A beefed up green roof bylaw that encompasses more kinds of buildings and smaller structures was adopted by the planning and growth committee today, moving Toronto one step closer to becoming the first city in North America to require roof top vegetation and set standards for its implantation.

But the tough new measures have left developers, industry and even God with questions about its viability – and economic impact.

Last month, city staff were sent back to the drawing board at the urging of Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Trinity Spadina) to toughen up a proposed policy that would mandate vegetation on the roofs of new condo and office towers greater than 5,000 square metres, but left industrial plants, schools, low- or mid-rise apartments and non-profit housing alone.

Read the full article by Allison Hanes “Green roofs one step closer to Mandatory” in the National Post (May 06 2009).

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