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July 19, 2017
Panellists share views on merits of Toronto's new RAC zoning bylaw for benefit of apartment tower neighbourhoods
  
The City of Toronto and partners hosted a discussion of the new Residential Apartment Commercial (RAC) zoning for apartment tower neighbourhoods at the Schulich School of Business this evening. The City's partners for the event were the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, United Way Toronto and York Region, and the MCRI: Global Suburbanisms Research Project at York University.

"The Residential Apartment Commercial zone is a simple but significant change to Toronto's bylaws," said Mayor John Tory. "This change will provide more convenience, more services and more economic opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of people across the city who call apartment neighbourhoods home."

RAC zoning allows small-scale non-residential uses, such as food markets, shops, small business, classes, community services and other initiatives at more than 400 sites that were previously zoned for residential use only. Toronto City Council adopted the RAC zoning bylaw in 2013 and the Ontario Municipal Board approved it in 2016.

Allowing for a wider range of uses in apartment tower neighbourhoods benefits residents by increasing convenient and walkable access to local shops, services and amenities. Residents in tower neighbourhoods can also benefit from now having the opportunity to engage in small-scale enterprise.

The discussion was moderated by Graeme Stewart, founding director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal. The panellists were the City's Costanza Allevato, Director of Community Resources, Social Development, Finance and Administration division; Michael Mizzi, Director of Community Planning, City Planning; and Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, along with Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning and Economic Development, City of Hamilton; Gobal Mailwaganam of CAPREIT, a real estate investment company; Ayan Yusuf of the Rexdale Community Health Centre; and Doug Saunders, an author and journalist.

More information about RAC zoning is available through the Tower Renewal Program at http://toronto.ca/towerrenewal or by contacting tower@toronto.ca.

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