On February 12th, the City of Toronto will kick off a series of public meetings they’ve dubbed “Condominium Consultations.”
The City has invited condo residents, condo boards, businesses located in condo buildings and property managers with the hope of identifying potential changes to policies related to condo living in Toronto. Four public meetings will be held throughout the city in February.
The first Condominium Consultation will be held at the Toronto Reference Library on February 12th. The fun starts at 7pm and caps at 9pm. Consultations will also be held in Scarborough on February 20th, Etobicoke on February 21st and North on February 27th.
The series of consultations is a continuation of the City of Toronto’s 2011 survey of residents living downtown and in the city’s other centres.
“The City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee directed us to undertake the consultation when we presented it with the results of a survey of residents in downtown and the centres that looked at the quality of life an amenities in these areas,” said Peter Moore of the City of Toronto’s City Planning Department, as he explained the motivation behind planning the consultation series.
“Also, the ‘condo boom’ of recent years and the emergence of new condo neighbourhoods have presented issues and problems that had not perhaps been anticipated,” he added.
Through the input of those attending the meetings, Moore hopes to work toward viable solutions for the issues presented.
“We hope to clearly identify issues and problems that the City can address, along with some ideas and expectations of how we could deal with them — what would be a good outcome,” said Moore.
“Perhaps there will be different issues in different areas of the City — or different kinds of responses. Some of what we hear may be more relevant for the Province’s Condo Act review that’s going on now. In that case we might look at putting together a submission to the Province from the City.”
Each consultation will begin with a brief presentation by Moore that will outline the project and its objectives. Attendees will then use a discussion guide to identify issues and discuss them in roundtables. The findings of the roundtables will then be presented to the entire group. The City has enlisted SWERHUN, a public consultation and community engagement service, to facilitate the consultations.
Moore expects a wide range of issues to be addressed at the public meetings — from parking to security to the number of renters living in some condo buildings.
The purpose of staging four meetings was to enable people who may have conflicts on one night to attend the consultation at another venue on a different night. The City will also be launching an online survey in March to give people the opportunity to provide further input. A second round of consultation is being planned for April or May of this year, according to the City’s website.
Want to participate in a consultation? Check out the City of Toronto’s website to learn more!