• City of Toronto Considers Alternative Land Planning System
  • June 11, 2014 | Author: Anne Benedetti
  • Law Firm: Goodmans LLP - Toronto - Toronto Office
  • The City of Toronto is considering implementing a new land planning system that could significantly impact the construction and land development industries. The Development Planning System (DPS) combines zoning, site plan and minor variance application processes into one single process for an entire jurisdiction or specified neighbourhood. The DPS uses area-based plans that will be drafted with community consultation and likely involve updated zoning. These plans are intended by the City to produce more predictable development outcomes. As a result, landowners’ ability to develop beyond an area’s building specifications could be reduced. The DPS would also provide greater discretion to planning staff and reduce avenues for appeal.