2012

November 20, 2012 Re: November 27, 2012 City Council Meeting – Agenda Item NY 20.35 100 Ranleigh Avenue – Zoning By-law Amendment Application Dear Mayor and Councillors, The Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (FoNTRA) is asking all members of Council to seriously consider rejecting the above Agenda Item NY20.35 when it comes before Council […]

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Mayor and Members of Toronto City Council Attention: City Clerk Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto Ontario M5H 2N2 City Council Meeting No.28 – 27 November 2012 – Agenda Item NY20.35 Zoning By-law Amendment Application: 100 Ranleigh Avenue – Bedford Park United Church Dear Mayor and Councillors: The North York Community Council recommends […]

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FoNTRA believes that long-term planning can be improved through stabilizing Toronto’s Official Plan. Accordingly, we encourage rules-based planning and discourage site-specific Official Plan amendments. To enhance the Official Plan as a planning instrument, FoNTRA advocates two changes to the Planning Act.

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Protecting Heritage Views of Queen’s Park, and Preserving the Dignity of Ontario’s Capital Precinct. The Ontario Legislature is the seat of government for the province and its most important ceremonial space. The protection of the views of the Ontario Legislature is therefore not only a downtown or City of Toronto issue, but also a provincial […]

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• FoNTRA recommends: 1) Councillors should get information about the use of Section 37 benefits from all stakeholders; 2) Section 37 benefits should not be negotiated by individual Councillors but by staff; 3) Section 37 benefits should have a clear planning relationship to the increased height and/or density granted; and 4) Section 37 benefits should […]

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• FoNTRA recommends that development application fees be at a level that provide for full-cost recovery and that a minimum standard, such as the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, be implemented for all new development in Toronto. The City of Toronto needs to actively support these changes that again require action by […]

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• FoNTRA is concerned that the OMB interprets the PPS in a manner that focuses on intensification regardless of the suitability of the location, • FoNTRA is concerned that the OMB disregards the express wishes of the municipalities (both lower and upper tier) in upholding an Official Plan designation from a different era by adding […]

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• FoNTRA supports less control by the Mayor and strongly recommends that the majority of City Council approve the membership of the Executive Committee. Also, chairs of standing committees should be approved by City Council. Finally, chairs of standing committees should not sit on the Executive Committee. • FoNTRA strongly supports the election of Community […]

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• Coordination can only be remedied by addressing the relationships of provincial policies and provincial plans in the central planning legislation, the Planning Act, and by integrating any required approvals in a single process related to the Official Plan approval process. • FoNTRA recommends: 1) The relationships of policies under the PPS, Provincial Plans, and […]

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• FoNTRA promotes community involvement in planning so that local neighbourhoods are protected and a local-area Secondary Plan is re-instituted wherever an Official Plan change is proposed. Note: A stable Official Plan, as outlined above, would permit (when appropriate) the approval of all Zoning By-law amendments by Community Councils.

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