Advancing Laneway Suites in Toronto

Update: The recommendations passed with amendments at the July 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2017 City Council Meeting. You can view the item as amended by clicking here

I am excited to share that the groundbreaking report on laneway suites developed by Lanescape and Evergreen with support from myself and my colleague Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) has now been released! The report includes a draft set of performance standards and a summary of the community feedback we heard at meetings we held in Ward 18 and across the city. You can download the complete report by clicking here.

At the June 13, 2017 Toronto East York Community Council meeting, Councillor McMahon and I moved a joint motion to implement a laneway suite initiative in the Toronto and East York District. The motion seeks the support of City Councillors to request Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat to review the Laneway Suites Report, consult with appropriate City staff, undertake further community consultation and report back in the first quarter of 2018 with respect to any recommended changes required to implement a laneway suites initiative in the Toronto and East York District. The motion passed with amendments and will now be voted on by City Council

Laneway suites can help address the need for more "missing middle" housing by adding gentle density to our neighbourhoods, in addition to establishing more rental stock and creating multi-generational living opportunities for families.

The newly released report recommends actions including the establishment of an as-of-right planning framework for laneway suites alongside a set of recommended performance standards that will provide a strong foundation for the future of laneway suites in Toronto. The report was based on an extensive consultation process that engaged with over 3,000 Torontonians through an online survey, written feedback, and in-person consultations in Wards 18, 32 and at the Evergreen Brick Works.

The motion we moved at Community Council also requests the Chief Planner to provide an implementation strategy for laneway suites in the Toronto and East York District which may include, but is not limited to, cost, incentives, application review processes and timelines, and comparable actions from other municipalities that have implemented laneway suites.

I look forward to continuing to work with our community throughout the next steps as we make laneway suites a reality in Toronto. That you to everyone who has been involved. If you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact my office or email me at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca

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