Item - 2022.PH35.15

Tracking Status

PH35.15 - Our Plan Toronto: Recommended Official Plan Amendment for City-wide Employment Policies and Conversion Requests - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

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

 

1. City Council adopt Official Plan Amendment 591 substantially in accordance with Attachment 1 to the report (June 20, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, with the following amendments:

 

a. convert the lands at 25 Transit Road, 155 Transit Road and 570 Wilson Avenue from Core Employment Areas to Regeneration Areas to facilitate a comprehensive review of the Wilson Station area as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review ("Update Downsview"); any redevelopment of the station site would ensure the continued operation of the station, bus terminal and related facilities;

 

b. convert the lands east and south of 151 Billy Bishop Way, being two parcels bounded by Billy Bishop Way to the east, Highway 401 to the South and Dufferin Street to the West, from General Employment Areas to Regeneration Areas to facilitate a comprehensive review of the lands adjacent to 151 Billy Bishop Way as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review ("Update Downsview"); and

 

c. amend the maps in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 of Official Plan Amendment 591 to reflect the existing General Employment Areas designation for the lands municipally known in 2021 as 4570 and 4630 Sheppard Avenue East;  

 

d. delete proposed Site and Area Specific Policy 793 from Official Plan Amendment 591 for the lands known municipally in 2021 as 4570 and 4630 Sheppard Avenue East;

 

e. convert the lands known as 43-177A McCormack Street from General Employment Areas to Mixed Use Areas, by amending Map 2, Urban Structure, and Map 17, Land Use Plan, in the manner described in Attachment 1 to motion 4 by Councillor Frances Nunziata;   

 

f. delete Site and Area Specific Policy 437 and replace it with a new Site and Area Specific Policy 437 pertaining to the lands known as 43-177A McCormack Street, as shown in Attachment 1 to motion 4 by Councillor Frances Nunziata;

 

g. remove the lands known municipally in 2021 as 250 Bowie Avenue and 670 and 680 Caledonia Road from Site and Area Specific Policy 390 (Castlefield Caledonia Design and Décor District); and

 

h.  with respect to lands municipally known in 2022 as 3569, 3577, St. Clair Avenue East, 641, 661, 663, 619, 621, 625, and 627 Danforth Road; and 405 Kennedy Road ("the lands") by:

 

a. modifying Map 2 in Appendix 1 by removing the lands as Employment Areas;

 

b. modifying Map 32 in Appendix 2 by re-designating the lands from General Employment Areas to Mixed Use Areas;

 

c. modifying proposed Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policy 790 by deleting "and the CN rail" in the title and deleting the lands; and

 

d. adding a new Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policy 797 for the lands as follows:

 

"797. 3569, 3577, St. Clair Avenue East, 641, 661, 663, 619, 621, 625, and 627 Danforth Road; and 405 Kennedy Road;" and

 

e. affordable housing requirements will be determined through the review of the Zoning By-law Amendment Application, including the review of density permissions; such affordable housing will be secured through one or more agreements with the City.

 

2. City Council defer consideration of Conversion Requests 37 and 46 in Attachment 3 to the report (June 20, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning respecting the lands known in 2021 as 4570 and 4630 Sheppard Avenue East until the first half of 2023. 

 

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 591 under Section 26 of the Planning Act, as amended by Parts 1 and 2 above.

 

4. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the recommended Official Plan Amendment 591 as may be required.

 

5. City Council declare by resolution to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing that Official Plan Amendment 591 conforms with Provincial Plans or does not conflict with them; has regard to the matters of Provincial Interest in Section 2 of the Planning Act; and is consistent with policy statements issued under subsection 3(1) of the Planning Act.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider potential and appropriate Official Plan Amendment(s) that could expand permitted uses in Employment Areas (site or area specific only) to include sport facilities, places of assembly (including bingo halls and banquet halls), and places of worship and report back to the Planning and Housing Committee in second quarter of 2023. 

 

7. City Council authorize the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to use the Preliminary Assessment Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policies, attached as Attachment 4 to the report (June 20, 2022) from the Chief Planner as Executive Director, City Planning as a basis for consultation.

 

8. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to bring forward Final Reports at Special Public Meetings under Section 26 of the Planning Act in the first half of 2023 with recommendations on:

 

a. the remaining Employment Area conversion requests (first quarter);

 

b. revisions to Site and Area Specific Policies within Employment Areas that currently permit residential uses (first quarter);

 

c. revised Official Plan Chapter 1 Vision Statement for 2051, Principles for a Successful and Inclusive City and Indigenous Planning Perspectives (second quarter);

 

d. potential revisions for expanding the permitted uses within Employment Areas (site or area specific only to include places of assembly (including bingo halls and banquet halls), and places of worship (second quarter).

 

9. 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 resulting from outcomes generated from Part 8.d. above.

 

10. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to convene a meeting with the area land owners and businesses in the north-east quadrant of McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue East, including Dufferin Concrete, respecting land use compatibility between Employment Areas and the potential introduction of sensitive land uses.

 

11. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to conduct a preliminary assessment for the lands known as 949, 949A, 951, 953, 955 and 1011 Wilson Avenue to determine the feasibility of converting said properties to Mixed Use Areas, subject to a Site Area Specific Policy, and to report back in the first half of 2023.

    

12.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include a cumulative running total of employment area gained or lost to the successive conversion reports brought to City Council, and to compare this total to the findings of the April 7, 2022 Report from Hemson Consulting titled "Future of Toronto Employment Areas and the Office Market" as attached as Attachment 6 to the report (April 11, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning in Item 2022.PH33.13. 

Public Notice Given

Statutory - Planning Act, RSO 1990

Background Information (Committee)

(June 20, 2022) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Our Plan Toronto: Recommended Official Plan Amendment for City-wide Employment Policies and Conversion Requests - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227762.pdf
Attachment 1: Recommended Official Plan Amendment 591
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227783.pdf
Attachment 2: Engagement Summary Report (prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227772.pdf
Attachment 3: Final Assessments and Recommendations to Convert Land Designated Employment Areas
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227773.pdf
Attachment 4: Preliminary Assessment Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policies for Consultation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227774.pdf
(May 27, 2022) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227664.pdf
Attachment - SASP 793 map - to motion 2 by Councillor Paula Fletcher
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-228529.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

Attachment 1 to motion 4 by Councillor Frances Nunziata
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-228961.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 15, 2022) Letter from Michael Testaguzza, Senior Planner and Alexa Volkov, Planner, The Biglieri Group on behalf of 297 Campbell Avenue (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-152776.pdf
(June 6, 2022) Letter from City Councillor Michael Ford (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-152782.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from Tyler Peck, Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited (WND Associates), on behalf of Woodbine Entertainment Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153948.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from J.D. McDermott, McDermott & Associates Limited, on behalf of Al Reisman, 275, 285 & 295 Milliken Boulevard and 33 & 41 Passmore Avenue (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153990.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from Keith Lahey, Al Reisman Limited (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153991.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Daryl Sage, CEO, Toronto Lands Corporation (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154054.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Signe Leisk, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, on behalf of CT REIT (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154030.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Dominic Crupi, Vice President, D. Crupi & Sons Limited; Tony Carreira, President, K-Line Insulators Limited; Scott Dunsmoor, President, All-Weld Company Limited; Daniel Allegranza, President, Metrocon Ready Mix Corp; Angelo Santorelli, President, Trisan Construction; and Peter Costa, Costafam Holdings Inc. (AGF-C&T Inc.) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154035.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Renee Gomes, Senior Vice President, Development, Diamond Corp., on behalf of Junction Road Nominee Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154036.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Fred Koornneef, Chair, the Toronto Wholesale Produce Association (TWPA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154070.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Andrew L. Jeanrie, Bennett Jones LLP, on behalf of 2608838 Ontario Inc., 2447496 Ontario Inc., and 2656049 Ontario Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154072.pdf
(June 30, 2022) Letter from J. Craig Hunter, President of Hunter & Associates Limited, on behalf of Tilzen Holdings Limited, and V.J. Benedetto Limited (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154073.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Presentation from Tomas Glancy, Planner, MHBC Planning Urban Design & Landscape Architecture (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154074.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Debra Walker & Tomas Glancy, MHBC Planning Urban Design & Landscape Architecture (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154075.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Stuart Bricknell, Director, Engineering, Architecture, and Construction, Greater Toronto Airport Authority (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154104.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Laura Dean, Aird & Berlis, on behalf of Shell Canada Products, Imperial Oil and Suncor Energy Products Partnership (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154105.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Craig McLuckie, President, Toronto Industry Network (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154114.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Peter Smith, Bousfields Inc., on behalf of the Toronto Stockyards Land Development Board (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154116.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from John Gladki, Gladki Planning Associates, on behalf of Leonís Group of Companies (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154120.pdf
(July 5, 2022) Letter from Tony Volpentesta, Bousfields Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154086.pdf
(July 5, 2022) Letter from Eric Mark, Development Manager, Real Estate (Ontario), Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154145.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(July 18, 2022) Letter from Signe Leisk, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-155604.pdf
(July 18, 2022) Letter from Johanna R. Shapira, Wood Bull LLP (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-155607.pdf
(July 18, 2022) Letter from Thanh Nguyen, Liberty Development (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-155608.pdf
(July 18, 2022) Letter from Eugenia Bashura, Wood Bull LLP (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-155610.pdf
(July 18, 2022) Letter from Johanna R. Shapira, Wood Bull LLP (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-155802.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to conduct a preliminary assessment for the lands known as 949, 949A, 951, 953, 955 and 1011 Wilson Avenue to determine the feasibility of converting said properties to Mixed Use Areas, subject to a Site Area Specific Policy, and to report back in the first half of 2023.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Cynthia Lai (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council defer consideration of Conversion Requests 37 and 46 in Attachment 3 to the report (June 20, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning respecting the lands known in 2021 as 4570 and 4630 Sheppard Avenue East until the first half of 2023.

 

2. City Council delete Planning and Housing Committee Recommendation 1.c.:

 

Recommendation to be deleted:

 

1.c. delete and replace SASP 793 map, with the map attached to motion 2 by Councillor Paula Fletcher, whereby the lot depth of the Regeneration Areas designation will be determined through the local area study.

 

and adopt instead the following new recommendations:

 

1.c. amend the maps in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 of Official Plan Amendment 591 to reflect the existing General Employment Areas designation for the lands municipally known in 2021 as 4570 and 4630 Sheppard Avenue East; and

 

1.d. delete proposed Site and Area Specific Policy 793 from Official Plan Amendment 591 for the lands known municipally in 2021 as 4570 and 4630 Sheppard Avenue East.

 

3. City Council add the following new Recommendation 8:

 

8. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to convene a meeting with the area land owners and businesses in the north-east quadrant of McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue East, including Dufferin Concrete, respecting land use compatibility between Employment Areas and the potential introduction of sensitive land uses.


3a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council amend Planning and Housing Recommendation 5 by inserting the words "sports facilities" so that it now reads as follows:

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider potential and appropriate Official Plan Amendment(s) that could expand permitted uses in Employment Areas (site or area specific only) to include sport facilities, places of assembly (including bingo halls and banquet halls), and places of worship and report back to Planning and Housing Committee in second quarter of 2023.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 7:58 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH35.15 - Holyday - motion 3a
Total members that voted Yes: 14 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Mike Colle, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Brad Bradford, Gary Crawford, Josh Matlow, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory

3b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include a cumulative running total of employment area gained or lost to the successive conversion reports brought to City Council, and to compare this total to the findings of the April 7, 2022 Report from Hemson Consulting titled "Future of Toronto Employment Areas and the Office Market" as attached as Attachment 6 to the report (April 11, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning in Item PH33.13.


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

That:

 

1. City Council amend Planning and Housing Committee Recommendation 1 by adding the following new Recommendations 1.d. and 1.e.:

 

d. convert the lands known as 43-177A McCormack Street from General Employment Areas to Mixed Use Areas, by amending Map 2, Urban Structure, and Map 17, Land Use Plan, in the manner described in Attachment 1 to this motion; and

 

e. delete Site and Area Specific Policy 437 and replace it with a new Site and Area Specific Policy 437 pertaining to the lands known as 43-177A McCormack Street, as shown in Attachment 1 to this motion.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 8:00 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH35.15 - Nunziata - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 17 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Robin Buxton Potts, Mike Layton, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Brad Bradford, Gary Crawford, Josh Matlow, Michael Thompson, John Tory

5a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That City Council amend Planning and Housing Committee Recommendation 1 by adding the following new Part d:

 

d. remove the lands known municipally in 2021 as 250 Bowie Avenue and 670 and 680 Caledonia Road from Site and Area Specific Policy 390 (Castlefield Caledonia Design and Décor District).


5b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council amend Official Plan Amendment 591 in Attachment 1 to the report (June 20, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning with respect to lands municipally known in 2022 as 3569, 3577, St. Clair Avenue East, 641, 661, 663, 619, 621, 625, and 627 Danforth Road; and 405 Kennedy Road ("the lands") by:

 

a. modifying Map 2 in Appendix 1 by removing the lands as Employment Areas;

 

b. modifying Map 32 in Appendix 2 by re-designating the lands from General Employment Areas to Mixed Use Areas;

 

c. modifying proposed Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policy 790 by deleting "and the CN rail" in the title and deleting the lands; and

 

d. adding a new Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policy 797 for the lands as follows:

 

"797. 3569, 3577, St. Clair Avenue East, 641, 661, 663, 619, 621, 625, and 627 Danforth Road; and 405 Kennedy Road;" and

 

e. affordable housing requirements will be determined through the review of the Zoning By-law Amendment Application, including the review of density permissions; such affordable housing will be secured through one or more agreements with the City.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, on a Point of Order, stated that he would like to know if a Statutory Hearing was held for the property identified in Councillor Nunziata's motion as he did not recall one for this property at the Planning and Housing Committee.

Ruling by Councillor Shelley Carroll
Deputy Speaker Carroll accepted the Point of Order and asked the City Solicitor to respond.

Wendy Walberg, City Solicitor, advised Members of Council that she would confirm with her staff.

Deputy Speaker Carroll subsequently advised Council that she had received advice from the City Solicitor and ruled that the addition of the property in Councillor Nunziata's motion is in order, as it has gone through a statutory process in another study.

PH35.15 - Our Plan Toronto: Recommended Official Plan Amendment for City-wide Employment Policies and Conversion Requests - Final Report

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 adopt Official Plan Amendment 591 substantially in accordance with Attachment 1 to the report (June 20, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, with the following amendments:

 

a. convert the lands at 25 Transit Road, 155 Transit Road, and 570 Wilson Avenue from Core Employment Areas to Regeneration Areas to facilitate a comprehensive review of the Wilson Station area as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review ("Update Downsview"). Any redevelopment of the station site would ensure the continued operation of the station, bus terminal and related facilities;

 

b. convert the lands east and south of 151 Billy Bishop Way, being two parcels bounded by Billy Bishop Way to the east, Highway 401 to the South and Dufferin Street to the West, from General Employment Areas to Regeneration Areas to facilitate a comprehensive review of the lands adjacent to 151 Billy Bishop Way as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review ("Update Downsview"); and

 

c. delete and replace SASP 793 map, with the map attached to motion 2 by Councillor Paula Fletcher, whereby the lot depth of the Regeneration Areas designation will be determined through the local area study.

 

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 591 under Section 26 of the Planning Act, as amended by Recommendation 1 above.

 

3. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the recommended Official Plan Amendment 591 as may be required.

 

4. City Council declare by resolution to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing that Official Plan Amendment 591 conforms with Provincial Plans or does not conflict with them; has regard to the matters of Provincial Interest in Section 2 of the Planning Act; and is consistent with policy statements issued under subsection 3(1) of the Planning Act.

 

5. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consider potential and appropriate Official Plan Amendment(s) that could expand permitted uses in Employment Areas (site or area specific only) to include places of assembly (including bingo halls and banquet halls), and places of worship and report back to Planning and Housing Committee in second quarter of 2023.

 

6. City Council authorize the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to use the Preliminary Assessment Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policies, attached as Attachment 4 to the report (June 20, 2022) as a basis for consultation.

 

7. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to bring forward Final Reports at Special Public Meetings under Section 26 of the Planning Act in the first half of 2023 with recommendations on:

 

a. the remaining Employment Area conversion requests (First Quarter);

 

b. revisions to Site and Area Specific Policies within Employment Areas that currently permit residential uses (First Quarter);

 

c. revised Official Plan Chapter 1 Vision Statement for 2051, Principles for a Successful and Inclusive City and Indigenous Planning Perspectives (Second Quarter);

 

d. potential revisions for expanding the permitted uses within Employment Areas (site or area specific only to include places of assembly (including bingo halls and banquet halls), and places of worship (Second Quarter).

 

8. 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 resulting from outcomes generated from Recommendation 7.d above.

Decision Advice and Other Information

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

Origin

(June 20, 2022) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report recommends adoption of Official Plan Amendment 591 (OPA 591) that amends the Official Plan's economic health and Employment Area policies contained in Chapters 2, 3 and 4 as part of the phased Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) and Growth Plan Conformity Exercise named "Our Plan Toronto". This report also recommends adoption of several site or area specific Official Plan policies resulting from local area studies and review of Official Plan Amendment applications and conversion requests that propose the introduction of uses that are not current permitted, including residential uses, on lands designated either Core Employment Areas or General Employment Areas in the Official Plan.

 

This report is to be considered at a Special Public Meeting under Section 26 of the Planning Act regarding the City's phased Official Plan and Municipal Comprehensive Reviews. This MCR phase has concluded after an extensive public engagement program that will continue to inform subsequent MCR phases.

 

On February 2, 2022, City Council requested an extension from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for the date by which the City's Official Plan must conform with the Growth Plan 2020. To date, the Minister has not provided a response to Council's request. Given the complexity of Toronto's MCR, staff have applied a phased approach to reporting out that would advance Official Plan Amendments for Council's adoption and Ministerial approval in a staged manner. To date, as part of the staged reviews, Council has adopted Official Plan Amendments related to 18 Protected Major Transit Station Areas and policies related to Environment and Climate Change.

 

Staff will advance the next MCR phases that will include the remaining Employment Area conversion requests and revisions to Official Plan Chapter 1, which will be considered at a Special Public Meeting under Section 26 of the Planning Act in the first quarter of 2023. 

Background Information

(June 20, 2022) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Our Plan Toronto: Recommended Official Plan Amendment for City-wide Employment Policies and Conversion Requests - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227762.pdf
Attachment 1: Recommended Official Plan Amendment 591
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227783.pdf
Attachment 2: Engagement Summary Report (prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227772.pdf
Attachment 3: Final Assessments and Recommendations to Convert Land Designated Employment Areas
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227773.pdf
Attachment 4: Preliminary Assessment Chapter 7 Site and Area Specific Policies for Consultation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227774.pdf
(May 27, 2022) Notice of Public Meeting
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-227664.pdf
Attachment - SASP 793 map - to motion 2 by Councillor Paula Fletcher
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-228529.pdf

Communications

(June 15, 2022) Letter from Michael Testaguzza, Senior Planner and Alexa Volkov, Planner, The Biglieri Group on behalf of 297 Campbell Avenue (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-152776.pdf
(June 6, 2022) Letter from City Councillor Michael Ford (PH.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-152782.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from Tyler Peck, Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited (WND Associates), on behalf of Woodbine Entertainment Group (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153948.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from J.D. McDermott, McDermott & Associates Limited, on behalf of Al Reisman, 275, 285 & 295 Milliken Boulevard and 33 & 41 Passmore Avenue (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153990.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from Keith Lahey, Al Reisman Limited (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-153991.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Daryl Sage, CEO, Toronto Lands Corporation (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154054.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Signe Leisk, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, on behalf of CT REIT (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154030.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Dominic Crupi, Vice President, D. Crupi & Sons Limited; Tony Carreira, President, K-Line Insulators Limited; Scott Dunsmoor, President, All-Weld Company Limited; Daniel Allegranza, President, Metrocon Ready Mix Corp; Angelo Santorelli, President, Trisan Construction; and Peter Costa, Costafam Holdings Inc. (AGF-C&T Inc.) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154035.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Renee Gomes, Senior Vice President, Development, Diamond Corp., on behalf of Junction Road Nominee Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154036.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Fred Koornneef, Chair, the Toronto Wholesale Produce Association (TWPA) (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154070.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Andrew L. Jeanrie, Bennett Jones LLP, on behalf of 2608838 Ontario Inc., 2447496 Ontario Inc., and 2656049 Ontario Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154072.pdf
(June 30, 2022) Letter from J. Craig Hunter, President of Hunter & Associates Limited, on behalf of Tilzen Holdings Limited, and V.J. Benedetto Limited (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154073.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Presentation from Tomas Glancy, Planner, MHBC Planning Urban Design & Landscape Architecture (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154074.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Debra Walker & Tomas Glancy, MHBC Planning Urban Design & Landscape Architecture (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154075.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Stuart Bricknell, Director, Engineering, Architecture, and Construction, Greater Toronto Airport Authority (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154104.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Laura Dean, Aird & Berlis, on behalf of Shell Canada Products, Imperial Oil and Suncor Energy Products Partnership (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154105.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Craig McLuckie, President, Toronto Industry Network (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154114.pdf
(July 4, 2022) Letter from Peter Smith, Bousfields Inc., on behalf of the Toronto Stockyards Land Development Board (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154116.pdf
(June 29, 2022) Letter from John Gladki, Gladki Planning Associates, on behalf of Leonís Group of Companies (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154120.pdf
(July 5, 2022) Letter from Tony Volpentesta, Bousfields Inc. (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154086.pdf
(July 5, 2022) Letter from Eric Mark, Development Manager, Real Estate (Ontario), Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-154145.pdf

Speakers

Dominic Crupi
Debra Walker
Matt Bagnall
Paul Scrivener

Motions

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

That:

 

1. City Council direct that the lands at 25 Transit Road, 155 Transit Road, and 570 Wilson Avenue be converted from Core Employment Areas to Regeneration Areas to facilitate a comprehensive review of the Wilson Station area as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review ("Update Downsview"). Any redevelopment of the station site would ensure the continued operation of the station, bus terminal and related facilities.

 

2.  City Council direct that the lands east and south of 151 Billy Bishop Way, being two parcels bounded by Billy Bishop Way to the east, Highway 401 to the South and Dufferin Street to the West, be converted from General Employment Areas to Regeneration Areas to facilitate a comprehensive review of the lands adjacent to 151 Billy Bishop Way as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review ("Update Downsview").


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

That:

 

1. The Planning and Housing Committee amend the proposed Official Plan Amendment 591 by deleting and replacing SASP 793 map, with the map attached to this motion, whereby the lot depth of the Regeneration Areas designation will be determined through the local area study.


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