Item - 2021.PH29.9

Tracking Status

PH29.9 - Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods: Multiplex Study - Interim Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Planning and Housing Committee: 

 

1. Directed the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to undertake further community and stakeholder consultation and technical review of the ideas presented in this report to facilitate expanded permissions for multiplex building types in Neighbourhoods, and report back with recommended policy, zoning and process changes by the end of the second quarter of 2022.

 

2. Directed the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to produce massing studies and landscape proposals for different multiplex and site options as visual aids to solicit informed feedback during the community consultation.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning gave a presentation on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods: Multiplex Study.

Origin

(November 10, 2021) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

The Multiplex study is part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative, intended to support the construction of a range of low-rise housing across the City's low-rise neighbourhoods, increasing both the variety and type of housing available in these areas. The scope of this study includes multiplexes - buildings with two, three, and four units - and low-rise apartment buildings.

 

This study on expanding Multiplex housing permissions relates to a number of City and Provincial policy objectives to provide a full range of housing options to Torontonians, in a form that makes efficient use of land, infrastructure, and existing services. These low-rise housing forms are compatible with the Official Plan's objective that physical change to Neighbourhoods will be sensitive, gradual, and fit the existing physical character.

 

This report presents research to date on the expansion of multiplex permissions in Toronto's Neighbourhoods, initial consultation outcomes, and ideas for further consultation in the fourth quarter of 2021 and first quarter of 2022.

 

The results of technical review, further research, and feedback provided during the consultation will help shape policy proposals, potential zoning changes, and Official Plan policy amendments to be presented to Planning and Housing Committee in the second quarter of 2022.

Background Information

(November 10, 2021) Report and Attachment 1 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods: Multiplex Study - Interim Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173156.pdf
Presentation from the Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods: Multiplex Study
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-173835.pdf

Communications

(November 18, 2021) E-mail from Debra Anthony (PH.New)
(November 21, 2021) Letter from Colleen Bailey, More Neighbours Toronto (PH.New)
(November 23, 2021) E-mail from Keith Marshall (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Ene Underwood, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140362.pdf
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Lauren Podmore (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Kevin Linger (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) Letter from Phil Pothen, Environmental Defence (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140394.pdf
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Andrew Dodds (PH.New)
(November 24, 2021) E-mail from Vicki McGregor (PH.New)
(November 25, 2021) Letter from Andy Choles, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ph/comm/communicationfile-140407.pdf
(November 25, 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-140439.pdf
(November 25, 2021) E-mail from Luke Coleman (PH.New)

Speakers

Andy Choles, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
Phil Pothen, Environmental Defence
Rocky Petkov
Bilal Akhtar

Motions

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

That:

 

1. Planning and Housing Committee direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to produce massing studies and landscape proposals for different multiplex and site options as visual aids to solicit informed feedback during the community consultation.


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