Council Update: October 2017

LS20.1: Prohibited Animals Review

As part of the changes to the prohibited animal bylaw, Ward 13 will become one of the four test pilots for areas that will allow backyard chickens.  City Staff are developing and implementing this pilot project with conditions to include Residential be required to register with the city, be allow no more than four hens per property, no roosters, comply with Chapter 349, Article III, Care of Animals and all other applicable laws, would be restricted as to location of the hen enclosure on their properties. The Manager of Licencing and Standards is currently working out the rules and regulations in this regard, which I will share with you as soon as they become available. 

 EX27.8: Ravine strategy for Toronto

I am happy to share that Council adopted a new Ravine Strategy for managing the City's ravine system, directing that an implementation plan be developed and a Ravine Leaders Table convened. We also asked Staff to consider incorporating the concept of ecological integrity into the final strategy. As ravines play an important role in Ward 13's landscape, I look forward to being involved in further discussions.

 MM32.41: Acceleration of Vision Zero planning

Council advised Transportation Services to include options that will accelerate Vision Zero planning, including the acceleration of the School Safety Program. This has been a key priority in our ward, as we work with our schools, school councils, and parents to make our streets safer.

PW23.8: Free-Floating Car-Share Pilot and Interim Policy

I was pleased to see that the car-share pilot project was returned to Staff for further study before the pilot begins across the City. While I am a large supporter of car-share programs, we need to ensure that those paying for on-street parking permits are not left with increased hardship due to the pilot. I have met with car-share companies, and they have agreed to work with the City to have better criteria and regulations moving forward so the pilot will work for car-share users, and private vehicle owners alike.

EX27.14: Creating 298 Affordable Rental Homes in Toronto: Results of the 2017 Open Door Call for Applications

This report outlined the results of the inaugural Open Door Program Call for Applications and recommends seven development proposals for Council approval, representing 298 affordable rental homes across the City. The program is designed to scale up City efforts to achieve Toronto’s targets of creating 5,000 affordable rental homes and 2,000 affordable ownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. There were 13 units approved for Ward 13 within this report.

EX27.15: Creating new Affordable Rental Housing  

Council authorized financial incentives for the construction of 600 new affordable rental homes. The City incentives include exemptions from development-related charges as well as from municipal taxation.