Mid-Rise Building Performance Standards Monitoring Report
City Planning prepared a report for Planning and Growth Management Committee summarizing the 5-year monitoring period for the Mid-Rise Building Performance Standards and recommendations for next steps. In June 2016, City Council approved the Mid-Rise Building Performance Standards Addendum (April 20, 2016). The Addendum is to be used by City Staff together with the 2010 approved Mid-Rise Building Performance Standards during the evaluation of development applications where mid-rise buildings are proposed and the Performance Standards are applicable.
The Performance Standards and Addendum may also be used to help inform the preparation or review of area studies and policies involving mid-rise buildings. The Addendum is approved as an interim supplement to the 2010 Performance Standards until such time as Council considers and adopts updated Mid-Rise Building Design Guidelines, which is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Refer to the Council Decision http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.PG12.7 and Attachment 1: Mid-Rise Building Performance Standards Addendum (April 20, 2016) http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-92537.pdf.
Urban Design Matters
The Five-Year Official Plan Review for Urban Design Policies is underway and includes the consideration of Mid-Rise Buildings and Avenues policies as part of the review. Visit Urban Design Matters to learn more.
Chief Planner Roundtable
Mid rise buildings will be the subject of the Chief Planner Roundtable on the morning of April 24th. The objective of the Mid Rise Buildings Chief Planner Roundtable is to give industry professionals, as well as the general public, an opportunity to contribute to the monitoring process by providing feedback on the effectiveness of the Performance Standards. The roundtable will be comprised of panel members representing a diverse range of city builders, industry experts and City staff reflect the complexity, opportunities and challenges of mid rise development.
Mid Rise Buildings Open House
Following the Chief Planner Roundtable, there will be an open house on April 24th from 1pm - 4pm at City Hall, Meeting Room B, no RSVP or reservations required. The open house will allow the general public to submit comments and questions regarding the Performance Standards directly to City Planning Staff. The feedback received will guide the monitoring and evaluation of the Mid Rise Performance Standards. A report to City Council is anticipated before the end of 2015.
If you live in a mid-rise building in Toronto, you should have received a request to complete a survey about your travel behaviours. This work was undertaken as a component of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study. Thousands of replies were received and synthesized into results included in Volume 2 of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study. Download this appendix here.
Representatives of the mid-rise team hosted a Jane's Walk of mid-rise buildings on May 4, 2014. A diverse range of mid-rise buildings were visited, including new and old buildings, residential and non-residential buildings. The tour was intended to be interesting and educational, while also a means to seek feedback on mid-rise design and location. Approximately 20 people participated, and each were provided a tour pamphlet.
Monitoring period underway
The monitoring period of the Avenues and Mid-rise Performance Standards is underway, as directed by Council in 2010, and amended in 2013. There were a total of 76 applications for intensification on the Avenues from July 2010 to July 2012 (inclusive), and not including as-of-right applications. Of these, 36 were for buildings between 4 and 11 storeys, 19 were for buildings 12 storeys or taller, and 8 were for more complex applications including both mid-rise size and tall buildings on the same site. The remaining 13 applications were to intensify an existing use, but came in at 3 storeys in height or less. Townhouse applications were excluded.
Summary of the Performance Standards for Mid-Rise Buildings
City Planning has prepared a presentation summarizing each of the Performance Standards for Mid-Rise Buildings. The Performance Standards are included in Chapter 3 of the final consultants report (below).
The Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study wins Four awards!
City Planning is pleased to announce that the Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study has received a a 2012 National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Among the jury comments:
"The Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study is a landmark document for Toronto and for urban design in Ontario. It is a model to be followed, setting up new standards and contributing greatly to the body of knowledge for an emerging Canadian Urbanism."
This award is in addition to a 2011 Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s Excellence in Planning Award in the Community Planning and Development Studies/Reports category, a Toronto Urban Design Award in the Visions and Master Plans category and an Honourable Mention for the Canadian Institute of Planners' 2011 Award for Planning Excellence in the Urban Design Category.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Study. We continue to welcome feedback and comments.
Staff Report adopted at City Council
Toronto City Council, on July 8, 2010, adopted the recommendations contained in the staff report prepared by City Planning with modifications.
Staff now use the Performance Standards for Mid-Rise Buildings in reviewing proposals. A monitoring period of the Performance Standards is the first step toward setting the Performance Standards in guidelines, policies, and as-of-right zoning.
At the end of the two year monitoring period, staff will report back to the Planning and Growth Management Committee on the effectiveness of the Performance Standards and potential implementation measures.
As a result of adopted motions changes have been made to the following Study maps: