Torontonians Want to Move Forward on Laneway Suites: Consultation Summary Report Released

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2017

Torontonians Want to Move Forward on Laneway Suites:
Consultation Summary Report Released

The findings of three public consultations held to discuss the opportunities and viability for laneway suites in Toronto have demonstrated that residents across the city are interested in seeing how laneway suites could be part of Toronto’s future. The consultations were led by Evergreen, Lanescape, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York), Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport) and were co-facilitated by Crazy Dames.

Following the team’s announcement in November 2016 to advance the conversation about laneway suites in Toronto, over 400 people were engaged through in-person consultations. The goals of the consultations were to discuss the potential for laneway suites locally, explain the provincial and municipal policy context, and collect community input regarding the uses of laneways and design considerations for what laneway suites could look like in Toronto.

Community participants identified a number of important ideas related to sustainable design, reducing red-tape, flexible design guidelines, parking considerations and integration with public realm. Several questions were raised by residents and the team is working hard to address the key issues raised. The team is also working with City Divisions to discuss technical requirements and are meeting with City Councillors in the Toronto and East York District to seek additional feedback.

The public consultations were held in Wards 18, 32 and a citywide conversation was held at the Evergreen Brick Works. Detailed findings can be found in the report which can be downloaded at: https://www.evergreen.ca/our-impact/cityworks/housing/laneway-suites/

The consultation process also included a survey which has been distributed citywide and has currently received over 2,000 responses. The survey is still open for Torontonians to provide their feedback on laneway suites and can be found at: http://www.lanescape.ca/survey

Quotes:

“We had an overwhelming level of attendance at all three consultations. People across the city want to be talking and thinking about how laneway suites can work here.”
– Jo Flatt, Senior Program Manager at Evergreen

"It has been exciting to see such a high level of engagement in our own communities and across Toronto. The input that our team has received so far is an important part of developing community focused guidelines for laneway suites that reflect the needs and interest of Torontonians."
– Mary-Margaret McMahon, City Councillor, Ward 32 Beaches-East York

"With the ongoing housing crisis in Toronto, laneway suites can be an important tool to add gentle density, bring more rental to the market and provide opportunities for multi-generational living to keep families together."
– Ana Bailão, City Councillor, Ward 18 Davenport and Toronto's Housing Advocate

"We thank those who have already contributed their feedback and encourage Torontonians to continue to fill out the survey sharing their ideas on what laneway suites can look like."
– Craig Race, Lanescape

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Media Contact:

Robert Cerjanec, Councillor Bailão's Office, 416-338-5274, Robert.Cerjanec@toronto.ca

Abby Ramcharan, Councillor McMahon's Office, 416-392-1376, Abby.Ramcharan@toronto.ca

Jo Flatt, Evergreen, 416-596-1495 x345, jflatt@evergreen.ca

Craig Race, Lanescape, 647-823-6877, craig@lanescape.ca

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