Item - 2021.TE29.17

Tracking Status

TE29.17 - Transit Oriented Communities Update (Preliminary Report)

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
10 - Spadina - Fort York, 13 - Toronto Centre, 14 - Toronto - Danforth

City Council Decision

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

 

1. City Council direct the Director, Transportation Planning to implement the recommended public engagement approach outlined in the report (November 24, 2021) from the Director, Transportation Planning for future Transit Oriented Communities proposals, subject to any Provincial requirements for confidentiality.

 

2. City Council direct the Director, Transportation Planning to report to the appropriate Community Council on preliminary reviews of future Transit Oriented Communities proposals.

 

3. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Executive Committee on the final assessment of each current and future Transit Oriented Communities proposal and the related implementing framework and/or agreements.

 

4. City Council request the City Manager to include the Acting General Manager, Economic Development on the City staff team reviewing the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal.
 

5. City Council request the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District and the Director, Strategic  Initiatives Policy and Analysis, be included on the City staff team reviewing the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal.

 

6. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to convene a meeting, in consultation with the Ward Councillor, with the Toronto Youth Cabinet to review the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal with the relevant City Staff.
 

7. City Council request that going forward, all the new housing in Transit Oriented Communities in Toronto align with Inclusionary Zoning targets with a goal of reaching thirty percent of all units affordable; and that the Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services, in consultation with the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, and the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, make affordable housing a key priority in all negotiations with the Province and its agencies.
 

8. City Council direct the appropriate Planning staff working on the Employment Conversion requests for the Municipal Comprehensive Review to:
 

a. hold a meeting, in consultation with the Ward Councillor, on the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal which would also include materials outlining the existing zoning and current approvals as well as  the contribution of core employment lands to Toronto's economic viability and maintenance and creation of and development high value-added jobs; and to confirm the details in a report back to the January 6, 2022 meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council;

 

b. convene a meeting, in conjunction with the Ward Councillor, with any public members of the Infrastructure Ontario/Cadillac Fairview led Local Advisory Committee who are interested in reviewing the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal; and

 

c. in addition to Part 8.a. above, create a City-led local working group , in consultation with the Ward Councillor, to review the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal from a City Planning Policy perspective.

 

9. City Council endorse and request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to give consideration to the advice from the King-Bathurst Local Advisory Committee, and the proposal that Infrastructure Ontario should satisfy the parkland dedication requirement for the King-Bathurst Transit Oriented Communities by acquiring the private surface parking lot adjacent to Victoria Memorial Square Park and conveying it to the City to expand the existing park, as outlined in the Memo (July 28, 2021) from Parks, Forestry and Recreation to the Director, Community Planning, South District, in the submission from Councillor Cressy (under Background Information).

 

10. In the absence of a formal planning application and associated fees for Transit Oriented Communities proposals, City Council direct the City Manager to negotiate and execute a resource agreement to support a dedicated team of City staff for a period of 5 years to advance City interests in the provincial Transit Oriented Communities Program, and to manage both initial negotiations and the longer term planning review and approvals process.

 

11. City Council request the Province of Ontario and Infrastructure Ontario to support the sustained calls from the City-led First Parliament Working Group and Local Advisory Committee for the Ontario Line Corktown station to increase the amount of parkland onsite, invest in public realm improvements, and other community benefits as outlined in the Council-approved First Parliament Master Plan. 

 

12. City Council request Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx to immediately work with the City Planning, the Ward Councillor and area stakeholders to establish the Queen Station and Moss Park Station working groups to address area concerns about the traffic and construction impact caused by long-term road occupancy, deferred City capital projects and financial impact, loss of trees and landscaping, disruption to City service, compensation caused by loss of revenue to business owners, long-term road occupancy and other related matters. 

 

13. City Council direct the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, in consultation with the appropriate City divisions, to create an Equity Impact Assessment and Community Benefits Proposal in consultation with relevant stakeholders and to report back to the January 26, 2022 meeting of the Executive Committee.

Background Information (Community Council)

(November 24, 2021) Report and Attachments 1-4 from the Director, Transportation Planning - Transit Oriented Communities Update (Preliminary Report)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-172921.pdf
(July 28, 2021) Submission from Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 10, Spadina - Fort York - King-Bathurst (Sites B and D) Transit-Oriented Community - 647-655 and 662-668 King Street West, 69-76 and 91 Bathurst Street, and 58-60 Stewart Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-173859.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(November 14, 2021) Supplementary Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Transit Expansion on City Investment in SmartTrack at East Harbour (TE29.17a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-174472.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council delete the phrase "a minimum of thirty percent of all the new housing in Transit Oriented Communities in Toronto be affordable" and replace it with the phrase "all the new housing in Transit Oriented Communities in Toronto align with Inclusionary Zoning targets with a goal of reaching thirty percent of all units affordable" so that Recommendation 7 now reads as follows:

 

7. City Council request that going forward, all the new housing in Transit Oriented Communities in Toronto align with Inclusionary Zoning targets with a goal of reaching thirty percent of all units affordable; and that the Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services, in consultation with the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat; the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning; the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District; and, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, make affordable housing a key priority in all negotiations with the Province and its agencies.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

TE29.17 - Transit Oriented Communities Update (Preliminary Report)

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
10 - Spadina - Fort York, 13 - Toronto Centre, 14 - Toronto - Danforth

Community Council Recommendations

The Toronto and East York Community Council recommends that:

 

1. City Council direct the Director, Transportation Planning to implement the recommended public engagement approach outlined in the report (November 24, 2021) from the Director, Transportation Planning for future Transit Oriented Communities proposals, subject to any Provincial requirements for confidentiality.

 

2. City Council direct the Director, Transportation Planning to report to the appropriate Community Council on preliminary reviews of future Transit Oriented Communities proposals.

 

3. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Executive Committee on the final assessment of each current and future Transit Oriented Communities proposal and the related implementing framework and/or agreements.

 

4. City Council request the City Manager to include the Acting General Manager, Economic Development on the city staff team reviewing the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal.
 

5. City Council request the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District and the Director of Strategic  Initiatives Policy and Analysis, be included on the city staff team reviewing the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities  proposal.

 

6. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to convene a meeting, in consultation with the Ward Councillor, with the Toronto Youth Cabinet to review the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal with the relevant City Staff.
 

7. City Council request that going forward, a minimum of thirty percent of all the new housing in Transit Oriented Communitys in Toronto be affordable; and that the Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services, in consultation with the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat; the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning; the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District; and, the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, make affordable housing a key priority in all negotiations with the Province and its agencies.
 

8. City Council direct the appropriate Planning staff working on the Employment Conversion requests for the Municipal Comprehensive Review to:
 

a. hold a meeting, in consultation with the Ward Councillor, on the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal which would also include materials outlining the existing zoning and current approvals as well as  the contribution of core employment lands to Toronto's economic viability and maintenance and creation of and development high value-added jobs; and to confirm the details in a report back to the January 6, 2022 meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council;

 

b. convene a meeting, in conjunction with the Ward Councillor,  with any public members of the Infrastructure Ontario/Cadillac Fairview led Local Advisory Committee who are interested in reviewing the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal.

 

c. in addition to Part 8.a. above, create a city-led local working group , in consultation with the Ward Councillor, to review the East Harbour Transit Oriented Communities proposal from a City Planning Policy perspective.

 

9. City Council endorse and request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to give consideration to the advice from the King-Bathurst Local Advisory Committee, and the proposal that Infrastructure Ontario should satisfy the parkland dedication requirement for the King-Bathurst Transit Oriented Communities by acquiring the private surface parking lot adjacent to Victoria Memorial Square Park and conveying it to the City to expand the existing park, as outlined in the Memo from Parks, Forestry and Recreation to the Director, Community Planning, South District, dated July 28, 2021 in the submission from Councillor Cressy (under Background Information).

 

10. In the absence of a formal planning application and associated fees for Transit Oriented Communities proposals, City Council direct the City Manager to negotiate and execute a resource agreement to support a dedicated team of City staff for a period of 5 years to advance City interests in the provincial Transit Oriented Communities Program, and to manage both initial negotiations and the longer term planning review and approvals process.

 

11. City Council request the Province of Ontario and Infrastructure Ontario to support the sustained calls from the City-led First Parliament Working Group and Local Advisory Committee for the Ontario Line Corktown station to increase the amount of parkland onsite, invest in public realm improvements, and other community benefits as outlined in the Council-approved First Parliament Master Plan. 

 

12. City Council request Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx to immediately work with the City Planning, the Ward Councillor and area stakeholders to establish the Queen Station and Moss Park Station working groups to address area concerns about the traffic and construction impact caused by long-term road occupancy, deferred City capital projects and financial impact, loss of trees and landscaping, disruption to City service, compensation caused by loss of revenue to business owners, long-term road occupancy and other related matters. 

 

13. City Council direct the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office, in consultation with the appropriate City divisions, to create an Equity Impact Assessment and Community Benefits Proposal in consultation with relevant stakeholders and to report back to the January 26, 2022 Executive Committee meeting.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Toronto and East York Community Council requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the General Manager, Transit Expansion Office, to report directly to the December 15 and 16, 2021 City Council meeting on the significant investment being made by the City to the East Harbour Transit Hub through the SmartTrack program, identified in the report November 24, 2022) from the Director, Transportation Planning.

Origin

(November 24, 2021) Report from the Director, Transportation Planning

Summary

This report responds to Toronto and East York Community Council motion TE28.62, which requested Staff to report on preliminary planning comments, outstanding issues, opportunities to secure City priorities, and a summary of feedback received by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) through its public engagement process for Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) proposals related to the following Ontario Line stations:

  • Corktown Station – comprising two city blocks between Berkeley Street and Parliament Street, south of King Street to Parliament Square park
  • Exhibition Station – comprising two sites on either side of the south end of Atlantic Avenue
  • King and Bathurst Station – comprising two sites on the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection of King Street and Bathurst Street
  • Queen and Spadina Station – comprising two sites on the northeast and southwest corners of the intersection of Queen Street and Spadina Avenue

The report also provides an update on the process and public engagement related to the East Harbour TOC proposal.  This TOC proposal differs from the other Ontario Line TOC proposals in that it covers a broader adjacent development and involves a development partner, Cadillac Fairview.  The City is also making a significant investment in the East Harbour Transit Hub through the SmartTrack program.

 

The report begins with an overview of the TOC program and process to date as it relates to the Metrolinx subways program.  An evaluation of the TOC proposals follows this introduction.  To conclude the report, Staff provide suggestions on how a City-led consultation program may be structured to assist in the consideration of future TOC proposals.

Background Information

(November 24, 2021) Report and Attachments 1-4 from the Director, Transportation Planning - Transit Oriented Communities Update (Preliminary Report)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-172921.pdf
(July 28, 2021) Submission from Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 10, Spadina - Fort York - King-Bathurst (Sites B and D) Transit-Oriented Community - 647-655 and 662-668 King Street West, 69-76 and 91 Bathurst Street, and 58-60 Stewart Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-173859.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager to include the Acting General Manager, Economic Development on the city staff team reviewing the East Harbour TOC proposal.
 

2.  City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to convene a meeting, in consultation with the Ward Councillor, with the Toronto Youth Cabinet to review the East Harbour TOC proposal with the relevant City Staff.
 

3.  City Council request that a minimum of thirty percent of all the new housing in Transit Oriented Community's in Toronto be affordable; and that the Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services, in consultation with the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Chief Planner and Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District and the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, going forward, to make affordable housing a key priority in all negotiations with the Province and its agencies.
 

4.  City Council request the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District and the Director of Strategic  Initiatives Policy and Analysis, be included on the city staff team reviewing the  East Harbour TOC proposal
 

5.  City Council direct Planning staff working on the Employment Conversion requests for the Municipal Comprehensive Review:
 

a. to hold a meeting, in consultation with the Ward Councillor, on the East Harbour TOC proposal which would also include materials outlining the existing zoning and current approvals as well as  the contribution of core employment lands to Toronto's economic viability and maintenance and creation of and development high value-added jobs; and to confirm the details in a report back to the January 6, 2022 meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council;

 

b. to convene a meeting, in conjunction with the Ward Councillor,  with any public members of the IO/CF led Local Advisory Committee who are interested in reviewing the East Harbour TOC proposal.

 

c. in addition to Part 5.a. above, to create a City-led local working group , in consultation with the Ward Councillor, to review the East Harbour TOC proposal from a City Planning Policy perspective.

  

6.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the General Manager, Transit Expansion Office, to report directly to the December 15, 2021 City Council meeting on the significant investment being made by the City to the East Harbour Transit Hub through the SmartTrack program, identified in the report November 24, 2022) from the Director, Transportation Planning.
 

 


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Final)

That:

 

1. City Council endorse and request the Chief Planner and Executive Director City Planning to give consideration to the advice from the King-Bathurst Local Advisory Committee, and the proposal that Infrastructure Ontario should satisfy the parkland dedication requirement for the King-Bathurst TOC by acquiring the private surface parking lot adjacent to Victoria Memorial Square Park and conveying it to the City to expand the existing park, as outlined in the Memo from Parks, Forestry & Recreation to the Director, Community Planning, South District, dated July 28, 2021 in the submission from Councillor Cressy on this item.

 

 


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Final)

That:

 

1.  In the absence of a formal planning application and associated fees for Transit Oriented Communities proposals, City Council direct the City Manager to negotiate and execute a resource agreement to support a dedicated team of City staff for a period of 5 years to advance City interests in the provincial Transit Oriented Communities Program, and to manage both initial negotiations and the longer term planning review and approvals process.

 


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Final)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario and Infrastructure Ontario support the sustained calls from the City-led First Parliament Working Group and Local Advisory Committee for the Ontario Line Corktown station to increase the amount of parkland onsite, invest in public realm improvements, and other community benefits as outlined in the Council-approved First Parliament Master Plan. 

 

2. City Council request Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx to immediately work with the City Planning, the ward councillor and area stakeholders to establish the Queen Station and Moss Park Station working groups to address area concerns about the traffic and construction impact caused by long-term road occupancy, deferred City capital projects and financial impact, loss of trees and landscaping, disruption to City service, compensation caused by loss of revenue to business owners, long-term road occupancy and other related matters. 

 

3. City Council direct the Executive Director Transit Expansion Office, in consultation with the appropriate City divisions, to create an Equity Impact Assessment and Community Benefits Proposal in consultation with relevant stakeholders and report back to the first Executive Committee meeting in 2022

 

 


5 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Nov-24-2021

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Gord Perks (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Joe Cressy
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council