The City of Toronto in collaboration with Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario are working to deliver numerous transit expansion projects.
During the design, review and approval of each project, the City checks zoning compliance. If a project does not comply with current zoning, the City undertakes an amendment to the City’s zoning by-law 569-2013 or other prevailing bylaws.
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The City is undertaking zoning by-law amendments for these transit projects because these projects require relief from the City’s standards. For example, a transit project needs to locate an emergency exit building on a property and will create a new lot for it. But the zoning by-law would require a much bigger size for the new lot due to minimum required setbacks by-law. So the City changes the by-law by reducing the setbacks so that the emergency exit lot can be as small as possible. This way there is less land taken away from the original property.
Some common zoning issues for transit projects include: setbacks, gross floor area, lot coverage and sometimes use.
Most lands throughout the City can be used for public transit but in some cases where the existing zoning does not allow public transit as a use, the City is changing the by-law to allow the land to be used for public transit.
The City started its zoning review for the Ontario Line and Scarborough Subway Extension in fall 2021. Public consultations were held in winter and spring 2022. The draft amendments were reviewed by City Legal, Toronto Building and Zoning staff, as well as other stakeholders such as Metrolinx. The final report for Scarborough Subway Extension was presented at Scarborough Community Council on April 25, 2022. The final report for Ontario Line will follow in May 2022.
The City started its zoning review for Smart Track stations in early 2022. The draft amendments are now being reviewed by City Legal, Toronto Building and Zoning staff, as well as other stakeholders such as Metrolinx. A virtual Open House on Finch-Kennedy Smart Track zoning will be held at the end of May. Following the open house, staff will make recommendations and bring a report to Scarborough Community Council in June.