Toronto contains the second largest concentration of high-rise
apartments in North America. Most were built half a century ago,
during the City's post-war expansion. The Tower Renewal Project is a major initiative to
update these buildings, and make them part of green and equitable
future Toronto. Improved energy efficiency, reduced car dependence,
increased recycling, more usable green space and local food
production are among the many objectives of the project.
A recent City zoning change is expected to open the door to
exciting changes in hundreds of these buildings.
Until now, these older towers were zoned purely residential, and
were forbidden to add the commercial or community land uses that
new mixed use buildings often include.
The new Residential Apartment Commercial zone will
permit a number of small-scale commercial and community uses on
specified apartment building sites, providing opportunities for new
ventures which will contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of
apartment neighbourhoods, and should improve the lives of those
living there. The new uses may include, for example, small shops,
food markets, cafes, learning centres, barbershops, doctor's
offices, community centres and places of worship. The money from
the new uses may also help fund energy efficiency improvements and
other needed updates.
Revitalization and re-naturalization of the bare lawns around
the buildings is also being evaluated.
The list of permitted addresses is shown on the City's website. Additional addresses, including in
the downtown core, should be added soon.
City Council adopted the supplementary report as amended on June 10,
2014. The Planning and Growth Management Committee's decision
made at the May 29, 2014 meeting is also available (see
item PG33.7). The presentation made at the Committee is available.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
Russell v. Township of Georgian Bay provides a useful reminder of the fact that while municipal officials sometimes appear to hold all of the cards in disputes with home owners, that is not always the case.
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).