Music industry may get voice in development applications

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The music industry may get a voice in the review process for Toronto-based development applications.

Mayor John Tory is calling for economic development and culture to be added to the list of city divisions that are invited to comment on applications to amend the official plan or zoning bylaws at sites close to live concert venues (within 120 metres). The motion, which is due to be considered at the city’s planning and growth management committee this month, aims to prevent new developments from squeezing out live concert venues.

“Providing an opportunity for economic culture and development staff to comment and provide advice on how new development can be music-friendly will ensure harmonious relationships between residents and live concert venues,” states the motion. “Noise proofing, crowd mitigation strategies or simply informing new residents that a live concert venue is nearby could help create better relationships between new communities and Toronto’s valuable concert venues.”

The motion highlights yet another potential source of noise complaints in condos, which are already commonplace thanks to culprits including construction deficiencies and inconsiderate neighbours.

Depending on what action the planning and growth management committee takes at its Sept. 7 meeting, the motion may be considered by city council on Oct. 2.

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