DRP E-update No. 53, February 22, 2018
The Design Review Panel is a group of independent design professionals, including architects, landscape architects, urban designers and engineers. They review large-scale private development and public projects, and provide objective advice aimed at improving design of the public realm. Panel meetings are open to the public and interested persons are welcome to attend.
Next Meeting: Thursday February 22, 2018
Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2 (2nd floor)
12:30 p.m. – High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area Character Study (1st Review)
Application: City Study
- Elisabeth Silva Stewart, Community Planning; Allison Reid, Urban Design
The City of Toronto is undertaking an area based study of the Apartment Neighbourhood located north of High Park. The Study will assess the physical character of the area and develop a policy framework to guide future change and compatible infill development.
The Study began in October 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. It is anticipated that the Study will result in a Site and Area-Specific Official Plan Policy.
Find out more: High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area Character Study
1:50 p.m. – 1779-1791 St Clair Avenue West (2nd Review)
(First Review was May 2017)
Application: Site Plan Approval
- Sean Rooney, Community Planning; Allison Reid, Urban Design
- SMV Architects
Proposal for a 12 storey mixed use development containing a total of 274 residential units. The proposed development would have a residential density of 5.07 times the area of the lot and a commercial density of 0.23 times the area of the lot, resulting in a total FSI of 5.41. The proposed development also includes indoor and outdoor amenity space.
Find out more: 1779-1791 St Clair Ave W
3:10 p.m. – Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study (1st Review)
Application: City Study
- Russell Crooks and Emily Caldwell, Community Planning; Sasha Terry, Urban Design
The City of Toronto is undertaking the Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study, which will develop a vision and comprehensive planning framework for the Golden Mile area. the vision and planning framework will form the foundation for the Secondary Plan, Urban Design Guidelines and other planning tools to be developed by the City Planning Division.
Find out more: Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study
4:25 p.m. – Portland Commons – 517 Wellington Street West (1st Review)
The Portland Property Group
- Nathaniel Baker, Community Planning; Nasim Adab, Urban Design
- Sweeny &Co Architects
Proposed 16-storey office building with ground floor retail space and the retention of the existing Copp Clark Publishing Co. heritage buildings on the subject property that are currently used for commercial and office uses.
Find out more: Portland Commons
5:30 p.m. Adjournment
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12:30 p.m. – TOcore Parks and Public Realm Plan (3rd Review)
(1st Review was October 2016, 2nd Review was February 2017)
Application: City Study
- Kristina Reinders, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis
- Adam Nicklin, Public Work
The new Downtown Plan is a 25-year vision that sets the direction for the city centre as the cultural, civic, retail and economic heart of Toronto and as a great place to live. A series of goals – grouped around the themes of complete communities, connectivity, prosperity, resiliency and responsibility – establish outcomes the Downtown Plan intends to achieve as growth continues.
The proposed Downtown Plan provides detailed direction on the appropriate scale and location of future growth. It also links this growth with infrastructure provision to ensure the creation of ‘Complete Communities’. It represents the first comprehensive update since the mid 1970s.
Find out more: TOcore
2:05 p.m. – Bayview Village – 2901 Bayview Avenue (1st Review)
Application: OPA & Rezoning QuadReal Property Group Presentations:
- Josh Reis, Community Planning; Joanna Chludzinska, Urban Design
- Hariri Pontarini Architects; DIALOG
Bayview Village development including two principal development sites (North and South). The North site to include one 19-storey mixed use building; two 6-storey mixed use buildings; and a retail addition to the existing Bayview Village Shopping Centre. The south site includes a mixed use building with two towers (33 and 28 storeys); and a five storey parking structure.
Find out more: Bayview Village
3:25 p.m. – Commerce Court (1st Review)
Application: Rezoning Quad Real Property Group Presentations:
- Henry Tang, Community Planning; James Parakh, Urban Design; Steven Bell, Heritage Preservation Services
- George Dark, Urban Strategies; Hariri Pontarini Architects
Zoning By-law Amendment to permit the construction of a 64-storey office-retail building on the existing Commerce Court site. The proposal includes an addition to the Hotel Victoria building. The existing Commerce Court South and East buildings are proposed to be demolished.
Find out more: Commerce Court