for affordable housing in the Transit-Oriented Communities proposal at First Parliament/Corktown, and to report back to the Executive Committee on such affordable housing options, including the approach to funding it, when the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament is presented.


6.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, to report back to the Executive Committee in a standalone report on the final Transit-Oriented Communities development plan for First Parliament.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-27-2021

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX27.8 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 7 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Jennifer McKelvie, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council