January 25, 2000
To: Toronto Community Council
From: Director, Transportation Services District 1
Subject: Acquisition for public lane purposes of the private lane east of Huntley Street extending between Linden Street
and Selby Street (Downtown)
To acquire the necessary lands for the establishment of a public lane at the above-noted location, in response to a request
from Councillor Kyle Rae on behalf of the abutting property owners.
Financial Implications and Impact Statement:
Funds have been requested in the 2000 Capital Budget submission for the acquisition of private lanes for public lane
purposes. The cost of acquiring the subject lands will be determined by the Acting Commissioner of Corporate Services.
That your Committee recommend that City Council:
(1) Authorize an application to Council for approval of the expropriation of all rights, title, and interests, for public lane
purposes, of certain lands described as follows:
In the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario, being composed of parts of Lots 17, 18 and 19 on Plan 132-A designated
as Parts 1 and 2 on Plan 64R-16234, both said Plans being in the Land Registry Office for the Metropolitan Toronto
Registry Division (No. 64).
(2) Authorize the service and publication of the Notice of such application required by the Expropriations Act;
(3) Authorize the appropriate Officials to forward to the Chief Inquiry Officer, pursuant to the said Act, any requests for
hearings that are received;
(4) Authorize the Acting Commissioner of Corporate Services to obtain any appraisal reports required to comply with the
The Expropriations Act;
(5) Direct the appropriate Officials to report further to City Council as the occasion may require;
(6) Authorize a by-law to lay out the lands to form the new lane as described in Schedule "A" hereinabove, and thereafter
dedicate the lands for public lane purposes; and
(7) Authorize the appropriate Officials to take whatever action is necessary to give effect thereto, including the introduction
in City Council of any bills that might be necessary.
At the request of Councillor Kyle Rae, on behalf of the area property owners, staff have investigated the possibility of
establishing a public lane at the above-noted location. Of the 12 abutting property owners, 9 are willing to convey their
interests in the private lane to the City for nominal cost.
The possibility of establishing a public lane at the above-noted location, as shown on the attached Drawing No. 421F-5609,
dated January 2000, has been investigated by staff and has been determined to be feasible. A print of Plan 64R-16234
which shows the lane as Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, has also been deposited with the Administrator of your Committee.
In order to establish a public lane at this location, it will be necessary to:
(a) acquire the residue lands with ownership dating back to the eighteen hundreds, identified as Parts 1 and 2 on Plan
(b) extinguish all of the interests and rights-of-way over the lands referred to in Item (a) above.
Parts 3, 4 and 5 on Plan 64R-16234 are encumbered by adjoining structures and are excluded from the acquisition.
The majority of the abutting property owners are willing to convey their interests in the private lane to the City. However,
given that the lane is composed of residue lands, procedurally, the most expeditious way to acquire free and clear title to
the required land is by expropriation.
This undertaking is pre-approved in accordance with Schedule "A" of the Class Environmental Assessment for Municipal
The subject lane is suitable for public lane purposes and in order to acquire free and clear title to the lane lands, it is
necessary to obtain City Council approval to commence formal expropriation proceedings.
John Mende, Manager,
List of Attachments:
Sketch dated January 2000