Item - 2014.PG35.21

Tracking Status

PG35.21 - Midtown in Focus - Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton Area

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
16 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 22 - St. Paul's, 25 - Don Valley West

City Council Decision

City Council on August 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council adopt the Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan and support the strategies and initiatives identified in this plan, in order to inform current and future development applications to begin the implementation of the identified priority improvements to achieve the vision for the Yonge-Eglinton public realm through the improvement of the quality, quantity and character of parks, open spaces and streets within the area.

 

2.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to establish and lead an interdivisional staff team to prepare an Implementation Strategy for Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape. The staff team should include: Transportation Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Water, Real Estate Services, Engineering and Construction Services, Finance and Economic Development. Staff from other agencies will also be consulted in the preparation of the Implementation Strategy, including: Toronto Public Library Board, Toronto Transit Commission, Metrolinx, Toronto Hydro and Toronto District School Board.

 

3.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the General Manager, Transportation Services, and the Acting General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to jointly undertake the Implementation Strategy, set out in Part 2 above, to study the feasibility and establish the priorities of the ten "Quick Win" projects identified in the Midtown in Focus, and provide an overall strategy for the timing, prioritizing and necessary approvals for consideration in future capital budget processes.

 

4.         City Council request that upon completion of both the Implementation Strategy for the Midtown in Focus initiative and the feasibility study for the ten "Quick Win" projects, that the Chief Financial Officer and the Deputy City Manager identify a capital financing strategy that will include the coordination of capital funding, for Council's consideration as part of future capital budget processes.

 

5.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to prepare draft amendments to the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan to implement the Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan which support the Midtown in Focus Plan objectives and include:

 

a.         a new public realm structure plan identifying the Five Place-making Moves;

b.          clarification of polices related to the impacts of private developments on the public realm;

c.         an enhanced parkland acquisition strategy; and

d.         Section 37 implementation priorities.

Background Information (Committee)

(July 8, 2014) Report and Attachment 1 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Midtown in Focus - Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton Area
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-72138.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(August 6, 2014) E-mail from Ben Daube, President, The Sherwood Park Residents' Association (PG.Supp.PG35.21.1)
(August 6, 2014) E-mail from Michael Black, Ward Captain, Cycle Toronto Midtown (PG.Supp.PG35.21.2)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Aug-27-2014 2:13 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PG35.21 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 28 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, James Maloney, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 17 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz

PG35.21 - Midtown in Focus - Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton Area

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
16 - Eglinton-Lawrence, 22 - St. Paul's, 25 - Don Valley West

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Growth Management Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council adopt the Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan and support the strategies and initiatives identified in this plan, in order to inform current and future development applications to begin the implementation of the identified priority improvements to achieve the vision for the Yonge-Eglinton public realm through the improvement of the quality, quantity and character of parks, open spaces and streets within the area;

 

2.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to establish and lead an interdivisional staff team to prepare an Implementation Strategy for Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape. The staff team should include: Transportation Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Water, Real Estate Services, Engineering and Construction Services, Finance and Economic Development. Staff from other agencies will also be consulted in the preparation of the Implementation Strategy, including: Toronto Public Library Board, TTC, Metrolinx, Toronto Hydro and Toronto District School Board;

 

3.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, General Manager, Transportation Services, and General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to jointly undertake the Implementation Strategy, set out in Recommendation 2 above, to study the feasibility and establish the priorities of the ten "Quick Win" projects identified in the Midtown in Focus, and provide an overall strategy for the timing, prioritizing and necessary approvals for consideration in future capital budget processes;

 

4.         City Council request that upon completion of both the Implementation Strategy for the Midtown in Focus initiative and the feasibility study for the ten "Quick Win" projects, that the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy City Manager identify a capital financing strategy that will include the coordination of capital funding, for Council's consideration as part of future capital budget processes; and

 

5.         City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to prepare draft amendments to the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan to implement the Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan which support the Midtown in Focus Plan objectives and include:

 

a.         A new public realm structure plan identifying the Five Place-making Moves;

b.         Clarification of polices related to the impacts of private developments on the public realm;

c.         An enhanced parkland acquisition strategy; and

d.         Section 37 implementation priorities.

Origin

(July 8, 2014) Report from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report presents the recommendations of the Midtown in Focus, Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan.

 

The City Planning Division began a study of Yonge-Eglinton's public realm in 2013.  The firm Public Work in consultation with Swerhun Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Quadrangle was retained to undertake the Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Master Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton Study Area — branded during the course of the study as the Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan.  Integral to the consultant team’s work program was an extensive public engagement component that included community walks, public meetings, stakeholder meetings, and digital media.

 

The Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan is a master plan for the public realm.  It establishes a comprehensive vision and presents a flexible, phased approach for improving the parks, open spaces and streetscapes to create a high quality public realm for the Yonge-Eglinton study area.  The plan is responsive not only to current community needs, but also to anticipated growth and change.  The Midtown in Focus Plan is a guide for creating more liveable, walkable and memorable public spaces within Midtown at Yonge and Eglinton.

 

An Executive Summary is attached as Attachment 1 to this report.

 

The Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan is available on the City's website at:

http://www.toronto.ca/planning/midtowninfocus

Background Information

(July 8, 2014) Report and Attachment 1 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Midtown in Focus - Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton Area
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-72138.pdf

Communications

(August 6, 2014) E-mail from Ben Daube, President, The Sherwood Park Residents' Association (PG.Supp.PG35.21.1)
(August 6, 2014) E-mail from Michael Black, Ward Captain, Cycle Toronto Midtown (PG.Supp.PG35.21.2)

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Karen Stintz (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council