Latest updates from the Toronto City Council meeting of February 20 and 21, 2013:
Term limits for members of Council
A motion calling on Council to request a report addressing the subject of term limits for City councillors and mayors was not discussed by Council. Instead, the motion was referred to Executive Committee for consideration.
Plan for economic growth and jobs
Council endorsed a new economic growth plan that focuses on increasing employment and commercial property tax revenues. The plan, Collaborating for Competitiveness – A Strategic Plan to Accelerate Economic Growth and Job Creation in Toronto, sets targets for improving the quality of jobs in Toronto and commits to harmonizing the policies/activities of the City and its agencies to help create a more attractive climate for business and investment. Council adopted several amendments for actions related to the economic strategy.
Council endorsed the strategic approach contained in the Toronto Newcomer Strategy and directed that it be closely integrated with the City of Toronto’s economic development plan. The strategy focuses on advancing newcomer health and labour market outcomes, and supporting newcomer access to municipal supports and their civic/community engagement. The approach involves collaboration with City divisions, other orders of government and the community-based sector.
Two development applications for mid-rise, mixed use buildings have been submitted to the City of Toronto in our community. City planning is hosting a public consultation for two development applications on the North-East and North-West corners of Queen and Woodbine. Please come and have your voice heard.
Councillor McMahon believes that planning is a community process, this is your chance to help shape the neighbourhood you live in. Councillor McMahon has stated that she will not support any buildings which do not comply with the newly created Urban Design Guidelines for Queen Street East. We need to hear from you!