REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
Urban Agriculture Site Planning
& Business Planning
The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) and Greenest City (GC) seek professional consulting services to help develop a plan for the future of the Milky Way Garden, a 7000 sq ft vacant lot that we envision will become a community owned Shared Urban Agriculture Space for Parkdale.
RFP 1: Urban Agriculture Site Planning
The Site Planning consultant will develop a Site Plan (Urban Design & Urban Agriculture Site Plan) based on the community’s vision for a Shared Urban Agriculture Space for Parkdale. DOWNLOAD RFP
RFP 2: Urban Agriculture Business Planning
The Business Planning consultant will develop a sustainable business plan based on the community’s vision for a Shared Urban Agriculture Space for Parkdale. DOWNLOAD RFP
We welcome applicants to respond to each RFP independently, as well as joint applications where a team proposes to deliver both RFP Scopes collaboratively. If you intend to respond to both RFP’s as a team please deliver a submission for both RFP’s in one submission email.
Application deadline is February 24th 2017.
Special thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation for generous support for the project.
Site Planning RFP Questions
What is the precise role of the site plan consultant in stage 1? The description on page 6 seems to incorporate some of the work of the business planning consultant and some work to be done by a community planner, who is not mentioned elsewhere. Could this be clarified?
In the original RFP document items 6 & 7 on page 6 have small typos. In both items where it reads “Business Plans” it should read “Site Plans”. You can download and updated RFP here.
Who is the community consultant planner exactly?
The community consultations will be organized & facilitated by a staff person from Greenest City. For the purposes of this project, we have called this position “Community Planner”.
Can you clarify the expectations for the consultants’ attendance at the community meetings?
For Stage 1 of the consultations process, we would like the consultant to attend at least 1 of the three consultations. The consultation will be lead by GC staff and the consultant’s role will be to observe. Stage 1 will result in the identification of 8-12 concepts for the design and programming of the site. We are hoping that the consultant could provide very quick renderings and or visual references to be utilised as visual aides in the second stage of consultations. In Stage 2 we expect the consultants to attend and observe. Based on the preference of the consultant, further participation in Stage 2 of the consultations would be welcome.
On the Project Timeline under Community Consultation Round 1 the first meeting is on Feb 23, 2017, one day before the submission. Is this correct? Can any applicant attend this meeting?
The Community consultation timeline is moving forward as proposed. The first consultation will be held on Feb 23rd with a group of Tibetan speaking gardeners. This consultation is not open to guests. However, the selected consultants will be invited to future consultations with this same group.
What is meant by ‘temporary structures’? Would this include shelters intended to be occupied by people, such as market stalls or storage sheds? Or would this be limited to landscaping elements such as benches, planters and paving?
The site is currently unserviced and we anticipate we will not be able to acquire the servicing necessary to get building permits for permanent structures. As such we are assuming that we are limited to temporary structures. We do not currently know if and what temporary structures will be needed. This will be determined through the community consultations. We are hoping to get assistance from the Site Planning Consultant to explore what is possible and what creative solutions exist.
What is meant by ‘necessary municipal approval submissions’? Would this include documents such as for a city of Toronto site plan application and building permit application for the proposed landscaping and temporary structures?
The site is currently zoned Residential (“R (d1.0)”). It is our understanding that the current use as a community garden is permitted as-of-right within existing zoning regulations. However, we anticipate that proposed urban Agriculture activity may necessitate a “Temporary Change of Use.” In discussions with the Local Planner, we were advised that once the proposed activity and site plan is confirmed we should consult the City as to the necessity of such a change. We are hoping to get assistance from the Site Planning Consultant to define the need and prepare the submission.
What is the zoning designation of the property – has it been determined that the intended land use is permitted by the city of Toronto zoning by-law?
The site is zoned Residential (“R (d1.0)”). It is our understanding that the current use as a community garden is permitted as-of-right within existing zoning regulations. However, we anticipate that proposed urban Agriculture activity may necessitate a “Temporary Change of Use.”
Does PNLT have an environmental report for the site? Is it known whether there are any hazardous materials in the soil?
We do have a completed ESA1 and an ESA 2 will be completed by early March 2017. Based on initial findings we anticipate undertaking soil remediation.
Will an up-to-date survey of the property by an Ontario Land Surveyor be provided by PNLT, either during the RFP process, or to the successful proponent?
PNLT does intend to get an up-to-date survey of the property.