To "reset" means to begin again with the same basic principles or context while following a different process. Currently, development is reviewed on a site-by-site basis, which often forces the needs and vision of local neighbourhoods to adjust or keep pace with ongoing new development. The Development Permit System intends to "reset" the planning process by focusing on area-based plans and rules that reflect local character and distinctiveness. This process begins with community consultation that will result in a planned vision for the selected area. The Development Permit System will then be applied to ensure that development is in keeping with the local needs expressed through the community's planned vision and objectives. The result will be a more comprehensive planning process in which outcomes are predictable and align with the expectations of the community.
What is the Development Permit System?
The Development Permit System (DPS) is an alternative to the use of zoning to implement the Official Plan. Unlike the city-wide zoning by-law, the DPS is applied area by area at a neighbourhood scale. In this manner, it supports and reflects local character and distinctiveness. The process will involve the creation of a comprehensive vision for a particular area with resident participation.
The Development Permit System in Toronto will be implemented on an area-by-area basis. This means that the permitted uses and development standards will be tailored to suit the needs and opportunities specific to each area.
In Toronto, the Development Permit System begins with a comprehensive neighbourhood visioning exercise. This involves describing the character of the community, determining its needs and defining the limits of any new development. In this way, the Development Permit System supports neighbourhood planning.
The Development Permit System ensures that neighbourhood development is in keeping with the vision and objectives for the area. Specific and detailed Official Plan policies are required as a first step in implementing a Development Permit System.