Item - 2022.PH35.1

Tracking Status

PH35.1 - Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods - Neighbourhood Retail and Services Study Final Report Phase One

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

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


1. City Council amend the Official Plan substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment 612 appended as Attachment 1 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as amended by Part 2 below.

 

2. City Council amend the draft Official Plan Amendment 612, appended as Attachment 1 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning so that a Part 3.c) is added to Policy #3 and it now reads as follows:

 

3. Small-scale retail, service and office uses support daily life in Neighbourhoods and encourage complete, connected communities, contributing to amenity, sustainability, equity, diversity and vitality.

 

Small-scale retail, service and office uses are permitted on properties in Neighbourhoods that legally contained such uses prior to the approval date of this Official Plan.

 

New small-scale retail, service and office uses may be permitted in Neighbourhoods provided that they:

 

a) have minimal adverse impacts on adjacent or nearby residences, such as those from noise, parking, delivery and loading, and other impacts from activities associated with the small-scale retail, service and/or office use;

 

b) are of a physical scale and in a location that is compatible with and integrated into the Neighbourhood; and

 

c) serve the needs of residents in an effort to reduce local automobile trips.


3. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 2 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.


4. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment and Draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.


5. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to undertake further community and stakeholder consultation consistent with the phase two work plan described in the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and to report back to the Planning and Housing Committee in 2023.

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Committee)

(June 17, 2022) Report and Attachments 1 to 8 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods -Neighbourhood Retail and Services Study Final Report Phase One
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227721.pdf
(June 13, 2022) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227688.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 14, 2022) E-mail from Mary Richardson (PH.Main)
(June 16, 2022) E-mail from Tom Knezic, Principal, Solares Architecture (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-152789.pdf
(June 19, 2022) E-mail from Richard Ponesse (PH.Main)
(June 30, 2022) Letter from Joanne Llunga, Community Planner, B&A Planning Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153975.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Andy Choles, Board Member, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154018.pdf
(July 3, 2022) Letter from Sheila Dunlop, Secretary, South Armour Heights Residentsí Association (SAHRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154044.pdf
(July 3, 2022) Letter from Veronica Wynne, President, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association-The Swansea Area Ratepayers Group (SARA-SARG) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154053.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from William Roberts, Chair, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154061.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Craig Ruttan, Senior Director, Toronto Region Board of Trade (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154069.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (FoNTRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154101.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(July 16, 2022) E-mail from Angela Barnes and Les Veszlenyi, Co-chairs, Mimico Lakeshore Community Network (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-155586.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Lost)

That:

 

1. City Council delete Planning and Housing Committee Recommendations 1, 2, 3 and 4:

 

Recommendations to be deleted:

 

1. City Council amend the Official Plan substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment 612 appended as Attachment 1 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as amended by Recommendation 2 below.

 

2. City Council amend the draft Official Plan Amendment 612, appended as Attachment 1 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning so that a Part 3.c) is added to Policy #3 and it now reads as follows:

 

3. Small-scale retail, service and office uses support daily life in Neighbourhoods and encourage complete, connected communities, contributing to amenity, sustainability, equity, diversity and vitality.

 

Small-scale retail, service and office uses are permitted on properties in Neighbourhoods that legally contained such uses prior to the approval date of this Official Plan.

 

New small-scale retail, service and office uses may be permitted in Neighbourhoods provided that they:

 

a. have minimal adverse impacts on adjacent or nearby residences, such as those from noise, parking, delivery and loading, and other impacts from activities associated with the small-scale retail, service and/or office use;

 

b. are of a physical scale and in a location that is compatible with and integrated into the Neighbourhood; and

 

c. serve the needs of residents in an effort to reduce local automobile trips.


3. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 2 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

4. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment and Draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 7:06 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - PH35.1 - Minnan-Wong - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 16 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Paula Fletcher, Michael Thompson

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

That City Council delete the Planning and Housing Committee recommendations and adopt instead the following new Recommendation:

 

1. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report back to the Planning and Housing Committee with updates to Toronto Official Plan Map 3 which include additional places beyond the Major Streets in the City's street hierarchy which could support neighbourhood-serving retail and services, with an emphasis on corner locations.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 7:08 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - PH35.1 - Holyday - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are John Filion, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 14 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Paula Fletcher, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jul-21-2022 7:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH35.1 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Brad Bradford, Gary Crawford, Paula Fletcher, Michael Thompson

PH35.1 - Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods - Neighbourhood Retail and Services Study Final Report Phase One

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:


1. City Council amend the Official Plan substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment 612 appended as Attachment 1 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as amended by Recommendation 2 below.

 

2. City Council amend the draft Official Plan Amendment 612, appended as Attachment 1 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning so that a part 3.c) is added to Policy #3 and it now reads as follows:

 

3. Small-scale retail, service and office uses support daily life in Neighbourhoods and encourage complete, connected communities, contributing to amenity, sustainability, equity, diversity and vitality.

 

Small-scale retail, service and office uses are permitted on properties in Neighbourhoods that legally contained such uses prior to the approval date of this Official Plan.

 

New small-scale retail, service and office uses may be permitted in Neighbourhoods provided that they:

 

a) have minimal adverse impacts on adjacent or nearby residences, such as those from noise, parking, delivery and loading, and other impacts from activities associated with the small-scale retail, service and/or office use;

 

b) are of a physical scale and in a location that is compatible with and integrated into the Neighbourhood; and

 

c) serve the needs of residents in an effort to reduce local automobile trips.


3. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment 2 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.


4. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment and Draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.


5. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to undertake further community and stakeholder consultation consistent with the phase two work plan described in the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and report back to the Planning and Housing Committee in 2023.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee held a statutory public meeting on July 5, 2022 and notice was given in accordance with the Planning Act.

Origin

(June 17, 2022) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

The Neighbourhood Retail and Services study is part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) work program. Local Neighbourhood Retail and Services are small-scale retail, service and office uses located in areas designated Neighbourhoods in the Official Plan. They have historically played an important role in Toronto's neighbourhoods but have declined in recent decades, as existing establishments close and new ones do not take their place.  This decline has been the result of both socio-economic factors and City policies. Changes currently underway, including the recent, dramatic shift toward working from home, and the various Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiatives, support the desire for more Neighbourhood amenities for existing and new residents. They also support the opportunity for more potential customers, employees and business owners.

 

To facilitate existing and new small-scale retail, service and office uses, staff are therefore proposing a first phase of immediate amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, followed by further consultation and research on broader changes to come in 2023.  The focus of these proposed changes is not on predicting the future of particular industries or uses or focussing on specific sites, but on providing a city-wide policy environment that is more supportive of local businesses and community organizations.

Background Information

(June 17, 2022) Report and Attachments 1 to 8 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods -Neighbourhood Retail and Services Study Final Report Phase One
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227721.pdf
(June 13, 2022) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227688.pdf

Communications

(June 14, 2022) E-mail from Mary Richardson (PH.Main)
(June 16, 2022) E-mail from Tom Knezic, Principal, Solares Architecture (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-152789.pdf
(June 19, 2022) E-mail from Richard Ponesse (PH.Main)
(June 30, 2022) Letter from Joanne Llunga, Community Planner, B&A Planning Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153975.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Andy Choles, Board Member, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154018.pdf
(July 3, 2022) Letter from Sheila Dunlop, Secretary, South Armour Heights Residentsí Association (SAHRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154044.pdf
(July 3, 2022) Letter from Veronica Wynne, President, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association-The Swansea Area Ratepayers Group (SARA-SARG) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154053.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from William Roberts, Chair, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154061.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Craig Ruttan, Senior Director, Toronto Region Board of Trade (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154069.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (FoNTRA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154101.pdf

Speakers

Leonid Kotov, Greenstreet Flats
Andy Choles, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
Veronica Wynne, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayers Association in Toronto(CORRA) and the Swansea Area Ratepayers Assoc/Group (SARA/SARG)
Rocky Petkov

Motions

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

That the Planning and Housing Committee:

 

1. Amend the draft Official Plan Amendment 612, appended as Attachment 1 to the report (June 17, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning by adding the following:

 

"c) serve the needs of residents in an effort to reduce local automobile trips"

 

so that it now reads:

 

"3. Small-scale retail, service and office uses support daily life in Neighbourhoods and encourage complete, connected communities, contributing to amenity, sustainability, equity, diversity and vitality.

 

Small-scale retail, service and office uses are permitted on properties in Neighbourhoods that legally contained such uses prior to the approval date of this Official Plan.

 

New small-scale retail, service and office uses may be permitted in Neighbourhoods provided that they:

 

a) have minimal adverse impacts on adjacent or nearby residences, such as those from noise, parking, delivery and loading, and other impacts from activities associated with the small-scale retail, service and/or office use;

 

b) are of a physical scale and in a location that is compatible with and integrated into the Neighbourhood; and

 

c) serve the needs of residents in an effort to reduce local automobile trips."


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