City Planning & Infrastructure

City Planning is required by law to comply with requirements of Provincial Legislation and the Toronto Official Plan for “complete communities” *. Toronto City Council and City Planning and City Legal Departments are frequently failing to comply with the law with respect to City planning. This has resulted in increased population density and traffic congestion (poor planning) without the required infrastructure throughout the City.

  • *This Plan is about accommodating forecasted growth in complete communities.  (The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2017)

  1. The Mimico by-the-lake Secondary Plan does not comply with the Provincial Legislation or the Official Plan, and is an illegal document, including grossly inaccurate calculations for number of units and population. A review of the City and consultant reports indicate an estimated total population for the Waterfront Apartment Strip of 9,900 people (up from current 4,900 people) which is under-estimated by at least 2,700 people for a total exceeding 12,600 people. It also suggests eliminating 10% (200) of the rental units and replacing another 10% (200) outside the Secondary Plan area. This Plan must be repealed or extensively amended.
  2. The Mimico-Judson Secondary Plan is being re-written at the OMB/LPAT, with appeals that would increase the estimated population from 3,500 to more than 7,000 without support from updated traffic, water and sewer analyses or sufficient increase in parkland. The City-owned property at 29 Judson Street must be re-designated as parkland for this growing community located around the Mimico GO Station.

The OMB/LPAT has played a major role in the poor planning of the City. While the OMB has undergone a name change to LPAT, its Rules and Regulations, processes and people are the virtually same.  It is being used to circumvent planning policies and by-laws, often to obtain “behind closed doors” agreements between parties, including the City, that do not comply with the law or good planning, and without the input or knowledge of residents.  It is already fully booked for the next 12-months for planning appeals to October 2019.

  • Toronto needs to be removed from the jurisdiction of the OMB/LPAT and a new City Planning Commission (CPC) created, comprised of 7 recognized and respected planning experts, including one panelist appointed by the Province.  All planning decisions should be delegated by City Council to the CPC panel for professional, unbiased oversight and final decision-making.