Item - 2021.PH29.2

Tracking Status

PH29.2 - Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - Monitoring Program and Zoning By-law Amendments- Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 15, 16 and 17, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment in Attachment 4 to the report (November 9, 2021) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

2. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.

 

3. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with staff in Seniors Services and Long-Term Care and any other civic officials on incorporating laneway suite recommendations and best practices to accommodate and support seniors living in missing middle housing as part of any future updates to Townhouse and Low-Rise Apartment Guidelines and/or any guideline documents developed resulting from the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative.

 

4. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building, the Director, Environment and Energy and other civic officials to report to the Planning and Housing Committee in the first quarter of 2023 or as soon as possible regarding potential strategies to protect and enhance the City of Toronto's tree canopy and growing space, while also supporting infill housing growth in the City's neighbourhoods.

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building, the Director, Environment and Energy and other civic officials to meet the City of Toronto's TransformTO Net Zero Strategy and to increase onsite green space, landscaping and the tree canopy while striving to promote ecologically responsive construction techniques and materials.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Planner and  Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation to investigate the feasibility of inspecting all completed laneway and garden suites and their compliance to the By-laws as it pertains to the percentage of growing space and the tree canopy remaining in these lots.

 

7. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation to require, as a condition of approval of a laneway and garden suite, that, if applicable, a canopy tree be retained or planted elsewhere on the lot.

 

8. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to communicate with the Committee of Adjustment's members that the City of Toronto declared a climate emergency in 2019 and that the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy should be considered in all their decisions as it is affected by the impact of reduced growing space and lost tree canopies.

 

9. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to work with Transportation Services and other relevant City divisions to advance, where feasible, greater use of permeable materials, additional landscaping including tree planting when re-constructing or repaving laneways affected and adjacent to new laneway and garden suites.

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Committee)

(November 9, 2021) Report and Attachment 1 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - Monitoring Program and Zoning By-law Amendments- Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173157.pdf
Attachment 2 - Report from Gladki Planning Associates
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173158.pdf
Attachment 3 - Proposed Zoning Changes shown as marked up 569-2013 text
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173159.pdf
Attachment 4 - Draft Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 569-2013)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173148.pdf
(November 3, 2021) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-172901.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 8, 2021) E-mail from Jeremy Gawen, Director, Moore Park Residents Association (MPRA) (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-139909.pdf
(November 9, 2021) E-mail from Tom Knezic, Principal, Solares Architecture - LNWY (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-139888.pdf
(November 15, 2021) E-mail from Daryl Christoff (PH.Main)
(November 6, 2021) E-mail from F.T. Campbell, Kingsway Park Ratepayers Inc. (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140085.pdf
(November 16, 2021) Letter from William H. Roberts, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CORRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140105.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Eldon Theodore, MHBC Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140106.pdf
(November 22, 2021) E-mail from Barbara Frost and Miodrag Cvitkovic (PH.New)
(November 20, 2021) E-mail from Dan Rishworth, Bedford-Wanless Ratepayers Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140137.pdf
(November 20, 2021) Letter from France Rochette, Upper Avenue Community Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140139.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Rick Green, Federation of South Toronto Residents' Association (FoSTRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140169.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Harold Smith (PH.New)
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Sue Dexter, Harbord Village Residents' Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140228.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Cindy Weiner, St. Andre's Ratepayers Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140190.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (PH.New)
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Sheila Dunlop, Secretary, South Armour Heights Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140292.pdf
(November 23, 2021) E-mail from Ken Sharratt (PH.New)
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Maureen Kapral, Vice-President, Lytton Park Residentsí Organization (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140346.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Rita Bilerman, chair, Annex Residents' Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140347.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Steve Dewdney, Vice-chair, Bloor West Village Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140348.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Katherine Thomas (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140349.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Ann Mullen on behalf of Seaton Village Residentsí Committee for Sensible Laneway Housing (PH.New)
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Terry Mills, Arris Strategy Studio (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140351.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Ian Carmichael, Co-Chair, ABC Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140352.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140365.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Ingrid van Weert, Director, Thompson Orchard Community Association Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140366.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from William H. Roberts, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CORRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140370.pdf
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Lauren Podmore (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Janet May on behalf of Cliffcrest Scarborough Village SW Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140376.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Veronica Wynne, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association and Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140386.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Submission from Mary Helen Spence, ABC Residents Association, Fontra Working Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140388.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from David Reid, Secretary, Bayview-Sheppard Neighbourhood Alliance (BSNA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140392.pdf
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Andrew Dodds (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Frummie Diamond, Chair, Palmertston Area Residents' Association, Green Committee (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140405.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Judy Gibson and Andy Choles, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140435.pdf
(November 25, 2021) E-mail from Patrick Sheils (PH.New)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to work with Transportation Services and other relevant City divisions to advance, where feasible, greater use of permeable materials, additional landscaping including tree planting when re-constructing or repaving laneways affected and adjacent to new laneway and garden suites.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-16-2021 8:05 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH29.2 - Wong-Tam - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-16-2021 8:12 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH29.2 - Wong-Tam - motion 1 REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 24 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, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, 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 Denzil Minnan-Wong

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adoption of Planning and Housing Committee Recommendations 1 and 2 only:

 

1. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 4 to the report (November 9, 2021) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.  

 

2. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the Draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-16-2021 8:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH29.2 - Adoption of Planning and Housing Committee Recommendations 1 and 2 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, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Nick Mantas, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adoption of the balance of the Item as amended.


Point of Order by Councillor Paul Ainslie

Councillor Ainslie, on a Point of Order, stated that Councillor Crawford was shown as absent from the vote but that Councillor Crawford was present.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Council would take a revote.

PH29.2 - Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - Monitoring Program and Zoning By-law Amendments- Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 4 to the report (November 9, 2021) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning;  

 

2. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the Draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required;

 

3. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning consult with staff in Seniors Services and Long-Term Care, and any other civic officials, on incorporating Laneway Suite recommendations and best practices to accommodate and support seniors living in missing middle housing as part of any future updates to Townhouse And Low-Rise Apartment Guidelines and/or any guideline documents developed resulting from the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative; and

 

4. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Building Official, the Director, Environment and Energy, and other civic officials, report to Planning and Housing Committee in the first quarter of 2023 or as soon as possible regarding potential strategies to protect and enhance the City’s tree canopy and growing space, while also supporting infill housing growth in the City’s Neighbourhoods.

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Building Official, the Director, Environment and Energy, and other civic officials to meet the City's TransformTO Net Zero Strategy and to increase onsite green space, landscaping and the tree canopy while striving to promote ecologically responsive construction techniques and materials.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Planner and  Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation to investigate the feasibility of inspecting all completed laneway and garden suites and their compliance to the bylaws as it pertains to the percentage of growing space and tree canopy remaining in these lots.

 

7. City Council, direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, to require as a condition of approval of a laneway and garden suite, that, if applicable, a canopy tree be retained or planted elsewhere on the lot.

 

8. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to communicate with the Committee of Adjustment members that the City of Toronto in 2019 declared a climate emergency and that TransformTO Net Zero Strategy should be considered in all their decisions as it is affected by the impact of reduced growing space and loss tree canopies.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee held a statutory public meeting on November 25, 2021 and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

Origin

(November 9, 2021) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

Laneway suites are a type of second unit permitted in the City of Toronto. A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located in its own building, often in the back yard, on a lot adjacent to a public laneway. Laneway suites provide an additional form of low-rise housing within the City's neighbourhoods and are part of complete communities. They provide more opportunities for people to live close to where they work, shop, and play and, can help make the city's urban lanes more green, liveable, and safe. Laneway suites contribute to increasing the supply of rental housing and provide additional housing options for a variety of household configurations, and people in different stages of life.

 

On June 26, 2018, City Council approved Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments to allow laneway suites within the boundaries of the Toronto and East York District as the boundaries existed in 2018. On July 16, 2019, City Council expanded permission for laneway suites to low-rise residential zones in Zoning By-law 569-2013 across the City.  As of May 2021, 238 building permit applications for new laneway suites have been submitted to the City.

 

Along with approving bylaw and policy changes to allow the construction of laneway suites, City Council directed City staff monitor the implementation of laneway suites and report on a range of matters to Planning and Housing Committee. The City retained Gladki Planning Associates to assist the City in undertaking a thorough review of laneway suite applications. The City also held a variety of consultation events, visited numerous laneway suite properties, and hosted meetings with a variety of stakeholders including residents, the building industry, the many groups consulted on the 2018-2019 Changing Lanes Study, and Councillors offices.

 

This report discusses the outcome of the laneway suite review and monitoring work and recommends several strategic amendments to the laneway suite permissions to facilitate their construction and respond to community comments.

Background Information

(November 9, 2021) Report and Attachment 1 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites - Monitoring Program and Zoning By-law Amendments- Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173157.pdf
Attachment 2 - Report from Gladki Planning Associates
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173158.pdf
Attachment 3 - Proposed Zoning Changes shown as marked up 569-2013 text
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173159.pdf
Attachment 4 - Draft Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 569-2013)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173148.pdf
(November 3, 2021) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-172901.pdf

Communications

(November 8, 2021) E-mail from Jeremy Gawen, Director, Moore Park Residents Association (MPRA) (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-139909.pdf
(November 9, 2021) E-mail from Tom Knezic, Principal, Solares Architecture - LNWY (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-139888.pdf
(November 15, 2021) E-mail from Daryl Christoff (PH.Main)
(November 6, 2021) E-mail from F.T. Campbell, Kingsway Park Ratepayers Inc. (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140085.pdf
(November 16, 2021) Letter from William H. Roberts, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CORRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140105.pdf
(October 26, 2021) Letter from Eldon Theodore, MHBC Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140106.pdf
(November 22, 2021) E-mail from Barbara Frost and Miodrag Cvitkovic (PH.New)
(November 20, 2021) E-mail from Dan Rishworth, Bedford-Wanless Ratepayers Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140137.pdf
(November 20, 2021) Letter from France Rochette, Upper Avenue Community Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140139.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Rick Green, Federation of South Toronto Residents' Association (FoSTRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140169.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Harold Smith (PH.New)
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Sue Dexter, Harbord Village Residents' Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140228.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Cindy Weiner, St. Andre's Ratepayers Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140190.pdf
(November 22, 2021) Letter from Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (PH.New)
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Sheila Dunlop, Secretary, South Armour Heights Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140292.pdf
(November 23, 2021) E-mail from Ken Sharratt (PH.New)
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Maureen Kapral, Vice-President, Lytton Park Residentsí Organization (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140346.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Rita Bilerman, chair, Annex Residents' Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140347.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Steve Dewdney, Vice-chair, Bloor West Village Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140348.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Katherine Thomas (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140349.pdf
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Ann Mullen on behalf of Seaton Village Residentsí Committee for Sensible Laneway Housing (PH.New)
(November 23, 2021) Letter from Terry Mills, Arris Strategy Studio (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140351.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Ian Carmichael, Co-Chair, ABC Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140352.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140365.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Ingrid van Weert, Director, Thompson Orchard Community Association Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140366.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from William H. Roberts, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CORRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140370.pdf
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Lauren Podmore (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Janet May on behalf of Cliffcrest Scarborough Village SW Residents Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140376.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Veronica Wynne, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association and Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140386.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Submission from Mary Helen Spence, ABC Residents Association, Fontra Working Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140388.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from David Reid, Secretary, Bayview-Sheppard Neighbourhood Alliance (BSNA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140392.pdf
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Andrew Dodds (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Frummie Diamond, Chair, Palmertston Area Residents' Association, Green Committee (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140405.pdf
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Judy Gibson and Andy Choles, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140435.pdf
(November 25, 2021) E-mail from Patrick Sheils (PH.New)

Speakers

Katie Thomas
Celeste Salvagna, Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
Andy Choles, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
Sue Dexter
Harold Smith
Sheila Harrison, the South Armour Heights Residentsí Association (SAHRA)
Veronica Wynne, Confederation of Resident & Ratepayer Associations
Frummie Diamond, Palmerston Area Residents' Association (PARA) Green Committee
Ken Sharratt
Alex Petrovic
Ian Carmichael, ABC Residents Association
Cathie McDonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (Fontra)
Ingrid van Weert, Thompson Orchards Community Association Inc.
Mary Helen Spence

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

1.  Amend Recommendation 4 by adding the follow, "or as soon as possible" so that it now reads:

 

4. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Building Official, the Director, Environment and Energy, and other civic officials, report to Planning and Housing Committee in the first quarter of 2023 or as soon as possible regarding potential strategies to protect and enhance the City’s tree canopy and growing space, while also supporting infill housing growth in the City’s Neighbourhoods.

 

 2.  Add the following new recommendations:

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Building Official, the Director, Environment and Energy, and other civic officials to meet the City's TransformTO Net Zero Strategy and to increase onsite green space, landscaping and the tree canopy while striving to promote ecologically responsive construction techniques and materials.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Planner and  Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation to investigate the feasibility of inspecting all completed laneway and garden suites and their compliance to the bylaws as it pertains to the percentage of growing space and tree canopy remaining in these lots.

 

7. City Council, direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, to require as a condition of approval of a laneway and garden suite, that, if applicable, a canopy tree be retained or planted elsewhere on the lot.

 

8. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to communicate with the Committee of Adjustment members that the City of Toronto in 2019 declared a climate emergency and that TransformTO Net Zero Strategy should be considered in all their decisions as it is affected by the impact of reduced growing space and loss tree canopies.


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