Planning and Growth Committee, May 11 2016
Province announces growth policy for the region as councillors struggle with how to enforce in Toronto. The balance of power between the city and developers was discussed at the Planning and Growth Management Committee this week, with the question of how best to make sure developers maintain office space in buildings at Yonge and Eglinton, despite the higher value of residential units. Councillor John Filion asked staff how much weight the city’s proposed planning incentives really have. City staff explained that incentives are embedded in the city’s policies, but Committee Chair David Shiner made the point that these are the same policies that the province appeals at the OMB. (In short: not as much weight as some would like.) Deputy City Manager John Livey suggested staff look at whether incentives or requirements would be more financially beneficial for the city.