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The Living City Policies

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TRCA is pleased to announce that The Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority was approved by the Authority Board at meeting #9/14 on November 28, 2014. The document is effective immediately and replaces TRCA's previous policy document, the Valley and Stream Corridor Management Program. Thank you to those who commented on the 2013 and 2014 drafts of the document or attended the public information session. We look forward to implementing The Living City Policies in cooperation with all of our partners.

The Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (LCP) is a conservation authority policy document that guides the implementation of TRCA’s legislated and delegated roles and responsibilities in the planning and development approvals process. Comparable to a combined municipal official plan and zoning by-law, The LCP represents a compilation of existing plan and permit review policies and practices that have evolved over time. It also contains new policies related to TRCA programs, scientific research, and external planning and development initiatives. 

The LCP’s purpose is four-fold:

  1. To guide TRCA review of planning applications and environmental assessments;
  2. To provide the basis for approving permit applications under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act;
  3. To inform TRCA’s advocacy role for The Living City in the planning and development process; and
  4. To assist and enable our partners’ and stakeholders’ contributions to building The Living City.

Under the Conservation Authorities Act, a conservation authority implements a program to further its “objects” of conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources. TRCA’s main program previously guiding the Authority in its planning and regulatory roles was the Valley and Stream Corridor Management Program (VSCMP) endorsed by the Authority in October 1994. The LCP supersedes the VSCMP while continuing and expanding on the VSCMP’s valuable foundation of principles and policy intent. Since the VSCMP was first introduced, many changes occurred in the quality and extent of scientific understanding of TRCA watersheds, as well as changes to the planning, development and growth management realm of the GTA.

The process to develop The LCP was ongoing for several years and included: the completion of many TRCA projects such as watershed plans, natural heritage strategies, and the development of new technical guidelines or the update of existing ones. Each of these discrete projects included their own elements of public and/or stakeholder consultation. Additionally, TRCA created the Planning and Development Procedural Manual in 2007, which provides technical and procedural details for many of the policies found in The LCP. The intent of the Procedural Manual is to enhance TRCA’s cooperative working relationship with municipal partners, the development community, and permit applicants regarding the implementation of TRCA’s planning and regulatory functions, including opportunities to increase procedural transparency and streamline the review process where feasible.

Public Consultation on the Living City Policies

Public and stakeholder consultation on the LCP is now complete. Consultation, particularly with TRCA’s municipal partners, was critical to creating a comprehensive and effective policy document. The consultation process followed a similar pattern to other TRCA projects such as TRCA watershed plans and Generic Regulation conformity. It was also similar to the consultative process that municipalities engage in when they update or create new official plans. TRCA is required to consult publicly on any new policies as set out by the Province’s policies and procedures for conservation authorities.

We would like to thank those of you who participated in our external consultation process on TRCA's two drafts of the LCP. Throughout external consultation meetings during 2013, we benefitted from hearing and discussing stakeholders’ reactions to the document, based on their comprehensive reviews. Overall, the feedback from both rounds of consultation in 2013 and 2014, was positive, and many of our partners indicated that the document aligned well with their objectives for building sustainable communities. These discussions, along with the written comments received, helped inform final revisions to the document, enhancing its clarity and relevance.

For questions, please contact Planning and Development at (phone) 416-661-6600 Extension 5271 or 5221, Fax: 416-661-6898, email: planning&permits@trca.on.ca or see more at: http://www.trca.on.ca/planning-services-permits

 

Previous Drafts of The Living City Policies and Commenting Charts

LCP Comments And Responses Chart - Nov2014

Download November 2014 "Track Changes" Version by section

Section 1. Introduction
Section 2. The Toronto Region    
Section 3. Legislative Foundation
Section 4. TRCA History and Evolution to The Living City 
Section 5. The Living City
Section 6. Paths to Achieving The Living City: Policies for Sustainable Communities 
Section 7. Policies for Environmental Planning 
Section 8. Policies for the Administration of TRCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation 
Glossary Definitions of terms used in the document


Download May 2014 Version

Section 1. Introduction
Section 2. The Toronto Region    
Section 3. Legislative Foundation
Section 4. TRCA History and Evolution to The Living City 
Section 5. The Living City
Section 6. Paths to Achieving The Living City: Policies for Sustainable Communities 
Section 7. Policies for Environmental Planning 
Section 8. Policies for the Administration of TRCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation 
Glossary Definitions of terms used in the document

Download LCP Comments and Responses Chart


Download January 2013 Version

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Toronto Region    
Chapter 3. Legislative Foundation
Chapter 4. TRCA History and Evolution to The Living City
Chapter 5. The Living City
Chapter 6. Paths to Achieving The Living City: Policies for Sustainable Communities 
Chapter 7. Policies for Environmental Planning 
Chapter 8. Policies for the Administration of TRCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation 
Appendix A Municipal Policies for Approved Special Policy Areas and Two Zone Areas 
Appendix B Illustrative Examples of the Natural System 
Appendix C Defining the Limit of Regulated Areas
Glossary Definitions of terms used in the document
References Sources used in the development of the document