Official Plan Amendment No. 231 ("OPA 231") to the City of Toronto Official Plan includes policies and designations of the Official Plan pertaining to Employment Areas.
The purpose of the proposed amendment is to establish new policies, designations and mapping for lands designated as Employment Areas. The amendment establishes new policies for the promotion of the economic health of the City including: the promotion of office development on lands near rapid transit stations, the preservation of Employment Areas for businesses and economic activities, and the accommodation of a growing and diverse retail and institutional sectors.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is the approval authority for OPA 231. The Ministry made a decision on July 9, 2014 to approve, with some modifications, the majority of OPA 231. A Decision is withheld for policy and land use designation changes applying to lands located within the floodplain Lower Don Special Policy Area. This is because any change or modification to the Official Plan policies, land use designations or boundaries applying to Special Policy Area lands, must be approved by both the Ministers of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Natural Resources prior to the approval authority approving such changes or modifications in accordance with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014.