Housing Now Community Consultations

September 23, 2019 in Community Engagement

CreateTO, City Planning and the Housing Secretariat are gearing up to hold community consultations on a number of Housing Now sites in the coming weeks and months and we want to hear from you.

Housing Now is a City-wide initiative with 17 locations across Toronto where new mixed-income, mixed-use development will be built to support complete communities.

The initiative was introduced in 2019 and the first phase included 11 sites across the City. Phase 2 of the Housing Now Initiative, announced in May, introduced six additional sites, all of which will enter the community consultation stage in the coming months.

The first community consultation sessions on 405 Sherbourne Street and 1631 Queen Street East took place on November 23 and December 7, respectively. More information about these projects can be found on the project pages at 405 Sherbourne Street and 1631 Queen Street East.

Following the advice of our Medical Officer of Health, all community consultation meetings will take place virtually in order to practice physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Those interested in taking part in the community consultation meetings will be able to join by phone, or online using the Cisco WebEx App. Please keep an eye on the specific project webpages for site-specific details on how to join the virtual community consultation meetings.

Community consultations on the four remaining Phase 2 sites – including 158 Borough Drive, 1627 and 1675 Danforth Avenue, 150 Queens Wharf Road and 2444 Eglinton Avenue East – will be held in 2021.

The first four Housing Now sites went through the consultation process in 2019. Zoning by-law amendments have been approved on these Phase 1 sites, and three of the four sites – including 777 Victoria Park Avenue, 50 Wilson Heights Boulevard, and 705 Warden Avenue – have gone to market and negotiations are in progress. 140 Merton Street is the next site to go to market, currently scheduled for the new year.

Housing Now sites from both Phase 1 and 2 are moving quickly and 2021 will be a busy year for the City and CreateTO. Stay tuned for additional project updates and information on how you can have your say and provide feedback to the Housing Now team.

Housing Now is part of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan and will help the City in achieving its target of approving 40,000 affordable rental and supportive homes by 2030. For more information about Housing Now please click here.