Suggests that there is too much emphasis on height and residents should also worryabout what happens on the street.
Complimented A. Vaughan for thinking beyond height.
We need a process that works because we are a huge city.
Waterfront R. A.
new project, 75 stories, 3 times that of originally planned by the city.Too many units!
The Planning Department is severely under staffed and underfunded.
We should blame the politicians.
In general, developers plan for tomorrow based on what they sold yesterday.
The mixed use model used to
evaluate applications, starts from the provincial “places togrow”
guidelines which then go to the City where bylaws are applied.
City wants density on main streets generally.
There is not much to ensure family use on a site, developers say family does not work.
Real issue is condo supply and demand.
Toronto has power but does not use it.
Ideally, City should have the power to stipulate mixed type units, i.e. London has thepower to say that developers need to have a certain number of units in a hospital zone,available to hospital staff.
City has the power to set the threshold
don‟t let councillors off the hook.
TDSB rarely gets involved in planning but could be of influence. For example, CityPlace has 7 dogs per floor but less than 2 kids per building. Yet there are no plans toincrease the number of children in the area.
This may also affect resale value, as mentioned by the R.A. for that area.
A question was posed: Could City Place be forced to put Toronto City Housing in theneighbourhood?
Potentially but not necessarily a bad thing. Adam V. discussed the project behind TIFFLightbox which includes community space, townhouses, condos, etc.
All healthier neighbourhoods have mixed demographics, commercial, family, single, etc.use. It is possible to have a health vertical neighbourhood, i.e. collapsible walls.
This is all new for Toronto
families in high-rises Adam is a pioneer in this.
Most developers are not imaginative or forward thinking.
Families in condos are a new phenomenon.
OMB appointees are political appointees.
OMB is a problematic process and reforming it, as has been suggested, would not be asolution.