The City Planning Division helps build Toronto’s future by managing the growth and physical form of the city – how it looks, feels, and moves, and the opportunities it provides in terms of jobs and services to its residents. City Planning delivers the following services:

  • City Building and Policy Development
  • Development Review, Decision and Implementation

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for City Planning for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

City Planning guides and manages the City’s physical changes and growth, and the effects on the social, economic and natural environment while seeking to enhance the quality of life for Toronto’s diverse residential and business communities.

Download the City Planning Program Map to better understand the services and activities City Planning delivers on behalf of the City of Toronto.

Operating Budget

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $54.8 million gross and $15.4 million net.


  • 0.0% Budget increase over the 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget to maintain existing service levels and meet additional service demands.
  • 2.04% inflationary adjustment to City Planning’s development application fees to continue the approved full cost recovery model. A next four-year comprehensive review of the fees will be in 2020.
  • $0 net impact for new/enhanced services, $0.690 million gross, for the advancement of secondary plan implementation, master planning, and service delivery in the Committee of Adjustment. The services are fully funded by capital projects, third-party funding, and user fees.
  • 438.0 total complement positions with the addition of 8.0 positions arising from the recommended new/enhanced services to continue policy reviews, studies, development application reviews and policy implementation.
  • 2020/2021 increases due to inflationary costs of salaries and benefits, partially offset by recoveries from capital projects, third-party funding, and user fees.

Key Challenges

  • Increasing number of high priority initiatives such as transit planning, affordable housing and transforming under-used land that require City Planning’s support and leadership for joint projects and cross-corporate initiatives.
  • High volume and complexity of Committee of Adjustment applications driving workload and operational challenges.
  • Continuing need to produce planning frameworks to stay in front of development pressure.
  • High volume of LPAT/OMB appeals that require significant staff commitment.

Priority Actions

  • Continue to advance studies with a focus on growth, transportation and transit planning, delivered through an additional investment of $3.1 million in Growth Studies.
  • Implementing the Council approved Official Plan Amendments for TOcore and Midtown in Focus with an investment of $1.667 million.
  • Implement transportation and transit network expansion through the 9.0 transit planners added mid-2018.
  • Finalize and implement the end-to-end development application review process to improve service delivery.
  • Continue to review applications while adjusting service delivery to the new 25 ward structure.
  • Contribute to key City priorities including Housing Now initiatives.

Capital Budget and Plan

The 10-year Capital Plan is $67.1 million to support legislated and growth-related projects.

Highlights – 1 Year

  • $2.883M Continue the delivery of Civic Improvements – Places projects to enhance the public realm.
  • $1.345M Continue Growth Studies in City Planning’s Study Work Program to complete studies such as the Golden Milke Secondary Plan Phase 2, Queensway Area Study and Jane-Finch Secondary Plan Phase 1.
  • $0.800M Continue the delivery of the Heritage Conservation District Studies in the areas such as Bloor West Village, Queen St. East, and Kensington Market.
  • $0.500M Continue the Transit and Transportation Studies to report on the Eglinton East and West LRT, transportation master plans and other transportation planning studies.

Highlights – 10 Years

  • $5.720M Legislated projects to update the official plan and zoning by-laws for conformity with the latest legislation, as well as reviewing the city’s archaeological heritage and natural heritage.
  • $61.390M Growth projects to continue civic improvements and development studies such as growth studies, transit and transportation studies, and heritage conservation studies, to guide areas undergoing development through policies and identifying infrastructure requirements.

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available.

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.