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NOTICE OF MOTION: A Picture Tells Too Many Storeys: Honest Advertising for Proposed Developments

NOTICE OF MOTION


A Picture Tells Too Many Storeys: Honest Advertising for Proposed Developments


Moved by: Councillor Matlow


Seconded by: Councillor Wong-Tam


SUMMARY:

 

Toronto is becoming an increasingly dense city with an additional 134,000 new residents added between 2001 and 2011. The majority of those new inhabitants are living in condominiums. It is anticipated that this trend will continue as Toronto's population is expected to grow by 160,000 over the next 10 years with just as many new condo or apartment units added.

 

Residents in high-growth areas are being asked to live with an increasing amount of density, construction and traffic. It is only fair that they are provided every opportunity to voice their concerns and offer their feedback. While Toronto's planning process provides forums for resident participation, many community members are under the impression that a development has already been approved due to misleading advertising.

 

At the beginning of the application review process, local residents are generally confronted with on-site, billboard, print and other advertising depicting a building that will be "coming soon" with no mention of a municipal approval process, opportunity for citizen input or that the rendering can be altered. In addition to the confusion created in the community, this misleading advertising suppresses local engagement by giving the impression that the application is a "done deal".

 

Misleading condominium advertising can also negatively affects purchasers. Individuals have purchased units that have later been removed from the project through the City's planning process, leaving buyers scrambling to find alternative living arrangements.

 

This motion requests that the City Manager request the provincial government to require developers to clearly state that applications are subject to approval by the City of Toronto on all advertising for development applications.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. City Council request the City Manager to formally submit a recommendation to the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services that would require developers to clearly state that applications are subject to approval by the City of Toronto on all advertising for development applications until a Building Permit has been issued

  2. The required language, "application is subject to approval by the City of Toronto", must occupy no less than 25% of the advertisement

  3. "Advertising" referred to in recommendation (1) includes, but is not limited to: on-site, billboard, print, radio and television

April 3, 2013

 

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NOTICE OF MOTION: Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to the Toronto District School Board towards Capital Improvements to the Playground at Maurice Cody Junior Public School

Notice of Motion

 

Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to the Toronto District School Board towards Capital Improvements to the Playground at Maurice Cody Junior Public School


Moved by: Councillor Matlow


Seconded by: Councillor Parker


SUMMARY:

 

Section 37 funds have been secured and received in the development at 35, 137, 147 Merton Street for the purpose of community services and facilities, in the amount of $300,000 plus accrued interest. Some funds have been spent, leaving a balance of $270.052.75.  Section 37 funds have also been secured in the development at 150 Roehampton Avenue in the amount of $287,000 plus accrued interest for the purpose of improving community services and facilities in the neighbourhood.  The unspent balance is $174,117.35.

 

This motion seeks to support a community organization, comprised of local parents and neighbourhood residents, in raising funds for a "Dirt to Turf" project at Maurice Cody Junior Public School.  The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is not providing any capital funds, but is providing technical support.  As the project name implies, the objective is to cover the playing field (2,130 m2) with synthetic turf at a cost ranging from $444,700 to $507,950, with possible additional optional items at additional cost.  This Motion proposes to provide a total of $300,000 to the TDSB towards the cost of the synthetic turf.  All of the available funds from the Merton Street development will be used, with the balance from the 150 Roehampton development.

 

The Section 37 Implementation Guidelines approved by Council in 2007 state the following (section 5.7):

 

"Cash contributions toward the capital improvement of school board playgrounds are eligible S.37 community benefits where the playground serves as a local park, where the public will continue to have reasonable access for the foreseeable future, and where there is no local City-owned parkland performing a similar function in the same community that could otherwise benefit from the cash contribution."

 

The playground does and will continue to serve the local community as a local park.  The Undertaking to be signed by the TDSB will contain provisions governing the purpose of the funds as well as the financial reporting requirements.  A separate Community Access Agreement will be executed between the City and the TDSB, drawn up in consultation with the local Councillor and  the community.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:


1. That the approved 2013 Operating Budget for Non-Program be increased by $300,000 gross, $0 net, fully funded by Section 37 community benefits obtained in the developments as follows:

a. $270,052.75 from 35, 137 & 147 Merton Street, (source account XR3026- 3700236); and

b. $29,947.25 from 150 Roehampton Avenue, (source account XR3026-3700023);

for the purpose of forwarding funds to the Toronto District School Board for capital improvements to the school playgrounds at Maurice Cody Junior Public School, and more specifically a new synthetic turf playing field of approximately 2,130 m2 in size.

2. That the funds be forwarded to the Toronto District School Board once the Toronto District School Board has signed:

a. an Undertaking governing the purpose of the funds and the financial reporting requirements; and

b. a Community Access Agreement with the City, addressing community access to the improved playing field, drawn up in consultation with the Ward Councillor and the local community.

3. That the Director of Community Planning, Toronto East York District, be requested to participate in the community consultation for, and preparation of, the Community Access Agreement, and the City Solicitor be requested to draw up the Agreement, in consultation with the Ward Councillor and Community Planning staff.

April 3, 2013

   

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TTC Downtown Relief Line study

 

Phase I of the TTC's Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study is now available online. Please click on the report cover above to access the study directly, or click here to visit the project website for updates as they become available.

   

Notice of Motion (April 2013 Council Meeting) - Butt Out: Taking Responsibility for Waste from Cigarettes

The City of Toronto has made great strides to help reduce the incidence of smoking. Successive bans on tobacco smoke in workplaces, restaurants, bars and other public spaces have succeeded in reducing second-hand smoke and the social acceptance of smoking.

 

However, there are still a significant number of smokers in our city and these positive policies have created some unintentional negative consequences. The current by-laws do not address the reality that many smokers are now littering on our public sidewalks.


While some bar and restaurant owners provide cigarette butt receptacles for their patrons, this is done on an ad hoc basis. This motion requests that the City Manager work with representatives from the restaurant and bar industry to develop an appropriate solution to the unsightly problem of cigarette butts littered on Toronto's sidewalks and streets.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

1.City Council request the City Manager to consult with representatives from the restaurant and bar industry to develop an appropriate solution to the unsightly problem of cigarette butts littered on Toronto's sidewalks and streets; including receptacles.

 

2.The findings from the consultation requested in recommendation (1) be delivered in a report to Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee by July 2013

   

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