Consultation on Laneway Housing – Nov. 30, 2017; starts 6:30 pm, Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

I am pleased to share the following information from the website of City of Toronto Wad 6 Trinity-Spadina Councillor Joe Cressy

Laneway Suites- November 30 Community Consultation

Tucked away near the places we live, work and play are spaces that can often be forgotten.  Places that we can, together, creatively transform to help us enhance our vibrant neighbourhoods – laneways.  Our laneways offer opportunities at every turn.

Recently, the non-profit organization Lanescape and Evergreen prepared a report on laneway housing suites, and how they could be implemented in the Toronto and East York District. I agree that laneway housing presents an exciting opportunity to address our city’s affordable housing crisis. Now, we must ensure we are working together to develop a framework for laneway suites, and other laneway activations, together.

They presented their report to Toronto and East York Community Council, where we requested a formal study and review be conducted by our own Planning staff. City staff will now take the report that was done by the non-profits, and complete a formal study, including consultation with the public, to produce guidelines and criteria for how we can implement laneway housing. Our laneways are a tremendous untapped resource and they should and need to be activated. The question is what type of activation and on what laneway?

The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more about the study, ask questions, and share your comments.

Meeting details:

Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

The consultation will begin with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by an open house at 7:15pm where comments and questions can be provided directly to City Staff from a variety of City Divisions. Download the full meeting notice here.