In my first term, based on feedback from residents, I moved several motions urging the city to improve its response to residential infill construction sites and ensure that our neighbourhoods are protected and respected when undergoing development.
In response, last year city staff developed a multi-faceted strategy to minimize the negative impacts of residential infill construction and streamline how the city deals with problem properties.
Since the approval of this strategy, we’ve made significant headway in encouraging good construction practices and ensuring proper enforcement, including:
- A new introductory inspection to clarify the city’s expectations with the builder
- A policy for expanding the use of tickets as an enforcement tool
- Enhanced training for building inspectors
Toronto Building is also in the midst of developing requirements for a new and improved notice that permit holders will be required to post on site.
Be sure to check out toronto.ca/infill, which provides resources for residents, including a Good Neighbour Guide outlining requirements, best practices and communication tips to help everyone involved move smoothly through the project.