Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

In a press release today, the City of Toronto states that it is committed to addressing housing challenges and developing rules to expand housing opportunities in neighborhoods to meet future housing needs. On the Planning and Housing Committee’s plate at today’s meeting, the committee deals with a number of the City’s personnel reports with recommendations for handling housing challenges.

Mayor John Tory’s released statement on the issue reads “I am determined to have more homes built for our growing city. Toronto residents need more options to address their housing challenges, including low-scale or” lack of between “homes. When it comes to parking requirements for new development, I believe the staff have recommended a better balance that makes sense.The proposed approach will also help reduce bureaucracy, adapt to our climate goals and will reduce housing costs.I look forward to the discussion on all these reports and I is proud that we are building more affordable housing in our city. “

With tall apartment buildings at one end of the spectrum and single-family homes at the other, city reports are considering opportunities for greater variation in housing types, including low-rise apartments, duplexes, triplexes and townhouses through the Extended Housing Opportunities in Neighborhoods (EHON) initiative. This work supports access to more housing choices and creates a fairer, more sustainable city.

The personnel reports that are currently being considered by the Planning and Housing Committee are:

Expansion of housing opportunities in neighborhoods

This report is based on the Multiplex study and considers ways to simplify zoning and approvals to allow additional units in neighborhoods while maintaining their low scale. The scope of this study includes multiplexes – buildings with two, three and four units – as well as low-rise buildings. These low forms of housing are compatible with the official plan’s objective that physical changes to neighborhoods will be sensitive, gradual and appropriate to the existing physical character.

Areas covered by the case study, picture from submission to the municipality

“A gentle expansion of housing supply in low-rise neighborhoods will help people at all stages of life – whether they are students, young professionals, families or aging grandparents,” reads a statement from Deputy Mayor Ana Bail√£o (Davenport), chair of the Planning and Housing Committee. “As we look to meet the future needs of all our hard-working residents in this city, the policies and tools we bring to the table will have a meaningful impact for future generations.”

An expansion of the types and sizes of units available in low-rise neighborhoods makes them, along with local amenities such as parks, schools, retail and services, more accessible to a wide range of people and needs – leading to more equitable and inclusive communities.

“We can do more so that our city is a place where our children, families, friends and colleagues can all find a home,” said a statement from Gregg Lintern, Chief Planner and Executive Director, Toronto City Planning. “I invite everyone to join the discussion to allow multiplexes in our neighborhoods and provide housing choice and access for all. This is an important planning tool that will make a difference.”

The results of technical review, further research and feedback provided during the consultation will help shape policy proposals, potential zoning changes and changes to official planning policy to be presented to the Planning and Housing Committee in the second quarter of 2022.

Neighborhood change and intensification

This study examines growth and change in neighborhoods with research conducted by urban planning staff on the characteristics and trends of Toronto neighborhoods. The bulletin examines building permits, planning applications and census demographic data across the city’s five low-density housing zone types, categorizes these zone types as ‘more compliant’ and ‘less permissible’ and presents a high-level overview of how zoning, along with other intervening factors, can affect the performance of society.

The study showed that neighborhoods with more permissible zoning, such as housing or housing, accommodated significantly more people and households per capita. hectares, and it was more likely that they had experienced gradual intensification. On average, areas with more permissive zoning had more stable population levels, more diverse housing types, and accommodated a greater range of incomes.

Review of Laneway Suites Final Report

A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located in its own building, often in the backyard on a plot adjacent to a public road. They provide more opportunities for people to live close to where they work, shop and play, and they can help make the city’s urban railways more green, livable and safe. They also help increase the supply of rental housing and provide additional housing options for a range of household configurations and people in different stages of life.

Map of public roads in the city of Toronto, picture from submission to the city

Since 2019, laneway suites have been allowed throughout the city and are being built with increasing frequency. Laneway suites are also being built in a variety of sizes and configurations, creating new homes for different types of household structures throughout Toronto.

Example of a laneway home, picture from submission to the municipality

This report discusses the outcome of the review and monitoring of the laneway package and recommends several strategic statute changes to facilitate their construction and respond to comments from the community and industry.

Parking requirements for new construction

The Planning and Housing Committee will also consider the report Recommended parking requirements for new construction. This report recommends zoning changes to change current standards for car and bicycle parking, to better manage car dependency and to achieve a better balance between building too much or too little parking, as well as helping to build more sustainable and healthy communities.

Minimum parking requirements lead to superstructure parking and support the continued growth in greenhouse gas emissions. The introduction of maximum parking permits will slow down the growth of car use and consequent emissions.

Focus for the city of Toronto in terms of parking, image from submission to the city

The report does not propose any minimum or maximum parking standards for low and low intermediate housing, which will help facilitate the construction of this type of housing. New developments must still provide adequate on-site parking and not assume that residents will be able to park on the street.

To meet the growing demand for travel that will come with the city’s growing population and employment base, the city will need to promote more space-efficient forms of travel and discourage car travel. Staff will continue to work across departments and agencies to advance the city’s policy goals regarding parking, including further revisions of the zoning ordinance and a review of the city’s current approach to residential street parking, front yard parking and boulevard parking.


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