Restaurant Study Reminder

A friendly reminder regarding the status or the Queen Street West Restaurant Study/ Interim Control Bylaw/ Moratorium; In July 2014, City Council approved lifting the Interim Control Bylaw and gave direction to begin enforcing the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw, including the concentration cap.

The Queen West Restaurant Bylaw places a concentration on bars, restaurants and eating establishments on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Ave and Dufferin St. This area of Queen Street West is divided into four sections where there is a concentration of 25% of properties as eating establishments in each section.

As the AGCO Liquor Licence sales permit requires food be served in order to sell liquor, a municipal food licence is required. The Queen West Restaurant bylaw limits the concentration of food licences in two segments of Queen West that have reached capacity.

The Queen West Restaurant Bylaw will be reviewed by city staff in 2016. As with the development of the bylaw, there will be an opportunity for community input in the review. Further, a task force on Liquor Licence issues has been established by City Council  to provide advice to staff on the City’s role in liquor licensing.

The Staff Report, with specifics, is available on-line at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-59243.pdf .

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Restaurant Study Update – Settlement Offer

On July 8, 2014 City Council will be considering the recent settlement offer received from the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association (“ORHMA”) in respect of their appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board of By-laws 1049-2013 and 1050-2013, enacted by City Council on July 19, 2013. This is following a mediation which took place between parties in late June 2014 regarding the Queen Street West Restaurant Study between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street.

If the settlement is rejected by City Council, which the City Solicitor and the Chief Planner recommend, and a compromise cannot be reached, a 5 day hearing may be scheduled to begin on August 11, 2014.

For more information about the City Council meeting on July 8th, 2014, please click here.

Toronto’s fight to cap restaurants in Parkdale goes to OMB

A recent article by , City Hall Bureau reporter published on April 8th summarised the recent council meeting regarding the Restaurant Study:

Toronto isn’t backing down from its bid to cap the number of restaurants growing like artisanal mushrooms in Parkdale.

On Tuesday, the Toronto and East York Community Council rejected a request to stand down on a battle with the restaurant industry that’s gone to the Ontario Municipal Board, which has ordered the two sides to meet with a mediator on June 23.

The sudden proliferation of restaurants along Queen St. West may be great news for foodies, but for nearby residents and councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park), it’s become a problem.

There are 71 establishments on Queen between Dufferin St. and Roncesvalles Ave., of which 34 have opened since 2008. On one 300-metre stretch between Dufferin and Brock Ave., 19 of the 57 properties — one in three — is a restaurant.

It’s too many, says Perks, who has pushed to cap the number at 25 per cent, meaning that only one of every four properties can be a restaurant.

The restaurant industry opposes caps as an interference in the free market and is urging the city to instead step up enforcement to control noise, litter, rowdyism and other things that spark complaints.

The community council rejected a request to seek an adjournment of the municipal board case, which could go to a five-day hearing before the OMB if mediation doesn’t resolve the issue.

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Restaurant Study Supplementary Report – April 8 2014

You are invited to attend a public meeting and take part in the decision making process regarding the Queen Street West Restaurant Study.

On April 8th 2014 starting at 9:30am The Toronto and East York Community Council will meet in Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West to discuss Item TE31.41 – Queen Street West (between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street) – Restaurant Study – Supplementary Report.

For more details visit: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.TE31.41

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Council passes Queen Street West Restaurant Study

On Tuesday June 18th, 2013 Toronto and East York Community Council unanimously passed the bylaws which limit the concentration of bars and restaurants in the Parkdale Village BIA. The study includes a variety of amendments including patios and capacity. These resulting recommendations will be considered by Toronto City Council at its next meeting.

To view recent media reports related to the passing of this bylaw, please view the following:

Inside Toronto, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, CBC, Blogto

 

Detailed information regarding the proposal are available by clicking here, additionally, background information and material and a copy of the propoed Zoning By-law Amendment, may be obtained by contacting Dan Nicholson, Planner at 416-397-4077, or by email at [email protected] or Joanne Kimont, Planner at 416-392-7216 or by email at [email protected]

If you wish to submit written comments, please forward them to the City Clerk, attention: Rosalind Dyers, Administrator, Toronto and East York Community Council, City Hall, 2nd Floor West, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2, or by Fax: 416-397-0111, or by email to [email protected]

Notice of Public Meeting: Queen Street West Restaurant Study

You are invited to attend a public meeting to make your views known regarding the proposal to amend the Zoning By-law with respect to implementing additional restrictions on restaurants and related uses on Queen Street West, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street in Ward 14 in order to mitigate land use conflicts between restaurants and the adjacent neighbouthood.

The public meeting is being held by the Toronto and East York Community Council, on Tuesday June 18th, 2013, 10:00am in the Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. The Applicant: City of Tooronto is requesting to Amend the Zoning By-law Application No. 11 232412 STE 14 OZ

Detailed information regarding the proposal are available by clicking here, additionally, background information and material and a copy of the propoed Zoning By-law Amendment, may be obtained by contacting Dan Nicholson, Planner at 416-397-4077, or by email ar [email protected] or Joanne Kimont, Planner at 416-392-7216 or by email at [email protected] 

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If you wish to submit written comments, please forward them to the City Clerk, attention: Rosalind Dyers, Administrator, Toronto and East York Community Council, City Hall, 2nd Floor West, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2, or by Fax: 416-397-0111, or by email to [email protected]

To view past media reports related to the Moratorium/ Interim Control By-law please view the following: The Grid, November Consultation Meeting, City Council consideration, Blog.  

 

Community Consultation Meeting April 29 – Queen Street West Restaurant Study

The City is holding a Communty Consultaton meeting where you can learn more about the study, ask questions and share comments. This meeting will provide an opportunity for City staff to inform the community of the direction of the study, present their findings, including possible changes to the Zoning By-law and allow the community to have input on the recommendations coming out of the study.

Monday April 29, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm at May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge just east of Lansdowne Avenue.

Parkdale Street Sign

Interim Control By Law Community Meeting

An Invitation from Councillor Perks

Councillor Gord Perks would like to invite you to a Community Consultation Meeting regarding the Queen Street West Restaurant Study.

Toronto City Planning has been conducting a study to review the impact of restaurants (and similar uses) for the lands on and flanking Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Over the past few years, this section of Queen Street West has seen an increase in restaurant/bar type uses replacing a broad range of commercial uses. Community concerns of noise, vandalism, garbage and congestion problems have also increased.

In August 2010, in response to these concerns, Councillor Perks moved a motion that City Planning be directed to undertake a study of this section of Queen Street to determine if any additional zoning is required to mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area. That study is well underway.

Further, at the October 30/31, 2012 Toronto Council Meeting, on the advice of both City Planning and City Legal staff, Councillor Perks introduced an Interim Control By-law at City Council, to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansions on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street.

Prohibiting the establishment of new restaurants and second floor expansions within this study area for a one year period allows City Planning the opportunity to study which of the existing provisions ought to be changed in order to help alleviate the concerns related to land use issues.

The City is holding another Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this study and theInterim Control By-law. The meeting will include information on thepurpose and findings of research undertaken by planning staff, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and share your comments.

The meeting will be held Monday, November 26th, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at theMay Robinson Auditorium (20 West Lodge Avenue). Please see attachment for more information, including further details about the study.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2012.MM27.18