Item - 2021.PH21.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 10, 2021 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on March 2, 2021 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on March 10, 2021.

PH21.1 - Modular Housing Initiative: Phase Two Sites - 175 Cummer Avenue and Trenton/Cedarvale Avenue

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
18 - Willowdale, 19 - Beaches - East York

City Council Decision

City Council on March 10, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council endorse in principle amending the zoning regulations for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of the modular housing proposals and City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to advance preliminary discussions with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the zoning changes necessary for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of modular housing, including the use of a Minister’s Zoning Order, pursuant to Section 47 of the Planning Act, and to bring forward any final zoning recommendations after the community consultation meetings scheduled have taken place.

 

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the local Councillor, to establish a Community Liaison Committee for the proposed site at Trenton and Cedarvale composed of residents immediately surrounding the proposed site and local stakeholders such as representatives of Parkside Elementary School, local sports organizations, area faith groups, local service providers, emergency services representatives and others, to ensure timely and regular engagement with local residents. 

 

3.  City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to include in the Community Liaison Committee terms of reference a role for members of the committee to provide advice on non-profit housing providers, with connections to the local community and community support services to help make this project a success.

 

4.  City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in collaboration with the General Manager, Transportation Services and any other relevant divisions, to include in the next report back:

 

a. a detailed analysis of on-street parking options within the immediate Trenton and Cedarvale site area and on adjacent streets; and

 

b. a public posting of the parking study conducted for the site including any relevant background information and data on how the parking analysis was completed.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 16, 2021) Report and Attachments 1 to 6 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Modular Housing Initiative: Phase Two Sites - 175 Cummer Avenue and Trenton/Cedarvale Avenue
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-164268.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(February 26, 2021) E-mail from Brandon Rands (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Sherry Archer (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Brian Scholz (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Debbie Uskov (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Amanda Miatello (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Joanne Tzogas (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Roberto Greco (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Nicole Slattery (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Derek Macpherson (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Vanessa Jacobs (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Kim Lewis (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Michael Robinson (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Anthony Labile (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Jennifer Uskov (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Dean Melamed (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Christian Veronico (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Joseph Mullin (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Michelle Wright (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Sharen Rieger (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Georgia Zipete (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Charlotte (Jenkins) Parnham (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) Petition from Charlotte Jenkins, containing approximately 1344 signatures on "Say no to the Minister's Zoning Order" (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128223.pdf
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Darcy Tremblay (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) Letter from Mark J. Richardson, Technical Lead, HousingNowTO.com (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128256.pdf
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Andrew Cernowski (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Lesley Isaacs (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Christine Leung (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) Letter from Brittany Shulist, Club Manager, East York Curling Club (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128258.pdf
(March 2, 2021) Letter from Anne-Marie Maugeri (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Diana Fearon (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Matt Petras (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Sarah Salvatore (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Carly Slack (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) Letter from Kira Heineck, Executive Director, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128260.pdf
(February 28, 2021) E-mail from Heather Long (PH.New)
(February 8, 2021) E-mail from Connie Mitchell (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Joseph Mullin (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Aquilah Goraya (PH.New)

Communications (City Council)

(March 3, 2021) E-mail from Mr. and Mrs. Wong (CC.Supp)
(March 6, 2021) E-mail from Carly Slack (CC.Supp)
(March 9, 2021) Letter from Elio Valente, Principal, LiVante Developments (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-128916.pdf
(March 9, 2021) Letter from Cristina Martins, President, Bayview Cummer Neighbourhood Association (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-128910.pdf
(March 9, 2021) E-mail from Norman Gardner (CC.New)
(March 10, 2021) Letter from Matti Prima, Vice President, Bayview Cummer Neighbourhood Association (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-128934.pdf
(March 9, 2021) E-mail from Heather Davies (CC.New)
(March 10, 2021) E-mail from M. Domovitch (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

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

That:

 

1. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in collaboration with the General Manager, Transportation Services and any other relevant divisions, to include in the next report back:

 

a. a detailed analysis of on-street parking options within the immediate Trenton and Cedarvale site area and on adjacent streets; and

 

b. a public posting of the parking study conducted for the site including any relevant background information and data on how the parking analysis was completed.

 

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to include in the Community Liaison Committee terms of reference a role for members of the committee to provide advice on non-profit housing providers, with connections to the local community and community support services to help make this project a success.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Mar-10-2021 11:52 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH21.1 - Bradford - motion 1
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, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, 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 Michael Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adopt Planning and Housing Committee Recommendation 1 only:

 

1. City Council endorse in principle amending the zoning regulations for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of the  modular housing proposals and direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to advance preliminary discussions with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the zoning changes necessary for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of modular housing, including the use of a Minister’s Zoning Order, pursuant to Section 47 of the Planning Act, and to bring forward any final zoning recommendations after the community consultation meetings scheduled have taken place.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-10-2021 11:54 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Adopt Planning and Housing Committee Recommendation 1 only
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, 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: 4 Members that were absent are Michael Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adopt the balance of the Item as amended.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-10-2021 11:56 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Balance of Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Michael Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson

PH21.1 - Modular Housing Initiative: Phase Two Sites - 175 Cummer Avenue and Trenton/Cedarvale Avenue

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
18 - Willowdale, 19 - Beaches - East York

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council endorse in principle amending the zoning regulations for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of the  modular housing proposals and direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to advance preliminary discussions with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the zoning changes necessary for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of modular housing, including the use of a Minister’s Zoning Order, pursuant to Section 47 of the Planning Act, and to bring forward any final zoning recommendations after the community consultation meetings scheduled have taken place.

 

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the local Councillor, establish a Community Liaison Committee for the proposed site at Trenton and Cedarvale comprised of residents immediately surrounding the proposed site and local stakeholders such as representatives of Parkside Elementary School, local sports organizations, area faith groups, local service providers, emergency services representatives, and others, to ensure timely and regular engagement with local residents. 

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee:

 

1. Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management in consultation with CreateTO to conduct community consultation meetings in March to obtain feedback on the modular housing proposals for 175 Cummer Avenue and the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue.

 

2. Requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to report to the April meeting of Planning and Housing Committee on the outcomes of the March community consultation meetings, the final recommended proposals, the relief to the Zoning By-law(s) that would be required to permit the final recommended proposals, and, in the case of the Trenton Avenue site, any actions or measures required to provide alternative parking in the area as a result of the proposed redevelopment of the existing parking lot for modular housing.

 

3. Requested the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to include in the future reporting on the Trenton and Cedarvale site analysis on:

 

a. Latest status and lessons learned from Phase 1 of the Modular Housing Initiative;

 

b. Community safety, harm reduction and other principles that will be utilized to minimize safety concerns for new residents and in the local community;

 

c. Review of comparative transit access for Trenton and Cedarvale site relative to other approved and recommended sites;

 

d. Data and analysis on the specific housing needs and available supports in the area of the site; and,

 

e. Additional details on the parking impact analysis following input from local stakeholders.

Origin

(February 16, 2021) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat

Summary

The purpose of this report is to present two sites identified for Phase Two of the City's Modular Housing Initiative, outline the recommended planning approval process and summarize the community engagement process.  The two sites are 175 Cummer Avenue (Ward 18 - Willowdale) and a lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvle Avenue (Ward 19 - Beaches-East York).

 

Community meetings are proposed for each site in March to provide information on the City's Modular Housing Initiative and present site and building designs for community input and feedback.  Corporate Real Estate Management (CREM) is currently preparing Site Plan Approval application submissions for each site in conjunction with the retained architectural firm.

 

At its meeting of April 30, 2020, City Council adopted Item No. CC20.6 - Implementing the Toronto Modular Housing Initiative as an Urgent Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Among other things, this report provided authority to the Housing Secretariat, Corporate Real Estate Management and CreateTO, in consultation with City Planning, Toronto Buildings and other Divisions, to identify sites appropriate for the modular housing initiative and ways to expedite the necessary building and planning approvals to deliver up to 250 modular housing units: an initial 110 homes in 2020 and the remaining 140 homes in 2021.

 

The creation of modular affordable rental housing with support services is a key element of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, which has an approval target of 18,000 supportive homes, including the creation of at least 1,000 modular homes, over the next ten years.  Phase One of the Modular Housing Initiative was advanced in 2020 with approval and construction of 100 modular homes on two city owned sites:  11 Macey Avenue (Ward 20 - Scarbrough Southwest) and 321 Dovercourt Road (formerly 150 Harrison Street (Ward 9 - Davenport). 

 

The City owned Trenton Avenue site and Toronto Community Housing owned Cummer Avenue site have been identified as suitable for construction of modular housing to create new affordable rental housing.  The target completion and occupancy date for these sites is Q4 2021. The completion of additional modular housing in 2021 is key to the City's ongoing efforts to create affordable housing solutions, particularly for some of our most marginalized residents. Additional sites may be identified as suitable for advancement under Phase Two of the Modular Housing Initiative and would the subject of future reports.

 

Based on the conceptual site plans prepared for the Cummer Avenue and Trenton Avenue sites, relief to the existing zoning provisions are likely required.  The required relief for each site will be finalized following community feedback and completion of detailed building and site design.  Based on the experience with the Phase One sites, the changes to the existing zoning could include building height, setbacks, and parking among others.

 

Staff have assessed the review and approval process timelines for the required Planning Act applications relative to the Q4 2021 target completion and occupancy date. In consideration of Council's continued request to prioritize and expedite building and planning approvals for affordable housing this report recommends that City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make a Minister's Zoning Order to provide the necessary relief to permit the construction of modular housing at these two sites. The Planning Act gives the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing the power, by order, in respect of any lands in Ontario, to exercise any of the powers conferred on Council to zone lands and modify the zoning regulations for a given site. A Minister's Zoning Order would enable the City to more quickly implement the modular housing proposals.

Background Information

(February 16, 2021) Report and Attachments 1 to 6 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Modular Housing Initiative: Phase Two Sites - 175 Cummer Avenue and Trenton/Cedarvale Avenue
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-164268.pdf

Communications

(February 26, 2021) E-mail from Brandon Rands (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Sherry Archer (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Brian Scholz (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Debbie Uskov (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Amanda Miatello (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Joanne Tzogas (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Roberto Greco (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Nicole Slattery (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Derek Macpherson (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Vanessa Jacobs (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Kim Lewis (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Michael Robinson (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Anthony Labile (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Jennifer Uskov (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Dean Melamed (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Christian Veronico (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Joseph Mullin (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Michelle Wright (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Sharen Rieger (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Georgia Zipete (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Charlotte (Jenkins) Parnham (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) Petition from Charlotte Jenkins, containing approximately 1344 signatures on "Say no to the Minister's Zoning Order" (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128223.pdf
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Darcy Tremblay (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) Letter from Mark J. Richardson, Technical Lead, HousingNowTO.com (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128256.pdf
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Andrew Cernowski (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Lesley Isaacs (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Christine Leung (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) Letter from Brittany Shulist, Club Manager, East York Curling Club (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128258.pdf
(March 2, 2021) Letter from Anne-Marie Maugeri (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Diana Fearon (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Matt Petras (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Sarah Salvatore (PH.New)
(March 1, 2021) E-mail from Carly Slack (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) Letter from Kira Heineck, Executive Director, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-128260.pdf
(February 28, 2021) E-mail from Heather Long (PH.New)
(February 8, 2021) E-mail from Connie Mitchell (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Joseph Mullin (PH.New)
(March 2, 2021) E-mail from Aquilah Goraya (PH.New)

Speakers

Michael Robinson
Brian Ma
Jon Burns
Derek Macpherson
Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (TAEH)
Saman Tabasinejad
Mark Richardson, HousingNow TO.com
Philip Wu
Councillor John Filion

Motions

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

That:

 

1.  The Planning and Housing Committee delete Recommendation 3 of the staff report and replace it with the following:

 

"City Council endorse in principle amending the zoning regulations for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of the  modular housing proposals and direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to advance preliminary discussions with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the zoning changes necessary for both 175 Cummer Avenue and the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Avenue to permit the construction of modular housing, including the use of a Minister’s Zoning Order, pursuant to Section 47 of the Planning Act, and to bring forward any final zoning recommendations after the community consultation meetings scheduled have taken place." 

 

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the local Councillor, establish a Community Liaison Committee for the proposed site at Trenton and Cedarvale comprised of residents immediately surrounding the proposed site and local stakeholders such as representatives of Parkside Elementary School, local sports organizations, area faith groups, local service providers, emergency services representatives, and others, to ensure timely and regular engagement with local residents. 

 

3. The Planning and Housing Committee request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to include in the future reporting on the Trenton and Cedarvale site analysis on:

a. Latest status and lessons learned from Phase 1 of the Modular Housing Initiative;

b. Community safety, harm reduction and other principles that will be utilized to minimize safety concerns for new residents and in the local community;

c. Review of comparative transit access for Trenton and Cedarvale site relative to other approved and recommended sites;

d. Data and analysis on the specific housing needs and available supports in the area of the site; and,

e. Additional details on the parking impact analysis following input from local stakeholders.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Mar-02-2021

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Frances Nunziata, Gord Perks, 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

2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-02-2021

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Frances Nunziata, Gord Perks, 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
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council