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Sustainable Design: Understanding the Toronto Green Standard

June 6, 2018 4:28 pm | by Nicholas Del Prete | Comments
In celebration of World Environment Day (June 5), we are looking at Toronto's approach to climate action as it pertains to development, part of a plan to reduce 1990-level greenhouse gas emissions ... read more

City to Host Midtown In Focus Open House

Yonge-Eglinton skyline, Toronto
January 31, 2018 2:36 pm | by Nathan Petryshyn | Comments
On February 10th the Toronto City Planning will be hosting the Midtown in Focus Open House, a chance for the public to discuss plans the future of the area centred around Yonge and Eglinton. City ... read more

Ryerson's City Building Institute Supports Rail Deck Park

Street View of Proposed Rail Deck Park, 20 acre park. Rendering by PUBLIC WORK.
December 5, 2017 11:10 am | by Josie Harrison | Comments
Well-maintained and accessible green space is necessary for the health of a city’s downtown core, but this essential component is more often than not given second thought as a city densifies. ... read more

Ontario Announces Funds for Social Housing Repairs, Retrofits

Ontario pledges roughly $300 million in repairs for TCHC (200 Wellesley Street E
August 25, 2017 3:00 pm | by Eric Chen | Comments
The Provincial government announced yesterday that it will be investing up to $657 million in repairs and retrofits for social housing apartments across Ontario over the next five years. With ... read more

Toronto Revising Rules and Fees for Sidewalk Cafés

Aerial view of sidewalk patio at Against the Grain restaurant, image by UT Flick
June 7, 2017 1:45 pm | by Matthew Derohanessian | Comments
The City of Toronto is currently reviewing a report which recommends updates to its bylaw covering sidewalk patios. Revised guidelines include the goal of improving walking space in areas ... read more

City to Combat Congestion with Travel-Time Data Management

King Street traffic from above, image by Jack Landau
May 12, 2017 10:20 am | by Eric Chen | Comments
Toronto has long been known for its bad traffic, chronically ranking among the worst cities in North America by average commute. Despite City-led efforts to alleviate congestion, and ... 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

City Seeking Public Input on Long-Term Financial Plan

City Seeking Public Input on Long-Term Financial Plan
April 13, 2017 1:44 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The City of Toronto is in the midst of creating a new Long-Term Financial Plan, and the upcoming second phase of public consultations will give members of the public the opportunity to share ... read more

Province, Cities To Proceed With Kipling Regional Bus Terminal

Province moves ahead with Kipling Regional Bus Terminal
April 3, 2017 6:52 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
The Government of Ontario is partnering with the Cities of Toronto and Mississauga to build a new regional bus terminal at the Toronto Transit Commission's Kipling Station. Ontario Minister of ... read more

Bus Terminal at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Gets Underway

Smart Centres Place Bus Terminal, York Region Transit, Vaughan, Diamond Schmitt
January 12, 2017 12:04 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
"Gosh, it's cold out, isn't it?" exclaimed York Region Chair Wayne Emmerson as he struggled to turn the pages of his speaking notes with frozen fingers and a steady gust of winter wind blowing his ... 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

Torontonians Invited to Help Shape Future of Old City Hall

Old City Hall, Toronto
November 14, 2016 5:45 pm | by Alex Gaio | Comments
With the Provincial Courts that occupy the building set to relocate by 2021, Toronto's Old City Hall has been the topic of growing debate. As the end-date nears, the well-known heritage building ... read more

Toronto to Hold Consultations on Long-Term Financial Plan

A crowded Toronto subway, image by UT Flickr contributor Jamaalism
November 14, 2016 2:39 pm | by Alexander Vu | Comments
The City of Toronto is inviting residents to provide input to help guide the development of a Long-Term Financial Plan. Community members will be able to offer their thoughts on spending ... read more

City Seeks Public Input to Improve Parks, Recreational Facilities

November 2, 2016 12:28 pm | by Alexander Vu | Comments
With a long-term development boom still in full swing, Toronto continues to experience population growth pressures along with the high-rise construction. As a consequence, improving—and ... read more

Toronto Providing Low-Cost Financing for Apartment Retrofits

September 12, 2016 4:06 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Now in its final year, the City of Toronto's High-Rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program (Hi-RIS) pilot project incentivizes energy-efficient upgrades and retrofits for Toronto's ageing ... read more

Mayor Tory Challenges Multi-Unit Buildings to Reduce Waste

Toronto Condo developments, photo by Flickr User BRJ INC., via Creative Commons
July 5, 2016 2:10 pm | by Sreedha Varanasi | Comments
Mayor John Tory has challenged Toronto's apartment and condo buildings to go greener, with his Mayor's Towering Challenge. The voluntary competition is aimed at encouraging ... read more

Toronto Releases 2015 Environmental Progress Report

The 'green city' from above, image by UT Flickr pool contributor Yitian Frederic
February 26, 2016 1:43 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The City of Toronto has released its 2015 Environmental Progress Report, announcing a major reduction in greenhouse emissions between 1990 and 2012, alongside a number of ongoing sustainability ... read more

Geoffrey James Named Toronto's First Photo Laureate

Toronto, Photo Laureate
February 26, 2016 12:57 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Photography is an important part of how we understand the rapidly-changing city around us, and earlier today the City of Toronto's Economic Development Committee officially recognized the ... read more

Public Input Sought on Changes to Toronto's Noise Bylaw

City of Toronto, Noise Bylaw
February 9, 2016 4:12 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Construction schedules in Toronto are all affected by a Noise Bylaw (Chapter 591, City of Toronto Municipal Code), which permits construction noise only from Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, ... read more

Toronto Planning Opens Information Outpost on UrbanToronto

City of Toronto Planning Department
February 8, 2016 4:40 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
UrbanToronto is known for its extensive coverage of new planning initiatives and developments in this quickly growing city, and now we are happy to announce a collaboration with the City of ... read more