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January 22, 2014
Ms. Marilyn Toft, Council Secretariat – mtoft@toronto.ca
12th floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Re: City Council Meeting January 29,30, 2014: 2014 Budget – FoNTRA Support for City
Planning Division Service Levels and Budget
Dear Mayor Ford, Deputy Mayor Kelly, and City Councillors:
We are writing to express FoNTRA’s support for the 2014 Service Levels for the City Planning
Division and the 12 additional planning staff provided for in the 2014 Recommended City Budget,
and recommend their approval by City Council. The 2014 Service levels include completion of 18
City Building studies, reducing the backlog of Avenue and Area studies, initiating three Heritage
Conservation District (HCD) studies, and building the base capacity to initiate and complete five
HCD studies per year.
FoNTRA believes this increased capacity to undertake planning studies will contribute to the health,
prosperity and well-being of the City. Good planning is based on area plans and policies that are
consistently applied. The increased focus on proactive planning along with a positive vision-based
approach to planning is to be applauded. We are also encouraged by the identified need to respond
to cultural shifts, including more engagement with Toronto residents and communities.
We support greater consistency in planning decisions, especially with respect to interpretation of
Toronto’s Official Plan policies and Zoning By-laws as well as those decisions made by
Committees of Adjustment rather than a focus on negotiating individual development proposals on
an ad hoc basis.
Finally, FoNTRA appreciates the new leadership in City Planning and has confidence that the
Divisional Strategic Plan 2013-2018, will drive proactive planning and create an overall positive
planning vision for the City of Toronto.
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Thank you for your consideration.
Yours truly,
Peter Baker
Past Co-Chair, FoNTRA
124 Sherwood Avenue
Toronto, ON M4P2A7
peterwbaker@rogers.com
Geoff Kettel
George Milbrandt
Co-Chair, FoNTRA
129 Hanna Road
Toronto, ON M4G 3N6
Co-Chair, FoNTRA
193 Wanless Avenue
Toronto, ON M4N 1W4

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