Planning and Housing

  • First Laneway Suites Community Meeting Held by the City

    On November 30, 2017, the City Planning Division hosted a community meeting on Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites, as a result of the motion that I moved with Councillor McMahon earlier this summer at the Toronto and East York Community Council. The meeting was held to introduce the idea of laneway suites, communicate the scope of the City's review process and to receive initial comments on bringing laneway suites to Toronto. Over 250 people attended the meeting...
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  • City-led Laneway Suites Public Consultation Meeting November 2017

    I am pleased to let you know that following my motion with Councillor McMahon and our work with Lanescape and Evergreen, the City is now holding a community consultation meeting on Thursday November 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W). The City-led study on laneway suites, named Changing Lanes will be considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across the Toronto and East...
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  • Acheiveing Results to Improve Housing For Torontonians

    Tackling Toronto's housing affordability challenges is vital to the long term prosperity of our city and to creating a place where everyone including our sons and daughters can have the opportunity to have a home of their own. As Toronto's Housing Advocate and Chair of Affordable Housing Committee, I know that meeting these challenges takes cooperation between all levels of government, private and non-profit developers and all our housing partners. This year, we've made important progress with our Open Door...
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  • Moving Forward to Put Tenants first at Toronto Community Housing

    As you may be aware, the City of Toronto is undertaking the Tenants First initiative to transform Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and bring it closer to the needs of tenants. The initiative has been informed and shaped by the input of tenants who have shared their lived experience, knowledge and advice as part of this plan. You can read the complete report here. Toronto City Council this month voted to approve the implementation of Phase 1 of the Tenants First initiative to...
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  • Maximizing Mixed-Income Housing as part of the Relief Line and Yonge Subway Extension

    In May, City Council voted to advance planning and design work on the Relief Line and the Yonge North subway projects. As part of this work, Council approved a motion I moved at Executive Committee to direct staff to report back to Council with strategies to maximise the potential for mixed-income residential development as part of the planning and design of stations for the Relief Line and Yonge Subway Extension. As we build out our transit network, it is critically important that...
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  • 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...
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  • City of Toronto creates local appeal body to expedite land use hearings

    The City of Toronto has established an independent local appeal body to provide quick and efficient hearings on appeals of land use decisions made by the Committee of Adjustment. On May 3, the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) will replace the function of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pertaining to minor variance and consent applications. TLAB is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal established by authority of the City of Toronto Act and provincial government legislation. Most TLAB meetings and hearings will...
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  • Doors Open Toronto unveils exciting program for May 27 and 28

    The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf announced its roster of buildings, talks and special programs for May 27 and 28. The weekend celebration of architecture includes 50 new building participants, a speaker series and new music program, city-wide walking tours and more. Details are now available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen. In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, this year's event features more than 150 buildings representing each decade since the 1860s, as well as a collection of buildings from...
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  • Toronto's Rental Crisis Threatens Our Social and Economic Fabric

    Published April 4, 2017 in the Toronto Star:  https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/04/04/torontos-rental-crisis-threatens-social-economic-fabric-opinion.html Toronto's Rental Crisis Threatens Our Social and Economic Fabric By Ana Bailão and Josh Matlow No Torontonian should be forced to choose between paying the rent and buying groceries which is the unfortunate choice too many residents of our city are forced to make every month. As the Chairs of the Tenant Issues and Affordable Housing Committees we have heard from too many individuals that are being squeezed out of our...
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  • Laneway Suites Consultation Summary Report Released

    I have been working with my colleague, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) alongside Evergreen, and Lanescape to advance the idea of building laneway suites in Toronto. Over the fall and winter, three public consultations were held and an online survey was hosted to discuss the opportunities and viability for laneway suites in Toronto. The findings from the three meetings held have been released and demonstrate that residents across the city are interested in seeing how laneway suites could...
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