Getting Intense

Rethinking Planning for an Intensification First Approach.

Published: March 23, 2018

Municipalities often struggle with intensification due to outdated approaches to planning. CBI examines how municipalities can better understand opportunities to add density within their boundaries and plan for these opportunities. Municipalities can protect valuable land and improve the transparency and affordability of the development process by implementing a more proactive approach to intensification planning.

Submission on Methodology for Land Needs Assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Submission on Methodology for Land Needs Assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Published:  March 9, 2018

The Province recently developed a proposed methodology for Land Needs Assessments. This methodology is meant to ensure that municipalities are calculating the amount of land they require with the Growth Plan’s targets in mind. This submission explores how the proposed methodology could be improved to encourage an stronger “intensification first” approach to planning.

More Than a Desk and a Parking Spot

Transforming the Toronto area’s Employment Lands and transit relationship.

Published:  December 5, 2017

Yesterday’s under-utilized industrial sites may be Toronto’s communities of tomorrow, through a mix of housing, office, and retail development. But we are being held back by unhelpful rules that prevent us from using our land resources more effectively. Things might change soon as Toronto City Council will consider a report on the Port Lands Planning Initiatives project during its December 2017 session.

The Opportunity of Rail Deck Park

Examining the challenges the City of Toronto has faced in providing parkland downtown and the opportunity presented by the proposed Rail Deck Park.

Published:  November 27, 2017

The proposed 20-acre Rail Deck Park offers the City its last opportunity to access a large, contiguous piece of parkland in the core. The park would help address downtown’s parkland shortfall and serve the immediate needs of downtown’s growing population, while also building a park of regional significance. CBI explores the potential benefits of adding this park to Toronto’s downtown core.

Making Cents of Ontario’s Rent Regulation

Assessing the financial impact of rent control and developer incentives.

Published:  May 1, 2017

CBI crunches the numbers to find out how the province’s new rent control regulations under the Fair Housing Plan will impact developers and landlords in Ontario and finds that they will impact the income of rental suites and increase the risk for developers and building owners. However, over the long-term, rent increases in condos have not significantly outpaced allowable rent increase guidelines and the total impact of the rent regulations should be manageable with the proper incentives to ensure the new regulations benefit renters now and in the future.

It's Cool to be Smart

The climate benefits of Ontario’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Published:  March 21, 2017

Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plan represent a pair of Ontario’s marquee policies on smart growth and lands protection. However, one overlooked aspect is their potential to help the province meet its climate goals.

In High Demand

Examining the demand factors behind Toronto’s housing affordability problem and some options to help tackle the issue.

Published:  March 13, 2017

While housing booms like the ones we are seeing in Canada give many homeowners an inflated sense of wealth, they also tend to draw people into dangerous levels of debt that puts the economy in a precarious place. In order to solve high housing prices, it’s important to get the right policies in place.

Autonomous Vehicles in the GTHA

Four potential scenarios explore how autonomous vehicles might affect the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Published:  March 2, 2017

Take a glimpse into the future of driverless cars as seven graduate students from Ryerson’s School of Urban and Regional Planning explore four potential scenarios detailing how autonomous vehicles might unfold in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

A Tale of Three Cities

A comparison of three transit systems in Paris, Toronto, and Montreal. This paper is based on a 2016 CBI event where we invited transit experts to discuss their experiences with GTHA regional transit officials.

Published:  November 7, 2016

The Toronto region faces major challenges in building suitable transit infrastructure for its growing population. It isn’t alone. On October 18, 2016, the Ryerson City Building Institute (CBI) partnered with the Consulate General of France in Toronto to host an event featuring guest panellists from Île-de-France Regional Transit (which includes Paris), Montreal’s Agence Métropolitane de Transport (AMT), and Ontario’s Metrolinx.

The State of City Building

This year two report explores the various city building organizations throughout southern Ontario.

Published: May 30, 2016

The Ryerson City Building Institute’s Citylinx database, various city building organizations in Ontario’s post-secondary institutes, and Toronto’s co-working hubs are featured in this policy paper.

The Outer Limits

Potential housing options within the bounds of Ontario’s Greenbelt protected area.

Published:  May 2, 2016

Maintaining agricultural production is imperative to our region’s food security and economy. As the Province nears the completion of its 10-year review of the Greenbelt Plan and Growth Plan frameworks, we look to the pending amendments to set limits on urban expansion and get growth right within the boundaries of urban development.

Getting Intense Over Sprawl

Nine important lessons for the GTHA drawn from a report by former Toronto Mayor David Crombie.

Published:  February 26, 2016

Every year, 100,000 new residents join the Greater Toronto Area, and they need homes, workplaces, and transportation network. How do we accommodate growth while protecting Ontario’s farmland and headwaters and prevent more vehicle congestion on our roads and highways?