Answer from Transit Expansion Office: The City of Toronto has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Province related to Transit-Oriented Community (TOC) projects. We have agreed to work in partnership to shape Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) proposals, and have been working to clarify a more detailed process regarding how we will work together. The Province has indicated its desire to work together and to respect City planning objectives, but the option always remains for the Province to act alone. With recent legislative changes made by the Province, the Province has much broader authority to move ahead without the City's agreement.
What protections or legal options does the City have should Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario choose not to collaborate with the City and its partners in the development of the First Parliament site?
If Bill 245 is approved, can the City appeal the Expropriation Order from Metrolinx?
(Referred to City Legal)
Does the City of Toronto have a plan or position should the Province choose to issue a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) for the site?
Answer from Transit Expansion Office: As noted in question 1, the City of Toronto may not be able to stop the Province from issuing an MZO. In general, our approach is to try to work with the Province on TOC proposals to shape them to meet City planning, design, and community-building objectives. With regard to Corktown, the Province has indicated a willingness to develop the City in a manner consistent with the City's Master Planning objectives. We are engaging with the Province to try to influence the design of the sites in Corktown to find a shared vision. If the Province were to choose to issue an MZO, the City would hope to influence it as much as possible to avoid problems with the final design. Should the Province choose to act unilaterally, City staff would look to Council for direction on how to respond.
How can the City preserve the First Parliament site in collaboration with the development of the Ontario Line?
Answer from Transit Expansion Office: The City's Master Plan for First Parliament also recognized the possibility of some development on the site, although the nature and scale of the development the City has considered is significantly different and smaller than what the Province has initially proposed. The Province appears to be including some elements of the Master Plan in their thinking. City staff will continue to advance the City's objectives in all discussions.