Big changes coming to our neighbourhoods

City Planning to host a Public Meeting on April 13th to discuss proposed new zoning rules for Multiplex dwellings in our neighbourhoods.

You may have heard that Toronto City Council is planning to increase housing options and density in all Toronto’s neighbourhoods (EHON).

To do this, the City is planning to change existing neighbourhood policies and zoning to permit the right to build up to five housing units on thousands of neighbourhood lots … without neighbour notice or appeal. The proposed changes will rezone neighbourhood lots to permit different types of retail and office uses.

Attend the City Meeting this Wednesday to ask how this will impact your neighbourhood and affect your property.

Within neighbourhoods there can be different opportunities for different types of homes as we see across our various streets. There are however numerous challenges particularly in dense midtown neighbourhoods such as ours. For example, the challenge to maintain the residential character; retain reasonable privacy on small lots; maintain and increase the tree canopy; address school over-crowding; and increase the parking problems on many of our residential streets.

This could mean very significant changes to our Neighbourhood if done as “one size fits all” for all Neighbourhoods across the City.

Background Information:

An Interim Report on the Multiplex Study was presented at the November, 2021 Planning and Housing Committee meeting. Review this presentation for a summary.

An Update Report on EHON was presented to the Planning and Housing Committee in February, 2022. This presentation provides information on the 19 Initiatives, possible outcomes, and questions to considered.

Interview with the Chief Planner

The Toronto Star had an interview with Toronto’s Chief Planner, Gregg Lintern, on November 22, 2021. In the interview, Gregg Lintern suggested that denser housing supply — duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and, in some cases, walk-up apartments — can fit into lowrise neighbourhoods across the city.

Here is the link to the full text of the Star article.