Item - 2023.PH8.16

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 13, 2023 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Planning and Housing Committee on November 30, 2023 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on December 13, 2023.
  • See also By-law 1331-2023

PH8.16 - Amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 667: Rental Demolition and Conversion By-law

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 13, 14, and 15, 2023, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council amend subsections 667-1 to 667-19 of the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 667, Residential Rental Property Demolition and Conversion Control, in accordance with the amendments set out in Attachment 1 to the report (November 16, 2023) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, subject to such stylistic and technical changes as may be required.

 

2. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to prepare the necessary Bills for introduction to City Council to implement the above noted amendments to the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 667, Residential Rental Property Demolition and Conversion Control, subject to such stylistic and technical changes as may be required.

 

3. City Council reiterate previous requests to the Province of Ontario to:

 

a. not advance a regulation for municipal rental replacement By-laws until meaningful consultation with the City and stakeholders has taken place, including consultation on all draft regulations; and

 

b. amend Section 111 of the City of Toronto Act to enable the City to pass a By-law to prohibit and regulate the demolition and conversion of dwelling rooms. 

 

4. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Planning and Housing Committee as part of a report back on Item 2023.MM11.16 headed "Rental Demolition Permits and Market Rentals" on the feasibility of providing income-eligible post-application tenants, who are subject to a rental housing demolition application, the option to rent available replacement affordable rental units before tenants are selected from the Centralized Affordable Rental Housing Access System.

Background Information (Committee)

(November 16, 2023) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 667: Rental Demolition and Conversion By-law
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-240806.pdf
Attachment 1: Proposed Amendments to Chapter 667 of the Toronto Municipal Code
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-240807.pdf
Attachment 2: Chapter 667 of the Toronto Municipal Code with Differences Shown
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-240808.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 27, 2023) Letter from Councillor Dianne Saxe (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-173885.pdf
(November 29, 2023) Letter from Anne Benedetti, Goodmans LLP, on behalf of Tenblock (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-173997.pdf
(November 30, 2023) Letter from Lindsay Blackwell, No Demovictions (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-174048.pdf
(November 30, 2023) Letter from Alena Parkinson, More Neighbours Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-174050.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(November 30, 2023) E-mail from Annette Trevorrow-Gasher (CC.Main)
(December 11, 2023) Letter from Max Laskin, Goodmans LLP (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-174215.pdf
(December 11, 2023) Letter from Danielle Binder, Director, Policy and Advocacy, BILD (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-174217.pdf
(December 11, 2023) Letter from Walied Khogali Ali, Co-Chair, Regent Park Social Development Plan, Regent Park Neighbourhood Association (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-174244.pdf
(December 12, 2023) Letter from Rick Green, Chair, Federation of South Toronto Residentsí Associations (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-174234.pdf
(December 12, 2023) Letter from Lindsay Blackwell, on behalf of No Demovictions (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-174286.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Planning and Housing Committee as part of a report back on Item 2023.MM11.16 headed "Rental Demolition Permits and Market Rentals", on the feasibility of providing income-eligible post-application tenants, who are subject to a rental housing demolition application, the option to rent available replacement affordable rental units before tenants are selected from the Centralized Affordable Rental Housing Access System.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-15-2023 12:26 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH8.16 - Saxe - Motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Olivia Chow, Chris Moise, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-15-2023 12:28 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH8.16 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Olivia Chow, Chris Moise, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson

PH8.16 - Amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 667: Rental Demolition and Conversion By-law

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council amend subsections 667-1 to 667-19 of the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 667 (Residential Rental Property Demolition and Conversion Control) in accordance with the amendments set out in Attachment 1 to the report (November 16, 2023) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, subject to such stylistic and technical changes as may be required.

 

2. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to prepare the necessary Bills for introduction to City Council to implement the above noted amendments to the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 667 (Residential Rental Property Demolition and Conversion Control), subject to such stylistic and technical changes as may be required.

 

3. City Council reiterate previous requests to the Province of Ontario to:

 

a. not advance a regulation for municipal rental replacement by-laws until meaningful consultation with the City and stakeholders has taken place, including consultation on all draft regulations; and

 

b. amend Section 111 of the City of Toronto Act to enable the City to pass a by-law to prohibit and regulate the demolition and conversion of dwelling rooms.

Origin

(November 16, 2023) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report recommends that City Council amend Chapter 667 of the Toronto Municipal Code, the Residential Rental Property Demolition and Conversion Control By-law (“Chapter 667”), in response to recommendations made by the Auditor General respecting tenant access to affordable rental replacement housing based on financial need, and to improve administrative coordination with Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 363 (Building Construction and Demolition) (“Chapter 363”) and to improve the clarity of the process for the public.

 

Chapter 667 prohibits the demolition or conversion of residential rental units in buildings containing six or more residential units, of which at least one is rental, without obtaining a permit from the City. This report advances proposed amendments, developed in consultation with Legal Services, which include:

 

· The requirement for owners of affordable rental replacement units to develop and implement an Access Plan, which includes the use of the City’s Centralized Affordable Rental Housing Access System upon operation of the system, along with income eligibility requirements;

 

· Streamlining the coordination efforts between Toronto Building and the City Planning with respect to the administration of different chapters of the Municipal Code; and

 

· Stylistic, technical and process updates to improve accuracy and clarity for the public, including changes to permitted conditions of approval for applications delegated to the Chief Planner to include tenant relocation and other assistance for impacted tenants.

 

The recommendations in this report build on recent staff efforts to standardize affordable rental housing eligibility requirements and to harmonize City Planning’s administration of affordable rental housing with the Housing Secretariat’s practices.

 

Staff recommend that City Council adopt the recommendations in this report and amend Chapter 667 in accordance with Attachment 1 to this report.

Background Information

(November 16, 2023) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 667: Rental Demolition and Conversion By-law
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-240806.pdf
Attachment 1: Proposed Amendments to Chapter 667 of the Toronto Municipal Code
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-240807.pdf
Attachment 2: Chapter 667 of the Toronto Municipal Code with Differences Shown
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-240808.pdf

Communications

(November 27, 2023) Letter from Councillor Dianne Saxe (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-173885.pdf
(November 29, 2023) Letter from Anne Benedetti, Goodmans LLP, on behalf of Tenblock (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-173997.pdf
(November 30, 2023) Letter from Lindsay Blackwell, No Demovictions (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-174048.pdf
(November 30, 2023) Letter from Alena Parkinson, More Neighbours Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ph/comm/communicationfile-174050.pdf

Speakers

Lindsay Blackwell, No Demovictions
Rebecca Gimmi, No Demovictions
Michael Whitehead, No Demovictions
Melissa Goldstein
Nathalie Dooh-Tousignant
Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Councillor James Pasternak

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council