As a follow up to the findings of Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty, the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) and United Way Toronto are pleased to release a new report entitled Strong Neighbourhoods and Complete Communities: A New Approach to Zoning for Apartment Neighbourhoods.
The aim of this report is to identify existing policy barriers and consider policy alternatives to enable Toronto’s hundreds of apartment neighbourhoods to reach their potential as healthy, vibrant, and more complete communities.
Through an extensive review of existing policies and zoning by-laws that govern apartment properties, this report catalogues specific policy and process barriers that prevent neighbourhood investment, local economic development, and community initiatives. It then moves on to present an initial framework for a new approach to zoning in apartment neighbourhoods, one that will enable positive neighbourhood change moving forward.
Report Sections include:
Part 1: Strong Neighbourhoods and Complete Communities: The Emergent Policy Consensus
Part 2: A Progressive Legacy | Legacy Barriers
Part 3: Dynamics, Trends and Emerging Challenges of Apartment Neighbourhoods
Part 4: Understanding Barriers to Investment: Regulatory and Process Barriers in Apartment Neighbourhoods
Part 5: Towards a Synchronized Policy Framework: Contemplating a New Zoning Framework for Apartment Neighbourhoods
Part 6: Conclusion and Recommendations
Appendix A: Mapping Apartment Towers, Poverty and Priority Investment Neighbourhoods
Appendix B: Chart: Process for Building Permit, Zoning By-Law Amendment and Variance, a Comparison
Appendix C: Policy Overview
Selected finding of this study were presented at the May 2012 Planning and Growth Management Committee at the City of Toronto. Following this presentation, the committee directed the Planning Division of the City of Toronto to work with the United Way Toronto and CUG+R, to develop a city-wide zoning strategy for apartment neighbourhoods to address the opportunities and challenges outlined in this report. The first phase of this ongoing work is to be completed in early 2013 and will be informed by the research presented in the report described above.
For more information on United Way Toronto, Vertical Poverty, and related initiatives, including United Way Toronto’s Tower Neighbourhood Renewal and Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, visit www.unitedwaytoronto.com.