Taller Buildings and fewer Community Services, Parks, & Infrastructure – Provincial Changes to TOcore
posted by Joe Cressy on June 05, 2019
Just last year, after seven years of hard work, the City unanimously approved a new master plan for downtown Toronto: TOcore. It's a plan to build a more liveable and sustainable downtown for the next 25 years. Each of the components of TOcore – the Downtown Plan and the five Infrastructure Strategies – will help manage and guide growth and development, while ensuring that growth is accompanied by investment in all the necessary community services and facilities that support healthy neighbourhoods, households, and individuals.
But now, without any warning or consultation, the Province is about to impose a different plan on us. That plan will only benefit developers, and mean taller buildings, and fewer services that our communities rely on.
More than 250,000 people currently live in downtown Toronto. Over the next 25 years that population is projected to double to 500,000 people, not including those who work and visit the downtown. TOcore was created to guide and manage that growth.
TOCore provided clear guidelines to ensure growth doesn’t compromise liveability. Things like minimum unit sizes, access to sunlight, separation distances between towers, shadow on parks. The Province is throwing all of this out in favour of a few well-connected developers.
This Provincial decision will fundamentally re-shape mid-town and downtown for the next century. Instead of planned and sustainable growth, it’s the Wild West for developers.
Just like Bill 108 and their changes to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the Province is taking away the City's ability to create healthy and livable communities with adequate parkland and community services. These changes will give benefits to developers while doing nothing to make housing more affordable for Torontonians. For our downtown communities that are experiencing infrastructure pressures from rapid intensification, the consequences will be disastrous.
This Government’s disrespect and outright contempt for the City of Toronto and Torontonians is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
Join us in letting the Provincial Government know that imposing these changes on the City of Toronto's plans for downtown growth is unacceptable. Contact Premier Ford, and Steve Clark, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing:
Room 281, Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
823 Albion Rd.
Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
17th Floor, 777 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5
Suite 101, 100 Strowger Blvd.
Brockville, ON K6V 5J9
Toll Free: 1-800-267-4408