Held on May 2nd, “Laneway Housing – A Summary of the latest City Council meeting of May 2, 2018”, outlines the latest information about Toronto’s progress towards laneway development. Further, the council went forward with recommending that “second units”, be provided city-wide, which was something that was not anticipated, (please see our earlier blog https://www.flatrockinc.ca/blog/2018/02/19/assessing-the-potential-for-both-laneway-suites-and-detached-secondary-suites/ ). This speaks volumes about the fact that the City is in need of increased rental housing stock and will look further than just laneway homes.
Our summary discusses the specifics of comments received and of the Toronto City Council meeting of May 2, 2018
The City Planning Division recommends that:
1. City Council amend the Official Plan, for the lands within the boundaries of the Toronto and East York Community Council, substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment No. 403 appended as Attachment No. 2 to the report (April 16, 2018) from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District
2. City Council amend Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended, for the lands within the boundaries of the Toronto and East York Community Council area as it was known on January 1, 2017, substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment appended as Attachment No. 3 to the report (April 16, 2018) from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District;
3. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment an Draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required;
4. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division, to monitor all aspects of the implementation of the proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 403, identified in Recommendation 1, above, and the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, identified in Recommendation 2, above, and the “Changing Lanes: Laneway Suite Design and Process Guidelines”, for a period of up to three (3) years, and report to Toronto and East York Community Council in the fourth quarter of 2021, or earlier, if necessary, to review and recommend any necessary revisions to the policy, zoning and guidelines, and/or other changes to improve implementation;
5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services Division, in consultation with necessary City Divisions, to report to Toronto and East York Community Council in the first quarter of 2019 on the appropriateness of limiting the number of on-street parking permits issued to the owner or occupants of any lot containing a laneway suite;
6. City Council direct the Chief Building Official, Toronto Buildings, in consultation with necessary City Divisions, to advise City Planning, Transportation Services, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Divisions, and Toronto Hydro of any building permit applications received after January 1, 2019 for laneway suites, for information; and,
7. City Council direct the Director, Affordable Housing Office, to report to the Executive Committee in the second quarter of 2019, as part of the City’s Housing Opportunities Toronto Action Plan for 2020-2030, on the implementation details of a Pilot for affordable Laneway Suites as summarized in this report.