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Tall Building Setback Changes Proposed for Downtown Toronto

TOcore, Official Plan, Toronto
July 25, 2016 12:00 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
The Planning Department's ongoing TOcore initiative is studying a wide range of issues currently facing our rapidly growing city, and could bring about sweeping changes to design and planning ... read more

The Dirt: Province Moves to Regulate Excavated—and Toxic—Soils

The launch shaft for the Crosstown LRT at Brentcliffe and Eglinton in 2015, imag
May 25, 2016 4:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In Toronto's skyline of cranes and concrete, it's almost impossible not to notice the impact of development. With a decade-long boom showing little sign of slowing down, ours is a city under ... read more

Province Introduces Inclusionary Zoning Legislation

St. Jamestown Promoting Affordable Housing, Inclusionary Zoning, Marcus Mitanis
May 19, 2016 4:50 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
In an effort to boost the stock of affordable housing across Ontario, the provincial government has introduced legislation that would bring a host of changes to four provincial acts. The move ... read more

City Invites Engagement for TransformTO Sustainability Initiative

May 19, 2016 1:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of a global movement to cut carbon emissions, the City of Toronto is targeting an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In cities around the world, efforts to mitigate ... read more

Ward Boundary Review: 47 Constituencies Recommended

The 47 proposed wards, image courtesy of 'Draw the Lines'
May 16, 2016 3:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The City of Toronto's Ward Boundary Review has culminated in a report recommending the creation of three new municipal wards, bringing the amalgamated City's number of constituencies up to 47. Of ... read more

Architecture is Culture: Ontario's Half-baked Culture Strategy

May 13, 2016 5:22 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last year, the Province moved forward in drafting the first official Culture Strategy in Ontario's history. Envisioning "[a]n Ontario where every person has the opportunity for creative expression ... read more

Toronto Ward Boundary Report: Public Info Session Coming Up

City-wide map of Toronto's 44 wards, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
May 12, 2016 5:06 pm | by Sreedha Varanasi | Comments
The City of Toronto is inviting the public to an information session regarding the Toronto Ward Boundary Review. The largest city in Canada and the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is ... read more

Ontario to Amend Golden Horseshoe Land Use Policies

A map showing the urban structure of the GGH, image courtesy of the Province of
May 10, 2016 5:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Earlier today, the Province of Ontario proposed transformative changes to land use policies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Based on recommendations presented by the Land Use Planning Review ... read more

City Announces Public Meetings for Community Housing Strategy

Looking northeast across Regent Park, Toronto, image by Jack Landau
April 8, 2016 5:16 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Drawing on input from the Mayor's Task Force on Community Housing, the City of Toronto will be holding a series of public consultations to inform the future of the Toronto Community Housing ... read more

Local Appeal Body Approved at Executive Committee

Construction cranes at work, image by Jack Landau
March 17, 2016 3:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The City of Toronto's Executive Committee has recommended approval of the creation of a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to adjudicate appeals of minor variances—and consent applications—from the Committee ... read more

Queen's Park to Introduce Inclusionary Zoning Legislation

Ted McMeekin announces the updated Affordable Housing Strategy, image by Stefan
March 14, 2016 1:02 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Speaking at the Fred Victor Mission in Toronto's Moss Park neighbourhood this morning, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin announced a Provincial framework allowing ... read more

Bill 73 Bringing Extensive Change to Ontario Planning Legislation

Toronto, Bill 73, Ontario, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, Planning Act
March 3, 2016 6:17 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Last year, the Province of Ontario introduced the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015, known as Bill 73, which brings amendments to the Planning Act and Development Charges Act, ... read more

Ontario Government Selling Seaton Lands to Fund Infrastructure

Seaton, Pickering, Ontario government, Trillium Trust
January 8, 2016 12:33 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Some long-awaited news was delivered by the Ontario government on January 7 when the sale of the Seaton lands in central Pickering was announced. The expansive swath of land encompassing nearly ... read more

2016 Budget: Public Consultations Inviting Residents' Input

Toronto City Hall in December 2015, image by Jack Landau
January 7, 2016 4:10 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following the presentation of the City of Toronto's Preliminary Operating Budget on December 15th, the City has now announced a series of public consultations to allow residents an opportunity to ... read more

Toronto Council Adopts 'Open Door' Affordable Housing Initiative

Open Door Affordable Housing Program, City of Toronto
December 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto City Council has formally adopted the Open Door Affordable Housing program, an initiative that frees up publicly held land and provides financial incentives for private developers who ... read more

Three Toronto Initiatives Featured in New Green Cities Report

cities100, toronto, sustainia, Realdania, C40, green standard, port lands
November 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Toronto has experienced its fair share of growing pains over the past decade, but every once in a while, between the exasperated sighs over transit and the heated debates about rampant ... read more

City Seeks Public Input on Affordable Housing Strategy

November 13, 2015 5:35 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
As temperatures drop throughout November and December, the City of Toronto's Affordable Housing Office will host a series of public consultations as a part of a five-year review of ... read more

Ontario Announces Plan to End Chronic Homelessness by 2025

Deb Matthews addresses the audience, surrounded by members of the Advisory Panel
October 28, 2015 6:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On the morning of October 28th, Government Ministers, bureaucrats, press secretaries, and journalists joined member's of Toronto's homeless population in taking shelter from the cold, pouring ... read more

City of Toronto Seeking Public Input on City of Toronto Act

City of Toronto Act, COTA, Toronto, politics
October 22, 2015 4:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Since being enacted in January of 2007, the City of Toronto Act (COTA) has enabled our City with governmental powers representative of our growing population. City Council recently adopted a ... read more

John Sewell Talks City Affairs and 'How We Changed Toronto'

John Sewell and his book 'How We Changed Toronto', image by Marcus Mitanis
October 8, 2015 3:30 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
John Sewell, Mayor of Toronto from 1978 to 1980, recalls a time when citizen-led groups had real political sway on matters that shaped the way the city developed. Now, he says, a dysfunctional ... read more