The purpose of the Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative is to explore opportunities for pedestrian, transit, public realm improvements and community benefits and the relationship of this community to the surrounding residential community. The review will address the Council directive and be led by City Planning, in consultation with other relevant City divisions and agencies.
City Council adopted the Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative at its meeting on August 25, 2014 (TE34.96 – Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative – A Public Space Plan for the Carlaw-Dundas Area).
Current work on the implementation of the Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative can be found at the Carlaw and Dundas in Leslieville website.
The Carlaw + Dundas area is a former industrial area that has been undergoing a transformation from a former industrial area to an emerging hub of cultural and creative workers and residents in the City’s east end. The area is designated as Employment Areas in the Official Plan which encourages “places of business and economic activity”. The area is also subject to Policy No. 154 that allows a mix of employment and residential uses.
The area has been experiencing an influx of small businesses, live/work and residential uses since Policy No. 154 was put in place in 1998. With the number of people now working and living in the area, a review is needed to determine public realm improvements.
TE34.96 – Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative – A Public Space Plan for the Carlaw-Dundas Area
City Council adopted the Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative item with the following recommendations.
TE22.84 – Dundas/Carlaw Corridor Study
On February 26, 2013, TEY Community Council further directed that City Planning include items in the study as follows:
TE19.6 – Final Report – 345, 347 and 349 Carlaw Avenue – Zoning Amendment Application
On October 10, TEY Community Council directed City Planning to report back to Toronto and East York Community Council in 2013 on potential development guidelines and public realm improvements for the Dundas and Carlaw community.