CITB01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Window Tax
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Course Information & Introduction
• Course Information:
o Professor: Dr. Ahmed Allahwala.
o Office: HL 542.
o Office hours: Wednesdays 10-11:30 AM.
o E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Course textbooks (bundle available in the bookstore): Planning Canadian Communities & A
Reader in Canadian Planning.
o Course Requirements:
▪ Mid-Term Exam: February 11th (20%).
▪ Assignment I - Annotated Bibliography: Due March 4th (20%).
▪ Assignment II - Planning Case Study: Due March 25th (20%).
▪ Final Exam: Date TBA (30%).
▪ Tutorial Attendance: schedule available on Quercus (10%).
o Novae Res Urbis:
▪ Toronto city planning newsletter, updated biweekly.
▪ Newsletters will be posted on Quercus, to be read by students as posted.
▪ Will help with assignments.
▪ Each newsletter provides at least 2 potential case studies that can be used for
▪ First tutorial to be held January 21st.
▪ 7 tutorials in total.
▪ Tutorial dates: January 21, January 28, February 4, February 25, March 4, March 11,
and March 18.
▪ Participation is worth 10%.
• Case Study - Annex Residents and ADI Development:
o ADI Development wishes to build a 29-storey condominium tower at 64 Prince Arthur
Avenue, which would replace the two-storey building currently built there.
o Residents are against this because no other buildings are that high in the area, and
therefore the new one wouldn't fit into the landscape.
o Residents believe developers are essentially giving them the 'middle finger' due to a lack of
consultation and understanding/sympathy for how the residents feel.
o People living in the Annex are relatively wealthy (i.e., upper-middle-class), and therefore the
residents' association of the Annex would be relatively powerful.
o Developers may have a difficult time bulldozing over Annex properties due to the power of
the residents' association.
o The role of the city planner may be to find a compromise between developers and residents.
o Planners are municipal bureaucrats who are not elected officials, and they receive the
applications from developers when they want to build something.
▪ Planners must review the application and make sure it meets the intent of the official
plan of the City of Toronto.
• Traffic assessment, shadow assessment, etc.
▪ Planner also plays a role in facilitating the development process.
o Should ADI Development be able to build this 29-storey building on Prince Arthur Avenue?
▪ Reasons for:
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