Item - 2021.MM31.11

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on April 7, 2021 with amendments.

MM31.11 - Preserving the Past, and Protecting the Future of Little Jamaica - by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Michael Thompson

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on April 7 and 8, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Planner, Executive Director, City Planning to prioritize a survey of the cultural heritage resources of Little Jamaica in the 2021 and 2022 City Planning Study Work Program as a part of the Council-adopted Little Jamaica Cultural District initiative (MM24.36, September 30 2020) and report back to City Council on the outcome of a comprehensive heritage survey, including an examination of the character and appearance of the area, and any recommendations for an individual property, concentration of properties or property features for a heritage conservation district, or cultural heritage landscape, to be protected under the Ontario Heritage Act and/or other land use planning mechanisms.

 

2.  City Council direct the Chief Planner, Executive Director, City Planning to consult with BlackUrbanismTO, Black Futures on Eglinton and additional community partners on the process, outcome and recommendations of the comprehensive heritage survey before reporting back to City Council.

 

3.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to explore all ways whereby active and future development applications along Eglinton Avenue West take into account the goals and scope of the forthcoming study on Little Jamaica and the Eglinton West Neighbourhoods and compare all existing and future development applications against Planning Framework from the EGLINTONConnects Planning Study to ensure that the unprecedented rapid growth occurring in the study areas preserve the heritage, culture, architectural significance, and the priorities and principles brought forward by the local residents from the Little Jamaica Study.

Background Information (City Council)

Communications (City Council)

(April 5, 2021) Letter from Matthew Zambri, President, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (MM.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/mm/comm/communicationfile-130358.pdf
(April 6, 2021) Letter from Romain Baker, Chair, Black Urbanism Toronto (MM.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/mm/comm/communicationfile-130387.pdf
(April 7, 2021) Letter from Louroz Mercader, Manager, York-Eglinton Business Improvement Area (MM.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/mm/comm/communicationfile-130415.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM31.11 be referred to the Planning and Housing Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.


1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Colle (Carried)

That City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to explore all ways whereby active and future development applications along Eglinton Avenue West take into account the goals and scope of the forthcoming study on Little Jamaica and the Eglinton West Neighbourhoods and compare all existing and future development applications against Planning Framework from the EGLINTONConnects Planning Study to ensure that the unprecedented rapid growth occurring in the study areas preserve the heritage, culture, architectural significance, and the priorities and principles brought forward by the local residents from the Little Jamaica Study.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-08-2021 6:15 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM31.11 - Colle - motion 1 - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 22 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, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, 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: 4 Members that were absent are Mark Grimes, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Councillor Cynthia Lai (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote on motion 1 by Councillor Colle to take a recorded vote.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-08-2021 6:16 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM31.11 - Adopt the 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, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, 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: 3 Members that were absent are Mark Grimes, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza

Point of Order by Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow, on a Point of Order, stated that he was seeking the Speaker's guidance regarding when Council may deal with Member Motions MM31.11 and MM31.27 as he was not aware of any amendments or any reason to hold these Items.  Councillor Matlow further stated that initiatives referred to in the Member Motions are under a specific timeframe and if they are deferred, these initiative will run into problems and asked if there was a way to make these Member Motions urgent so that Council would deal with them at this meeting.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Council will deal with the Items in the order that they appear on the agenda and suggested that Councillor Matlow speak to the Member that held the Member Motions.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council