Item - 2022.PH34.17

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 19, 2022 without amendments.
  • City Council considered this item on June 15, 2022 and postponed its consideration to a later date. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on May 31, 2022 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on June 15, 2022.
  • See also By-law 1088-2022

PH34.17 - Area-Specific Amendments to the Sign By-law: Six Separate Locations within the Galt Subdivision Rail Corridor

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
3 - Etobicoke - Lakeshore, 4 - Parkdale - High Park

City Council Decision

City Council on July 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2022, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council approve the application to amend the Sign By-law to add an area-specific amendment to Schedule of Chapter 694, Signage Master Plans and Area-Specific Amendments in Attachment 1 to the report (May 9, 2022) from the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building, to exclude a specific portion of the area defined as the Galt Subdivision from the existing area-specific prohibition on the erection or display of any third party signs contained at section 694- 24A(17); establish regulations applicable to these premises to allow for, and regulate, in addition to the signage otherwise permitted by the Sign By-law, a third party electronic ground sign, and to further amend 694- 24A to establish five new area-specific prohibitions on the display of third party signs in other portions of the Galt Subdivision.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council recessed its public session and met as Committee of the Whole in closed session on July 20, 2022 to consider confidential information on this Item as it pertains to advice or communications that are subject to solicitor-client privilege and potential litigation.

 

City Council considered Items PH34.14, PH34.15, PH34.16 and PH34.17, together.

Public Notice Given

Background Information (Committee)

(May 9, 2022) Report from the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building on Area-Specific Amendments to the Sign By-law: Six Separate Locations within the Galt Subdivision Rail Corridor
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226067.pdf
Attachment 1. Draft of Proposed Area-Specific Amendment - Specified Portions of Galt Subdivision
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226068.pdf
(May 20, 2022) Public Notice
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226098.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 23, 2022) Submission from Christopher Bentler, President, Allvision Development ULC (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-150405.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(June 15, 2022) Letter from Patrick J. Harrington, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-153750.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Report of Committee of the Whole

July 20, 2022 at 11:41 a.m. - Speaker Nunziata advised that City Council had completed its closed session consideration of Items PH34.14, PH34.15, PH34.16 and PH34.17. No motions were placed in the closed session. City Council would now proceed with the public debate on the Items.


1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That City Council delete Planning and Housing Committee Recommendation 1:

 

Recommendation to be deleted:

 

1. City Council approve the application to amend the Sign By-law to add an area-specific amendment to Schedule 'B' of Chapter 694, Signage Master Plans and Area-Specific Amendments, to exclude a specific portion of the area defined as the Galt Subdivision from the existing area-specific prohibition on the erection or display of any third party signs contained at section 694- 24A(17); establish regulations applicable to these premises to allow for, and regulate, in addition to the signage otherwise permitted by the Sign By-law, a third party electronic ground sign, and to further amend 694- 24A to establish five new area-specific prohibitions on the display of third party signs in other portions of the Galt Subdivision.

 

adopt instead the following recommendation in the report (May 9, 2022) from the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building:

 

1. City Council refuse the application to amend the Sign By-law to add an area-specific amendment to Schedule 'B' of Chapter 694, Signage Master Plans and Area-Specific Amendments, to exclude a specific portion of the area defined as the Galt Subdivision from the existing area-specific prohibition on the erection or display of any third party signs contained at section 694- 24A(17); establish regulations applicable to these premises to allow for, and regulate, in addition to the signage otherwise permitted by the Sign By-law, a third party electronic ground sign, and to further amend 694- 24A to establish five new area-specific prohibitions on the display of third party signs in other portions of the Galt Subdivision.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 10:17 AM

Result: Lost Majority Required - PH34.17 - Perks - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, John Filion, Stephen Holyday, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jul-21-2022 10:18 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH34.17 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 17 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, John Filion, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher

PH34.17 - Area-Specific Amendments to the Sign By-law: Six Separate Locations within the Galt Subdivision Rail Corridor

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred
Wards:
3 - Etobicoke - Lakeshore, 4 - Parkdale - High Park

City Council Decision

City Council on June 15 and 16, 2022, deferred consideration of Item PH34.17 to the July 19 and 20, 2022 meeting of City Council.

Public Notice Given

Background Information (Committee)

(May 9, 2022) Report from the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building on Area-Specific Amendments to the Sign By-law: Six Separate Locations within the Galt Subdivision Rail Corridor
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226067.pdf
Attachment 1. Draft of Proposed Area-Specific Amendment - Specified Portions of Galt Subdivision
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226068.pdf
(May 20, 2022) Public Notice
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226098.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 23, 2022) Submission from Christopher Bentler, President, Allvision Development ULC (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-150405.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(June 15, 2022) Letter from Patrick J. Harrington, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-152758.pdf

Motions (City Council)

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

That consideration of the item be deferred until the July 19 and 20, 2022 meeting of City Council. 

PH34.17 - Area-Specific Amendments to the Sign By-law: Six Separate Locations within the Galt Subdivision Rail Corridor

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
3 - Etobicoke - Lakeshore, 4 - Parkdale - High Park

Public Notice Given

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council approve the application to amend the Sign By-law to add an area-specific amendment to Schedule 'B' of Chapter 694, Signage Master Plans and Area-Specific Amendments, to exclude a specific portion of the area defined as the Galt Subdivision from the existing area-specific prohibition on the erection or display of any third party signs contained at section 694- 24A(17); establish regulations applicable to these premises to allow for, and regulate, in addition to the signage otherwise permitted by the Sign By-law, a third party electronic ground sign, and to further amend 694- 24A to establish five new area-specific prohibitions on the display of third party signs in other portions of the Galt Subdivision.

Origin

(May 9, 2022) Report from the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building

Summary

Toronto's Sign By-law is a harmonized, City-wide set of regulations governing signs which was adopted in 2010. The Sign By-law contains a process for any member of the public to apply to City Council to amend the Sign By-law in order to implement significant changes to the sign regulations for a specific property or area. Applications are commonly made requesting amendments to the Sign By-law to allow signs that are prohibited, to remove permissions for signs in an area, or to modify the administrative requirements of the Sign By-law. The Chief Building Official (CBO) brings applications to amend the Sign By-law together on an annual basis for City Council consideration, so that City Council can more easily assess the overall and cumulative impact of these applications on the city's built environment, and the Sign By-law itself.

 

This report responds to an application for multiple amendments to the Sign By-law made by Allvision Canada (the "Applicant") on behalf of Metrolinx, concerning specific portions of a railway corridor owned or managed by Metrolinx, specifically the "Galt Subdivision".  

 

The Applicant proposes that City Council amend the Sign By-law in multiple ways:

 

- To exempt a specific portion of the Galt Subdivision directly adjacent to Highway 427, from an area-specific restriction that prohibits any third party signs from being erected in this location;

 

- To establish regulations for a sign with two rectangular sign faces, each with a vertical dimension of 4.27 metres and horizontal dimension of 14.63 metres, sign face area of approximately 62.47 square metres each (three times larger than permitted by the Sign By-law); a height of 18 metres (almost twice as high as permitted in the Sign By-law); for the two sign faces to be built in a "v-shaped" configuration, which is typically prohibited by the Sign By-law and, located within 60 metres to a Commercial Residential ("CR") Sign District and facing properties in the CR Sign District which is also prohibited by the Sign By-law ("the Proposed Sign"); and,

 

- To establish five new area specific prohibitions on the display of third party signs within a 100 metre radius of specific portions of rail corridors known as the "Galt Subdivision".

 

The proposed amendment would also modify permitting regulations in the Sign By-law so that a permit for the Proposed Sign would be contingent on the removal of five existing signs that are between 1.0 and 6.0 km away from the Proposed Sign, within the Galt Subdivision. In conjunction with these removals, the proposed amendment would introduce five new area specific restrictions that are not only unrelated to the Proposed Sign, but are also largely redundant and will result in unnecessary restrictions in the Sign By-law.

 

Toronto Building, in consultation with City Planning and Transportation Services, conducted a thorough review of the application, and has concluded that the Applicant's rationale is not consistent with the objectives of the Sign By-law. For the reasons set out in this report, the Chief Building Official does not support amending the Sign By-law for these locations throughout the city.

Background Information

(May 9, 2022) Report from the Chief Building Official and Executive Director, Toronto Building on Area-Specific Amendments to the Sign By-law: Six Separate Locations within the Galt Subdivision Rail Corridor
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226067.pdf
Attachment 1. Draft of Proposed Area-Specific Amendment - Specified Portions of Galt Subdivision
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226068.pdf
(May 20, 2022) Public Notice
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226098.pdf

Communications

(May 23, 2022) Submission from Christopher Bentler, President, Allvision Development ULC (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-150405.pdf

Motions

1a - Motion to forward item Without Recommendations moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That the item be forwarded to City Council without recommendation.

Vote (Without Recommendations) May-31-2022

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Frances Nunziata
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That City Council direct the City Solicitor to report to Council an any issues arising from tying the application to unrelated bylaw amendments.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-31-2022

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Frances Nunziata
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council approve the application to amend the Sign By-law to add an area-specific amendment to Schedule 'B' of Chapter 694, Signage Master Plans and Area-Specific Amendments, to exclude a specific portion of the area defined as the Galt Subdivision from the existing area-specific prohibition on the erection or display of any third party signs contained at section 694- 24A(17); establish regulations applicable to these premises to allow for, and regulate, in addition to the signage otherwise permitted by the Sign By-law, a third party electronic ground sign, and to further amend 694- 24A to establish five new area-specific prohibitions on the display of third party signs in other portions of the Galt Subdivision.

Vote (Amend Item) May-31-2022

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Frances Nunziata
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council