April 17, 2018
News & Upcoming Consultations
- Council Highlights: March 26 and 27, 2018
- Noise By-law Update
- Improvements are coming to Joseph Sheard Parkette
- Community Consultation: 175 Elizabeth Street (Sick Kids), April 18
- Get to the TOCore of City Building, April 23 & May 1
- Upcoming Panel Discussion: What Does Equity & Government Responsibility in the Smart City? April 30
- Jane's Walk with Councillor Wong-Tam: Forever Yonge, Transforming the Public Realm, May 4
- Save the Date: Building a Healthy City in a Post-OMB World, May 29
- Kristyn in the Community
1. Council Highlights: March 26 and 27, 2018
Guidelines for townhouses and low-rise apartments
Council approved new guidelines for evaluating current and new development applications for townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings. City staff were instructed to report back on matters involving townhouse entrances and parking requirements for low-rise apartment buildings.
Emergency shelters and supports
Council adopted a series of recommendations and motions to meet the immediate needs of Torontonians experiencing homelessness by helping them find secure, suitable, permanent housing. The recommendations include efforts to prevent low-income households from falling into homelessness.
Review of winter respite services
Council received a Toronto Ombudsman's report on the City's respite services this winter, focusing on the identified need for better communication of information and improved conditions at winter respite sites. The sites give people experiencing homelessness a temporary place to sleep, receive a meal and obtain referrals to support services. Staff have been asked to look into possibly using sensors that measure respite facility temperature and to share more broadly.
Traffic in school zones
Council supported a motion calling on staff to prepare a report for May 2018 on a streamlined process to receive and process councillor and community requests for the implementation of traffic calming measures in school zones and community safety zones.
Council adopted recommendations aimed at ensuring that applicants provide full information about pertinent forestry issues for the Committee of Adjustment's and the Toronto Local Appeal Body's review of minor variance/consent applications such as applications for front-yard parking. Plans submitted for review need to identify trees and tree-protection zones and now must include photographs. The City's tree bylaws are enforced by Urban Forestry staff.
REimagining Yonge plan for Yonge Street
Council discussed the REimagining Yonge (Sheppard to Finch) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study at length and ultimately decided to defer a decision on the future design until 2019. The deferral will give the Toronto Transit Commission time to consider the long-term implications for buses in this North York section of Yonge Street.
Work on utilities at night
Council supported a motion to re-affirm that non-emergency utility work should not take place overnight in the downtown area. When overnight work is necessary, advance consultation with the ward councillor and notification of local residents/stakeholders are required. This motion clarifies a controversial press announcement made earlier by the Mayor.
2. Noise By-law Update
Noise is a significant concern for Toronto residents. On April 10, Municipal Licensing and Standards staff brought forward a report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on the next steps for the Noise By-law Review. The report outlined a plan to undertake additional consultation and research over the next year, including a broad and statistically significant public opinion poll, with professional input from an independent acoustical engineering firm.
Staff are expected to report back with their recommendations for a new Noise Bylaw in late 2019.
In 2013, our office initiated the Noise By-law Review process and helped establish the Noise Working Group – consisting of resident advocates and industry representatives – which provided significant input over the past year. The concerns put forward by the resident members of the Working Group have resulted in the next phase of expanded research and consultation.
Municipal Licensing and Standards staff will continue to work with Toronto Public Health to ensure that the Noise By-law is aligned with their upcoming work on a noise management action plan, aimed at reducing exposure to ambient environmental noise over time. Toronto is expected to report to the Board of Health with a noise management action plan in 2019.
To ensure that City staff continues to consult residents in a constructive manner, Councillor Wong-Tam advanced a motion at the Licensing and Standards meeting directing staff to continue engagement with stakeholders, and to employ professional, independent facilitation as needed. We will continue to monitor the progress on this file and work with residents to create a stronger, more comprehensive Noise Bylaw in the new years.
3. Improvements are coming to Joseph Sheard Parkette
Over the past few months, our office has been working with local stakeholders and Parks Forestry and Recreation, to create a new design concept for Joseph Sheard Parkette. The concept is now ready to receive public feedback. Please join us for an Open House on April 17 to learn more about the proposed renovations.
The meeting will include:
- Introduction of the project to the local community
- Opportunity to submit comments on the design
- Discussion of next steps.
Everyone is welcome to attend. City Staff and the Landscape Architect Consultant will be in attendance to discuss the Concept Plan and answer questions.
What: Joseph Sheard Parkette Open House
When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 21 McGill Street, Covenant House, Gymnasium
4. Community Consultation: 175 Elizabeth Street (Sick Kids), April 18
The City has received an application for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment by SickKids Hospital for a new Patient Support Centre at 175 Elizabeth Street. The proposed development features a 22-storey institutional tower with an approximate 1,740 m² institutional floor plate. The proposed development will include 44,520 m² of non-residential GFA, with a density of approximately 19.6 times the area of the lot.
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about the application, ask questions, and share your comments.
What: 175 Elizabeth Street Community Consultation
When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 87 Elm Street, Nancy's Auditorium
A preliminary report went to the April 4, 2018 meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council. For more information and to read the preliminary report, please click here.
For more information about the application and to read the applicants planning rationale report, shadow studies, and more, please click here.
If you have questions or comments about this application, please contact the city planners in charge of this file:
Jason Brander, Planner
Phone: (416) 338-2577
Written comments can also be mailed to the City Planners at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W, Floor 18 E, Toronto ON, M5H 2N2.
5. Get to the TOCore of City Building in the Downtown on April 23 and May 1
In 2012 following a motion from Councillor Wong-Tam on the Downtown Tall Building Projects, City Council directed City Planning to develop an integrated planning framework and infrastructure growth strategy for the Downtown. This process evolved over many planning sessions and is now known as TOCore.
TOCore represents a new Downtown Secondary Plan in response to the rapid intensification occurring there. At an open house on April 23 and a special meeting on May 1, staff will be presenting final policy recommendations through a new Official Plan Amendment.
The policies of TOCore will establish a vision, goals, and address directing growth, land use, parks and public realm, transportation, built form, community services and facilities, culture, housing, resiliency, water and implementation. The proposed Official Plan Amendment will comprehensively apply a number of the key policies of the Growth Plan such as complete communities, infrastructure to support growth, integrated planning, and the promotion of major office and institutional development.
After a length planning process, we are in the final stages of public consultation. We hope you can attend.
What: TOCore Open House
When: Monday, April 23, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John Street
What: TOCore final directions at Planning and Growth Management Committee
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. or as soon as possible thereafter
Where: Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
For further information on TOCore, please click here.
You can also communicate additional comments to City Planning through:
Andrew Farncombe, Project Manager
Lori Flowers, Planner
6. What Does Equity & Government Responsibility Look Like in the Smart City? April 30
In recent months, much attention has been drawn to the arrival of Sidewalk Labs. The urban tech-focused subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet has an interest in Quayside, a modest 12-acre site along Toronto's old industrial waterfront. Sidewalk Labs is laser-focused on turning the patch of city-owned land into what it calls the “world’s first neighbourhood built from the internet up.”
This interesting proposition has sparked many questions. Whose data are we collecting and for what purpose? Who owns this data and how will it be used? How will this initiative improve the quality of life for all residents and what kinds of policy advances does the City of Toronto need to make in order to adequately respond to the development and application of smart cities technologies? These critical questions must be addressed before we embark on this unprecedented work. We have the opportunity to do this right, but not without political leadership and full, meaningful civic participation.
Join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for an in-depth panel discussion on the unique Smart City challenge before us and let us work together to ensure equity and the public good are built into this unprecedented venture.
What: What Does Equity & Government Responsibility Look Like in the Smart City?
When: Monday, April 30, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Ryerson University, Alumni Lounge, Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto Ontario
Free and open to the public. All are welcome. ASL interpretation will be available.
7. Jane's Walk with Councillor Wong-Tam - Forever Yonge, Transforming the Public Realm, May 4
Yonge Street is downtown’s iconic main street, and it’s poised for a major change. What could a people-centred redesign – with wider sidewalks, new patios and public spaces, and even full pedestrianization – mean for the neighbourhood and for Ryerson?
On this Jane’s Walk, we’ll walk and talk about how a revitalized Yonge Street could improve campus quality of life, business vitality, and neighbourhood liveability – and how we can all support this bold vision.
You’ll hear from some voices with a vision, including:
- Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor
- Steven Ziegler, Downtown Yonge BIA
- Ken Greenberg, Ryerson City Building Institute
- Molly Anthony, Ryerson Campus Planning
- Ryerson professor, Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, urban planner, researcher & SURP faculty
Organized in partnership with the Ryerson City Building Institute. Click here for more details.
8. Save the Date: Building a Healthy City in a Post-OMB World, May 29
Toronto's Downtown is growing rapidly with development exceeding historic growth targets. In the midst of this condo boom we are also facing an affordable housing crisis, unseen homelessness rates, Canada's highest child poverty rates, and an opioid crisis. The city is struggling to build new public parks, protect significant heritage assets and to ensure that new development provides substantial community benefits.
For decades, Toronto City Council has been advocating for provincial planning reforms. In 2013, Councillor Wong-Tam renewed this effort when she successfully passed her motion to ask for the Province to remove Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)'s purview.
On April 3, 2018, the new replacement for the OMB, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) came into effect, and will begin hearing appeals of new zoning by-law and Official Plan Amendments. This shift is expected to provide Ontario cities with more power to shape planning outcomes. If Toronto's goal is to build healthy, inclusive and complete communities to address the many social gaps, what considerations traditionally left out of the city planning process should now be raised? Does Toronto have the right policies it needs?
Join us on May 29, 2018 as Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and an expert panel discussion what a healthy city will look like in a post-OMB world.
What: Building a Healthy City in a Post-OMB World
When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Where: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave.
Details to be announced.
You can find out more about the new changes to the Ontario Municipal Board and new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal here.
9. Kristyn in the Community
Beautiful new community mosaic revealed at Street Health on Dundas Street East. Thank you to Red Dress Productions and community partners for your creativity and passion to empower through art and to Street Health for your tireless commitment to serving our most vulnerable.
Thank you City of London and Women & Politics for the invitation to speak with such an exceptional group of civic leaders on March 24, 2018. Congratulations on being 1st city in Canada to use Ranked Ballots in 2018. I Let's elect more women!
Proud to speak alongside Senator Ratna Omidvarabout, Markham School Trustee Juanita Nathan and Women Win Toronto co-chair Hema Vyas regarding the challenges faced by racialized women in leadership. Deeply inspired by all who joined tonight and work for progress. Thank you Tamils in Public Service for organizing this important event, and to Niroja Arul for moderating. It takes a community.
Congratulations to Toronto Paramedic Services' Communications Centre on being awarded world-class accreditation. Your Certificates of Excellence are well-deserved! A special shout out to David Laskovski, EDM of the Year!
With Centennial College Community Services students taking about how advocacy and community action can create system change within government. Great way to start the day!
It's a shame that road safety advocates have to hold a 'die-in' at City Hall to avoid real-life dying and collisions. Politicians talk a good game about Vision Zero but have little vision on how to actually protect vulnerable road users. Thank you Friends & Family for Safe Streets, Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto and and many others for bringing your passionate advocacy to City Hall (once again).
Great to chat with University of Toronto Scarborough students about their independently researched Gender Budget policy briefing book. Your enthusiasm for gender-responsive budgeting is inspiring. These scholars have something to say and hopefully City Council and City staff will be listening.