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Where are aLL the
PLaCes to GroW?
DevelOpMent reGUlatiOnS a hinDrance tO hOUSinG aFFOrDaBility anD chOice
It’s hard not to notice all the today were sold to the homeowner a
condominiums cropping up across CIty Centre oPtIon: few years ago. the industry is worried
the Gta these days. about the balance in housing options
Condos accounted for 62 per cent and the affordability of new homes in
of new-home sales in the Gta in the future,” says Golini.
2011, according to realnet Canada, the shift from low-density to high-
a toronto-based national provider of density housing has been directed
real estate information services. and by provincial intensification poli-
it seems that everywhere you look, cies encouraging a more sustain-
there are construction cranes and new able approach to urban development.
residential towers dotting the urban homebuyers want to choose the type of
horizon. What isn’t as visible, however, home that suits their lifestyle through
is the lack of subdivisions being built the various stages of life — and choice
and the dwindling availability of new in the low-rise market is diminishing.
low-rise houses. “there just hasn’t been the avail-
a decade ago, 75 per cent of all ability of land when it comes to low-
new homes sold in the region were rise product,” Golini explains. “not
single-family houses. In 2011, lowrise only is the low-rise price index the
housing comprised just 38 per cent highest it’s ever been — $609,369
of new-home sales, largely the result [this past] august — it’s also driven
of provincial policies aimed at pro- the market toward highrise. and if
tecting greenbelt lands and promoting you’re a first-time buyer, that seems
intensification. to be your only option.”
the Gta housing market has been there has also been plenty of
reshaped fundamentally by provin- resistance to the intensification policy
cial policies introduced in 2006 in the Gta at the municipal level,
as part of the Growth Plan for the delaying approvals of condo projects
Greater Golden horseshoe, a region and pitting developers against com-
in southern ontario whose boundaries munity groups opposed to the intro-
extend south to Lake erie and north
What did you buy and Why? duction of denser forms of housing in
to Georgian Bay. their neighbourhoods.
Elaine Viterbo — 40, manager, North 44° restaurant
With the Greenbelt Plan, the prov- “Local interests are not always
Where did you buy? Upper Unionville, a 1,700- home community at Kennedy Rd. and 16th Ave.
ince has aimed to protect 1.8 million aligned with the province’s goals when
tell us about your place. It’s a 2,300-sq.-ft. detached home on a 34-foot lot.
acres of green space, and its Places to it comes to growth and intensification,”
What appealed to you? For six years my husband and I have been living in a townhouse in Richmond Hill, but the pricing
Grow plan has designated areas best Golini notes. “not everyone is ready to
there for a detached home is ridiculous. We paid $720,000 for the home at Upper Unionville, so the price was appealing. So
suited for intensification. accept this new form of living.”
is the location — it’s easier to commute to work. Plus, it’s near my aunt’s house and she can take care of my two-year-old.
Commenting on the dearth of the development industry has
And Unionville is a nice community that’s still growing.
low-rise houses, Paul Golini, chair- been operating in accordance with the
Why a low-rise home, not a condo? My husband really likes having a backyard, even though you have to mow it,
man of BILd (Building Industry and provincial growth plan, says Golini.
and there’s the maintenance of the home itself. But it’s also just the freedom; you don’t have to use an elevator. And we
Land development association), says, But six years in, it has become clear
look at condos as a whole bunch of people living in one space.
“People can’t see what doesn’t exist that the policies have had an adverse
Why did you buy new, not resale? I like the thought of being the first person using the bedroom and bathroom; being
anymore.” BILd represents more than impact on homebuyers, he says,
able to create something we want, not having to say, “We like the house except for this, but maybe we can renovate it to be
1,400 member companies in the land creating severe constraints on land
that way”; being able to pick our own finishes — the builder had its own décor centre, so we chose the decor ourselves,
development, homebuilding and pro- availability and resulting in limited
and it suited our tastes; also, the smell of a new home (it’s like buying a new car).
fessional renovation industries in the housing options and ever-increasing
When do you move in? August 2013. We visit the site weekly to see what stage it’s at. But it’s still just dirt at the moment.
Gta. “the homes under construction prices.
of life — and choice in the low-rise of buying new own décor —
That’s part of the fun builder had itsconstruction centre, so we chose the
market is diminishing. decor ourselves, and it finishes and
actually watching it, being able to pick all yoursuited our tastes; also, the
SHIFTHAPPENS “There just hasn’t been the avail-
ability of land when it comes to
smell of a new home (it’s
then seeing it go from nothing into something. like buying a new car).
When do you moveWhen do you move in?just topped We visit
in? Next summer. They’ve August 2013.
low-rise product,” Golini sponsored by bildgta.caI the site there areto see what stage it’s at. But it’s still
off my building and can see weekly windows being
“Not only is the low-rise house in
Elaine Viterbo, with husband Raul and daughter Maelle, bought a new price in- Upper Unionville. they seem ondirt at the moment.
installed, so just schedule. David Porter is eage
dex the highest it’s ever been —
$609,369 [this past] August — it’s
City centre option
also driven the market toward high- com
rise. And if you’re a first-time buyer, New homes sold in GTA 2001 vs. 2012 RealNet Price M
that seems to be your only option.” 50,000 Index ed z
WHAT DID YOU BUY AND WHY? There has also been plenty of re- Low Rise form
David Porter — 39, condo-garden designer, Toronto the intensification policy
sistance to High Rise inclu
Condo Garden 40,000
in the GTA at the municipal level, Tuck
Where did you buy? River City, Phase One, King St. E.
delaying approvals of condo proj- rezo
and River St. (the first residential project in the new pitting developers against
ects and 30,000 struc
West Don Lands precinct) community groups opposed to the sity
Tell us about your place. It’s a one-bedroom, introduction of denser forms of 20,000 “I
housing in their neighbourhoods.
762-sq.-ft. corner unit on the 12th floor, with north- and deve
west-facing views. “Local interests are not always feel
What appealed to you? The amazing andaligned with the province’s goals
when it comes to growth and inten-
view of downtown. The second reason was value — it was Barb
sification,” Golini notes. “Not every- 0 Real
$437,000, including one parking spot and a locker. This TOTAL 2001 Jan-Sept 2012 Sept. 30, 2012
one is ready to accept this new form in th
worked out to $525 per square foot, compared to the
of living.” SOURCE: REALNET CANADA INC. “W
downtown core, which is five minutes away by streetcar,
The development industry has
SOURCE: REALNE T
where condos are going for about $700 perbeen operating in accordance with put tension in the system to pro- ing options for new and first-time and
I thought it was a cool little pocket of the city. provincial growth plan, says Go- mote higher-density development, homebuyers is a serious issue in the agre
Why a condo, not a low-rise home? I travel quite a bit
lini. But six years in, it has become and that tension is there,” says BILD GTA, and wants to be part of the solu- deve
“Places to CEO Bryan Tuckey.
and I like walking out the door and not worrying that the policies have had an president and Grow was designed to tion. “Our that excessive development requ
clear about noting too industry plans and builds
put tension in the if the balance has about 40,000parklandevery year to cont
it, so it fits my lifestyle. Although a backyardadverse impact on homebuyers, he “But you wonder system to promote charges and homes requirements
garden can be
nice, I do love gardening on a balcony or a terrace. So easy create hindrances from first-time
higher-density development, and that meet the demand that contribute to
says, creating severe constraints on been shifted too far.” BI
to maintain and change up. land availability and resulting in lim- tension is there,” says BILd president homebuyers, prices. demograph- the
With an estimated 100,000 peo- higher home the aging
Why did you buy new, not resale? I’m not bighousing options and ever-in- ple moving to tuckey. “But youyear, ic, immigration and the ensure the land
ited into resale. and Ceo Bryan the GTA each won- BILd is determined to changing
That’s part of the fun of buying new construction —prices.
creasing Tuckey notes that the industry recog- family formation.” and
der The challenge is of whitebelt lands
“Places to Grow was designed to nizesif the balance has been shifted 68,000 hectares getting political and for g
actually watching it, being able to pick all your finishes and that the lack of affordable hous-
too far.” — the area between the Gta and the
then seeing it go from nothing into something. With an estimated 100,000 people greenbelt — are preserved for growth
When do you move in? Next summer. They’ve just topped
moving to the Gta each year, tuckey past 2031.
off my building and I can see there are windows being
notes that the industry recognizes that though the whitebelt was intended
installed, so they seem on schedule. David Porter is eager to explore the King St. E and River St. area when he moves to his new condo.
the lack of affordable housing options to function as an urban reserve that
for new and first-time homebuyers is would accommodate future growth
a serious support to build them. the region — whitebelt was
communityissue in the Gta, and wants in Though the whose population isin-
New homes sold in GTA 2001 vs. 2012 RealNet Price to be municipalities have outdat-
Manypart of the solution. “our indus- tended totofunction as an urbantore-
projected spike from 6.3 million
0,000 Index zoning and builds don’t con- 8 million would accommodate
ed try plansbylaws thatabout 40,000 serve thatby 2031 — many munici-fu-
Low Rise homes every to Grow the don’t
form to Placesyear to meet anddemand ture growthbeen restricting develop-
palities have in the region — whose
High Rise intensification targets, says ment of these projected to spike from
include first-time homebuyers, the aging population is lands.
demographic, immigration and as
Tuckey, resulting in further delays,the 6.3 “If the province was able 2031 —
million to 8 million by to give
rezoning is family formation.” con- many municipalities have been re-
changing a clear statement regarding the
0,000 struction can begin on higher-den- stricting development of these lands.
the challenge is getting political whitebelt and its long-term future,”
sity projects. “If the province was able to give
0,000 What did you buy and Why?
and community support of the best says tuckey, “it would
“I interact with manyto build them. a clear statement go a long way to
Many municipalities and outdated helping the implementation of future,”
developers in the city have they all whitebelt and its long-termPlaces
david Porter — 39, condo-garden designer, Toronto Condo Garden
that bylaws that don’t conform to to Grow in the Gta.”
feelzoning the approval process gets says Tuckey, “it would go a long way
0,000 Where did you buy? River City, Phase One, King St. E. and River St. (the first residential project in the new West Don Places to Grow and don’t include
bogged down at the city level,”says to helping the implementation of
intensification targets, says Baker
Barbara Lawlor, president oftuckey, Places to Grow in the GTA.”
0 tell us about your place. It’s a one-bedroom, 762-sq.-ft. corner unit on the 12th floor, with north- and west-facing views. Real Estate, a leading brokeragerezon- Content created by starcontentstud
resulting in further delays, as firm
What appealed to you? The amazing and unobstructed view of downtown. The second reason30, value — it was in the GTA.
TOTAL 2001 Jan-Sept 2012 Sept. was 2012 ing is required before construction
$437,000, including one parking spot and a locker. This worked out to $525 per square foot, compared to the downtown
SOURCE: REALNE T
the first in an 8-part series
“Webegin on higher-density projects. This is is the first in an 8-part
can need to see more streamlin- This
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cool in the system
ote higher-density adevelopment, quite a bit and I like walking out serious not worrying about it, agrees, noting too that excessive
Why a condo, not low-rise home? I travel homebuyers is a the door and issue in the
feel that the approval process gets
d that tensionlifestyle. Althoughsays BILD canGTA, and wants to be part a terrace. So easy to development charges and parkland
so it fits my is there,” a backyard garden be nice, I do love gardening on a balcony or of the solu-
and change Bryan Tuckey. tion. “Our industry plans and builds requirements create hindrances that
sidentmaintain andCEO up. bogged down at the city level,” says
ut you Why did you buythe balanceI’m not big into resale. 40,000 homes every year to contribute to higher home prices.
wonder if new, not resale? has about Barbara Lawlor, president of Baker
en shifted too far.” of buying new construction —meet watching it, being able to pick all your finishes and then
That’s part of the fun actually
the demand from first-time real is determined to ensure
BILD estate, a leading brokerage firm
With an estimated 100,000 peo- homebuyers, the aging demograph- the in the Gta. 68,000 hectares of whitebelt
seeing it go
moving to from nothing into something.year, ic, immigration and the changing lands — the areasee more streamlining
the GTA each “We need to between the GTA
When do you move in? Next summer. They’ve family formation.”
ckey notes that the industry recog- just topped off my building and I can see there are windows being andwhen greenbelt the red tape and the
the it comes to — are preserved
es that installed, so they seem on schedule. hous-
the lack of affordable growth regulation,”
The challenge is getting political and for layers of past 2031. Golini agrees,
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For a neW CIty
What happenS When yOUr neiGhBOUrhOOD haS DevelOpMent pOtential?
Many Gta resIdents may not
know that they have the power to
help shape new developments in their
Whether it’s for a proposed transit
line or redevelopment of pockets ripe
for revitalization, there are opportun-
ities to get involved in the planning
process. In fact, becoming informed
about the process of planning is key,
says the City of toronto’s chief planner,
“there needs to be room for move-
ment...[and] room for change, and the
planning process can facilitate those
For every development application,
the provincial Planning act sets out
rules for holding public meetings to
discuss the proposed vision. BILd’s
president and Ceo, Bryan tuckey,
says the public meetings to discuss
proposed developments are beneficial
when participants “come with an open
mind to listen and learn.”
“developers and builders bring Harry Eaglesham, who lives in Markham, has been working with the city’s planners and developers: “I’m doing my share to
their teams of experts to explain the deliver the dream for others.”
vision so that the local councilor and
the local residents understand how it a man With a Plan.
came to be,” he explains. Markham resident Harry Eaglesham jokingly describes himself as “Mr. Suburbia”: he became involved in local planning issues about 20 years ago. That was when the Town of Markham
Municipalities, of course, also play (now a city) began consulting with residents on proposed plans to build new communities that would be more compact, mixed-use and transit-oriented. It was an unconventional suburban
a big role in the planning process. they development approach at the time — and long before Ontario’s Places to Grow initiative was introduced in 2006.
are required by the Province of ontario Eaglesham, a 64-year-old retired IT professional, lives in a century home on historic Main Street, in the heart of Markham’s idyllic village of Unionville. He’s also on the board and a
to direct a minimum of 40 per cent of past president of the influential Unionville Ratepayers Association.
their projected population and employ- Growth in the area is increasingly being redirected, notes Eaglesham, from farmland and toward Markham’s existing communities. “The character of existing neighbourhoods is
ment growth to areas that are already changing dramatically,” he says, “and not necessarily for the worse.” A large part of that urban intensification is apparent just south of Unionville and across Highway 7, within Markham
developed. Centre — the city’s purpose-built “downtown,” conceived in the mid-1990s by American architect and planner Andrés Duany.
this means that established com- “There are widely held concerns that bringing lower-priced condos into the community will have a negative impact on property values and negative societal impacts,” says Eaglesham.
munities like Mississauga City Centre, “Of course, history has shown that property values are going up.”
the village of unionville and areas His biggest concern about intensification is the gap between development approvals and the construction of the infrastructure required to support it. “Here we are in Markham,
along the yonge st. corridor, to name where intensification is going gangbusters,” he says, “and infrastructure, specifically transportation, is going at glacial speed.
just a few, are mandated for change. “I would love to move to the Markham Centre of the vision of 20 years ago, but it’s not available to me. It’s not built yet.” The “work-play” options that accompany “live,” he explains,
this requirement, among others, have not yet arrived.
including promoting transit-oriented For now, he’s staying put but will continue working with the city’s planners and developers through his involvement with the local ratepayers group. Says Eaglesham, “I’m doing
and balancing jobs and housing, are my share to deliver the dream for others.”
ings to plans to build develop-
on proposeddiscuss proposed new communities that would be more compact, community will have a negative impact on property values and negative
ments are beneficial partici-
mixed-use “come with an whenmind to an unconventional suburban
and transit-oriented. It was
societal impacts,” says Eaglesham. “Of course, history has shown that property
development approach at the time — and long before Ontario’s Places to
listen and learn.”
Grow initiative wasand builders bring
“Developers introduced in 2006.
values are going up.”
His biggest concern about intensification is the gap between development
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Eaglesham, a 64-year-old council- IT professional, lives in a century home on
the vision so that the local approvals and the construction of the infrastructure required to support it.
lor and Street, residents under-
historic Mainthe local in the heart of Markham’s idyllic village of Unionville. He’s “Here we are in Markham, where intensification is going gangbusters,” he says,
stand board and a be,” president of the influential Unionville Ratepayers
also on thehow it came to past he ex- “and infrastructure, specifically transportation, is going at glacial speed.
Municipalities, of course, also “I with the city’s to move to the Markham Centre of the the aim is toyears ago,
Harry Eaglesham, who lives in Markham, has been working would love planners and developers: “I’m
then incorporated into regional and whose company’s residential towers are to represent the public interest,” says doing my share to deliver the dream for others.” ultimately, vision of 20 develop
play in the official increasingly being home to thousands across the Gta.
area is plans and
Growth a big role in the planning zoning redirected, notes Eaglesham, from
municipal but it’s not available to me. It’s not built yet.” The “work-play” options that
Keesmaat. a proposal so compelling that people
process. toward Markham’s
A man with a plan
farmland andThey are required by the it is communities. “The character of doesn’t accompany “live,” he explains, have not yet arrived.
bylaws. With theseto direct existing
Province of Ontario documents a Building for the millennium
But, as she points out, making a from the community will, literally, buy
existing neighbourhoods is changing dramatically,” he says,outdated bylaws that recommendation in the public will continueit.
For now, he’s staying put but inter- into working with the city’s planners
minimum of where and how develop-
clear when, 40 per cent of their change in neighbourhood ‘not necessarily for the worse,’ says Unionville resident
Big always match
projected population ” A large part
for the worse. urban been updated for decades. est sometimes through a involvement with the local ratepayers group. Says
necessarily takes place. and employ- of thathaven’t intensification is apparent and developersmeans thathismunicipal
ment growth to areas that are al- “When you think about people who
ment Eaglesham, “I’m city’s purpose-built “downtown, conceived in for others.
just south of Unionville and across Highway 7, within Markham Centre — the20 years ago. That Suburbia”: doing myand planner deliver ”the dreamthe mid-1990s”by American
Markham resident Harry Eaglesham jokingly describes himself as “Mr.
share to Andrés Duany.
developers he sometimes communication breaks down.
ready developed. like Martin Blake, became involved in local planning issues about and
plannerwas the neighbourhood may are going to be your end-users — the
This means that established when the Town of Markham (now a city) began consulting with residents “There are widely held concerns that bringing lower-priced condos into the
vicepresident of toronto-based the proposed plans have been communities that would be more compact, particular issue because people who will live inand negative
communities like Mississauga City on there to build new cases when town disagree on a community will have a negative impact on property values those build-
danielsthe field of Unionville home to thousands
Centre, Corp., recognize the
evel the playing village and allowsimport- or cityapproach at across—an unconventional suburban to also represents the”up.” Eaglesham. “Of course, historythemyou that property
and areas along the Yonge St. cor-
mixed-use and transit-oriented. It was application,
staff endorse an GTA. or city planner
the the staff endorse an application, those buildings has shown want them
the time and long before Ontario’s Places
societal impacts, says
values are going
much ings — you want — to be from the
ridor, to name just intensification Building was introduced in If a His biggest concern about community,” the between development
idents,ance of having theamunicipal rules but council denies it. 2006.developmentbut broader community interest. Public to be fromsays Blake. one of the key
developers, few, are man- Grow initiative for the millennium council denies it. If a develop- intensification is the gapcommunity,” says
nning in place, change. and consistently estab- Eaglesham, a 64-year-oldendorsed by both, thement application isn’t endorsedconstruction of the One intensification is to create of
staff, councillors — doesn’t always matchretired IT professional, lives in atransit is one suchapprovals andneeds to Blake. infrastructure required to support it.
dated for clearly application isn’t outdated by- century home on issue that the by outcomes of of the key outcomes
This requirement, among oth- historic Main Street, in the heart of Markham’s idyllic village of Unionville. He’s “Here we are in Markham, where intensification is going gangbusters,” he says,
land owner a past updated influential be the land owner a larger right
ryone lished, so thatpromotingwhere laws that haven’t has the rightofto for both, better understood inhas thecontext. intensification is to glacial to live in a
— to understand can move for- on the board and beenpresident theappeal Unionville Ratepayers “and infrastructure, specifically transportation, isfor residents speed.
ers, including everyone transit- also
opportunities going at create opportu-
ngs areoriented aand balancing jobs and decades. decision to thecommunica- to appeal the decision importance ofto the Markham Centre of the visionlives in a ago,
going positive way.
ward in and what the ulti- the
Association.Sometimes ontario Municipal Blake stresses the “I would love to On-
to the move nities for residents to live yearstheir
community their whole of 20 as com-
housing,says Blake, whose
te goal is,”believethen incorporated helps Growth in thewhich increasingly local redirected,tarioEaglesham, from Board,not availablere- It’sneeds change. “work-play” options that their
tion breaks down. removes being politicalnotes Municipal but it’s which to me. munity yet.” The whole lives as
community consultation and support have builtyet arrived. not their
into“I that consistency
regional and municipal offi- Board,
farmland and toward Markham’s existing communities. “The character of accompany “live,” he explains, not
mpany’s level the playing field With allows pressure andcases when town ”inmoves local political pressure andput but will continue working with the city’s planners
to plans and zoning bylaws. are
cialresidential towers and There neighbourhoodsrenders decisions he says,before proceeding withnow, he’s staying needs change. including intensifica-
existing have been is changing dramatically, “and not For intensification some issues,
necessarily for the worse.” A large part of that urban intensification is apparent and accordance his involvement with the including intensi-
“We decisions with the commun- tion,deliver issues,divide between local
residents, developers, municipal plan- south of Unionville andthe Planning 7, within renders spend our timeindevelopers doing my share Some create alocal ratepayers group. Says
these documents it is clear when,
where and how development just
accordance with across Highway act. Markham Centre — the Eaglesham, “I’m through can
takes place. THE PLANNING PROCESS
ning staff, councillors — everyone — to
with the Planning Act. to
fication, the dream for others.” divide be-
sometimes, it is the residents and ity to understand its hopes and goals resident aspirations and the bigger
can create a
Developers like Martin Blake, vice- Sometimes, it is the residents and tween local resident aspirations
going and planners who disagree. home to thousands across we go forward to present a an application, those buildings — community,
understand where things areThe to level the playing field and allows “the very first before the GTA. or city staff endorsepro- planning picture for theyou want them
president of Toronto-based planners who disagree. “The very and the bigger planning picture
what the ultimate goal is,” says Blake, and highest priority for city Building for the andhe says. but council denies city a develop- to be from the community,” says
Planning act staff, councillors — doesn’t alwaysfirstject,” highest ment application isn’t If for by Blake. Oneoptimistic.outcomes of
Daniels Corp., recognize the impor- residents, developers, municipal
tance of having the intensification planning
planners is millennium
match outdated by-
but the community, but
priority for it. endorsed Keesmaat is of the key Keesmaat
Sets out the ground rules consis- everyone — to understand where laws that haven’t been updated for both, the land owner has the right it’s a good process, you learn
rules in place, clearly and for land use planning in municipalities planners is to represent the public is optimistic. “If
intensification is to create opportu-
tently established, so that everyone Ontario are going and what the ulti- decades. Sometimes communica- to appeal the decision to the On- it’s a and residents to liveyoucom-
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can move forward in a positive way. mate thE Planning interest,” says Keesmaat.
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planner also rep- entire cityoptimistic.
developments by becoming
rules andthe planning process. out by
grEEnbElt Plan | groWth Plan interest,” says in people
“If it’s a good process, you learn
involved in regulations set broader commu- with something and in mind.
resents the much horseshoe she points out, making athe entire cityyou think differently
Official plans Provincial policy statement | for the greater golden But, as with a focus
identifies where urbanization should not occur
various general government, fromSets out broad policy directions on
Sets out levels of policies for how lands are used today and matters of provincialnity interest. Public transit is in the public in- at the end,” she says.
All development projects follow one
rules and regulations set out by on sustainable development and transportationrecommendation means that a mu-
land use planning and development
interest related to
right through to
the proposal stage for the next 25 years terest to be better
such issue that needssometimes After all, she says, decisions on
various levels of government, Greenbelt plan | Growthofficial Plansplan nicipal planner and the neighbour- how to invest in a sustainable city
urbanization should not occur how the are used today in a the next 25 disagree on a particular isand improve quality an 8-part
Secondary plans where a focus on sustainable developmentlandsGreater Golden and for largermayyears
the actual building phase.
from the proposal stage right Identifies sets out general policies for | for and transportation hood context. This the the second in an made
This is second in of life are
More specific policies for a particular Horseshoe with
The planning process
through to the actual building in Ontario neighbourhood or district Blake stresses the importance of also rep- best when people come together
issue because the planner
phase. sponsored by BILD.
serieswith series city in mind.Look
community consultation much broader commu-8-part the entiresponsored
Official plans sEcondary Plans resents the
provides an open public forum that
Precinct/block plansout general policies for how lands are used port andneighbourhood ornity interest. Public transit isfor by BILD. one on Sat., Nov. 10.
The planning process in Sets more specific policies for a particular
today district with inten- one
before proceeding that needs to be betterthe next
Assist in the implementation official and secondary plans next 25 years
is dependent on your awareness of
Ontario provides an open public for the such issue
forum that is dependent on your
and engagement with local issues. Secondary plans PrEcinct/block Plans spend our timelarger context.
sification. “We understood in a with This is the second in an 8-part
Zoning bylaws specific policies for aassist in the implementationor district secondary toBlake stresses the importance of series sponsored by BILD. Look
awareness of and engagement More particular neighbourhood official and plansunderstand its
the community community consultation and sup-
Establishes specific criteria for lot sizes and dimensions, etc. Precinct/block plans
with local issues.
to learn more, check out these
Zoning bylaWs goals before we go for-with inten- for the next one on Sat., Nov. 10.
Assist in the implementation official and secondary plans
port before proceeding
To learn more, check out these Establishes specific criteria for lot sizespresent a sification. “We spend our time with
Zoning bylaws project,” he says.
ward to and dimensions, etc.
Required resources.a piece of land into more than two parcels criteria for lot sizes and dimensions, etc.
to divide Establishes specific or properties
the community to understand its
aim and goals before
Ultimately, the hopes is to develop we go for-
• • Ministry of Municipal Affairs
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required to divide a piece of landa proposaltwo parcelsward to present a peo- he says.
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BuILdInG a hoMe,
Building dIrt from dirt to
FroM a home,to doordoor
neW-hOMe cOnStrUctiOn eMplOyS thOUSanDS anD createS a thrivinG inDUStry
New-home construction employs thousands and creates a thriving industry
in the GTA. Here’s what it takes BUilD One
in the Gta. here’S What it takeS tOto build one
Nuts and bolts
BY THE NUMBERS Environment electricians, roofers, tilers,
Land-use and bricklayers, window and
Economic impact of the land-
development, home-building environmental heating, ventilation and
and professional-renovation planners air-conditioning installers.
industry in 2011:
41,292 New housing
193,300 Jobs in new-home The plan
renovation Getting it built architects and
and related Home builders, land landscape architects
$10.1 billion Wages and consultants and
in the sand and gravel
construction suppliers In the details
and renovation Lawyers, accountants,
The goods inspectors
$24.6 billion Construction
value Manufacturers and Moving day
suppliers: steel, concrete, Moving companies,
$ 6.5 billion Total federal trucking and heavy locksmiths, cleaners,
and provincial equipment, appliances, Getting it sold
government interior designers,
revenues decorators Advertising, marketing
paint, sod and trees and real estate agencies,
Source: Canadian Home Builders Assocation
Isometric illustration: Remie Geo roi
Boaz FeIner: LoW-rIse
Boaz Feiner, president of Geranium to transportation, shopping and other
homes, a company that has built more amenities.
than 7,000 houses over the past 35
years, says it’s a “mass co-ordination prep WOrk
effort” to build a home. according to once a suitable site is found, the real
the 2012 BILd home Builder of the groundwork begins. “We’ll spend many
year, typically around 200 people months working on our contracts,
work on building a single home. scopes, research and development, get-
ting all the approvals,” Feiner explains.
FinD a Site “We coordinate efforts, so that when we
Given the scarcity of developable land finally put the shovel in the ground, it’s
in the Gta, it’s becoming increas- like pushing the Go button.”
ingly difficult to find sites, says Feiner.
“Low-rise builders are starting to look tie it in
farther afield than they would have If the new home is a greenfield
historically looked.” development — a planned commun-
But location remains a key con- ity on previously undeveloped land
sideration when looking for good- — the builder must tie in the subdiv-
Boaz Feiner: Buiding a home can take 30 to 34 weeks from excavation to construction. quality sites — those that are close ision with municipal services such as
fields surveyors and
The goods inspectors
$24.6 billion Construction
$24.6 billion Construction
suppliers: steel, concrete,
$ 6.5 million Total federal
$ 6.5 million Total federal trucking and heavy
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and provincial equipment, appliances, Getting it sold
Getting it sold
government interior designers,
furniture, light fixtures, decorators Advertising, marketing
paint, sod and trees and real estate agencies,
and real estate agencies,
sewer, waterHome Builders Assocation and also
Source: Canadian Home Builders Assocation
BiG DiG Feiner is a fan of prefabricated MaSS cO-OrDinatiOn
Isometric illustration: Remie Geoffroi
Isometric illustration: Remie Geoffroi
oversee the creation of new roadways, For high-volume home builders like construction elements, such as factory- It takes between 30 and 34 weeks
Boaz Feiner: low-rise
streetscaping and parks. developers
typically cover the up-front costs of
Geranium, the construction process
is streamlined and efficient. “When Alan Vihant: high-rise
made wall panels, flooring and roofing
systems. Prefabricated components
to build one of Geranium’s 40-foot
homes, from excavation through to
doing the preliminary servicing work we go into the ground, we’ve already make the construction process more construction completion. all in all,
As senior vice president of high-rise devel-
president of high-rise devel-
on pioneer sites. “We come up with the determined any issues we might face opment andGreat Gulf Homes, Alan Vihant
efficient for Great Gulf Homes, Alan Vihant more than 100 companies are involved
money and get paid back a portion of and we come up with a strategy to estimates that he’s helped build thousands
he notes, ensuringhelped build thousands
he’s quality control that in putting together a home, Feiner esti-
of homes within 40 high-rise developments
within 40 high-rise developments
that over time, as we and other build- resolve them,” Feiner says. “so when during in career.
results his a better-built home.
career. mates, from consultants for architec-
ers start connecting to the services,” we start, it goes quickly. From excava- THE RIGHT SITE
ture, engineering and approvals, to the
says Feiner. tion to foundation to framing to the Being in a “hot” neighbourhood, with
“hot” neighbourhood, with trades doing the construction, from the
roof — all of it has been engineered restaurants and walkability, is great, but de-
walkability, is great, but de- concrete pourers, to plumbing, heating
velopers willing to pioneer yet-undiscov-
willing to pioneer yet-undiscov-
and approved.” ered locales can benefit from lower land
can benefit from lower land and electrical contractors.
costs, which translates into more affordable
translates into more affordable
aLan vIhant: hIGh-rIse
condos. “We’re always looking at locations
always looking at locations
where we can get a pricing advantage,” says
get a pricing advantage,” says
the riGht Site COMMUNITY area councillors and
will meet withBENEFITS
COMMUNITY BENEFITS is getting down and back up again to
Being in a “hot” neighbourhood, with Developers can apply to rezone land. In
planning staff toapplyfeedback.land. In
can get to rezone they grade level,” says vihant. he points
Boaz Feiner: Buiding a home can take 30 to 34 weeks from excavation to construction.
Boaz Feiner: Buiding a home can take 30 to 34 weeks from excavation to construction. Toronto, communities can receive ben-
communities can receive ben-
restaurants and walkability, is great, typically meet with community mem-
efits like libraries, recreation centres and
libraries, recreation centres and out that it took a whole year to get to
but developers up-front costs of doing
Boaz Feiner, president of Geranium Homes, typically cover the up-front costs of doing
Boaz Feiner, president of Geranium Homes, typically cover thewilling to pioneer yet- streetscape improvements dialogue with
bers as well. “you have a in exchange for
streetscape improvements in exchange for the bottom of the six-level pit for one
a company that has built more than 7,000 the preliminary servicing work on pioneer
a company that has built more than 7,000 the preliminary servicing work on pioneer increases to height and density.
undiscovered locales can benefit from increases to height
keyAs an example, atand density. Gulf’s proj-
stakeholders toPace, Great what is Bloor — a 75-storey project at yonge
houses over the past 35 years, says it’s a “mass sites. “We come up with the money and get
houses over the past 35 years, says it’s a “mass sites. “We come up with the money and get As an example, at Pace, Great Gulf’s proj-
co-ordination effort” to build a home. Ac- paid back a portion of that over time, as we
co-ordination effort” to build a home. Ac- paid back a portion of that over time, asinto
lower land costs, which translates we ect at Dundas and Jarvis, Vihant notes that
acceptable about the project,”notes that
ect at Dundas and Jarvis, Vihant vihant and Bloor — and it will probably take
cording to the 2012 BILD Home Builder of and other builders start connecting to the
cording to the 2012 BILD Home Builder of and other builders start connecting to the the builder has devoted an entire floor of
more affordable condos. “We’re always
theYear, typically around 200 people work on services,” says Feiner.
theYear, typically around 200 people work on services,” says Feiner.
and, of studios “sometimesof
the builder has devoted an entire
explains.live-work course,for use floorthe
units as live-work studios for use by the
units as by It can take up to“justconstructionworkers to
his company 500 construction workers to
It can take up to 500
shy of a year to come
building a single home.
building a single home. looking at locations where we can get a non-profit organization Artscape.
you just can’t make everyone happy,”
non-profit organization Artscape. build aout of the ground.”AlanVihant.
back ahigh-rise condo, says Alan Vihant.
build high-rise condo, says
FIND A SITE
FIND A SITE pricing advantage,” says vihant. Ge-
For high-volume home builders like Ge-
For high-volume home builders like he says.
FEEDBACK/CONSULTATION tingBut once the podium, or base, of a
ting down and back up again to grade lev-
down and back up again to grade lev-
Given the scarcity of developable land in
Given the scarcity of developable land in ranium, the construction process is stream-
ranium, the construction process is stream- Once the developer and its engineering
Once the developer and its engineering condo isVihant. He pace out that it took
el,” says Vihant. the pointsofout that it took
el,” says built, He points construction
the GTA, it’s becoming increasingly difficult
the GTA, it’s becoming increasingly difficult lined and efficient. “When we go into the
lined and efficient. “When we go into the and design teams come up with prelimi- a whole year to get to the bottom of the
to find sites, says Feiner. “Low-rise builders
to find sites, says Feiner. “Low-rise builders
ground, we’ve already determined any issues
ground, we’ve already determined any issues
andSale teams come up with prelimi-
On designfor the condo, the builder will
nary plans for the condo, the builder will
a whole considerably. bottom of the
picks upyear to get to the— a 75-storey
six-level pit for One Bloor“on aa75-storey
six-level pit for One Bloor —
are starting to look farther afield than they
are starting to look farther afield than they we might face and we come up with a strat-
developers and we come up with a strat-
we might facecan apply to rezone land. In meet with area councillors and planning
some builders will bring aand planning
meet with area councillors project to condo at Yonge and Bloor — and it will
project project, you can go— andfloor a
project at Yonge and Bloor up a it will
would have historically looked.”
would have historically looked.” egy to resolve them,” Feiner says. “So when
egy to resolve them,” Feiner says. “So bene-
when staff to get feedback. They typically meet probably take his company “just shy of aa
But location remains a key consideration toronto, goes quickly. can
we start, itcommunities Fromreceive
staff to get before rezoning in place
market even feedback. They typically “You
with community members asiswell. “You
meet probably take his company
week,” says vihant. of the “just shy of
year to come back out hetheground.”that
But location remains a key consideration we start, it goes quickly. From excavation to
excavation to with community members as well. year to come back out of ground.”
when looking for good-quality sites — those
when looking for good-quality sites — those foundation to framing to the roof — all of it
fits like libraries, recreation centres and
foundation to framing to the roof — all of it have a dialoguedetailskey stakeholders to
have a design with key stakeholders to
or final dialogue with are worked out. But once the podium, or base, involved
at least 400the 500 peoplebase,of aacon-
But once to podium, or are of con-
that are close to transportation, shopping and
that are close to transportation, shopping and has been engineered and approved.”
has been engineered and approved.” figure out what is acceptable about the
figure out what is acceptable about the do is built, the pace of construction picks
other amenities. streetscape fan of prefabricatedexchange
Feiner is a improvements in construc- their urgency is understandable: banks do is built, the
in considerably. pace of construction picks
of a condo, includ-
up the construction aatypical condo proj-
other amenities. Feiner is a fan of prefabricated construc- project,” Vihant explains. And, of course,
project,” Vihant explains. And, of course, up considerably.“On typical condo proj-
for elements, such as factory-made wall
tion increases to height and density.
tion elements, such as factory-made wall “sometimes you just can’t make cent of
“sometimes you justup to 70 pereveryone
usually require that can’t make everyone ing you can go up construction trades
ect, consultants, floor week,” says Vi-
ect, you can go up aafloor aaweek,” says Vi-
PREP WORK panels, flooring and roofing systems. Prefab-
panels, flooring and roofing systems. Prefab- happy,” he says.
ahappy,” he says. before they’ll finance
hant. He estimates that at least 400 to 500
hant. He estimates that at least 400 to to
and suppliers delivering materials500
Once a suitable site is found, the real
Once a suitable site is found, the real
as an example,
ricated components makeat Pace, Great
ricated components make the construction
project be sold people are involved in the construction of
people are involved in the construction of
Gulf’s project at dundas and Jarvis, ON SALE
its construction. the site. including consultants, construc-
groundwork begins. “We’ll spend many
groundwork begins. “We’ll spend many process more efficient and environmentally
process more efficient and environmentally ON SALE a condo, including consultants, construc-
months working on our contracts, scopes,
months working on our contracts, he notes, ensuring quality control
friendly, he notes, ensuring quality control
friendly, notes that the builder has Some builders will bring a project to tion trades and suppliers delivering mate-
It can take up to 500 construction scopes, vihant “the way will bring a project to
Some builderswe sell
market even before rezoningprojects is
tion trades and suppliers delivering mate-
research and development, getting all the ap-
workers to build a high-rise condo, the ap-
research and development, getting all says that results in a better-built home.
that results in a better-built home. market even before rezoning is in place or
is in place or rials to the site.
rials to the site.
provals,” Feiner explains. “We coordinate ef-
provals,” Feiner explains. “We coordinate ef- devoted an entire floor of units as live- final design details are frame is Their ur-
changing; the time worked out.getting
final design details are worked out.Their ur-
Alan Vihant.when we finally put the shovel in CO-ORDINATION
forts, so that
forts, so that when we finally put the shovel in MASS studios for use by
gency is understandable: banks usually re-
gency is understandable: banks usually re-
the ground, it’s like pushing the Go button.” the
It takes between 30 and 34non-profit
It takes between 30 and 34 weeks to
quire that up to 70 per noting a project be
longer,” says to 70 per cent of athat new
the ground, it’s like pushing the Go button.” weeks to quire that up cent of project be This is third
This is thethe
This is the third
as senior vice president of high-rise one of artscape.
organizationGeranium’s 40-foot homes,
build one of Geranium’s 40-foot homes,
build sold buyers are mix of its construction.
sold before they’llafinance its construction.
home before they’ll finance investors and
TIE IT IN in an 8-part series
third in an
TIE IT IN
development home is a greenfield devel-
from excavation through to construction
from excavation through to construction “The way we sell projects is changing; the
end users. we sell projects is changing; the in an 8-part series
If the new for Great Gulf homes,
If the new home is a greenfield devel- completion. All in all, more than 100 com-
completion. All in all, more than 100 com- time frame is getting longer,” says Vihant,
time frame is getting longer,” says Vihant, sponsored by
alan vihant planned community helped
opment — a estimates that he’s on pre-
opment — a planned community on pre- FeeDBack/cOnSUltatiOn
panies are involved in putting together a
panies are involved in putting together a noting that new home buyers are a mix of
noting that new home buyers are a mix of 8-part series
BILD. Look for
BILD. Look for
viously undeveloped the builder
viouslythousands of land — the builder
build tieundeveloped land — within 40
home, Feiner estimates, from consultants
home, the developer and its engineering
Feiner estimates, from consultants investors and end-users.
DiG in and end-users.
the next one on
must in the subdivision with municipal
must tie in the subdivision with municipal for architecture, engineering and approvals,
for architecture, engineering and approvals, the next one on
services such as sewer, water during his
high-rise developments and electricity, DIG IN Sat., Nov. 17.
services such as sewer, water and electricity, and design doing come up with prelim-
to the trades teams the construction, from
to the trades doing the construction, from DIG stages of construction, digging
of allIN by BILD.
Sat., Nov. 17.
and also oversee the creation of new road- the concrete pourers, to plumbing, heating
the concrete pourers, to plumbing, builder Of all stages of construction, digging
and also oversee the creation of new road-
ways, streetscaping and parks. Developers inary plans for the condo, the heating
and electrical contractors. takes the longest.of “the hardest is get-
takes the longest.
Of all stages
“The hardest part part
ways, streetscaping and parks. Developers and electrical contractors. takes the longest. “The hardest part is get-
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ning mixed-use communities close to
says public transit and infrastructure. same neighbourhood — this is
Less land and more people means
A is the traditional notion of home will the strength of the new pLans.
that have to evolve. While single-family cliFFOrD kOrMan arChiteCt
iate homes will still exist, fewer of them
ity’s will be built and prices will increase. homes are getting smaller. according Following this new norm are the
nce. The idea of “the good life as being to the Canada Mortgage and housing units in high-density dwellings such as
ob- a house with a car in the garage and
Corporation (CMhC), in 2000 the aver- condos and apartments, which average
for a backyard,” says MacBurnie, will
tion need to change. age size of a singlefamily, detached 800 square feet. But as spaces shrink,
eas.” The evolution is already in prog- home in Canada was 2,266 square efficiency and functionality will grow.
To- ress. Fewer people are living in feet. In January 2012 a CMhC survey developments are changing, from
g in single-family detached homes and reported that the average new home was single-use buildings to mixed-use.
ngs. those homes are getting smaller. 1,900 sq. ft. in size, which is expected “Live, work, shop, play in the same
for According to the Canada Mortgage
this and Housing Corporation (CMHC), to continue decreasing. neighbourhood — this is the strength of
011 in 2000 the average size of a single-
as a family, GroWInGhome in Canada
the detached PoPuLatIon steps to grocery store, restaurants
Gta willa increase by 44.6 per cent,
the was 2,266 squareand its In January
density in toronto feet. suburbs is and cafés, million.
to about 9.2 fitness facilities and the Housing construction starts by unit type
over 2012 a CMHCtraditional Canadian
redefining the survey reported that as MacBurnie line, as well as a
King West streetcar points out, that
ow- the average new home was 1,900 short drive to major highways. Are things really changing? Housing construction is one
home, says toronto architect Ian
and sq. ft. in size, which is expected to This same smart desire to own a
means the universal development is indicator. Residential densities have increased in both the
ssis- continue decreasing. showing up in the suburbs, Gta,
house poses a problem in thewhere
cities and suburbs, evident by the types of construction
ham “the city this new norm are is
Following is growing, the Gtathe Korman says his continues to grow
where the populationfirm is building
“urban nodes,” or hubs of activity, taking place across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
we’re in high-density
growing, andunits fortunate that it is,” and land available for building new
dwellings such professor
associate as con- in municipalities such as Markham.
in thesays MacBurnie, anand apartments,
homes is dwindling.
These GTA municipalities are start- INNER RING OUTER RING
at ryerson department of
d — this is university’saverage 800
In 2006, ontario unveiled its
ing to embrace smaller spaces and
square feet. But as eco-
architectural science. “It’s goodspac- 25-year Places to Grow program, start-
nomically [and] obviously providing
high-density dwellings, accord-
ing with a growth planfrom RealNet
es shrink, efficiency and ing to 2011 data for the Greater multi-residential
T opportunities for employment grow.
functionality will in the Canada, a real estate research firm
Golden horseshoe region. the initia- 29% 16%
Developments are headquartered in Toronto. Of new- 40%
construction sector, real estate and tive aims to preserve land and foster 4% 20% Row or townhouse
On- changing, from single-use build-
[other] areas.” home sales in Vaughan, 47 per cent
smart growth by encouraging muni- 15%
jec- ings to mixed-use. “Live, work, were high-rises; in Markham it was 4% Semi-detached
the people in toronto
n of shop, play inmoresame neighbour- cipalities to build dense, mixed-use
52 per cent; and in Mississauga, it 9% 15%
and its suburbs are living in high-
per hood — this is the strength of the was 76 per close
communities cent. to public transit and
density, high-rise buildings. Korman,
new plans,” says Cliffordaccording infrastructure. points to Mississauga
that a founding partner for the City of
to 2011 census data and architect good example of a municipal-
as aLess land and more people means 59% Single family
wn a at Kirkor Architects &september,
toronto, released this past Planners, that has notion of challenges of
ity traditionalmet the home will have
GTA, which is based inhigh-rise apart-
from 2006 to 2011 Toronto. “The transitioning their community.
to evolve. While single-family homes
s to new norm [is] putting people in “Mississauga [has moved] from
ments increased as you have all all
ding core areas where a proportion ofthe a post-war model of car will be
will still exist, fewer of them depen-
2001-05 2006-10 2001-05 2006-10
dwellings in the city,
existing facilities.” by 13 per cent. dents and low-density the idea
built and prices will increase. subdivi-
High-density last five years, are
its Further, over the developments the sions good life as being a house with
of “theto one that is fully embracing INNER RING: Since 2006, 65 per cent of all housing units being
am, being built in areas closeCanada is
fastest-growing region in to transit smart initiatives of higher-density
a car in the garage and a backyard,” constructed in the Census Metropolitan Areas of Toronto, Hamilton
the lines, retail centres and green space.
toronto and its suburbs — specific- development [and] investment in
says MacBurnie, will need to change. and Oshawa were apartments or town houses.
ion. In Toronto’s Liberty Village neigh-
ally Mississauga, Brampton, ajax,
transit,” says MacBurnie. OUTER RING: Since 2006, 37 per cent of all housing units being
the evolution is already in progress.
and bourhood, for example, new con- “What you’re seeing is an evolu- constructed in Census Metropolitan Areas such as Barrie,
Markham and vaughan. according to
our- dos under construction are mere Fewer people are living in single-
tion in thinking.” Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph were apartments or town houses.
the ontario government’s recent projec- family detached homes and those SOURCE: ONTARIO MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION
tions, by 2036 the population of the
Young family says small space is just what they need
city, by 13 per cent. Further, over 2012 a CMHC survey reported that King West 59%
unding partner and architect as a good example of a municipal- streetcar line, as well as a Are things really changing? Housing construction is one Single family
Architects &theisfastest-grow- the that has met expected to short drive major highways. is
irkor the region in CanadaPlanners, ity ft. in size, which isthe challenges of tosmart development38% indicator. Residential densities have increased in both the
last five years, average new home was 1,900
ing Toronto and sq. This same
ch is based in — specifically Missis- transitioning their community.
its suburbs Toronto. “The showing up in the suburbs, where cities and suburbs, evident by the types of construction
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sponsored of activity, taking
units in high-density “urban
dwellings such as car in municipalities such as Markham.
areas where you have all the a post-war model of con- depen- 2001-05 2006-10 2001-05 2006-10
Live, work, shop, play in the
ing facilities.” dents and low-density subdivi- municipalities are start-
dos and apartments, These GTA INNER RING OUTER RING
same neighbourhood — this is to one thataverage 800 ing to embraceINNER spaces and
gh-density developments are sions which fully embracing smaller RING: Since 2006, 65 per cent of all housing units being
isBut as spac- high-density dwellings, accord-
’ CoMPaCt ConvenIenCe
in areas close of Clifford plans.
the strength to transit smart square feet.of higher-density
g builtthe new plans,” saysthe newKorman, initiatives efficiency and ing to 2011 data from RealNet the Census Metropolitan9%
es shrink, constructed in Areas of Toronto, Hamilton
, retail a foundingKORMAN ARCHITECT development [and] investment in a real estate Oshawa were apartments or town houses.
CLIFFORD partner space.
centres and green and architect at functionality will grow. Canada, and research firm 16%
oronto’s Liberty Village&neigh- transit,” says MacBurnie.
Kirkor architects Planners, which Developments are headquartered in Toronto.RING: Since 2006, 3740% cent of4% housing units being
OUTER Of new- per all 20% Row or townhouse
[is] yOUnG FaMily SayS
hood, tario government’s new con- norm “What you’re seeing is an evolu- SMall Space iS jUSt What they4% Barrie, neeD
and Vaughan. According to the On- changing, from single-use build- home sales in Vaughan, 47 per cent
for example, recent new in Markham it in
is based in toronto. “theprojec- ings to mixed-use. “Live, work, were high-rises;constructedwas Census Metropolitan Areas such as Semi-detached
putting 2036 in are mere of tion play in the same
under tions, bypeoplethe core areas where youin thinking.” neighbour- 52 per cent; and in Mississauga, it
construction population shop, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph were apartments or town houses.
the GTA will increase by 44.6 per hood — this is the strength of the was 76 per cent. 7% What appealed to you? The fact that it’s in Liberty;
SOURCE: ONTARIO MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION the fact that it’s
have all the existing facilities.” new plans,” says Clifford Korman,
cent, to about 9.2 million. MacBurnie points to Mississauga 71%
Ashigh-density developmentsa are
MacBurnie points out, that founding partner and architect as a good example of a municipal- a two-bedroom. Ideally, we would have liked to have had a two-bedroom
59% Single family
means the universal desire to own a at Kirkor Architects & Planners, ity that has met the challenges of 38% plus den just because my husband does work from home sometimes, but
being built in areas the GTA, which
house poses a problem inclose to transit is based in Toronto. “The transitioning their community.
the two-bedroom space is big enough for us while we have a young child.
lines, retail centres and green new
Young family says small space is just what they need
where the population continues to space.norm [is] putting people in “Mississauga [has moved] from
grow and land available for building core areas where you have all the a post-war model of car depen- We
2001-05 2006-10 really liked this building in particular. I liked the builders. In terms
In toronto’s dwindling.
new homes is Liberty village neighbour- facilities.”
existing dents and low-density subdivi- of the unit, I like that it’s a split layout — one bedroom is on one side
In 2006, Ontario new condos under
hood, for example, unveiled its High-density developments are sions to one that is fully embracing INNER RING: Since 2006, 65 per cent of all housing units being
25-year Places to Grow program, being built in areas close to transit smart initiatives of higher-density and the master bedroom is on the other of Toronto, Hamilton
constructed in the Census Metropolitan Areas side. It also has a walk-in closet
construction are mere steps to a groceryretail centres and green space. development [and] investment in
starting with a growth plan for the lines, and Oshawa were apartmentsshower. houses.
and a larger-size or town
store, Golden Horseshoe region. In Toronto’s Giwa is a neigh- old advancement
Greater restaurants and cafés, fitness SonyLiberty Village29-year transit,” says MacBurnie. officer OUTER RING: Since 2006, 37 per cent of all housing units being
Space-wise and the actual the
have people over. The finishes were done really nicely. It haslayout, it has
The initiative aims to preserve land bourhood, for example, new con- “What you’re seeing is an evolu- constructed in Census Metropolitan Areas such as Barrie,island, which
and growth by encour- dos under construction are mere tion in Advanced Research. Kitchener-Waterloo and good use ofapartments or town houses.
facilities smart the King West streetcar at the Canadian Institute forthinking.”
and foster seemed like it was a Guelph were space. We looked at some
been really helpful for when we’re entertaining. Everyone tends to
line, as well as a short drive to major She lives downtown with her husband and baby [floor plans] and they had THE CANADA MORTGAGE hallway or corridor
SOURCE: ONTARIO MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND a really longAND HOUSING CORPORATION
daughter. Their Liberty Village two-bedroom congregate around the island when we have people over. Space-wise
— wasted space. Closet space was definitely key, and the
Compact convenience storage unit was also a good size. like it was a good use of space. We
and the actual layout, it seemed
this same smart development is condo may not boast the same square footage
showing up in the suburbs, where as a detached home but with restaurants, shops,
just some [floor plans] and they had
Young family says small space is looked atwhat they needa really long hallway or
entertainment and public transit just steps away, Why a condo? We — wasted space. Closet space in definitely corridor really wanted to stay was the key, and the
Korman says his firm is building
space matters less. storage be able a good size.
downtown area. To unit was also to afford a house right now is
“urban nodes,” or hubs of activity, Sony Giwa is a 29-year old advancement officer have people over. but a condo actually works
not something in our books, Space-wise and the actual layout, it
in municipalities such as Markham. Where did you move? To a two-bedroom condo in for Advancedwell for us — we don’t have time tospace. We looked a some
at the Canadian Institute Research. seemed like it was a good use of
out and baby Why a plans] and they had a really longthecare or corridortake downtown at To
[floor condo? We really wanted to stay in hallway
She lives downtown with her
these Gta municipalities are start- Liberty Village from a condo in Mississauga. Liberty Villagehusband or shovel driveways in the winter….definitely key,offers
daughter. Their two-bedroom able to afford a house right now is was A condo and the
be— wasted space. Closet space not something in our books, but
ing to embrace smaller spaces and us that kind a condo actually works out well for us — we don’t have time to take
condo may not boast the same square footage of ease. unit was also a good size.
as a detached home but with res
high-density dwellings, according to Why did you choose the neighbourhood?and public transittaurants, shops, Why a condo? We really wanted to stay in the
entertainment Liberty has just steps away, care of a lawn or shovel driveways in the winter…. A condo offers
2011 data from realnet Canada, a everything we need. There’s a grocery matters less.here that’s What’s next? We’re renting To be place afford a in now. Itnow is
space store right downtown area. the able to we’re house right was
usnot kind of ease.
real estate research firm headquar- open 24 hours; there’s an LCBO, coffee shops, restaurants. in Liberty together, so we wanted to
our first time livingsomething in our books, but a condo actually works
Where did you move? To a two-bedroom condo in out well for us — we don’t have time to take care of a
tered in toronto. of newhome sales in Liberty Village from a condo in Mississauga. lawn or shovel a spot we’d winter…. purchase
make sure it was definitely driveways in thewant toA condo offers
are next? of ease.
What’s buildings that place we’re in now. It was our
and own. There us that kindWe’re renting theare by Pure Plaza first time
vaughan, 47 per cent were high-rises; What appealed to you? The fact that it’s in Liberty; the
Liberty together, so we on East Liberty.
Why did you choose the neighbourhood? Liberty has living in going up rightwanted to make sure it was definitely a
in Markham it was 52 per cent; and in fact that it’s a two-bedroom. Ideally, we would haves liked store right here that’s just next? We’re renting the place we’re in They’re
everything we need. There’ a grocery now. was
spot we’d want to purchase and own.into are buildingsthosebyItPure
stunning units. our first time living in get together, of that are
to have had a two-bedroom plus den hours;because my coffee shops, restaurants. We’re waiting to LibertyThere oneso we wanted to
Mississauga, it was 76 per cent. open 24 just there’s an LCBO,
husband does work from home sometimes, but the make sure it was definitely a spot we’d want to We’re
Plaza [Corp.]. the just going up right on East Liberty. They’re stunning
units. We’re looking forThey’retwo-bedroom plus den.purchase
MacBurnie points to Mississauga as What appealed to we The fact
two-bedroom space is big enough for us whileyou? have athat it’s in Liberty; see whatWe’re waiting to getbuildingsfigure out iflooking for the
and own. There are
into one of that units. We’re Plaza
going to the units. the prices are and those are by Pureit makes
a good example of a municipality that young child. fact that it’s a two-bedroom. Ideally, we would have liked [Corp.]. They’re just going up right on East Liberty. They’re
sense to buy two-bedroom units. We’re going to to what the one are and figure
rent for the next year.
Sony Giwa is a 29-year old advancement officer at the had a two-bedroom plus den just because my or stunning plus den. We’rewaiting seeget intopricesof those
to have Canadian Institute for Advanced
has met the challenges of transitioning We really liked this building in particular. I likedfrom home sometimes, but the
husband does work the
Research. She lives downtown with her husband and baby daughter. Their big enough
units. We’re looking for rent for the next year.
out if it makes sense to buy orthe two-bedroom plus den. We’re
two-bedroom space is Liberty Village
their community. to see
builders. In terms of the unit, I like that child. split layout — for us while we have a going to buy what the prices are year.figure out if it makes
it’s a and
two-bedroom condo may not boast the same square footage as a detached home but with
young sense or rent for the next
“Mississauga [has moved] from a one bedroom is on one side and the really likedbedroom is particular. I liked the
We master this building in on
restaurants, shops, entertainment and public transit just steps away, spaceunit, I like
post-war model of car dependents and the other side. It also has a walk-in closet and a larger-size that it’s a split layout — fourth
builders. In terms of the
one bedroom is on one side and the masterThis is the
low-density subdivisions to one that shower.
in an eight-part is the fourth
the other side. It also has a walk-in closet and a larger-size
Where did you move? To a two-bedroomshower. Liberty Village from a
The finishes were done really nicely.inIt has the island,condo in
condo fourth in an This
is fully embracing smart initiatives
when we’re entertaining. It hasseries sponsored
Mississauga. in an eight-part
of higher-density development [and] which has been really helpful for which has been really helpful for when we’reeight-part series sponsored
The finishes were done really nicely. the island,
investment in transit,” says MacBurnie. Everyone tends to congregate around the island when we the island when we by BILD. Look for
Everyone tends to congregate around
by BILD. Look for
Why did you choose the neighbourhood? Liberty has everything we need. There’s a the next one the next one on on
“What you’re seeing is an evolution BILD.
grocery store her condo kitchenthere’s anhusband, Tunji
with LCBO, coffee shops, restaurants.
Sony Giwa inright here that’s open 24 hours;Sony Giwa in her condo kitchen with husband, Tunji Sat., Nov. 24. Sat., Nov. 24.
in thinking.” Giwa, 32, and their 10-week-old daughter, Adrianna.
Giwa, 32, and their 10-week-old daughter, Adrianna.
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around,” he says, laughing.
he has just stepped away from
his company’s booth at a recent home
show to offer advice on home owner-
ship and renovations — two topics
he knows a lot about. Campbell is
the general manager of royal home
Improvements, an etobicoke-based
renovation company that’s been oper-
ating in the Gta for 40 years. If sell-
ing your home doesn’t seem to make
sense, he says, think about investing
in a renovation that can add comfort
and value to the place.
In Canada, home renovation is a
huge industry. In 2011, Canadians
spent $66 billion on renovations.
In the Gta, residential renovations
accounted for 101,700 jobs, generating
$5.3 billion in wages.
“If you’re in an escalating market- Lisa Sibbick discusses reno plans with Royal Home Improvements project manager Aric Bagshaw. “They really wanted the job —
place, where all properties are rising and it showed,” she says.
equally, you sell one and buy another.
you pay all of the municipal fees, the find a ProfEssional
land transfer [tax and] moving fees the sibbiCk famiLy are set to move baCk into their professionaLLy
and you probably will still want to renovated home in brampton
renovate.” Hiring professional renovators can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. They have the connections to all of the people you need, such as engineers, arborists and planners. If you
that’s a lot of money that could go need a permit, for example, they know where to go and who to talk to.
toward making improvements to the For Lisa and Edward Sibbick, who decided to update their small threebedroom home, renovations began on Sept. 4. Their property sits on just under an acre of land in northwest Brampton. Lisa
home you live in now, he points out. hired Royal Home Improvements to built a 1,000-sq.-ft. extension and renovate the entire house. The couple and their daughter, Kassie, should be able to move back into their “new” home Dec. 19.
“What would you get? I’ll tell you — “We have an old ranch bungalow. It was 1,100 sq. ft., so it was a tiny little house and I wanted something bigger,” says Lisa. “We did look around to see if we could buy something in the area,
a beautiful kitchen [with] top-notch but trying to find an acre in Brampton for something we could afford — no way! It was worth our while financially to renovate. We get to keep the nice-sized yard and now have a nice house on it.
wood, solid granite countertops, the We had to contact an architect first to provide all the drawings, which are needed for a permit. Then I looked around for a contractor. We chose Royal Home Improvements. The big thing
best lighting, beautiful tile, nice appli- for me was they made it a point to come to the house and to sit down and answer in person any questions I had — not on the phone and not by email. It made [us] feel like they cared, [that]
ances. you’d get a swank bathroom they really wanted the job — and it showed.
— all the modern finishes.” My advice to others considering renovation: Make sure you are dealing with professionals. It makes a big difference. It gives you peace of mind.
When making major changes to
your home, Campbell says, it’s import- In fact, Campbell is part of a association (BILd) and chairman of component of an organization like
ant to trust the advice and workman- group that helps you find one. In its renovators’ Council. ours, and having that code of conduct,
ship of the people doing it. one of the addition to his full-time job at royal “We understand that the industry we changed the lay of the land a little
best decisions you can make is to go home Improvements, he is on the has some potential bad optics, but we bit,” he says.
with a trusted, professional renovator, board of directors for the Building know that by banding together, net- to become a renovator member of
he says. Industry and Land development working and using the educational BILd, they are required to abide by
In the GTA, residential renovations
accounted for 101,700 jobs, gen-
The Sibbick family are set to move back into their professionally renovated home in Brampton
erating $5.3 billion in wages.
“If you’re in an escalating market-
place, where all properties are rising
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as engineers, arborists and planners. If you need a permit, for example, they
the land transfer [tax and] moving while financially to renovate. We get to keep the nice-sized yard and
fees and you probably will still to talk
know where to go and whowant to. now have a nice house on it.
That’s and Edward that could
For Lisa a lot of money Sibbick, who decided to update their small three-
using renomark to find a ‘ In essence, what an all translates pertaining to their project, including
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bedroom home, renovations began on Sept. 4. Their property sits on just
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tor ofadvice to others considering renovation: Make sure you are dealing
My the year, Paul Gallop. Gallop’s fixtures.
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addition to his full-time job at Royal Improvements to built
a happy customer, but communi- email. It “Renovators any are participating
lion inImprovements, the is on the asso- into their “new” home Dec. 19. Kassie, should be able to is for a goodthe on the really wanted thefor— andprogram,” like they cared, until
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ager of ✔ Communication royalRoyal Home Improvements that each of its project managers has a BlackBerry or a
✔ Control A good renovator likes to oversee all sure, says Campbell, but it doesn’t matter. updates and
Contractors, “70 per cent of construction recommends asking for email
ensures that each of its project managers has within the first seven
smartphone. “It makes more accessible 24/7,” explains Campbell. years.that invest in credentials and make provide.
aspects of your renovation. “Thethem I’m in companies fail Companies ” His looking for contractors who happily
control, the less [outside]or a smartphone. “It makes them someone who’s been around.”
a trail Plans, promises,
Paper BlackBerry variables there are,”
advice: “Look for
the effort to be members writing throughout the
s been ✔notes Kenzie Campbell, general managertimelines — good renovators will provide these to you inof associations, can be bought,
✔ Credentials Credentials and
accessible 24/7,” explains of Campbell.
✔ Communication Royal Home Improvements sure, says Campbell, but it doesn’t matter.
mortar looking for what’s offered in the currentcredentials and make
ensures that each of andlearn about has
project. Campbell recommends asking for email updates its project managers contractors who happily provide.
Royal Home Improvements.
Companies that invest in
Paper trail Plans, promises,
make sure Longevity Look for a company that’s been timelines marketplace — are companies that
a BlackBerry or a smartphone. “It makes them thosethe effort to be members of associations, and
✔ Credentials Credentials can be bought, sure, says ” explains Campbell.it doesn’t matter. Companies that invest in
accessible 24/7,Campbell, but
ording to around for a while, with a bricks-and-mortar
— good renovators will provide these to you have the energy necessary to build out in the current
learn about what’s offered
credentials office space — to effort project. Paper trail associations, and learn about what’s offered in thecompanies that
in writing make the make to members of
General operation — andand throughout thesure be ✔ Campbell Plans, promises, timelines their business. marketplace — those are current
it won’t have liquidity problems. According to — good renovators will provide these to you have the energy necessary to build out
marketplace — Men At Work General have the energy necessary to build
Paul Gallop, who ownsthose are companies thatin writing throughout the project. Campbell out their business.
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Why Gta hOMe BUilDerS are reSpOnSiBle FOr
GettinG tO the cOre
We’re used to the sight of con- safety for those living in that new home
dominium towers all over downtown and community,” upton explains.
toronto being built or already built. other infrastructure required for to get the job done properLy,
But more than likely, few of us are condo buildings would be the gas
aware of the critical infrastructure lines, hydro service and fibre optic our Company reCognizes that
and services, like sewer, water and lines for telephone and Internet ser- we have to work CLoseLy
transportation connections, which are vices. the developer also must assess
prerequisites to the construction of the impact that the new building would with muniCipaL and regionaL
each and every one of these buildings.
“When you do a development in
the downtown core, you don’t just dig
a hole, put up a building, and that’s
it,” says steve upton, incoming chair-
man of the Building Industry and Land
have on local roads, traffic, transit,
parking and pedestrians. For example,
would roads or sidewalks need to be
widened? What streetscaping fits
the neighbourhood — for instance,
planting trees or adding lighting? a
partners, as weLL as residents’
assoCiations and Conservation
authorities beCause the
requirements and benefits are
development (BILd) and vice president developer would also be responsible aCross the board.
of development for real estate developer for infrastructure requirements such
DaviD SteWart, taCC deveLopments
tridel. “there are a lot of other things as parking garages.
that a builder has to take into consider- things are different, however, when “to get the job done properly, our pays for it. “the city gives you a list of
ation to make sure the [structure] gets building a community from scratch, company recognizes that we have contractors, and you do it at your own
built and functions properly.” such as those in the Kleinburg- to work closely with municipal and cost,” upton says. “It can be expensive,
upton, whose company is a lead- nashville area in the City of vaughan. regional partners, as well as residents’ but it’s necessary in order to service
ing builder of condominiums in the this part of the growing city was in associations and conservation author- your property.”
toronto area, sheds light on the critical need of infrastructure investment and ities because the requirements and as well, downtown developers are
infrastructure underlying the construc- it took the form of not just sewer and benefits are across the board,” says often required by the city to bury hydro
tion of a downtown condo — how the water systems but also some major stewart. “this project will generate lines below ground, an added cost that
project is planned and built, and who transportation improvements. over $200 million in development is typically borne by the builder.
pays for the upgrade and expansion of the city planned for more than charges paid to the City of vaughan, In some cases, for instance, when
vital services. 8,000 people and jobs to come to this york region and the school boards. a community is going to be built from
the most basic infrastructure new community and worked with the these charges will help pay for new scratch, the developer will front-end
needed for a condo building to func- development community to get the infrastructure, transit and other com- the cost of the incoming infrastruc-
tion would be the systems for hand- services in place in time for the new munity improvements.” ture. that means that the developer
ling water, sewage and stormwater from residents and businesses. the majority the cost of a new sanitary sewer shares the cost and the risk with the
rain or melting snow. But while these of the growth-related infrastructure, was front-ended by the developers, municipality.
services are already in the ground at which cost about $37 million, was and the municipality and the region Builders also pay development
most sites in downtown toronto, the designed, constructed and funded by applied development charge revenue charges, which are levies imposed by
developer must determine — through the developers of the new communities. to the related water system enhance- the city to fund growth-related cap-
a feasibility study conducted prior to david stewart of vaughan-based ments. surrounding neighbourhoods ital costs across the municipality —
submitting a development application taCC developments says, “the pro- also benefited from road improvements childcare, parks and libraries; police,
to city officials — if the existing sys- cess took about eight years to ensure that came as a result of growth. For fire and emergency medical services;
tems’ capacity is sufficient to service a that the 3,000 new homes of nashville example, hwy. 50 was widened, and roads, transit, sewers and water and
new project. If they’re inadequate, the heights, a community that will have hwy. 27 and Major Mackenzie dr. were stormwater management.
developer has to upgrade the services. schools, shops, parks, trails and a mix improved. If the developer can tie into existing
“sometimes the most important of housing, will also be served with the When critical infrastructure needs services and infrastructure, building a
part of your home is the part you don’t necessary water, sewer and transporta- to be expanded or upgraded to service a condo downtown can entail a less costly
see: the systems that ensure health and tion connections. new condo development, the developer and less arduous process. however,
and functions properly.” The city planned development
region applied for more than charge As well, downtown developers services; roads, transit, sewers and
the job whose company is a our this new community to worked
Upton, done properly, lead- revenue to the related water
To get ing builder of condominiums in 8,000 people and jobsand come to system are often required by the city to water and stormwater management.
the Toronto area, sheds light on the enhancements. Surrounding
mpany recognizes that we have to with the development community neigh- bury hydro lines below ground, an
rk closely with municipal and re- to get the services in benefited from road added cost that is typically borne by Best laid plans…
critical infrastructure underlying the bourhoods also place in time
constructionwelldowntown condo for the new residents thatcontent a re-
nal partners, as project is residents’ es.The majority of the and business- as sponsored by bildgta.ca
— how the
of a as
improvements growth-relat- came the builder. If the developer can tie into existing
sult of growth. For about
ociations and who pays for the upgrade ed infrastructure, which costexample, Hwy.
built, and conservation au- In some cases, for instance, when services and infrastructure, build-
50 million, was designed, Hwy.
rities because the requirements $37 was widened, and con- 27 and a community is going to be built ing a condo downtown can entail
and expansion of vital services.
Major and funded byDr. were
benefits in oracross the board,” structed the new communities. improved. from scratch, the developer will abuilding downtownless arduous pro-
Tie are upgrade opers of Mackenzie less costly and might also come
GroWInG PaIns In
Stewart. “This project will gen-
The most basic infrastructure need- David Stewart of Vaughan-based front-end the cost of the incoming cess. However, building downtown
with surprises that a developer with a
for a condo building to function Who pays?
e overed$200 million in devel- TACC Developments says, “The pro- infrastructure. That means that the might also come with surprises that
would be the systems for handling cess took about eight years to ensure new subdivision on a vacant field will
water, sewage and the City of
ment charges paid tostormwater from that the 3,000 new homes of Nash- needs developer shares the cost and the risk anot encounter.
When critical infrastructure developer with a new subdivision
rain Region and the school
ghan,York or melting snow. But while ville be expanded or upgraded to ser- with the municipality.
to Heights, a community that will
these services will help the vice a new condo trails and
rds. These chargesare already inpay have schools, shops, parks,development, the
ground at most sites in downtown a mix of housing, will also be served
and developer pays for sewer and
Builders also pay development
new infrastructure, transit deter- with the necessary water, it. “The city gives charges, which are levies imposed ground and you don’t JASON SCHNEIDER
vacant field will in encounter.
on a“sometimes you getnotthe ground
“Sometimes you you’re going to
and you don’t know what
get in the
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UpcOMinG citychargefundAsgrowth-related you’re going to find,” Upton what
inFraStrUctUre you a list tO SUppOrt you appliedby thepOpUlatiOn SUrGe developers upton says. “thetransit, drawings
Toronto, the developer must
development to well, downtown
find,” services; roads, city’s sewers and
conducted prior to submitting a it “To your own cost,” Upton says.SayS BilD preSiDent required by
of a new sanitary sewer company recognizes that prOceSS, “It related costs across often lines below ground, an city’s drawings done engineer-
The cost neeDS SMOOther aSSeSSMentwe have to revenue to thecapitalwater system are the municipal- the “Thethe water and stormwater management.
development application to city of-
at get the job done properly, our enhancements. Surrounding neigh- bury hydro and
city to things they’ve and the things
ing-wise over engineering-wise up
front-endedif the existingsignificant population expensive, but it’s is expanding its benefited from road parks andthat is typically borne by donethe years aren’t always over
In — by the systems’ ca- can be growth, york region bourhoods ity — childcare, added cost (ydss),
ficials anticipation of develop- work closely with municipal and re- necessary also york durham sewage system libraries; they’ve Best laid plans…
pacity is sufficient to and new in order to as well as residents’ improvementspolice, fire and emergency medical
and the municipalityservice a the gional partners,service your property.” that came as a re- the builder. to years the when you tie into existing
thesnuff.Ifanddeveloper canget surprises,
aren’t always up to snuff.
which will inadequate, york associations regions. Currently sult of growth. For is the Hwy. Collector (seC)
project. If they’reserve boththe de- and durhamand conservation au- under constructionexample, southeastIn some cases, for instance,that’s when the extrainfrastructure, in.
when services and
And when ayou getcosts come build-
veloper has to upgrade the services. thorities because the requirements 50 was widened, and Hwy. 27 and a community is going to be built ing condo downtown can entail
“Sometimes the most important and benefits are across the board,” Major Mackenzie Dr. sewage line from delivery a
trunk sewer Project, a $570-million initiative involving twinning the existing were improved. throughscratch, theofdeveloper will the less costly and come in. in a
when a extra costs less arduous pro-
“When you’re excavating to put
stormwater pipe, for excavating don’t
“When However, building downtown
front-end the cost of the incoming cess.you’re example, you to put
ains in York Region
new 15-kilometre tunnelled says Stewart. “This project will gen-
part of your home is the part you pipe extending from Markham to Pickering.
don’t see: the systems that ensure erate over $200 million in devel- Who pays? infrastructure. That means that the might also come with surprises that
in a stormwater with a new main that
want a down and hit a for example,
health thesafety for those living in opment Program also includes rehabilitating the existing 40-year-old sewage line and and the riskto godeveloper pipe, gas subdivision
and region’s Capital Construction charges paid to the City of When critical infrastructure needs developer shares the cost
that new home and community,” Vaughan,York Region and the school to be expanded or upgraded to ser- with the municipality. on want field will not encounter.
you don’t a vacantto there, [and] all hit
you didn’t know was go down andof
$900 million boards. These charges will Pollution Control Plant.
Upton explains. in upgrades to the duffin Creek Water help pay vice a new condo development, the aa gas
Builders also pay development main that you didn’tinknow
“Sometimes you get the
sudden, you have youreplace a whole
Other infrastructure required for for new infrastructure, transit and developer pays for it. “The city gives charges, which are levies imposed ground and to don’t know what
to support upcoming population surge needs
the southeast Collector endeavour is the first trunk sewer project in ontario to and you do individual to fund growth-related you’re going to find,” a sudden,
condo buildings would be the gas other community improvements.”
lines, hydroassessment fibrea op-
you a list of contractors, undergo an by the city environ-
The cost of new sanitary sewer it at your own cost,” Upton says. infrastructure across the
was there, [and] all of Upton says.
gasmain piping system!”
mental service and — rigorous process anormally reserved for large-scale, non-routine“It capital costs projects municipal- an area replace a and the things
you have tocity’s drawings whole gas-
nt process, says BILD president
tic lines for telephone and Internet was front-ended by the develop- can be expensive, but it’s necessary ity — childcare, parks and libraries;piping system!” infrastruc-
In where new
main they’ve done engineering-wise over
that The the potential, according to the municipality the the in order to service your property.”
services.have developer also must ers, and the Ministry of and environment, for “significant environmental effects and police, fire and emergency medical the years aren’t always up to snuff.
ture has area where new infrastruc-
to support future
In an And be built toget surprises, that’s
York public interest.”
n growth,major Region is and CEO Bryan Tuckey, who is a former Commissioner of Planning homeowners, there to be surprises
ture has when the extracansupport future
to be built costs come in.
too. Wildlife habitat, can be surprises
homeowners, there natural heritage
“When you’re excavating to put
Growing pains in York Region
expansion of the york and sewage system is critical to accommodate approximately 400,000 new
stem (YDSS), which will serve durham Development Services with York Region. He also points out that york in a stormwater pipe, for example,
tly under construction is— or 150,000 housing units — “collect development charges to pay for that” —
region residents the the Region must expected by 2031 in the area serviced by the system. and archeological areasnatural be
too. Wildlife habitat, go have to heri-
you don’t want to down and hit
charges that will ultimately result in contemplated more than 10 years
roject, a $570-million initiative Collector trunk sewer Project was originallyhigher home prices. Project costago, the tage anda archeological areas have to
through development know
identified gas main that you didn’tstud-
Infrastructure critical to support upcomingapopulation surge needs
“When the southeast
line through delivery of a new $175 million; now it’s over half partly asdollars,” of the Region’s decisionCeo Bryan
increases have occurred a billion result says BILd president and to use
be identified throughalldevelopment
was there, [and] of a sudden,
you have to accordingly.
ies and planned for replace a whole gas-
estimated cost was around as the planned for accordingly.
studies and Gta continues to grow,
smoother assessment process, says BILD president
rom Markham to Pickering. advanced tunnel-boring machines and treatment technologies to meet main piping system!”
tuckey, who is a former Commissioner of Planning and development services with york region. he also points and area where to infrastruc-
As the GTA installing infrastructure
improving In ancontinuesnewgrow, im-
gram alsonincludes of significant population growth, York Region is requirements. Bryan Tuckey, who is a former Commissioner of Planning proving ture has to be built to support future
anticipation and CEO and installing infrastructure
ewage line that the region must “collect development chargesproject forDevelopment Services that York Region. He alsoresult out thatbecomes critical to habitat, natural heri-
expanding its York Durham Southeast Collector costs also charges with than $15 million in
out and $900 million Sewage System (YDSS), which will serveto payand that” —include morewill ultimately points in becomes homeowners, there can be health,
critical to life.
too. Wildlife residents’ health,
both York and Durham regions. Currently under construction is the the Region must “collect development charges to pay for that” —
Pollutionhigher home prices. Project cost Project, a $570-million initiative for Markham and Pickering. Improvements Project costsafety and qualityof life. areas have to
Control Plant. enhancementsoccurred partlycharges that will the region’s decision home prices.
Southeast Collector (SEC) Trunk Sewer
increases have planned as a result of
ultimately result in higher
to use advanced safety and quality
tage and archeological
the first trunk sewer project and treatment technologiesinclude Bob Hunter Memorial Park, aRouge Park, trailsdecision to use
already underway a meet increases have occurred partly as result be identified through development
tunnel-boring machines sewage line through delivery oftonew stringent regulatory requirements. of the Region’s
involving twinning the existing
studies and planned for accordingly.
15-kilometre tunnelled a extending from Markham to Pickering.
and also include more than $15 advancedin enhancements planned for Markham and
ronmental assessment — pipeproject costs wetlands, tree planting and planned scholarships. and treatment technologies to meet ThisAs the GTA continues to grow, im-
southeast Collector million
The region’s Capital Construction Program also includes stringent regulatory requirements. the sixth in an eight-part
This is proving andsixth in infrastructure
is the installing
If the province wants to encourage Collector project costs part of and wetlands,
as also include Places
arge-scale, non-routineexisting 40-year-old sewage line and $900 million hunter SoutheastintensificationPark, trails itsmore than $15 million in
Pickering. Improvements already underway include Bob Memorial Park, rouge
ential, according to the Duffin Creek Water Pollution policy,Plant.
in upgrades to the Ministry to Grow Control Tuckey says itenhancements planned for Markham and Pickering. Improvements
needs to look at streamlining its series sponsored by BILD. Look
eight-part to residents’ health,
safety and quality of life.
tree planting and planned scholarships.trunk sewer project for sponsored on Sat.,
onmental effects andCollector endeavourenvironmental assessment and approvals process to helpMemorial Park, Rouge Park, trails the next oneby BILD.Dec. 8
The Southeast major is the first already underway include Bob Hunter municipalities
in Ontario to undergo an individual environmental assessment —as part of itswetlands, tree planting and planned scholarships.
If the province wants to encourage intensification a and Places to Grow policy, tuckey says it needs to
This is the sixth in an eight-part
more efficiently and
rigorous process normally reserved for large-scale, non-routine cost-effectively expand their infrastructure to as part of its Places
If the province wants to encourage intensification
look at streamlining its have the potential,assessmentthe Ministry toprocess to help municipalities more efficiently and series sponsored by BILD. Look
is critical projects that environmental according to and approvals Grow policy, Tuckey saysinfrastructure streamlining its
e Systeminfrastructureto accommodate future approved growth. Routine it needs to look at projects
of the Environment, for “significant environmental effects and major environmental assessment and approvals process to help municipalities for the next one on Sat., Dec. 8
Region residents — such as wastewater trunk sewers efficiently and cost-effectivelycould follow a
and treatment plants expand their infrastructure
ew York cost-effectively expand their infrastructure to accommodate future approved growth. routine infrastructure projects to
public interest.” more
such area serviced Durham Sewage System is criticalplants could follow more streamlined environmental assessment
Expansion of the York by more treatment to accommodate future process similar to what
y 2031 in the as wastewater trunk sewers and streamlined environmentalaassessmentapproved growth. Routine infrastructure projects
the province residents —
accommodate approximately 400,000 new York Regionhas approved for rapid-transit projects. and treatment plants could follow a
such as wastewater trunk sewers
process similar to what the province has the area for rapid-transit projects. environmental assessment process
Sewer Project was originally— expected by 2031 Tuckey, “Iserviced by have anstreamlinedapproved for rapid-transit projects. similar to what
or 150,000 housing units
Says in think we more environmental assessment process
thesays tuckey, “I think we have an environmental assessment process has could be better structured to assist
system. the province that
that could be better structured to Tuckey, “Imunicipalitiesenvironmental assessment process
the estimated cost was around Trunk Sewer Project was originally
“When the Southeast Collector Says assist think we have an completing
municipalities completing critical infrastructure projects
critical infrastructure projectsthat could be better mandatedassist municipalities completing
to service provincially to growth.”
dollars,” says BILD president 10 years ago, the estimated cost was aroundto service provinciallystructuredmandated growth.”
contemplated more than
$175 million; now it’s over half a billion dollars,” says BILD president critical infrastructure projects to service provincially mandated growth.”
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MIxInG It uP
cOMpleMenteD By the prOvincial GOvernMent’S GrOWth initiative, DevelOperS are
riDinG the Wave OF the FUtUre With MUlti-FUnctiOn UrBan areaS
MIxed-use CoMMunItIes are By adding a mix of uses to the land, Consequently, new housing com- condominium units and an assortment
well-planned urbanized areas where there is a greater return on the land munities throughout the Gta would of retail stores such as Winners and
people can live, work and play and value. In addition to providing employ- become more densely populated in Loblaws, as well as a new, innova-
the benefit beyond having all of ment opportunities for local residents, order to conserve land for the future. tively designed branch of BMo Bank
those places nearby, is that the these lands also generate business tax For some communities, this meant of Montreal. there is, in fact, more
pressure on local resources like revenue for the municipality. more townhouses and, for other areas non-residential floor space at Queen
sewer, water, roads and transit is When land was plentiful and — such as those along subway lines and Portland than residential square
minimized. uses were separated, commercial and and busy arterial roads — more con- footage.
Mixed-use development — which industrial facilities were frequently dos. But implementing the province’s “It started as an opportunity to
creates a complete community by built away from where people lived. growth strategy also meant that these add value to a building and make it
blending residential living But as toronto grew, so did traffic new communities must incorporate more than people just living together,”
with a combination of commercial, congestion and commute times. now, places where people can work, play says steve deveaux, vice-president of
retail or industrial spaces within a the amount of land that could easily and shop, as well as raise families. land development for builders tribute
single area or building — provides be converted into subdivisions, busi- Land developers in the Gta now aim Communities. “It was an opportunity
condominium and townhouse com- nesses, shopping malls and parks to incorporate all of these functions to build a more interesting vertical
munities with easily accessible places without straining roads, sewers and into their creatively-designed projects. neighbourhood.”
to live, work and shop. this urban green spaces is reduced. In 2006 the one such community that’s in evidence of the shift to increased
design principle has been embraced provincial government brought in the sync with the principle of mixed- mixed-use development outside the
by large and growing cities. Mixed-use Places to Grow act, which restricted use development is at 156 Portland City of toronto as well, is Markham’s
development aims to utilize land more new development to designated growth st., located in the bustling Queen World on yonge community, cur-
efficiently and cut down on traffic con- areas and encouraged mixed-use street West neighbourhood. When it rently under construction at yonge
gestion and infrastructure expansion. developments. was completed in 2011, it offered 96 st. and steeles ave. a project of
BLendInG rIGht In
Bank SeeS MixeD-USe DevelOpMentS aS an OppOrtUnity tO nUrtUre StrOnG
relatiOnShipS With cUStOMerS
In october 2011, BMo opened up a new branch within the Queen and Portland with how things are going there; our branch is well received by the community
development of builders tribute Communities. specifically designed to blend and our team is having great conversations with our neighbours every day.
into an urban residential setting, the branch has few of the physical barriers
between staff and customers typically found in traditional bank branches, What attracteD yOU tO thiS type OF lOcatiOn? DOeS
such as counters and desks. BMO Want tO Be clOSer tO peOple in chanGinG hiGh-
the design of bank branches like the one at Queen and Portland allows DenSity neiGhBOUrhOODS?
BMo to establish a friendly presence in emerging communities and be closer BMo is attracted to the growth that redevelopment has created as well as
to where customers actually live, says Paul dilda, head of the bank’s north the sense of community that is formed. our neighbourhood branch model
america Branch Channels. is designed to be a convenient, welcoming part of such a community. these
types of mixed-use developments often offer retail opportunities that provide
are yOU happy With hOW thinGS are GOinG at QUeen residents with convenient access to business services, banking being one of
anD pOrtlanD? are there SiMilar BrancheS planneD? them, and we are excited to be a part of the community.
We have been opening new branches in key markets across the country, par-
ticularly where we see increased development. the neighbourhood served by DO eMplOyeeS expreSS a preFerence FOr WOrkinG in a
our Queen and Portland branch is such a market, where increased residential MixeD-USe Branch?
density [arising] from redevelopment over the years has created a vibrant neigh- employees do appreciate being part of the community that this type of location
bourhood that we are delighted to serve. our branch location is conveniently affords [because] they are part of the “scene,” which helps to nurture strong
located [amid] groceries, drugstores and other retailers. We are very happy relationships with our customers.
has been One such community that’s in we are doing it by bringing people store product efficiently and even and be closer to where customers
rowing cit- sync with the principle of mixed- close to job opportunities, ameni- though they not large employment actually live, says Paul Dilda, head
ment aims use development is at 156 Portland ties, transit and the existing neigh- hubs, they are huge generators of tax
ciently and St., located in the bustling Queen bourhoods nearby will benefit revenues for municipalities,” says
of the bank’s North America
estion and content sponsored by bildgta.ca of Orlan-
Blair Wolk, vice-president
By adding do Corporation, a major developer Are you happy with how
, there is a Mixed-use development aims to utilize land of commercial space in the GTA. things are going at Queen and
d value. In
more efficiently and transit and the existing neighbour- nature of work Wolk, the changing
Markham-based real estate companycut down on traffic congestion City of Markhammeans there will be doesn’t need to build
Portland? Are there similar
there still remains
branches planned? areas of the
greater demand for Filice compares
Liberty development Corporation, hoods nearby will benefit from the new sewers or roads.service-oriented
residents, and infrastructure expansion. We where strategic new
Gta have been openingemployment
industries developments to street-
e business on yonge will feature about 1 revitalization as well,” explains these newsuch as finance, insurance
World branches in key markets across
lands need to be presereved for
cipality. and other professional services, as the country, particularly where we
million sq. ft. of new residential hous- Marco Filice, a senior vice-president well as the growth of the suburban
ul and uses Street West neighbourhood. When from the revitalization as well,” ex- scapes before the postwarcorporate such as manufactur-
industrial uses development. The
in- it 500,000 sq. ft. of office offered plains development.
cial and ing and was completed in 2011, itand at Liberty Marco Filice, a senior vice- explosion, when people happily lived
head offices. This kind of facility, ing, food processing, wholesale trade
neighbourhood served by our
however, can be commercial hubs
frequently 96 condominium units and an as- World on at Liberty Development. above shops or neareasily integrated
retail space on a 10-acre site. “We president yonge is in an estab- and distribution.
Queen and Portland branch is
into existing neighbourhoods and
of to the corner of lishedWorld on Yonge is in an estab- because they didn’t have cars. “really,
eople lived. sortmentvalueretail stores such as
wanted to add neighbourhood; it integrates such a market, where increased
“due to current market trends,
integrates requires renaissance of how things
did traffic Winners and Loblaws, as well as a lished neighbourhood; itand it is this is a less space per employee.
yonge street and doncaster avenue well into the community;
residential density [arising] from
there is not much demand for addi-
ute times. new, innovatively designed branch well into the community; and it is One such project is the Heartland redevelopment over the years has
and are doing it by bringing people close to to existing infrastructure and Business Community, a 1,250-acre
that could weof BMO Bank of Montreal. There is, close existing infrastructure and used to be, before suburban develop- tional manufacturing and process-
created a vibrant neighbourhood
close in fact, more non-residential floor mass transit. It also means that the development being undertaken by
o subdivi- to job opportunities, amenities, mass transit. It also means that the ment bifurcated the land,” says Filice. that we are however, with an ever
ing facilities. delighted to serve. Our
ping malls space at Queen and Portland than City of Markham doesn’t need to Orlando on Mississauga’s Hwy. 10 branch location is conveniently
increasing amount of imported goods
ning roads, residential square footage. build new sewers or roads. Filice corridor, which, says Wolk, is where located [amid] groceries, drugstores
being shipped locally, warehousing
is reduced. liVE, Work, Play
“It started as an opportunity to compares these new developments the municipality has planned for and other retailers. We are very
and distribution buildings are in high
overnment add value to a building and make it to streetscapes before the postwar more integration. Once fully built
time is too preCious happy with how things are going
Grow Act, more than people just living togeth- suburban explosion, when people out, Heartland will offer 25 million there; these buildings store prod-
demand.our branch is well received
to square feet of office, industrial and
velopment er,” says Steve Deveaux, vice-presi- happily lived above shops or near Commute, uctby the community and our teamthey
efficiently and even though
as and en- dent of land development for build- commercial hubs because they retail space — enough to employ is having great conversations
not large employment hubs, they are
elopments. ers Tribute Communities. “It was an didn’t have cars. “Really, this is a re- 35,000 people. with our neighbours every day.
huge generators of tax revenues for
Entrepreneur Adrian Bartha, 30, grew up in Parkdale, in Toronto’s
west end. He recently moved into the mixed development com- What attracted you to Wolk,
municipalities,” says Blairthis vice-
munity at 156 Portland Street. For Bartha — who is the CEO of type of of orlando Corporation, a
president location? Does BMO
Live, work, playeCompliance Management Solutions Inc., a software company
that creates Web-based occupational health and safety products
want to be closer to people
major developer of commercial space
in in changing high-density
Time is too precious totocommute, walk away
— the daily commute his office is now just a short according to Wolk, growth
BMO is attracted to thethe changing
from his home on Wolseley Street. that of work means there will
nature redevelopment has created be
says resident as well as the sense of community
greater demand for service-oriented
What 30, grew up commutE to
Entrepreneur Adrian Bartha,is your daily in Parkdale, inWork? that is formed. as finance, insur-
industries suchOur neighbourhood
hoW long doEs it into you to gEt
Toronto’s west end. He recently moved takEthe mixed- thErE? branch model is designed to be a
ance and other professional services,
development community at 156 Portland Street. For in the suburbs
My commute is around 100 feet! I had to work convenient, welcoming part of
Bartha — who is the CEO of eCompliance Management well as the growth of the corpor-
as such a community. These types
before and [had to] commute.
Solutions Inc., a software company that creates Web-based head offices. this kind of facility,
ateof mixed-use developments often
occupational health and safety productsstrEEt WEst and
What is thE QuEEn — the daily offer retail be easily integrated
however, canopportunities that into
commute to his officePortland arEa likE to liVE in? What
is now just a short walk away from provide residents with and requires
his home on Wolseley Street. access to business services,
tyPEs of to work? How long does
What is your daily commute PEoPlE liVE hErE? banking per employee.
less space being one of them, and
it take you to get there? is very eclectic and it has a lot of diversity to it. There
This area one such project is part of
we are excited to be athe heartland
My commute is around different typesI of people from all walksthe here…great
are 100 feet! had to work in of life the community.
Business Community, a 1,250-acre
suburbs before and [had to] commute. of culture and community. I might
restaurants and a real a sense development being undertaken by
What is the Queen Street West and Portland area like Do employees express a
not be part of all the little communities here, but I like being orlando on Mississauga’s hwy. 10
to live in? What types of people live here? preference for working in a
This area is very eclectic and it There is alot of diversity to it.
around them. has a good energy. corridor, which, says Wolk, is where
There are different types of people from all walks of life the municipality has planned for
Employees do appreciate being
Do and a real a sense too?
here…great restaurants you socialiZE hErEof culture and part of the community that this
more integration. once fully built
Yes, stay along of or the little communities
community. I might not Ibe part KingallQueen West or Roncesvalles for the most type of location affords [because]
out, heartland will offer 25 million
here, but I like being aroundfeel like I have most is what I need in and around here.
part. And I them. There of a good energy. they are part of the “scene,” which
Do you socialize here too? almost like a dozen different little cities in one, and square feet of office, industrial and
helps to nurture strong relationships
Yes, I stay along King or Queen West or Roncesvalles for retail space — enough to employ
with our customers.
people usually to stick to their two or three [favourite areas] —
the most part. And I feel like I have most of what I need in 35,000 people.
and that’s what I do like
and around here. Toronto is almostas well.a dozen different
little cities in one, and people usually to stick to their two
you’VE liVEd in this arEa for yEars. hoW
or three [favourite areas] — and that’s what I do as well. This is the seventh in
This is the seventh in an eight-part
haVE you sEEn it changE and groW? hoW
You’ve lived in this area for years. How have you
do you sEE it continuing to groW?
seen it change and grow? How do you see it continuing an eight-part series
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As a child I grew up further on Queen West and this
has changed a lot. There are some affluence and gentrification
neighborhood has changed a lot. There are some affluence
effects taking place. As long as remains
and gentrification effects takingplace. As long as it remainsitdiverse I’ll be happy.
I want the little independent stores to stay.
diverse I’ll be happy. I wantthe little independent stores and restaurantsand
restaurants to stay.
Would you rEcommEnd liVing and
Would you recommend living and working in the
same area? Working in thE samE arEa?
Busy CEO Adrian Bartha, 30, works, lives, shops and spends much of his free time in
I’d highly recommend it. I’ll always strive to work and live inlive in
I’d highly recommend it. I’ll always strive to work and
his Queen and Portland neighbourhood. “There is a good [here],” he are close together — it saves time. Time is too
30, works, lives, shops and spends much of his free time in energy places thatsays. places that are close together — it saves time. Time is too
neighbourhood. “There is a good energy [here],” he says. precious to spend commuting.
precious to spend commuting.
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the land development, home building and how are we redefining space and home?
professional renovation has been a major What is the new normal?
contributor to this province’s economy. Paul Golini
Do you see this continuing? BILD chairman; executive vice-president and
Bryan Tuckey co-founder, Empire Communities
BILD president and CEO
the reality of the Greater toronto area is this:
around 100,000 people will come to this region
every single year for the next 25 years. our industry will meet the challenge our region is growing and will continue to grow. I can honestly say most of
of building 35,000 to 40,000 homes in the Gta every year to accommodate us, if not all of us, in the industry are in it for one thing — and, by the way,
the people who choose this wonderful area to be their home. the Gta needs it’s not profit.
a vibrant, resilient, strong and growing economy, which in turn, helps us meet We’re in it because we’re really the ones on the ground executing — and
the forecasted growth projections for this region. If there are jobs, the people we’re really striving to deliver, design and plan — vibrant, livable complete
will come. communities that provide a mix of uses and spaces for people to enjoy.
In 2011 this industry directly employed 193,000 people in the Gta. It’s We can see that a shift is happening. ten years ago, the new-home sales
a substantial contribution to the economy. sometimes I wonder: how can the statistics showed us that people were purchasing 25 per cent high-rise and
industry that has been the glue that’s held ontario together over the last three 75 per cent low-rise; as of last year, high-rise amounted to 62 per cent of the
or four years be so undervalued? the direct jobs result in around $10 billion market share.
in wages generated and $24 billion in construction value. It’s also a local We talk about the shift because it’s also a story about affordability and
industry in that most of the building equipment and many of the products are land supply. Provincial policy is constraining land supply, which is making
purchased close to home, so it also has a huge multiplier effect on the economy ground-related housing harder to find and increasing government-imposed fees
of the Gta and toronto. and charges are affecting affordability. We have to get back to a more balanced
Walking down the street, I tell people, “Look to your right and look to your market so new homebuyerscan find affordable options where they want to live.
left, and you’ll probably see a person who works in this industry.” ultimately, it’s all about building complete communities where people want
to live, work and play. We know, because we live here too.
ansion. A recentmunicipality. moderated by Toronto Star Publisher Johnstores
revenueBy built away from where people lived. sortment of retail utilize such as
the land value. In
West Winners and
Cruickshank, far left, explored issues key to the building industry, as 120 guests Are you It was held at Torstar’s Vaughan Press Centre.
do Corporation, a major developer listened.
World on Yonge is in an other professional services, as happy with how particularly where we increase
and estab- into existing neighbourhoods and
he land, there plentiful and uses diddevelopment aimsWhen from the a lished neighbourhood; it space the growth less space per employee. increased development. The [arising] fro
When land was is aToronto grew, soStreettraffic neighbourhood.Loblaws, as well as revitalization asof commercialwell asin the GTA. of the corporate are going at Queen and
congestion and in- efficiently new, innovatively designed congestion a the community; and it is
more it was completed in 2011, it offered plains Marco Filice, nature of work means there will be
e separated, commercial and commute times.and cut down on trafficbranch well intosenior vice- head offices. This kind of facility, One
the country, such a market, where
According to Wolk, the changing such project is the Areneighbourhood served by our over the years
Portland? Heartlandsimilar redevelopment
ding employment amount of land that could of BMO Bank of Montreal. There is, Liberty to existing infrastructure and Business Community, a planned? and Portland branch is neighbourho
trial facilities were frequently 96 condominium units and an as- president at close Development.
Now, the however, can be easily integrated Queen created a vibrant
and sortment of expansion. greater demand that the development being undertaken a new where are delighted to serve
World on mass is in an also meansfor service-oriented
local residents, convertedinfrastructure in fact, more non-residential floor Yonge transit. It estab- into existing neighbourhoods and been suchbymarket, that weincreased
t away from where people lived. into subdivi- retail stores such ascontent sponsored by bildgta.ca We have opening
industries such as finance, Orlando
generate businessbusinesses, shopping malls Loblaws, Queen anda Portland than City of Markham doesn’t need lessinsurance employee.
as Toronto grew, so did traffic Winners and space at as well as
sions, branches in Hwy. 10
lished neighbourhood; it integrates requires to space per on Mississauga’s key markets across [arising] from convenient
branch location is
build newand other roads. Filice project is which, says Wolk, particularly whereover the yearsgroceries, drug
e municipality.commute times. new, roads, residential square footage. into the community;sewers is professional services, as the Heartland
gestion and parks without straining innovatively designed branch well and it or One such corridor, the country, is redevelopment we [amid] has
plentiful and of land that West of reduced. When from the revitalization to well,” ex- well as and growth of the the municipality has
green spaces is BMO Bank Montreal. as an opportunity as compares these the Business Community,
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in 2011, non-residential Marco Filice, a it to streetscapes offices. development facility,
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to spaces is growth started dent a lished neighbourhood; it integrates
opportunity to compares these commercial manager, Eurodale Developments
hubs the they retail enough is
and Orlando Corporation
vice-president,other years has
times. mixed-use developments. branch and make it community; didn’t have One such project integration. Once fully should be over the how our neighbours
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or near abide feet code Member, BILD board of directors; and something
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vice-president, Orlando Corporation to be closer to people
located [amid] with our neighbours every day.
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community. I mightcitiesbe part of allpeople usually to stick to their twotype of location affords [because] next one on Sat., Dec
to and the
little not in one, grow? little communities sponsored by BILD.
like being the Building child I— and Land Development Association part of the
or three [favouriteaareas] grewgood energy. do as well. they this
here, but I Since 2003around them.Industryand that’s what I Queen West and are (BILD) has “scene,” which
As There is a up further on
rallied herelived planned events and raised more than $500,000 for its This is the seventh in
Do you socializevolunteers, in this area for has changed haveThere are some affluence strong relationships an eight-part
You’ve too? neighborhood years. How a lot. you helps to nurture
community partner, Habitat for Howeffects taking place. As long our customers. sponsored by BILD. Look
seen or Queen West or Roncesvalles Toronto.
and gentrification do for
Yes, I stay along Kingit change and grow?Humanityyou see it continuing as it remains series
Through that partnership, be industrywantin little end the cycle of poverty next one on Sat., Dec. 22
And I feel have most of what has the
the most part. to grow? like I diverse I’llthe happy.I Ineed helped toindependent stores and
for eight Habitat families likebuilding different and this
As Toronto is almost by a dozen
and around here. a child I grew up furtherto stay.homes and sponsoring projects, as well as
restaurants on Queen West
in one, and people Would you recommend living the handing in of
usually to stick to There are and and working
little cities participating in Habitatchanged a lot. their two some affluence overthekeys to
neighborhood has dedication ceremonies
or three [favourite areas] — and that’s what I do as well.long as it remains
those families. same area?
and gentrification effects taking place. As This is the seventh in an eight-part
“Giving area forI’d highlyto our industry I’ll we don’t focus work and live in
years. recommend it.
You’ve lived in thisbackbe importantHow have you andalwaysstores andon it just at this
diverse I’ll is happy. I want the little independent strive series sponsored by BILD. Look
it changeof in grow? How do youare Bryan Tuckey, — it saves time. Time is
timerestaurants to stay. long,” see it continuing
seen his free timeyear, but all places thatsays close togetherBILD president and CEO. too
Busy CEO Adrian Bartha, 30, works, lives, shops and spends much of year
his Queen and Portland neighbourhood. “There is a good energy [here],” heBILD’s annual charity barbecue, held and working in the for the next one on Sat., Dec. 22
to grow? says. Would you recommend living at its North York headquarters, is a major
precious to spend commuting.
grew up for the cause. So West and this
As a child Ifundraiserfurther on Queenis BILD’s newest fund-raising event, now in its second
year, Stephen’ Ride lot. There I’ll which strive to
has changed a for Humanity, some this year work and in September.
neighborhood I’d highlysrecommend it. arealwaysaffluencetook place live in
“We effects proud of our partnershipremains
places that are close together as it with Habitat because
and gentrificationare very taking place. As long— it saves time. Time is too we’re both in the
y CEO Adrian Bartha, 30, works, lives, shops and spends much of his free time in
Queen and Portland neighbourhood. “There is a good energy [here],” he says. precious to the little independent
same business of providing shelter,” stores and
diverse I’ll be happy. I want spend commuting. says Tuckey. “And we are both strong
BILD is a partner of Habitat for Humanity in Toronto. to stay.
restaurantsadvocates of affordable homeownership.”
Would you recommend living and working in the
I’d highly recommend it. I’ll always strive to work and live in
Bartha, 30, works, lives, shops and spends much of his free time in places that are close together — it saves time. Time is too
tland neighbourhood. “There is a good energy [here],” he says. precious to spend commuting.
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