Toronto’s voice in the Development Permit System

Reset TO: Where is Toronto’s voice in the Development Permit System?

Speakers: Joseph D’Abramo [Former Director, Zoning and Environmental Planning – City of Toronto]
Cathie MacDonald [Former Director, Planning, Building and Property – City of Toronto and former President – Deer Park Residents Group]
Paul Hess [Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Program in Planning – University of Toronto]
When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 6:00-8:00pm
Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON

The Development Permit System, endorsed by Toronto City Council in July, 2014, presents an alternative to zoning to implement the policies of Toronto’s Official Plan. The DPS by-law allows for the implementation of the DPS, rather than zoning by-laws, to guide development in a selected area. The development standards contained in the DPS are to be developed in consultation with the community and will include minimum and maximum development heights, community benefits guidelines, and materials standards.

The DPS is regarded as a potentially transformative approach to neighbourhood planning, strengthening the role of community vision in speculative land markets and deterring OMB appeals by developers. But, although the DPS policies have been adopted by the City, questions about the system’s implementation remain. How will community input be collected to inform the DPS by-laws, and what role will the community have after the by-laws are adopted? Where will the DPS system be implemented, and how will Council determine which neighbourhoods to direct the required resources towards? How could the Development Permit System be used in communities seeking to attract, rather than control, development?

This panel will open up the conversation about the Development Permit System – what it means, where it’s heading, and what is possible.

Read the event recap here.

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