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Greenbelt Alliance Cautiously Optimistic for Post OMB Ontario

According to some critics, the OMB was too pro-development, image by Tommi Aarni
May 26, 2017 2:54 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Just over a week ago, the Province of Ontario announced the creation of new tribunal that would replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as we know it today. The Provincial government argues ... read more

Provincial Government Introducing Four Updated Land Use Plans

Updated map showing the Greenbelt Area in the GGH, image courtesy of the Provinc
May 24, 2017 3:00 pm | by Eric Chen | Comments
Last year, we reported that the Government of Ontario was taking steps to amend the land use plans and policies that guide how the Greater Golden Horseshoe grows. As part of this initiative the ... read more

New Tribunal Could Soon Replace The Ontario Municipal Board

Toronto skyline, image by Simone Gramegna via Flickr
May 16, 2017 3:18 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Earlier this month, UrbanToronto published an article on the City of Toronto having implemented a Local Appeals Body for matters regarding land use decisions made by the Committee of Adjustment ... read more

Ontario Unlocks Downtown Toronto Land for Affordable Housing

26 Grenville and 27 Grosvenor, Toronto, by Infrastructure Ontario
May 9, 2017 12:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This morning, Ontario Housing Minister Chris Ballard announced that the Province will be "leveraging Provincial lands to build more affordable and rental housing" in Toronto. In a small room past ... read more

Toronto's Local Appeals Body Coming Into Effect May 3

Sunrise over the Toronto skyline, image by y5wong via Flickr
May 1, 2017 4:02 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Just over a month ago, Toronto City Council passed Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 142, allowing for the creation of the Toronto Local Appeals Body (TLAB), effective starting on Wednesday May 3rd. ... read more

Rent Control: What Will Closing '1991 Loophole' Mean for Toronto?

Toronto's newer housing stock is not subject to rent control, image by UT Forum
April 5, 2017 3:57 pm | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
On March 30, Toronto City Council voted overwhelmingly in support of NDP MPP Peter Tabuns’ (Toronto-Danforth) private members’ bill, which aims to protect all Toronto renters against unreasonable ... read more

City Council Passes Tenant Protection and Rent Control Motions

Apartment towers in Toronto's densely populated St. James Town, image by UT Flic
March 30, 2017 3:32 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
For thousands of Torontonians, being a tenant will soon be different. Passed yesterday by City Council, a new By-Law will give new protections to many Toronto tenants, with any building of three ... read more

Photo of the Day: Skyline From Humber Bay Shores

Photo of the Day, Toronto, skyline
March 30, 2017 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a skyline view of Toronto, captured from a high-rise in Etobicoke's Humber Bay Shores community. Submitted to the Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza ... read more

Fare Integration: Comparing the Options for Better Transit Fares

Beijing's fare payment machine, using a map-based user interface
March 9, 2017 6:15 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In parts 1 through 4 of this series on fare integration for transit riders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), we first presented the options, and then analyzed the modified status ... read more

Fare Integration: The Balancing Act—Keeping Fares Attractive

Short (Green), Medium (Blue), Long (Red) trip distances from Queen station
March 1, 2017 5:55 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In parts 1 through 4 of this series on fare integration for transit riders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), we first presented the options, and then analyzed the Modified ... read more

Fare Integration: Option 4 - Fare by Distance

Presto reader mounted at the rear doors of a TTC bus, uncommon on other GTHA sys
February 23, 2017 6:27 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Following our introductory article which outlined the four options that Metrolinx is considering for transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), ... read more

Fare Integration: Options 2 & 3 - Zone and Hybrid Fare Systems

Current GTHA transit providers and potential future fare zone boundaries
February 22, 2017 5:40 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Following our introductory article which outlined the four options that Metrolinx is considering for transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and Part 2 ... read more

Fare Integration: Option 1 - Modifying the Status Quo

February 21, 2017 6:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Following our introductory article which outlined the four options that Metrolinx is considering for transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Part 2 of the series ... read more

Fare Integration: Metrolinx Considers the Options

Cross-border fares between the TTC and neighbouring transit systems
February 16, 2017 5:27 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While Torontonians continue to debate what transit infrastructure to build where, there's an equally contentious exchange happening now between Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of ... read more

Flood of Developments Puts Spotlight on City Planning Workload

Downtown development, image by UT Forum contributor yonderbean
January 12, 2017 6:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Intimidatingly overloaded at the leanest of recent times, the City of Toronto was awash with a deluge of development proposals at the close of last year. In a city already close to leading North ... read more

Vision Zero: City Launches Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Pedestrians and cars on Yonge Street, image by UT Flick contributor Greg's South
January 11, 2017 6:18 pm | by Cody Kita | Comments
Increasingly at the centre of recent debates regarding Toronto's public transit, congestion and bike lanes, have been concerns by City officials and Toronto activists regarding the safety of the ... read more

Are Property Taxes Dooming Toronto's Heritage Buildings?

property tax, heritage properties, 401 Richmond, Toronto
December 22, 2016 5:58 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
It has recently come to light in local media outlets that the existence of Toronto's beloved 401 Richmond—an artists' enclave in the heart of the Entertainment District—is threatened by a massive ... read more

Ontario Passes Promoting Affordable Housing Act, Introduces IZ

Downtown Toronto's growing density, looking north, image by Greg Lipinski
December 13, 2016 11:49 am | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
On December 6th, the Ontario passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, legislation that takes aim at the province’s affordable housing crisis. The Act, which amends seven other public acts ... read more

Citywide Consultation Considers Planning for Laneway Suites

laneway suites, Toronto, development, infill housing, architecture
December 8, 2016 1:34 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
Toronto has a large supply of laneways behind many of our city streets, and an even larger demand for affordable housing. Simple math would suggest that this is an easy match and solution. Urban ... read more

Transit: Tory Pitches $2 Road Toll & More as $200m Solution

The Gardiner Expressway, image by Marcus Mitanis
November 24, 2016 3:37 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following a decade of deliberation, uncertainty, and stalled progress regarding the City of Toronto's introduction of wide-ranging new revenue tools, Mayor John Tory has announced a plan to ... read more