Item - 2014.PG32.4

Tracking Status

PG32.4 - Eglinton Connects Planning Study - Final Directions Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
11 - York South-Weston, 12 - York South-Weston, 15 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 16 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 17 - Davenport, 21 - St. Paul's, 22 - St. Paul's, 25 - Don Valley West, 26 - Don Valley West, 34 - Don Valley East, 35 - Scarborough Southwest, 37 - Scarborough Centre

City Council Decision

City Council on May 6, 7 and 8, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council approve the 21 Study Recommendations of the Eglinton Connects Plan, listed in Attachment 3 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as follows:

 

"Travelling Eglinton

 

Study Recommendation 1 – Create a Complete Street:  Eglinton Avenue should provide a safe, convenient and active mix of transportation options for all users. Though implementation may take place over time, Eglinton Avenue should ultimately become increasingly multimodal, balancing space for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicles.

 

Study Recommendation 2 – Provide Wide Sidewalks:  Wide sidewalks (minimum 4.8 m or 6.0 m, depending on right-of-way width) provide generous and safe space for pedestrians, big trees, snow/garbage storage, street furniture and patios, and retail zones.  This should be achieved through consolidation of travel lanes and reallocation of space on the street to ensure that Eglinton Avenue has a vibrant and active pedestrian environment.

 

Study Recommendation 3 – Build Protected Cycling Lanes:  Protected cycling lanes across the full length of Eglinton Avenue should be constructed to create a safe, comfortable and direct route for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Bike lanes should be protected from traffic through such measures as raised lanes, barrier curbs and/or buffer strips. Connections to transit stations, trails and convenient bike parking facilities should be part of the comprehensive cycling network.

 

Study Recommendation 4 – Reallocate Road Space to Meet Projected Needs and Mobility Mix: The design of the Eglinton Avenue right-of-way should reflect the objectives of a complete street by allocating adequate space to a mix of mobility options.  Re-allocation of space from vehicular travel lanes responds to projected levels of vehicle movement, as well as an expected increase in pedestrian and cyclist movement. This approach maintains a functional level of service for moving vehicles, access for emergency services and goods movement. 

 

Study Recommendation 5 – Maintain Parking Supply:  Eglinton Avenue should be designed to maintain existing on-street parking supply, in order to serve retail and local businesses. Additional public parking should be integrated into new buildings and provided in rear lanes.

 

Study Recommendation 6 – Extend Network of Rear Lanes:  Laneways should be provided at the rear of all new buildings, if appropriate, to access below grade parking, servicing and loading in order to avoid conflicts on Eglinton Avenue, and for additional public parking to serve local retail.

 

Study Recommendation 7 – Implement Streetscape Typologies:  Seven distinct streetscape typologies have been identified and should be implemented to respond to local character, create a distinct sense of place through the public realm and support adjacent uses.

 

The seven distinct streetscape typologies are as follows:

 

1.         Jane Street to Black Creek Drive – four-lane cross-section plus two-way cycle track and multi-purpose path on the north side, bus and passenger pick up and drop off facilities in lay-bys.

 

2.         Black Creek Drive to Avenue Road, and Mount Pleasant Road to Bayview Avenue –four-lane cross-section with sidewalk level bike lanes, on-street, off-peak parking.

 

3.         Avenue Road to Mount Pleasant Road – three-lane cross-section including centre turn lane, lay-by parking, sidewalk level bike lanes, wider sidewalks.

 

4.          Bayview Avenue to Laird Drive – four-lane cross-section for residential area with sidewalk-level bike lanes, on-street, off-peak parking and narrower sidewalks than in mixed use areas, due to lower expected pedestrian traffic.

 

5.         Laird Drive to Brentcliffe Road – five-lane cross-section including centre turn lane, lay-by parking, bike lanes, wider sidewalks.

 

6.          Brentcliffe Road to Victoria Park Avenue (45m ROW) - four-lane cross-section with median-running surface LRT, on-street bike lanes, no parking, narrower sidewalks due to lower expected lower pedestrian volumes.

 

7.         Victoria Park Avenue to Kennedy Road (36m ROW) - four-lane cross-section with median-running surface LRT, on-street bike lanes, no parking, wider sidewalks.

 

Greening Eglinton

 

 Study Recommendation 8 – Implement Three Primary Greening Typologies:  As the character of the urban landscape changes significantly across Eglinton Avenue, the streetscape design should be organized around three greening typologies – main street, boulevard and valley landscapes – each with its own unique greening strategy.

 

Main Street Landscape – includes large trees planted in trenches under the sidewalk and is located where the LRT runs underground, roughly between Black Creek Drive and Brentcliffe Road; mainly a 27 metre ROW.

 

Boulevard Landscapeincludes a formal treed boulevard to define the street edge, shade trees within open planters and a planted LRT trackway – located between Victoria Park Avenue and Kennedy Road, with a particular emphasis on the ‘Golden Mile’ (Victoria Park Avenue to Birchmount Road) with its 36 metre ROW.

 

Valley Landscape includes informal tree massing, native species and a planted LRT trackway – located around the Humber and Don Valleys.

 

Study Recommendation 9 – Create a Network of Green and Open Spaces:  Eglinton Avenue should connect a range of green and open spaces, from building setbacks, urban plazas, civic spaces and squares, to parks and valleys. The elements of this network should serve local, city and even regional needs for open space and natural areas.

 

Study Recommendation 10 – Grow Great Trees:  There should be large trees growing along Eglinton Avenue to establish a new identity for this corridor as a green and beautiful street with a full tree canopy. Mature tree growth requires additional soil volume and/or open planters, as well as the burying of overhead wiring to eliminate conflicts.

 

Study Recommendation 11 – Relocate Hydro Below-Grade:  Overhead hydro lines should be buried to provide adequate and unobstructed space for mature tree growth, and contribute to uncluttered sidewalks and boulevards.

 

Study Recommendation 12 – Connect Eglinton Avenue to the Trails and Ravine System:  Eglinton Avenue provides a direct visual and physical connection to the iconic valleys of the Humber and Don Rivers, and their tributaries, including Black Creek.  The Eglinton LRT will provide an enhanced linkage between these natural systems. New connections and an enhanced street presence should be created along Eglinton Avenue to the major valleys, multi-use trails and the ravine system.

 

Study Recommendation 13 – Green Transit Infrastructure/Green Trackway:  The at-grade segment of the Eglinton LRT, between Brentcliffe Road and Kennedy Station, should be designed with grass or sedum on the trackway and landscaping, planters and trees at LRT platforms. Each of the LRT portals should also contribute to creating a green corridor.

 

Study Recommendation 14 – Plan a Public Art Program:  Public art along Eglinton Avenue should be coordinated through a Public Art Program that is developed through a Public Art Master Plan process specific to the Eglinton Avenue corridor.  This will ensure that priorities for public art opportunities are guided through a well-defined process.

 

Building Eglinton

 

Study Recommendation 15 – Encourage Mid-Rise Buildings on Eglinton Avenue through As-of-Right Zoning Permissions:  New buildings should be predominantly mid-rise in scale for the portions of Eglinton Avenue that are identified as an Avenue in the Official Plan. As-of-right zoning permissions should be adopted to encourage mid-rise development for these locations.

 

Study Recommendation 16 – Maximize Opportunities for Mid-Rise Development on Shallow Lots: Opportunities on shallow lots should be maximized to allow development to achieve all of the Performance Standards for Mid-Rise Buildings, including a maximum height equivalent to the planned width of the right-of-way, transition to lower scale neighbourhoods and laneways.

 

Study Recommendation 17 – Integrate LRT Station Sites with New Development:  From a city-building perspective, LRT station sites are ideal locations for new mixed use development, combining retail, residential and employment uses. The siting and design of the stations should set a precedent and establish a new context for connecting development to transit.

 

Study Recommendation 18 – Plan For Intensification In Focus Areas and Mobility Hubs:  The six Focus Areas and two Mobility Hubs include large sites where mixed use intensification should occur over time, including some sites that should be integrated with Eglinton LRT stations. These areas provide opportunities for incorporating a mix of residential and employment uses in a range of building heights and sizes, combined with new public streets, community services and facilities, and high quality green and open spaces.

 

Study Recommendation 19 – Expand Community Services and Facilities, Including Green and Open Spaces, in Tandem with Development:  The role of Eglinton Avenue will change in the coming years, along with the intensity of activity and land uses. As more people and jobs move to the corridor, new community services and facilities, including green and open spaces, such as parks, should be planned in conjunction with new development and the LRT.

 

Study Recommendation 20 – Encourage Street-Related Retail:  In segments of Eglinton Avenue where retail is required or encouraged, the ground floor of new buildings should provide space for street-related retail uses.

 

Study Recommendation 21 – Implement Additional Performance Standards to Support Local Character Areas and Heritage:  Performance Standards for new buildings in Character Areas and adjacent to heritage resources should guide a complementary built form that reflects the diversity found along Eglinton Avenue."

 

2.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to prepare the necessary Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures listed in Attachment 4 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning that are recommended for implementation at this time (Phase 1).

 

3.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the public, stakeholders and interested parties on the Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures listed in Attachment 4 (Phases 1 and 2) of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

4.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to report to the June 19, 2014 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on:

 

a.             the results of the consultation;

 

b         recommended amendments, if any, to the Study Recommendations listed in Attachment 3 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning;

 

c.         recommended amendments, if any, to the Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures listed in Attachment 4 (Phases 1 and 2) of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning;

 

d.          the planning instruments listed in Recommendation 2 above, in a form suitable for adoption by City Council (Attachment 4 - Phase 1); and

 

e         next steps for the further study and implementation of the elements of the Study Recommendations that are not recommended for implementation at this time (Attachment 4 – Phase 2 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning) .

 

5.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with appropriate staff, to work with Metrolinx to find suitable replacement space for the Hollis Child Care Centre within close proximity to 1 Hollis Street as part of Phase 2 implementation of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study.

 

6.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to identify any recommendations, in Attachment 3 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, which could serve as a precedent to destabilize development boundaries in other areas of the city and ensure that consultation on such recommendations simultaneously include residents in all such affected areas.

 

7.         City Council direct the City Clerk to give notice of a Statutory Public Meeting to be held by the Planning and Growth Management Committee on June 19, 2014 to consider the Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures referred to in Recommendation 2 (Attachment 4 - Phase 1) of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

8.         City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to ensure the emergency vehicle access locations onto the raised section of the LRT right-of-way, agreed to at the Metrolinx Emergency Services Working Group meetings in 2013, are reflected in the detailed design of the LRT guide-way.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered the following Items together:

 

-           EX41.2, headed "Metrolinx Rapid Transit Program – Allocation of the Public Realm Amount";

 

-           PG32.4, headed "Eglinton Connects Planning Study – Final Directions Report"; and

 

-           PW30.7, headed "Eglinton Connects – Environmental Assessment Study".

Background Information (Committee)

(March 19, 2014) Report and Attachments 1-5 and Appendix 1 and 2 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Eglinton Connects Planning Study - Final Directions Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-68062.pdf
(April 10, 2014) Presentation from Chief Planner and Executive Director and the Eglinton Planning Study Project Manager on Eglinton Connects - Overview of the Plan - Recommendations and Implementation Strategies
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-68486.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 8, 2014) Letter from Terry Mills, ARRIS Strategy Studio (PG.New.PG32.4.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46438.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Enzo Torrone, Chair, Fairbank Village Business Improvement Area (PG.New.PG32.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46639.pdf
(April 9, 2014) Letter from Steve Shallhorn, Chair, Toronto Community Benefits Network (PG.New.PG32.4.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46667.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Carol Burton-Fripp, Co-Presidents, Leaside Property Owners Association Incorporated (PG.New.PG32.4.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46705.pdf
(April 10, 2014) Letter from Monique Drepaul, Executive Director, The Eglinton Way (PG.New.PG32.4.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46716.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(April 30, 2014) Letter from Geoff Kettel, Chair, North York Community Preservation Panel (CC.Supp.PG32.4.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cc/comm/communicationfile-47088.pdf
(May 5, 2014) Letter from William Roberts, CORRA Chair, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CC.New.PG32.4.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cc/comm/communicationfile-47160.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to ensure the emergency vehicle access locations onto the raised section of the LRT right-of-way, agreed to at the Metrolinx Emergency Services Working Group meetings in 2013, are reflected in the detailed design of the LRT guide-way.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-06-2014 5:13 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG32.4 - Thompson - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Josh Colle, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-06-2014 5:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG32.4 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Ron Moeser
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan

PG32.4 - Eglinton Connects Planning Study - Final Directions Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
11 - York South-Weston, 12 - York South-Weston, 15 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 16 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 17 - Davenport, 21 - St. Paul's, 22 - St. Paul's, 25 - Don Valley West, 26 - Don Valley West, 34 - Don Valley East, 35 - Scarborough Southwest, 37 - Scarborough Centre

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Growth Management Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council approve the 21 Study Recommendations of the Eglinton Connects Plan, listed in Attachment 3 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, as follows:

"Travelling Eglinton

 

Study Recommendation 1 – Create a Complete Street:  Eglinton Avenue should provide a safe, convenient and active mix of transportation options for all users. Though implementation may take place over time, Eglinton Avenue should ultimately become increasingly multimodal, balancing space for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicles.

 

Study Recommendation 2 – Provide Wide Sidewalks:  Wide sidewalks (minimum 4.8 m or 6.0 m, depending on right-of-way width) provide generous and safe space for pedestrians, big trees, snow/garbage storage, street furniture and patios, and retail zones.  This should be achieved through consolidation of travel lanes and reallocation of space on the street to ensure that Eglinton Avenue has a vibrant and active pedestrian environment.

 

Study Recommendation 3 – Build Protected Cycling Lanes:  Protected cycling lanes across the full length of Eglinton Avenue should be constructed to create a safe, comfortable and direct route for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Bike lanes should be protected from traffic through such measures as raised lanes, barrier curbs and/or buffer strips. Connections to transit stations, trails and convenient bike parking facilities should be part of the comprehensive cycling network.

 

Study Recommendation 4 – Reallocate Road Space to Meet Projected Needs and Mobility Mix: The design of the Eglinton Avenue right-of-way should reflect the objectives of a complete street by allocating adequate space to a mix of mobility options.  Re-allocation of space from vehicular travel lanes responds to projected levels of vehicle movement, as well as an expected increase in pedestrian and cyclist movement. This approach maintains a functional level of service for moving vehicles, access for emergency services and goods movement. 

 

Study Recommendation 5 – Maintain Parking Supply:  Eglinton Avenue should be designed to maintain existing on-street parking supply, in order to serve retail and local businesses. Additional public parking should be integrated into new buildings and provided in rear lanes.

 

Study Recommendation 6 – Extend Network of Rear Lanes:  Laneways should be provided at the rear of all new buildings, if appropriate, to access below grade parking, servicing and loading in order to avoid conflicts on Eglinton Avenue, and for additional public parking to serve local retail.

 

Study Recommendation 7 – Implement Streetscape Typologies:  Seven distinct streetscape typologies have been identified and should be implemented to respond to local character, create a distinct sense of place through the public realm and support adjacent uses.

 

The seven distinct streetscape typologies are as follows:

 

  1. Jane Street to Black Creek Drive – four-lane cross-section plus two-way cycle track and multi-purpose path on the north side, bus and passenger pick up and drop off facilities in lay-bys.
  2. Black Creek Drive to Avenue Road, and Mount Pleasant Road to Bayview Avenue –four-lane cross-section with sidewalk level bike lanes, on-street, off-peak parking.
  3. Avenue Road to Mount Pleasant Road – three-lane cross-section including centre turn lane, lay-by parking, sidewalk level bike lanes, wider sidewalks.
  4. Bayview Avenue to Laird Drive – four-lane cross-section for residential area with sidewalk-level bike lanes, on-street, off-peak parking and narrower sidewalks than in mixed use areas, due to lower expected pedestrian traffic.
  5. Laird Drive to Brentcliffe Road – five-lane cross-section including centre turn lane, lay-by parking, bike lanes, wider sidewalks.
  6. Brentcliffe Road to Victoria Park Avenue (45m ROW) - four-lane cross-section with median-running surface LRT, on-street bike lanes, no parking, narrower sidewalks due to lower expected lower pedestrian volumes.
  7. Victoria Park Avenue to Kennedy Road (36m ROW) - four-lane cross-section with median-running surface LRT, on-street bike lanes, no parking, wider sidewalks.

Greening Eglinton

 

Study Recommendation 8 – Implement Three Primary Greening Typologies:  As the character of the urban landscape changes significantly across Eglinton Avenue, the streetscape design should be organized around three greening typologies – main street, boulevard and valley landscapes – each with its own unique greening strategy.

 

Main Street Landscape – includes large trees planted in trenches under the sidewalk and is located where the LRT runs underground, roughly between Black Creek Drive and Brentcliffe Road; mainly a 27 metre ROW.

 

Boulevard Landscapeincludes a formal treed boulevard to define the street edge, shade trees within open planters and a planted LRT trackway – located between Victoria Park Avenue and Kennedy Road, with a particular emphasis on the ‘Golden Mile’ (Victoria Park Avenue to Birchmount Road) with its 36 metre ROW.

 

Valley Landscape includes informal tree massing, native species and a planted LRT trackway – located around the Humber and Don Valleys.

 

Study Recommendation 9 – Create a Network of Green and Open Spaces:  Eglinton Avenue should connect a range of green and open spaces, from building setbacks, urban plazas, civic spaces and squares, to parks and valleys. The elements of this network should serve local, city and even regional needs for open space and natural areas.

 

Study Recommendation 10 – Grow Great Trees:  There should be large trees growing along Eglinton Avenue to establish a new identity for this corridor as a green and beautiful street with a full tree canopy. Mature tree growth requires additional soil volume and/or open planters, as well as the burying of overhead wiring to eliminate conflicts.

 

Study Recommendation 11 – Relocate Hydro Below-Grade:  Overhead hydro lines should be buried to provide adequate and unobstructed space for mature tree growth, and contribute to uncluttered sidewalks and boulevards.

 

Study Recommendation 12 – Connect Eglinton Avenue to the Trails and Ravine System:  Eglinton Avenue provides a direct visual and physical connection to the iconic valleys of the Humber and Don Rivers, and their tributaries, including Black Creek.  The Eglinton LRT will provide an enhanced linkage between these natural systems. New connections and an enhanced street presence should be created along Eglinton Avenue to the major valleys, multi-use trails and the ravine system.

 

Study Recommendation 13 – Green Transit Infrastructure/Green Trackway:  The at-grade segment of the Eglinton LRT, between Brentcliffe Road and Kennedy Station, should be designed with grass or sedum on the trackway and landscaping, planters and trees at LRT platforms. Each of the LRT portals should also contribute to creating a green corridor.

 

Study Recommendation 14 – Plan a Public Art Program:  Public art along Eglinton Avenue should be coordinated through a Public Art Program that is developed through a Public Art Master Plan process specific to the Eglinton Avenue corridor.  This will ensure that priorities for public art opportunities are guided through a well-defined process. 

Building Eglinton

 

Study Recommendation 15 – Encourage Mid-Rise Buildings on Eglinton Avenue through As-of-Right Zoning Permissions:  New buildings should be predominantly mid-rise in scale for the portions of Eglinton Avenue that are identified as an Avenue in the Official Plan. As-of-right zoning permissions should be adopted to encourage mid-rise development for these locations.

 

Study Recommendation 16 – Maximize Opportunities for Mid-Rise Development on Shallow Lots: Opportunities on shallow lots should be maximized to allow development to achieve all of the Performance Standards for Mid-Rise Buildings, including a maximum height equivalent to the planned width of the right-of-way, transition to lower scale neighbourhoods and laneways.

 

Study Recommendation 17 – Integrate LRT Station Sites with New Development:  From a city-building perspective, LRT station sites are ideal locations for new mixed use development, combining retail, residential and employment uses. The siting and design of the stations should set a precedent and establish a new context for connecting development to transit.

 

Study Recommendation 18 – Plan For Intensification In Focus Areas and Mobility Hubs:  The six Focus Areas and two Mobility Hubs include large sites where mixed use intensification should occur over time, including some sites that should be integrated with Eglinton LRT stations. These areas provide opportunities for incorporating a mix of residential and employment uses in a range of building heights and sizes, combined with new public streets, community services and facilities, and high quality green and open spaces.

 

Study Recommendation 19 – Expand Community Services and Facilities, Including Green and Open Spaces, in Tandem with Development:  The role of Eglinton Avenue will change in the coming years, along with the intensity of activity and land uses. As more people and jobs move to the corridor, new community services and facilities, including green and open spaces, such as parks, should be planned in conjunction with new development and the LRT.

 

Study Recommendation 20 – Encourage Street-Related Retail:  In segments of Eglinton Avenue where retail is required or encouraged, the ground floor of new buildings should provide space for street-related retail uses.

 

Study Recommendation 21 – Implement Additional Performance Standards to Support Local Character Areas and Heritage:  Performance Standards for new buildings in Character Areas and adjacent to heritage resources should guide a complementary built form that reflects the diversity found along Eglinton Avenue."

  

2.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to prepare the necessary Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures listed in Attachment 4 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning that are recommended for implementation at this time (Phase 1).

 

3.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to consult with the public, stakeholders and interested parties on the Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures listed in Attachment 4 (Phases 1 and 2) of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

 

4.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to report to the June 19, 2014 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on:

 

a.          the results of the consultation;

 

b        recommended amendments, if any, to the Study Recommendations listed in Attachment 3 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning;

 

c.         recommended amendments, if any, to the Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures listed in Attachment 4 (Phases 1 and 2) of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning;

 

d.         the planning instruments listed in Recommendation 2 above, in a form suitable for adoption by City Council (Attachment 4 - Phase 1); and

 

e        next steps for the further study and implementation of the elements of the Study Recommendations that are not recommended for implementation at this time (Attachment 4 – Phase 2 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning) .

 

5.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with appropriate staff, to work with Metrolinx to find suitable replacement space for the Hollis Child Care Centre within close proximity to 1 Hollis Street as part of Phase 2 implementation of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study.

 

6.         City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to identify any recommendations, in Attachment 3 of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, which could serve as a precedent to destabilize development boundaries in other areas of the city and ensure that consultation on such recommendations simultaneously include residents in all such affected areas.

 

7.         City Council direct the City Clerk to give notice of a Statutory Public Meeting to be held by the Planning and Growth Management Committee on June 19, 2014 to consider the Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments and other planning instruments and measures referred to in Recommendation 2 (Attachment 4 - Phase 1) of the report (March 19, 2014) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Manager, Eglinton Connects Planning Study gave a presentation to the Planning and Growth Management Committee.

Origin

(March 19, 2014) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

Eglinton Avenue is Toronto’s east-west “metropolitan” street.  It exhibits every type of built form and streetscape to be found in our City.  The fact that most of Eglinton Avenue is identified as an Avenue and designated Mixed Use Areas or Employment Areas in the Official Plan makes it a prime candidate for reurbanization and rejuvenation.  The diversity of Eglinton Avenue makes it a fascinating and challenging part of the City.  

 

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is scheduled to open for business from Weston Road to Kennedy Road in 2020.  This investment by Metrolinx of more than $5 billion has created an impetus to study Eglinton Avenue and develop a long-range plan for its intensification and beautification. 

 

The Eglinton Connects Planning Study is the comprehensive planning review of Eglinton Avenue which responds to the opportunity presented by the LRT.  It proposes a Plan for Eglinton Avenue that is based on a long-term Vision, a Vision of a green, beautiful linear space that supports residential living, employment, retail and public uses in a setting of community vibrancy. The Vision is to be realized through 21 recommendations, organized into three themes: Travelling, Greening and Building.  The Vision and its implementation plan were developed through extensive public and stakeholder consultations.  Full details are contained in the consultants' report, found at www.toronto.ca/eglinton.

 

The Travelling and Greening recommendations form a Streetscape Plan that will make Eglinton Avenue a beautiful, comfortable and complete street.  The Building (Built Form) recommendations propose mid-rise and mixed use for most, but not all, of Eglinton Avenue.  There are places in the Study Area where greater heights and densities may be supported.   There are also parts of Eglinton Avenue that should see little or no change. 

 

One thing is certain, Eglinton Avenue as a whole will see significant growth and change over the coming years, quickly in some areas and more slowly in others.  The Study forecasts the growth and discusses how new and current residents and workers can live in neighbourhoods that are not only beautiful and functional but provided with the community services and facilities needed to promote a good quality of life.

 

This report proposes implementation measures and recommends one more round of consultation on the 21 Study Recommendations, leading to a Final Report in June.  The June report will contain the planning instruments needed to implement the recommendations that are ready to be put into action now.  Identification of the next steps for the additional work required to finish the Study and make final recommendations to complete the Vision will also be part of that report.

Background Information

(March 19, 2014) Report and Attachments 1-5 and Appendix 1 and 2 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Eglinton Connects Planning Study - Final Directions Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-68062.pdf
(April 10, 2014) Presentation from Chief Planner and Executive Director and the Eglinton Planning Study Project Manager on Eglinton Connects - Overview of the Plan - Recommendations and Implementation Strategies
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-68486.pdf

Communications

(April 8, 2014) Letter from Terry Mills, ARRIS Strategy Studio (PG.New.PG32.4.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46438.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Enzo Torrone, Chair, Fairbank Village Business Improvement Area (PG.New.PG32.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46639.pdf
(April 9, 2014) Letter from Steve Shallhorn, Chair, Toronto Community Benefits Network (PG.New.PG32.4.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46667.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Carol Burton-Fripp, Co-Presidents, Leaside Property Owners Association Incorporated (PG.New.PG32.4.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46705.pdf
(April 10, 2014) Letter from Monique Drepaul, Executive Director, The Eglinton Way (PG.New.PG32.4.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/comm/communicationfile-46716.pdf

Speakers

Terry Mills, ARRIS Strategy Studio
Monique Drepaul, The Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area
Eileen Denny, Vice Chair, CORRA, Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto
Jessica Wilson, President, Ossington Community Association
Geoff Kettel, Co-President , Leaside Property Owners Association
Councillor Josh Matlow

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Carried)

That the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with appropriate staff, work with Metrolinx to find suitable replacement space for the Hollis Child Care Centre within close proximity to 1 Hollis Street as part of Phase 2 implementation of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor John Filion (Lost)

That recommendation 16 related to Neighbourhood Enhancement zones, maximizing opportunities for development on shallow lots, in Attachment 3, be deleted.


3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor John Filion (Lost)

That recommendations related to demonstration projects (listed on Page 29 of the staff report Phase 1 - 1.3) be deleted.

Vote (Amend Item) Apr-10-2014

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Josh Colle, John Filion
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Peter Milczyn (Chair), Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor John Filion (Carried)

That the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning identify any recommendations, in Attachment 3, which could serve as a precedent to destabilize development boundaries in other areas of the city and ensure that consultation on such recommendations simultaneously include residents in all such affected areas.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-10-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Josh Colle, John Filion, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Peter Milczyn (Chair), Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata

5 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Peter Milczyn (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council