Queen West Restaurant Study Update

Many of you will recall, back in 2013 City of Toronto Planning staff completed a study of restaurants and related uses along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue and the impact that these were having on other commercial uses along Queen Street West as well as on the surrounding residential uses north and south of the street.

Upon completion of the Study, City Council passed By-laws 1049-2013 and 1050-2013 placing certain restrictions on restaurants such as limiting their size and location within a building. Additionally, these By-laws placed a maximum on the number of restaurants permitted to be located in Areas A-D, limiting the concentration of restaurants to no more than 25% of the properties within each of these areas.

A City Planning report, produced in April, says the number of “eating establishments” decreased over the course of the cap, from 71 to 64. In May 2018 Toronto City Council rescinded this regulation that limited the number of restaurants permitted in Parkdale and adopted the following:

  • City Council direct the City Solicitor and City staff, as appropriate, to attend at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to support the proposed amendment to area specific Zoning By-laws 1049-2013 and 1050-2013 to delete clause 1.(4) and 2.(1)(A) respectively, limiting the permitted concentration of eating establishments, and to amend Map 1 to remove area designations (Area A-D), for reasons set out in the report (April 16, 2018) from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District.
  • City Council direct City Planning staff to conduct another analysis in 2023 of the impact that eating establishments are having on the main street function of Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue and of the continued land use conflicts, if any, between eating establishments and the surrounding residential neighbourhood, and assess whether there are any further concerns which would warrant another restaurant study.

 

Please click here for a recent article in the Toronto Star regarding the lifting of the cap.

For additional details regarding how this may or may not affect you as a business owner, contact:

Councillor Gord Perks Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park 100 Queen Street West, Suite A14 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 (t) 416-392-7919 (f) 416-392-0398 www.gordperks.ca twitter: @gordperks Facebook: @GordPerks

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 .

To view past related articles and notices, click here

For more details, please email [email protected]

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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To read more about the study visit these recent posts:

 

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

To read more about the study visit these recent posts:

Restaurant Study Pre-hearing February 14, 2014

A hearing for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) challenge of a City of Toronto bylaw limiting the concentration of bars on Queen Street West in Parkdale takes place Feb. 14. City council adopted the bylaw last summer after the planning department completed a restaurant study of the strip. The bylaw included a cap on the number of bars along Queen West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue to 25 per cent. It also had a number of rules around size of dance floors, patios and prohibiting bars on second floors of buildings.

During that study a moratorium was placed on new bars, restaurants and bakeries opening. Since the bylaw was appealed by the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, the moratorium has remained in place.

An OMB pre-hearing is the first time those involved in the hearing meet. Pre-hearings are held to help identify issues, parties and participants; to determine what documents should be exchanged; and determine procedures before and during the hearing. They are also a time to set future hearing dates. For more details about this Parkdale Village article click here, and for case study details click: OMB Restaurant Study Pre-hearing – Feb 2014.

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.

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