From now until December 15th, the City of Toronto is conducting public consultation on Environmental Defence’s proposed change to how housing can be built in existing neighborhoods. This change would allow apartments up to six storeys and 30 units on the major streets that fall within the “Neighborhoods” designation of the City’s Official Plan.
If you live in Toronto, we urge you to support this proposal. This type of mid-rise development incentivizes building a lot of housing quickly and without sacrificing the environment. Protecting wildlife habitat and farmland, tackling greenhouse gas emissions, levelling environmental injustice and fixing housing shortages all depend on this type of development.
The current ban on 4, 5, and 6-storey apartment buildings in residential neighborhoods, which has been in effect for decades, has been a disaster for Ontario’s environment. It has led to Toronto delivering far fewer homes than it could and should have produced, pushing hundreds of thousands of would-be Toronto families into car-dependent, habitat-destroying 905 sprawl.
Torontonians who care about the environment must support six storey apartment buildings in existing neighbourhoods – Environmental Defence, December 12, 2023