Urban Design Guidelines
Guidelines deal with the full range of urban design issues from the development of entire civic centres and new residential communities to the design of specific building types or individual public and semipublic spaces.
When City Council adopted the Official Plan in November 2002, it
was anticipated that all relevant area-based and site-specific urban
design guidelines previously approved by the former Councils would
be compiled into a single document. This "companion" to
the Official Plan has now been completed, and all relevant area-based
and site-specific design guidelines from across the amalgamated
City have been consolidated in this document.
The intent of
this document is to give previously existing area and site specific
urban design guideines clear and uniform status under the new Official
Plan. In the past, in rare instances, previous guidelines were included
as policies within Secondary Plans. More frequently, guidelines
were "appended" to Secondary Plans or site specific Official
Plan Amendments, and as such were non-statutory. In most instances,
guidelines were simply adopted or endorsed by Councils as stand-alone,
non-statutory, guidelines. The area and site specific guidelines
contained in this document are also not statutory, but will serve
the critical function of providing detailed guidance and precision
about the implementation of the Plan not achievable in policy.
At its meeting
on July 20 2004, Toronto City Council adopted the following recommendations
from the Planning and Transportation Committee:
recommended that City Council:
(1) adopt the
area-based and site-specific urban design guidelines contained in
the Urban Design Guidelines companion document - Attachment (a)
and to advise all staff to use the guidelines in the review of development
applications in the areas where they apply including the Committee
(2) adopt the
Bloor-Yorkville/North Midtown Urban Design Guidelines - Attachment
staff to make such stylistic and technical changes as may be necessary
to publish the Urban Design Guidelines companion document;"
The Urban Design
Guidelines companion document will be produced in electronic format
and made available on the City's web-site and as a CD. Hard copy
versions will be produced in three-ring binders, with new guidelines
added as available and obsolete guidelines removed.
New Site Specific Guidelines!
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