Item - 2022.PH30.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on February 2, 2022 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Planning and Housing Committee on January 12, 2022 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on February 2, 2022.
  • See also By-law 47-2022

PH30.3 - Our Plan Toronto: Protected Major Transit Station Area Delineations - Downtown and City-wide Interpretation Policies - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 2 and 3, 2022, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council amend Official Plan Amendment 524 by modifying Map 2 in Site and Area Specific Policies 609 (Osgoode) and 610 (St. Patrick) to decrease the minimum Floor Space Index from 3.0 to 0.0 on the immediate lands that currently occupy the historical Campbell House at the intersection of Queen Street West and University Avenue, to which the City's lease extends to 2099.

 

2. City Council adopt Official Plan Amendment 524 substantially in accordance with Attachment 2 to the report (December 15, 2021) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as amended by Part 1 above.

 

3. City Council authorize the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to seek approval of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of Official Plan Amendment 524 under Section 17 of the Planning Act for Protected Major Transit Station Areas pursuant to Section 16(15) of the Planning Act.

 

4. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment, as may be required.

 

5. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include capital and staffing resources in the 2023 capital budget to undertake the necessary zoning review of all Major Transit Station Areas and Protected Major Transit Station Areas following Ministerial approval. 

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Committee)

(December 15, 2021) Report and Attachment 1 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Our Plan Toronto: Protected Major Transit Station Area Delineations - Downtown and City-wide Interpretation Policies - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-174824.pdf
Attachment 2: OPA 524 - Downtown PMTSAs, Interpretation Policies for MTSAs and PMTSAs, and Chapter 8
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-174825.pdf
(December 21, 2021) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-174799.pdf
Presentation from Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Our Plan Toronto: Protected Major Transit Station Area Delineations - Downtown and City-wide Interpretation Policies - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-175051.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 6, 2022) Submission from Michael Domovitch (PH.New)
(January 10, 2022) E-mail from Corry Nicolls (PH.New)
(January 11, 2022) Letter from Jacob Dawang, More Neighbours Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143236.pdf
(January 11, 2022) Submission from Liz Driver, Director/Curator, Campbell House Museum (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143260.pdf
(January 11, 2022) Letter from South Junction Triangle Grows (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143247.pdf
(January 12, 2022) Submission from Aamir Sukhera, SaveTPARK.ca (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143291.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(January 29, 2022) E-mail from Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Honorary Chair, Grange Community Association (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-144822.pdf
(January 29, 2022) Letter from Ralph Daley, President, Grange Community Association Inc. (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-145019.pdf
(February 1, 2022) Letter from Rick Green, Chair, Federation of South Toronto Residents' Associations (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-145134.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That City Council amend Official Plan Amendment 524 by modifying Map 2 in Site and Area Specific Policies 609 (Osgoode) and 610 (St. Patrick) to decrease the minimum Floor Space Index from 3.0 to 0.0 on the immediate lands that currently occupy the historical Campbell House at the intersection of Queen Street West and University Avenue, to which the City's lease extends to 2099.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

PH30.3 - Our Plan Toronto: Protected Major Transit Station Area Delineations - Downtown and City-wide Interpretation Policies - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council adopt Official Plan Amendment 524 substantially in accordance with Attachment 2 to the report (December 15, 2021) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

2. City Council authorize the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to seek approval of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of Official Plan Amendment 524 under Section 17 of the Planning Act for Protected Major Transit Station Areas pursuant to Section 16(15) of the Planning Act.

 

3. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment, as may be required.

 

4. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include capital and staffing resources in the 2023 capital budget to undertake the necessary zoning review of all Major Transit Station Areas and Protected Major Transit Station Areas following Ministerial approval. 

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning gave a presentation on Our Plan Toronto: Protected Major Transit Station Area Delineations - Downtown and City-wide Interpretation Policies - Final Report.

 

The Planning and Housing Committee held a statutory public meeting on January 12, 2022 and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

Origin

(December 15, 2021) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

In June 2020, City Planning initiated the Growth Plan Conformity and Municipal Comprehensive Review ("MCR") which includes the delineation of 180+ potential Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) to meet Provincial minimum intensification requirements. A subset of MTSAs will be identified as Protected Major Transit Station Areas (PMTSAs), where inclusionary zoning By-laws can be implemented. An equity lens is being applied to this work program that prioritizes the delineation of PMTSAs to enable the implementation of inclusionary zoning as an affordable housing tool, where market conditions could support it.

 

This report recommends adoption of Official Plan Amendment 524 (OPA 524) that delineates sixteen PMTSAs in the Downtown Secondary Plan area and provide interpretation policies to guide the implementation of MTSAs and PMTSAs across the City, as well as other technical amendments to integrate such matters into the Official Plan. The recommended OPA reflects feedback received through consultations on the draft delineations and policy directions since presented to Planning and Housing Committee on April 21, 2021.

 

The 16 PMTSA delineations included in OPA 524 address the requirements of A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2020) (the "Growth Plan") and Section 16(15) of the Planning Act. Approval of OPA 524 would allow for the application of the in effect inclusionary zoning framework within the delineated areas receive Ministerial approval.

 

The recommended Site and Area Specific Policies (SASPs) for the Downtown PMTSAs establish minimum density targets (residents and jobs per hectare) and minimum development density requirements (Floor Space Index ("FSI") or minimum number of units) that are consistent with the Minister approved Downtown Plan, and Section 16(15) of the Planning Act. They do not propose changes to maximum development permissions. The SASPs identifying and delineating the sixteen PMTSAs were developed through interpretation of the Downtown Plan policies, land use designations, and the existing development pipeline. The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is the approval authority for the delineation of Protected Major Transit Stations Areas. There is no appeal of the Minister's decision.

 

OPA 524 for the Downtown PMTSAs introduces a new Chapter 8 to the Official Plan that would include all SASPs for MTSAs and PMTSAs across the City. The recommended Chapter 8 policies are to be read in conjunction with the other relevant policies of the Plan.

 

OPA 524 provides interpretation policies, additional guidance and technical Official Plan revisions to implement the PMTSAs and MTSAs included in Chapter 8. It was determined that rather than repeat each of these policies within each delineation, that they would apply to all delineations. If there is a reason to deviate from the general policies, those would be set out in each individual delineation. This will ensure a more consistent approach across the City and consistent with the structure of the Official Plan. This includes both policies and non-policy text, intended to assist in applying the Site and Area Specific Policies and reinforce the existing objectives and vision of the Official Plan.

Background Information

(December 15, 2021) Report and Attachment 1 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Our Plan Toronto: Protected Major Transit Station Area Delineations - Downtown and City-wide Interpretation Policies - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-174824.pdf
Attachment 2: OPA 524 - Downtown PMTSAs, Interpretation Policies for MTSAs and PMTSAs, and Chapter 8
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-174825.pdf
(December 21, 2021) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-174799.pdf
Presentation from Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Our Plan Toronto: Protected Major Transit Station Area Delineations - Downtown and City-wide Interpretation Policies - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-175051.pdf

Communications

(January 6, 2022) Submission from Michael Domovitch (PH.New)
(January 10, 2022) E-mail from Corry Nicolls (PH.New)
(January 11, 2022) Letter from Jacob Dawang, More Neighbours Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143236.pdf
(January 11, 2022) Submission from Liz Driver, Director/Curator, Campbell House Museum (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143260.pdf
(January 11, 2022) Letter from South Junction Triangle Grows (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143247.pdf
(January 12, 2022) Submission from Aamir Sukhera, SaveTPARK.ca (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-143291.pdf

Speakers

Liz Driver, Campbell House Museum
Aamir Sukhera
Councillor Paul Ainslie

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)
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