Agenda

Consolidated



Parks and Environment Committee


Meeting No. 16   Contact Dela Ting, Committee Administrator
Meeting Date Monday, October 15, 2012
  Phone 416-397-7769
Start Time 9:30 AM
  E-mail pec@toronto.ca
Location Committee Room 1, City Hall
  Chair   Councillor Norman Kelly  


 

Parks and Environment Committee

Councillor Norm Kelly, Chair

Councillor Raymond Cho, Vice Chair

Councillor Ron Moeser

Councillor James Pasternak

Councillor Michelle Berardinetti 

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon

 

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Declarations of Interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

 

Speakers/Presentations:  A complete list will be distributed at the meeting

 

Confirmation of Minutes:September 14, 2012

 

Communications/Reports

 

 

 

PE16.1

ACTION 

 

 

 

Toronto Botanical Garden - Request for Funding
Summary

Presentation will be given to the Parks and Environment Committee from the Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden.

Background Information
(October 1, 2012) Presentation from the Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden -Toronto Botanical Garden - Request for Funding
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-50640.pdf)

Communications
(October 15, 2012) Submission from Aldona Satterthwaite, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden (PE.New.16.1.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/comm/communicationfile-32353.pdf)


(Deferred from September 14, 2012 - 2012.PE15.3)
PE16.2

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Community Fundraising for Park Enhancements
Origin
(June 4, 2012) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Recommendations

The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation recommends that:

 

1.         This report be received for information.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to respond to the Parks and Environment Committee's request that the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation report back on opportunities that enable communities to suggest ideas and fundraise for park enhancement projects and to report on guidelines for the fundraising activities undertaken by community groups in support of park enhancement projects.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications resulting from the receipt of this report.

Background Information
(June 4, 2012) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Community Fundraising for Park Enhancements
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-50636.pdf)

Communications
(September 13, 2012) E-mail from Hilary Wollis, Friends of Elizabeth Simcoe Park (PE.Main.16.2.1)
(September 14, 2012) E-mail from David Arnold, Guildwood Village Community Association (PE.Main.16.2.2)
(October 11, 2012) Letter from David Harvey, Director, Toronto Park People (PE.New.16.2.3)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/comm/communicationfile-32319.pdf)


PE16.3

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Wood Waste - Opportunities for Cost Recovery
Origin
(September 26, 2012) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Recommendations

The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation recommends that:

 

1.         This report be received for information.

Summary

As a by-product of tree maintenance operations, Urban Forestry produces a large volume of wood chips, as well as tree limb and stem wood.  This report outlines the nature of these by-products, current uses, recycling and disposal practices, as well as options for potential revenue generation.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications resulting from the adoption of this report.

Background Information
(September 26, 2012) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation - Wood Waste - Opportunities for Cost Recovery
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-50590.pdf)

Communications
(October 15, 2012) Submission from Janet McKay, Executive Director, Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) (PE.New.16.3.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/comm/communicationfile-32354.pdf)


PE16.4

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Core Service Review - Revising the Timeframe to achieve the City's Tree Canopy Goals
Origin
(September 28, 2012) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Recommendations

The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation recommends that:

 

1.         City Council approve the revised Urban Forestry Service Plan, conditional on funding availability, that will extend the timeframe to fully implement the financial and service delivery strategy to achieve the City's tree canopy goals by seven (7) years; and

 

2.         The proposed Consolidated Funding Plan outlined in this report be referred to the 2013 Operating Budget Process for consideration.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to respond to City Council's request that a review of the Urban Forestry Service Plan be conducted and that a report with recommended changes to extend the timeframe to achieve the City's tree canopy goals be submitted to the Parks and Environment Committee.  This report presents a revised financial strategy which when implemented, will contribute to the achievement of a healthy, diverse and sustainable urban forest.

 

The consolidated funding proposed takes into consideration the financial pressures resulting from the management of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), and will extend the timeframe to implement the Service Plan by seven (7) years, from 2016 to 2023.  From 2013 to 2019 resources will be diverted to manage EAB.  Focus on implementing the Service Plan will begin in 2017 as EAB subsides.  This funding strategy will enable Urban Forestry to maintain the 2011 service levels for the next four years while providing Urban Forestry with the resources to implement the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) strategy. 

 

This report also responds to Parks and Environment Committee's request that staff report back on replenishing or adding money to the Environment Protection Reserve Fund – Tree Canopy Allocation XR1718.  The Environment Protection Reserve Fund was established to provide one-time funding only, towards enhancement and protection of the City's tree canopy.  Urban Forestry does not have the means to replenish the Environment Protection Reserve Fund.

Financial Impact

See table in the staff report for financial information.

 

The Consolidated Funding Plan is a combination of the EAB funding plan and the revised Service Plan. The Consolidated Funding Plan requires $7.2 million less in funding from 2013 onwards when compared to the original Service Plan approved by Council in 2008 ($231.1 million vs. $238.3 million).

 

The Consolidated Funding Plan, as outlined in Figure 1 below, includes $48 million in reserve funding from the Environment Protection Reserve Fund (XR1718) approved in 2008 and $61.3 million in one-time funding for which the funding source is yet to be identified.  The Consolidated Funding Plan also requires $152.4 million in base budget property tax funding and results in an incremental increase in property tax funding of $17.6 million phased in over 10 years reaching the total additional base funding requirement of $22 million in 2023.

Background Information
(September 28, 2012) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation - Core Service Review - Revising the timeframe to achieve the City's tree canopy goals
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-50591.pdf)