Item - 2022.MM43.24

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 11, 2022 without amendments.

MM43.24 - Exploring Municipal Solutions to the Housing Crisis in Toronto - by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Mike Layton

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 11 and 12, 2022, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building, the City Solicitor and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to report to the Planning and Housing Committee in the third quarter of 2023 on the following:

 

a. a development pipeline broken down by application submitted, Zoning By-law Amendment/Official Plan Amendment approval, Site Plan Approval, Building Permit issued and appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal differentiated by major and minor projects;

 

b. an assessment of average time for application appeals to be settled at the Ontario Land Tribunal from date of appeal;

 

c. an estimate of population and new units that could be accommodated on existing soft sites on Avenues, Major Transit Station Areas, and Growth Centres under the existing Official Plan;

 

d. an assessment of barriers to growth along the Bloor-Danforth subway line;

 

e. a Labour Market Survey of residential construction capacity in the City of Toronto;

 

f. an assessment of in-house construction management for affordable housing on City-owned properties;

 

g. the potential incentives and/or penalties to encourage landlords to retain buildings with less than six units as rental apartments;

 

h. a strategy to harmonize the Multi-Unit Residential property tax rate with the Residential property tax rate;

 

i. the feasibility of implementing municipal measures to curb speculation and investment properties including, but not limited to, higher land transfer taxes for investment properties, lower land transfer taxes for primary residences, and requesting the Toronto Police Service to vigorously investigate money laundering in the residential sector;

 

j. the feasibility of implementing municipal measures at all stages, including pre-application land assemblies, to encourage developers to deliver new housing faster including land value and parking lot taxes, penalties and/or incentives to discourage “phasing” of new supply in large projects; and

 

k. an Impact Assessment of Real Estate Investment Trusts and consolidation of rental properties by large corporate Landlords on the Toronto housing market.

Background Information (City Council)

Communications (City Council)

(May 10, 2022) Letter from Jacob Dawang and Saeid Hashemi, More Neighbours Toronto (MM.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/mm/comm/communicationfile-149869.pdf
(May 12, 2022) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald Co-Chairs, The Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (MM.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/mm/comm/communicationfile-149978.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM43.24 be referred to the Planning and Housing Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

Vote (Waive Referral) May-12-2022 1:25 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - MM43.24 - Waive Referral
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Shelley Carroll, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michael Ford, Mike Layton

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-12-2022 1:26 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM43.24 - Adoption of Recommendation 1.f. only
Total members that voted Yes: 19 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michael Ford, Mike Layton

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-12-2022 1:27 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM43.24 - Adopt balance of the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michael Ford, Mike Layton

Point of Order by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Councillor Holyday, on a Point of Order, stated that he would like a separate vote on Recommendation 1.f.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Council would take a separate vote on Recommendation 1.f.

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