Application review teams are being created to review applications and resolve issues in a collaborative, team-based approach.

City Council directed Concept 2 Keys staff to prioritize and expedite affordable housing applications to help meet the City’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.

As part of the prioritization of affordable housing applications, C2K has been introducing improvements to the development review process. The Etobicoke York District is also testing and refining systemic improvements that will be rolled out on a wider scale across the city.

City staff from across several divisions are working as collaborative teams to expedite application review and issues resolution.

To help meet the targets of the City’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, affordable housing applications are prioritized based on affordability criteria adopted by City Council and approved through the 2020 Open Door Program.

More information is available in the City’s report on the Concept 2 Keys Development Review Operational Pilot.

Criteria for eligibility for priority review was developed in consultation with the Housing Secretariat and includes:

  • Number of affordable units (at or below Average Market Rent as defined annually by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
  • Depth of affordability
  • Length of affordability (the number of years that rental units will be maintained as affordable)
  • Number of affordable units that will be allocated to priority populations, as identified in the HousingTO 2020-30 Action Plan
  • Projects with government investment in the form of land or approved capital or operating funding.

To determine if an affordable housing application is eligible for priority review, contact Erik Hunter, Manager Policy & Partnerships, Housing Secretariat, at Erik.Hunter@toronto.ca.

City staff from across several commenting divisions in the Etobicoke York District are working in a new collaborative team-based model to review development applications. The Etobicoke York team is also defining and refining best practices and implementing them through continuous improvement projects.

To facilitate improvements to the development review process, new development applications are being reviewed and discussed jointly by all commenting City divisions before any communications are finalized and sent to applicants. This ensures that clear and consistent guidance is provided to applicants about their applications.

Staff reported to City Council on enhancements and adjustments to the Priority Development Review Stream and C2K’s 2021 fourth quarter program updates on March 9. The report was adopted with a motion to amend the item by Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, Planning and Housing Committee Chair.

Development application review teams will be created in the North York, Scarborough and Toronto East York Districts in 2022. These development application review teams will allow for more collaboration and consistency and enable improvements to the development application review process.