The City of Toronto is reviewing the Official Plan, which will result in a revised vision for the city to 2051. The City of Toronto is calling this Official Plan review process “Our Plan Toronto”. Your Guide to Our Plan Toronto provides more information on what we are doing and why.
Toronto is growing and changing. Over the next 30 years, it is expected that another 700,000 people will move to the city and call Toronto home. Over that same time period, another 450,000 jobs will be made available for people to work in Toronto. In total, by 2051 our city will grow to a population of 3.6 million and have a job market with more than 2 million jobs. What does this growth mean for our city? Where will these people and jobs be located? How can communities across Toronto grow while also supporting the people who live and work here today? The City of Toronto is reviewing the Official Plan to identify how the City will direct and manage this growth in a healthy and sustainable way.
The Official Plan review process is mandated by the Province of Ontario to satisfy growth planning requirements set out by the Province in A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan 2019). The Official Plan review process is technically referred to as the Municipal Comprehensive Review and Growth Plan conformity exercise.
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A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan (2019)) came into effect on May 16, 2019. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has established a deadline of July 1, 2022 for municipalities to update their Official Plans to achieve conformity with the Growth Plan (2019). This provincially legislated requirement is satisfied through a Growth Plan Conformity exercise and Municipal Comprehensive Review. On June 29, 2020, City Council approved a work plan (Item PH14.4) for the “Growth Plan Conformity and Municipal Comprehensive Review of the Toronto Official Plan”. Attachment 5 of the Council report lists the work plan components. The dropdown tabs below provide more information on key elements of the work plan including Managing Forecasted Growth through Intensification, Major Transit Station Areas, Protecting Employment Areas and Updating Environmental Policies.
The Official Plan review process, which the City is calling Our Plan Toronto, presents an opportunity to address, through planning policy, a number of the growth related challenges facing Toronto today and in the future. These challenges include: housing affordability, climate change, mobility, public health and others that will help inform the City’s response to, and recovery from, the current global pandemic.
Through Our Plan Toronto, the City of Toronto is undertaking an intensification strategy to satisfy the Growth Plan (2019) policies. This intensification strategy is intended to direct Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and prioritize growth where transit and other infrastructure currently exists or is planned, including in Major Transit Station Areas, Urban Growth Centres, and other Strategic Growth Areas. As part of the intensification strategy, City staff will lead a Land Needs Assessment, as required by the Growth Plan (2019), to assess the quantity of land required to accommodate forecasted growth to 2051.
MTSAs are defined in the Growth Plan (2019) as areas within an approximate 500-800 metre radius of a transit station and representing a 10-minute walk. The Growth Plan (2019) prescribes the following minimum density targets for MTSAs: 200 residents and jobs per hectare for subways; 160 residents and jobs per hectare for light rail transit; and 150 residents and jobs for GO Transit rail. Through Our Plan Toronto, to satisfy the Growth Plan (2019) requirements, the City is required to individually delineate the boundaries for the 180+ MTSAs within the City and to demonstrate that each MTSA is planned for the established minimum target for residents and jobs.
Protected Major Transit Station Areas (PMTSAs) will become a subset of the 180+ MTSAs. Under Policy 184.108.40.206 of the Growth Plan, the City can delineate PMTSAs before the Municipal Comprehensive Review is completed provided the delineation is in accordance with Section 16(15) of the Planning Act. The introduction of PMTSAs is part of Our Plan Toronto’s equity lens that prioritizes the delineation of PMTSAs to enable the implementation of Inclusionary Zoning as an affordable housing tool, where market conditions could support it.
Major Transit Station Areas progress:
Attachment 2 of the approved work plan groups all of the potential MTSAs into three phases.
Local area studies will inform the MTSA delineation and density calculation for some, but not all MTSAs. Considering the time and resources required to complete a local area study, the recommended prioritization approach will inform which MTSAs Council should consider as a priority (see Attachment 2).
The City of Toronto is developing inclusionary zoning policy that would require new residential developments to include affordable housing units, creating mixed-income housing. Inclusionary zoning is one solution among a range of City initiatives to help address Toronto’s housing needs. The policies that get developed through the Inclusionary Zoning Policy work currently underway will be aligned with Our Plan Toronto.
An integral component of the City’s economic health are the 8,100 hectares of lands designated as Core Employment Areas and General Employment Areas. These two designations account for 13 per cent of all lands in the City. As part of Our Plan Toronto, the City will be reviewing the land use policies for these areas. The Growth Plan (2019) requires municipalities to: prohibit certain land uses (residential); prohibit or limit other sensitive land uses; prohibit or establish size or scale thresholds for major retail uses; and address compatibility issues between Employment Areas and non-employment areas. As part of the employment lands strategy that will be prepared through Our Plan Toronto, City staff will undertake a review of the recently approved policies and advance recommendations for Council’s consideration that may be necessary.
As of August 4, 2020, City staff may start receiving formal requests to convert lands designated as Core Employment Areas or General Employment Areas to non-employment uses, as stated in Growth Plan (2019) policies 220.127.116.11 (related to Provincially Significant Employment Zones (PSEZ)) and 18.104.22.168 (non-PSEZ) until August 3, 2021.
Attachment 3 of the approved work plan report lists out the additional in-effect conversion policies that each conversion requests is required to address.
To submit a conversion request, please submit one electronic copy of the required information addressed to the following:
Attention: Kerri A. Voumvakis, Director and Jeffrey Cantos, Project Manager
Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Analysis, City Planning Division
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, , 55 John Street, 22nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6
Council adopted conversion fee (By-law 1137-2020)
Requests received on or after December 18, 2020 to August 3, 2021 are subject to the Employment Areas Conversion Request User Fee of $20,000 per request. The fee is waived in circumstances where a complete application for an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) has been received for the same address(es), including payment of the OPA application fee.
Submitted and Pending Conversion Requests
*Upon Planning’s staff confirmation that sufficient materials are submitted to address the applicable Growth Plan, 2019 and Official Plan policies, each request will be assigned a tracking number and staff will commence its review.
|#||Municipal Address(es)||Conversion Request by Type (per Official Plan Policy 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199, inclusive)|
|Via Conversion Request||Via Official Plan Amendment application|
|001||Herons Hill Way, 1||n/a||Submitted: June 1, 2020
Deemed Complete: July 29, 2020
|002||Gordon Mackay Road, 45 and surrounding lands bounded by Jane Street and Hwy’s 400 and 401||Initial submission date: October 30, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: November 16, 2020
|003||Danforth Road, 641 – 663
|n/a||Submitted: October 27, 2020
Deemed Complete: November 10, 2020
|004||Dufferin Road, 450||Initial Submission: December 3, 2020|
|005||Dufferin Street, 2482, 2486, 2488 and Castlefield Avenue, 1120||Initial submission date: October 20, 2020|
|006||York Mills Road, 808 and Leslie Street, 1859||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|007||Overlea Boulevard, 26||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|008||Midland Avenue, 3266, 3280, 3290, 3330 and Silver Star Boulevard, 50, 70||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020|
|009||Brentcliffe Road, 20||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|010||Wynford Drive, 20||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|011||York Mills Road, 861||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|012||McCowan Road, 1455-1457 and Milner Avenue, 41-47||Initial submission date: December 8, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: February 19, 2021
|013||Dundas Street West, 2400||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: March 16, 2021
|014||Islington Avenue, 871||Initial submission date: October 20, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: March 16, 2021
|015||Gervais Drive, 15||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: March 17, 2021
|016||Leslie Street, 1123||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: March 17, 2021
|017||Green Belt Drive, 33||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: March 17, 2021
|018||Ellesmere Road, 1774||Initial submission date: December 8, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: April 6, 2021
|019||Chesswood Drive, 3710||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: April 16, 2021
|020||Overlea Boulevard, 60||Initial submission date: April 28, 2021|
|021||Yorkland Boulevard, 279 and 285||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: May 11, 2021
|022||Queensway, 125||Initial submission date: May 17, 2021|
|023||Bloor Street West, 1360-1364 and Wade Avenue, 55||Initial submission date: December 15, 2020
Supplementary Submission date: June 6, 2021
|*||Tangiers Road, 20 and 25||Initial submission date: December 11, 2020|
|*||McCormack Street, 33 to 177||Initial submission date: December 15, 2020|
|*||Old Weston Road, 290||Initial submission date: December 15, 2020|
|*||York Mills Road, 865||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020|
|*||Apex Road, 48-50, 53 and Lawrence Avenue West, 950||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020|
|*||Union Street, 77-89||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020|
|*||Coldwater Road. 25-49||Initial submission date: December 16, 2020|
|*||Old Weston Road, 189-195||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Union Street, 2-80||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Union Street, 126||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Union Street, 100||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Overlea Boulevard, 14-16 and Banigan Drive, 7-11||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||McNicoll Avenue, 1020||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Consumers Road, 280-422||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Milner Avenue, 30 and 44||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Denison Road East, 55||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Davies Avenue, 11||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||The Queensway, 1543-1551 and Fordhouse Boulevard, 66, 70 & 76||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Orfus Road, 38||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Eastern Avenue, 859||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Union Street, 101||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Laird Drive, 85 and 115||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Benny Stark Street, 0, 119-125, 144, 160, and 200||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||East Liberty Street, 171 and Hanna Avenue, 37||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Steeles Avenue East, 5975 – 6025||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Finch Avenue East, 4016 and 4020||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Scarlett Road, 2||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
|*||Birmingham Street, 99 and Islington Avenue, 210||Initial submission date: December 17, 2020|
As part of Our Plan Toronto, City Staff will review and recommend changes to Official Plan policies based on conservation objectives related to: water, energy, air quality improvement, integrated waste management, and stormwater master plans. As the City continues to implement TransformTO, the Growth Plan (2019) requires municipalities to develop policies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change adaptation and mitigation goals that are aligned with other provincial plans and policies for environmental protection.
Through Our Plan Toronto, staff will review the in-effect environmental policies in light of the City’s declaration of a climate emergency and any revisions necessary to further advance climate change mitigation and resilience.
As a major undertaking that will direct the future growth of the City for the next 30 years, Our Plan Toronto includes engagement opportunities for all Torontonians, businesses, and other stakeholders, including First Nations and Métis communities to have the opportunity to participate and engage with the City on this important project. Engagement opportunities will include online consultation, surveys, interactive mapping and virtual meetings. Engagement activities must accommodate physical distancing measures, given the City’s current inability to host public gatherings.
The City is in the process of developing and executing an inclusive and comprehensive engagement strategy. The engagement process will be shared and consulted on during the first phase of work in a manner that is accessible to all Torontonians and interested stakeholders.
Attachment 4 of the approved work plan report lists a preliminary stakeholder list, which will be expanded as necessary.
Through the course of Our Plan Toronto, City staff may determine that additional Official Plan policy matters may need to be reviewed and amended.
The City of Toronto Official Plan was approved by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in 2006. The first statutory Five Year Review subsequently began in 2011. Updated policies have been adopted by Council for a number of thematic policy areas and are either in effect, being reviewed by the Province, or are being adjudicated at the LPAT.
OPA 262 was approved by the Province in May 2016. The OPA is in full force and effect.
OPA 231 is currently being adjudicated by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The majority of the policies and mapping are in full force and effect.
OPA 199, which won the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals Award of Excellence, was approved with modifications by the Ontario Municipal Board in April 2015. The OPA is in full force and effect.
OPA 214 was approved by City Council in July 2013. The OPA is in full force and effect.
On April 6, 2016, Planning and Growth Management Committee considered a new Official Plan definition for Affordable Ownership Housing.
OPA 320 was approved with modifications by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in December 2017 and December 2018. The OPA is in full force and effect.
OPA 479 and OPA 480 were approved by the Province with one modification on September 11, 2020. The OPAs are in full force and effect.
OPA 274 was approved by the Province on December 31, 2014. The OPA is in full force and effect.
OPA 456 was adopted by City Council on February 26, 2020. The OPA is currently being reviewed by the Province and is not in effect.
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