On February 24th, I voted along with other members of the Planning and Growth Management Committee in support of the Strategy for Minimizing the Negative Impacts of Residential Infill Construction Activity.
This strategy is designed to:
- Improve the City’s complaint management strategy to manage and respond to complaints more quickly and effectively;
- Improve communication with residents to provide clear, understandable information, so that they can have issues resolved in a more timely manner; and
- Encourage good construction practices in the building industry through education, more effective enforcement, increased use of tickets, an additional mandatory inspection and increased building inspector knowledge.
As part of this strategy the City will also monitor and coordinate an inter-divisional response to residential infill construction related issues.
Residential infill construction activity in the City of Toronto has more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, with approximately 50 percent of the projects occurring in the North York District. Wards 16, 23 and 25 comprised 33 percent of the total residential infill construction activity in Toronto during that period.
Many homeowners in Ward 16 have had difficulty navigating their way through the construction process and just as many neighbours have experienced the negative effects of infill construction activity. I look forward to seeing this strategy move forward in order to assist both homeowners who are going through the construction process and neighbouring residents who are impacted by this process.