As the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario continue to move forward on a partnership ensuring high-speed transit expansion, John continues to watch negotiations carefully.
Last spring, a deal was reached between the City and Province on a $30 billion transit expansion plan that would see extensions of subway Line 1 to Richmond Hill, Line 2 to Scarborough Centre and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to Pearson Airport; along with the creation of an ‘Ontario Line’ between the Ontario Science Centre and Ontario Place that would replace the previously discussed ‘Relief Line’.
The City and Province have now completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing shared objectives and identifying roles and responsibilities for the two levels of government. The Province is also exploring acceleration measures to complete these transit projects as quickly as possible.
In reviewing the recent agreement, City Council passed a number of motions to ensure the projects proceeded with City priorities in mind.
John successfully moved a motion stipulating that the City’s responsibility for planning approvals is respected and that transit oriented development proposals take into account potentially adverse precedents and implications for other development sites. There remains some concern that the Province could use significantly intensified development along the transit corridors to finance transit construction. This would be of particular concern along Yonge Street in Willowdale where development levels are already particularly high.