City Planning helps to guide and manage the City’s growth and physical form, and the effects on the social, economic and natural environment while striving to enhance the quality of life for Toronto’s diverse residential and business communities.

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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.
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City Planning guides and manages the City’s physical change 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.


2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $51.303 million gross and $15.287 million net.

Through operational efficiencies and revenue from higher volumes of development applications, the Program is able to fully offset $0.477 million in operating budget pressures arising mainly from inflation in interdivisional services and increases for staff salaries and benefits while maintaining the 2017 levels for 2018.

Fast Facts

  • From January to the end of September 2017, City Planning completed:
    • Over 3,830 Committee of Adjustment applications.
    • Over 325 Community Planning applications.
    • Approximately 200 registered archeological sites in Toronto.
    • Reviewed over 241 archeological assessments within the development review process.
    • 1,867 Heritage Permit applications.
  • Advanced 15 Heritage Conservation District studies.


  • High volume of Committee of Adjustment and Community Planning applications being received in past years with applications becoming increasingly complex.
  • Greater complexity associated with investment in under-utilized large sites and regeneration areas.
  • Increasing number of OMB cases, prompted in part by Bill 139, and TLAB motions requiring significant staff time and commitment.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

City Planning strives to build a great city through the excellence in planning and influential policy, implementing Toronto’s Official Plan for a sustainable, connected city of neighbourhoods where life and business flourish.

The 2018 Operating Budget will enable City Planning to continue to:

  • Lead growth by advancing proactive city building initiatives including significant Area Studies, Heritage Conservation District plans and studies, and city-wide policy initiatives.
  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Committee of Adjustment (CoA)
    • Complete the implementation of eService delivery.
    • Undertake a review of notice protocols for CoA.
    • Review the CoA process for operational improvements.
  • Review work volume trends, skill set requirements and staffing resources.
  • Continue the End to End Development Review process in conjunction with the Chief Transformation Officer.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Improving Committee of Adjustment operations to review higher volumes and more complex applications while meeting service requirements.
    • As of January 1, 2017, Toronto Building assumed responsibility for the intake of all CoA applications, allowing City Planning staff to focus on application reviews.
    • Budget includes funding for 12 positions to maintain the service levels of 100 applications reviewed per staff.
  • Office space to accommodate additional staff in the Division.
    • City Planning will be part of the Office Modernization Program to create more seats in existing space.
    • In the interim, swing space will be leased ($0.420 million) pending completion of the Planning portion of the Office Modernization Program.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Operating Budget for City Planning is $51.303 million gross and $15.287 net representing a 0% net change from the 2017 Approved Operating Budget. The Program achieved a 0% budget target through:
    • Base expenditure reductions ($0.05 million) from line by line reviews.
    • Revenue changes ($2.775 million) mainly attributed to inflationary increases and higher volumes of development applications.
  • Staff complement will increase by 20 positons to 412 positions in 2018.
  • New and enhanced funding of $0.613 million is included for:
    • Service improvements to the CoA process;
    • Website management of City Planning’s microsites on the website; and,
    • Advancing the outstanding Heritage Conservation District Studies.
  • The 2018 Operating Budget provides funding for:
    • City Building & Policy Development ($23.032 million); and,
    • Development Review, Decision & Implementation ($28.272 million).

City Planning helps to guide the way the city looks and grows by working with the community and other City divisions to set goals and policies for development, while taking into consideration important social, economic and environmental concerns.

The 10-Year Capital Plan is $62.914 million to provide funding to achieve legislative requirements relating to the City’s Official Plan, Zoning By-Law and the Archaeological Management Plan Phase II; advancing the Work Study Program to further growth, transportation and transit in the City of Toronto; and to create great public spaces.

Where does the money go?

The 2018 – 2027 Capital Budget and Plan totalling $62.914 million provides funding of:

  • $56.769 million for Growth Related projects such as Transportation & Transit Planning Studies, Avenue/Area Studies, and Heritage Conservation Districts.
  • $6.145 million for Legislated projects such as the Five Year Review of the Official Plan, Zoning By-Law, Natural Heritage Inventory Studies and Archaeological Resources – Phase 2.

Where does the money come from?

The 10-Year Capital Plan requires:

  • Debt funding of $39.976 million (63.5%).
  • Funding from Development Charges of $22.938 million (36.5%) for Growth Related studies.

State of Good Repair Backlog

A backlog for State of Good Repair work does not exist for City Planning since the Program has no inventory of capital assets.  Any capital assets that City Planning may create, are maintained by other City Programs or Agencies

Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Increasing demand and complexities of growth related studies as the City of Toronto invests in large City building infrastructure.
    • The 10-Year Capital Plan includes funding of $18.780 million to advance various Growth, Avenue/Area, Transportation and Transit related studies.
  • Heritage Conservation District studies needed to preserve heritage in the City of Toronto in an effective and efficient manner.
    • The 10-Year Capital Plan includes funding of $8.7 million to execute HCD related studies.
  • The statutory Five Year Review of the Official Plan to capture new growth in planning policies and the Municipal Comprehensive Review that looks at designated areas of employment in the Official Plan started in 2017 and will require staff effort to complete by year 2021.
    • The 10-Year Capital Plan includes funding of $3.9 million for the statutory reviews.

2018 Capital Budget Highlights

The 2018 Capital Budget for City Planning of $6.781 million, excluding carry forward funding, will:

  • Continue Development Charge Funded Studies ($2.050 million) including Growth Studies, Transportation & Transit Planning Studies, and Avenue/Area Studies, and Heritage Conservation District studies ($1.0 million)
  • Continue civic improvements ($2.851 million) to enhance streetscapes in areas such as Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge, John Street and Yonge Street (North York).
  • Provide for on-going legislated projects ($0.130 million) such as Natural Heritage Inventory & Integration Evaluation System, and Toronto Archaeological Resources – Phase 2 Implementation and the start of the Five Year Review of the Official Plan ($0.750).

City Planning 2018 Budget Infographic
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