The Multiplex study is part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) initiative. This study is to support the construction of a range of low-rise housing across the City’s low-rise neighbourhoods. The scope of the study includes multiplexes – buildings with two, three and four units – and low-rise apartment buildings.
The Multiplex team selected six case study areas across the city to help identify challenges for constructing multiplex dwellings in Toronto’s varied neighbourhoods: Ionview, Lawrence, Ossington, Pearldale, Royal York and Woodbine.
The Multiplexes study is looking to intensify the ‘missing middle’ neighbourhoods by changing the zoning to include ALL types of residential-zoning. For example, most of the SAHRA area is currently zoned ‘RD’ for Residential Detached. This could be changed to allow all ‘R’ (Residential) zoning types – semi-detached, triplexes, fourplexes, stacking townhouse, low-rise hybrid building and low-rise apartment building.
FoNTRA submitted a letter expressing support for the overall EHON strategy to permit increased density in the Neighbourhoods based on the idea of encouraging development across the city rather than allowing over-development in certain parts of the city. However, it is critical that the strategy create complete communities, not just residential growth. While supportive in principle, FoNTRA urges the City to be cautious in moving too far, too fast without proper consideration of the implications arising. A change of this magnitude needs to be approached carefully, ideally involving development of Secondary Plans on an area by area basis.
Next Steps / Timeline:
Q4 2021: Online multiplex survey will continue until Dec 31, 2021.
Q1 2022: Virtual open houses will be promoted through the EHON website and social media channels, with targeted promotion in communities which are typically under-represented in City Planning consultations.
Q2 2022: Recommended policy and zoning amendments will be brought to the Planning and Housing Committee