Upcoming Consultations and Survey on Short-term Rentals

Posted on March 20, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about short-term rentals at upcoming consultations and/or via an online survey.

The term “short-term rental” typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO, and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

Online Survey

The survey will be launched on March 28 and will be found at: www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

Public Meetings

Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2 (meeting will be live-streamed)

A final report, with recommendations is expected at Executive Committee in June.

For more info please contact: Amy Buitenhuis, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 2-5129, Amy.Buitenhuis@toronto.ca

Toronto Seniors Strategy Survey – Give Your Input

Posted on March 15, 2017

The City of Toronto and community partners would like your input into the development of the next Toronto Seniors Strategy – Version 2.0″ – to improve City services for older Torontonians and make Toronto a more age-friendly city.

To provide input, please complete the online survey at: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/tss/

The Survey has been extended and will be open until April 15, 2017 and has been translated into the top ten languages spoken by seniors in Toronto:

  1. Italian
  2. German
  3. Greek
  4. Simplified Chinese
  5. Portuguese (Brazilian)
  6. Spanish (Latin American)
  7. Tagalog
  8. Polish
  9. Russian
  10. Tamil (Sri-Lankan)
  11. French

 

What’s Happening at Library Branches in Our Ward

Posted on March 15, 2017

There are some great events happening in local libraries in the upcoming months! View the April-June events happening at local branches here: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867+33132+33162&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for our What’s On at the Library enewsletter: http://tpl.ca/enews

Stakeholder Consultation – Stormwater Charge

Posted on March 14, 2017

In December 2015, Toronto City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a stormwater charge (SWC) as a cost recovery model to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program, which is currently funded entirely from the water rate. You can access that Council agenda item, including the staff report, “Funding Options for Paying for Toronto Water’s Stormwater Management Capital Program”, here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.EX10.26

In October 2016, City staff engaged interested stakeholders on the refined geographic analysis required for the stormwater charge, various rate options, potential impacts on different types of water customers, and a preliminary incentive program.

Based on your feedback and other considerations, staff have further refined the stormwater charge proposal, and we would again like to seek your valuable feedback. We invite you to attend the following stakeholder consultation meeting on the proposed stormwater charge:

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Committee Room 4, 2nd floor

I also encourage you to make a written submission on this matter. Please note that in order to be considered during the preparation of the final report for May 2017, your written submission must be provided to Kurtis Elton (Metro Hall, 18th floor, 55 John St, Toronto ON M5V 3C6 or by email to kurtis.elton@toronto.ca) no later than April 21, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Adir Gupta, Manager, Financial Policy, at 416-392-8071 or Adir.Gupta@toronto.ca.

High Park Prescribed Burn

Posted on March 9, 2017

City of Toronto Urban Forestry is planning to undertake a prescribed (or “controlled”) burn in High Park in early spring 2017.

City staff and burn consultants are monitoring the weather and on-site ground conditions to determine the optimal time window for the prescribed burn. Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, a News Release will be issued to notify the public, a minimum of 24 hours before ignition.

Red shaded areas on the provided map show planned burn zones in the park.

During the implementation of the burn, access will be temporarily restricted in areas near the burn site. Roadways may
be temporarily blocked to ensure the safety of park users.

Prescribed burns are part of Urban Forestry’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Fire-dependant ecosystems like black oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning and grow more vigorously than they would in the absence of fire.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise without impacting the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible however that weather conditions could change and that smoke from burning
vegetation reach residential areas near the park.

It is recommended that all residents close windows or leave the immediate area at the time of the burn to avoid any potential sensitivity to the smoke.

The 2017 burn will be the 14th prescribed burn in High Park. It follows the tremendous success of the Black Oak woodland and savannah restoration programs which Urban Forestry began in 2000 in High Park, and 2002 in South Humber and Lambton Parks.

For more information about the prescribed burn program and ongoing forest management, please visit www.toronto.ca/trees.

Stormwater Charge Proposal Consultation Phase

Posted on March 7, 2017

Friends,

Toronto Water is set to launch the residential consultation phase of their Stormwater Charge proposal. During the consultations meetings and the community pop-up events staff hope to inform and to receive feedback from residents regarding the proposed new changes to their water bill.

In December 2015, Toronto City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a Stormwater Charge.  Toronto Water has reported back with the Stormwater Charge proposal.

The new charge will remove the portion that homeowners currently pay for stormwater management (currently embedded in the water rate), and show it as a separate charge on the water bill. The water rate would decrease and the Stormwater Charge would be added.

City staff will host six formal presentations (times and locations below) and a number of informal pop-ups across the city throughout the month of March and in early April. The formal presentations will allow staff to share detailed information on the proposal and will be followed by a Q&A with subject matter experts. The pop-up sessions are direct community outreach that will create further awareness of the Stormwater Charge and encourage the public to visit the website to learn more and provide feedback.

For more information about the Stormwater Charge, a detailed list of pop-up event dates and locations, and to complete a short survey, please visit: toronto.ca/stormwatercharge

Location and Times of Formal Staff Presentations

Tuesday, March 7 6-9 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre, Chamber 150 Borough Drive
Monday, March 20 6-9 p.m. East York Civic Centre 850 Coxwell Avenue
Thursday, March 23 6-9 p.m. Etobicoke Civic Centre, Chamber 399 The West Mall
Tuesday, March 28 6-9 p.m. York Civic Centre, Chamber 2700 Eglinton Avenue West
Thursday, March 30 4-9 p.m. Metro Hall, Rotunda 55 John Street
Tuesday, April 4 6-9 p.m. North York Civic Centre, Room 1 5100 Yonge Street

Residential Infill Strategy Update and Good Neighbour Guide

Posted on March 6, 2017

The City of Toronto is pleased to announce the launch of a new website that provides easy to follow resources for anyone engaged in renovating or constructing a home in an established neighbourhood: toronto.ca/infill.

Residents are encouraged to visit the site and download the Good Neighbour Guide for Residential Infill Construction. The guide outlines requirements and best practices, as well as communication tips to help everyone involved move smoothly through the project. The website also hosts an update about the residential infill strategy.

Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities

Posted on March 1, 2017

Friends,

The City Planning Division is undertaking a study that examines how new multi-unit housing in high-density communities can better accommodate the needs of households with children and youth. Staff have been working to prepare draft guidelines and policy directions that will be presented to the Planning & Growth Management Committee in the first half of 2017.

A number of Planner in Public Space (PiPs) events were held at various locations over the Family Day weekend (Agincourt Public Library, Colonel Samuel Smith Skate Park, and Harbourfront Centre) to discuss the guidelines with families and solicit their feedback.

Staff will be holding another PiPs meeting this Saturday, February 25th at the Scarborough Civic Centre Library and will be participating in the upcoming TOcore consultation on March 4th, and a youth city building conference on March 19th.

City Planning have also launched a short survey to help inform which guidelines at the unit and building scales families with children see as priorities. You can access and share the survey with your friends and neighbours by clicking on the following link: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/growingupVertical/

New Human Services Online Tools

Posted on February 28, 2017

The City of Toronto’s Children’s Services, Employment & Social Services and Shelter, Support & Housing Administration divisions have joined forces to launch an integrated website that enables Toronto residents to access information about services and subsidies in one place.

The new Human Services website organizes information by topic, eliminating the need for users to navigate for information in various areas of the City’s website.

Visitors to toronto.ca/humanservices can find information about assistance with child care fees, employment services, as well as financial and housing support, all in one place.

The new website includes a Finder Tool that enables Torontonians to receive a personalized list of benefits, subsidies and services they may qualify for, based on a short questionnaire. The Finder Tool can be accessed at toronto.ca/humanservices/finder.

In addition to providing information about services and eligibility, the website instructs residents on how to apply for services and subsidies and how to maintain these benefits once they receive them.

Public Feedback Wanted in City of Toronto Survey

Posted on February 23, 2017

The City of Toronto is requesting input from residents and other members of the public through an online survey that will help determine how and when the City makes information available in languages other than English.

The survey will be available until March 10 at http://www.toronto.ca/languagesurvey and is offered in several languages including English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Italian, Portuguese, Farsi, Russian, Urdu, Korean and French.

This feedback is being sought as a part of the City’s review of the Multilingual Services Policy to ensure it continues to meet the needs of Toronto’s diverse communities. Toronto’s Multilingual Services Policy includes criteria for translating information into other languages to make sure information reaches residents, keeps them informed and engaged, and that City resources for translation and interpretation are used effectively. The policy is available at http://bit.ly/2l1dt99.

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