July Community Update from Councillor Shiner

Dear friends and neighbours,

I thought you may be interested in some of the following initiatives and opportunities for participation. If you would like to learn about some of the recent items at Toronto City Council, please visit my website at councillordavidshiner.com/ for updates.

Update on the Rooming House Review

Municipal Licensing and Standards in partnership with City Planning is conducting a Rooming House Review. Some of you may have attended the public consultation in April. The consultation phase of the review is now complete and the report can be accessed online at www.toronto.ca/roominghousereview. You will also find a link to the online survey, where you can share feedback on the consultant's report until August 28th.

The new draft rooming house strategy is estimated to come before Executive Committee in December 2015. If approved, the next steps will include another round of stakeholder consultations in early 2016, with a final report in June 2016.

Public input on provincial review of municipal legislation

The City of Toronto encourages Torontonians to provide their input this summer to the Province of Ontario on how municipal legislation is working. Led by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Province is reviewing key pieces of municipal legislation to ensure that municipalities across Ontario have the tools, powers and flexibility they need to effectively serve their communities. The pieces of legislation being reviewed are:

  • The City of Toronto Act, 2006 (Applies to Toronto)

  • The Municipal Act, 1990 (Applies to all other municipalities)

  • The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, 1990 (Applies to all Ontario municipalities and regulates the conduct of members of Council when participating in a meeting of City Council or a committee)

  • The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (The provincial statute that outlines the rules governing municipal elections)

If you would like to learn more about the City of Toronto Act, the Municipal Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, a discussion guide as well as the opportunity to provide feedback are available online until August 7 at http://www.ontario.ca/provincialmunicipalreview.

To view a discussion guide and provide feedback for the review of the Municipal Elections Act, please visit http://www.ontario.ca/municipalelections. Comments must be received by July 27, so that any changes to the legislation, if passed, will be completed and in place with sufficient time for municipalities to prepare for the 2018 elections.

Proposed changes to the definition of Affordable Ownership Housing in Toronto's Official Plan

As part of the ongoing review of Toronto's Official Plan (OP), the City is updating the OP definition for Affordable Ownership Housing. The proposed draft definition is one of several housing policies under review to help encourage the provision of new affordable housing. At its meeting on June 18, 2015, the Planning and Growth Management Committee endorsed draft changes to the definition for Affordable Ownership Housing as the basis for a public open house. Please find the details for this event below.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

5:00 - 7:00 pm [staff presentation starts at 5:45 pm]

Room 304, Metro Hall, 55 John Street

The staff report on this subject can be accessed by the link below: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-81111.pdf. To review the proposed policy changes and for more information on the Toronto Official Plan

Review please visit the website at toronto.ca/opreview.

Have your say on Toronto's Long Term Waste Management Strategy

The City of Toronto wants to hear your ideas on how to better manage its waste in the future. For a background on the most recent work, please see the Project Update page. The City welcomes your input and has made an online survey available to share your feedback until July 24. Find out what the Waste Strategy is all about by visiting www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy.

The Toronto Ravine Strategy

Parks, Forestry and Recreation, together with City Planning and Toronto Water will be developing the strategy in consultation with Economic Development and Culture and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). The process includes consultation with residents. There is an opportunity for you to provide input into the Ravine Strategy through the online survey, open until July 24. For a brief background on the Strategy and Toronto's Ravines, please view this informative presentation from the Open House.

Cycling Network Plan Consultations

The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan for growing, connecting and renewing our cycling network. Residents have an opportunity to help plan where the City should invest in infrastructure such as bike lanes, cycle tracks and off-road trails.

The City has undertaken analysis to identify proposed routes on a draft map. As part of the ongoing consultations, you are invited to share your preferences through this interactive survey.

You can also learn more about the analysis and mapping of cycling safety, route coverage and connectivity in the Studying Toronto section of the project.

Live Green Toronto Community Grants

The City's Environment and Energy Division is now accepting applications for grants up to $30,000 for environmentally beneficial projects addressing community needs such as: park enhancements, school yard improvements, local food gardens, bike infrastructure and tree planting.

Eligible applicants include: resident associations, parent councils, community groups, non-profit organizations and Business Improvement Areas. Individuals and businesses are not eligible.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is September 25, 2015. Learn more by visiting livegreentoronto.ca.

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As always, you are welcome to provide any comments you may have by e-mail to councillor_shiner@toronto.ca.

Sincerely,

Councillor David Shiner

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