by Jacob Dawang
Whew! City Planning staff have finally released their recommended proposal to legalize multiplexes across Toronto. When the initial proposal came out, we were disappointed to say the least. We are happy to say that the final proposal is a completely different story. Thanks to all of you who voiced support for housing through the consultations, the proposed zoning and official plan amendments contain many of our key requests:
- Exempting multiplexes from floor-space index (FSI).
- Increased building depth maximums.
- Removing the ban on multiple front doors.
While staff are proposing to only increase height limits to 10m, approximately three storeys, we believe that exemptions from FSI are much more important to make multiplexes feasible. That being said, we will be pushing councillors to make the multiplex proposal even stronger by increasing height limits to 13m to get that fourth storey.
But, we cannot rest yet. We need your help to push multiplexes across the finish line and ensure councillors don't poison pill the proposal with some last minute amendments. Please use our tool to email your councillor and the Planning and Housing Committee in support of legalizing multiplexes across Toronto.