In July 2019, City Council reached a settlement regarding a site-specific appeal to Official Plan Amendment 231 (OPA) for the former Mr. Christie’s factory lands at Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West, which was subsequently approved by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in August 2019. In October 2019, City staff initiated a Planning Study with the goal of creating a comprehensive planning framework for the area and resumed work on the Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan.
This study is the culmination of a site-specific appeal to economic health policies contained within OPA 231 which was submitted in 2013. At its July 17, 2019 meeting, City Council adopted a settlement with First Capital Realty to re-designate the majority of the lands from Employment Areas to General Employment Areas and Regeneration Areas within the Official Plan. The settlement secures a number of matters through an amended Site and Area Specific Policy (SASP No. 15), which directs the City to prepare a Secondary Plan for the study area. Years of negotiation and stakeholder involvement have shaped the key principles of SASP No. 15, and these form the basis for the project scope, outlined below. The settlement was approved by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) on August 22, 2019.
Together with the Secondary Plan process, City Council has directed staff to resume work on the Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan. The Secondary Plan study will be launched in October 2019. Upcoming work will include public consultation with public and local stakeholders; the development of a draft Secondary Plan; and coordination with the submission of First Capital Realty’s OPA and pending Draft Plan of Subdivision for their development proposal.
Formerly the site of the Mr. Christie factory, the current study area approximately 12.1 hectares (30 acres) is bounded by the Gardiner Expressway to the north; Lake Shore Boulevard West to the east and southeast; and, Park Lawn Road to the west and southwest. The lands are vacant, except for the existing water tower and a stand-alone BMO bank located at the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Park Lawn Road.
First Capital Realty owns 11.1 hectares (27 acres) of the study area and is finalizing an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) application to facilitate their development proposal for their portion of the study area.
As part of the Christie’s Site Secondary Planning Process, a series of community consultation meetings will be held to:
On February 3, 2020, City Planning and Transportation Services hosted a Stakeholder Meeting together to provide an update on the Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan and the Christie’s Planning Study. Local community groups, resident and ratepayer associations, non-profit organizations, and Business Improvement Areas (BIA) in the Park Lawn Lake Shore and South Etobicoke area were invited to attend the meeting. As part of the discussion on the Christie’s Planning Study, attendees were asked to identify their area priorities and when the priorities should be delivered. A summary of the responses is available.
An open house regarding First Capital Realty’s Official Plan Amendment application (19 239170 WET 03 OZ) for 2150 & 2194 Lake Shore Boulevard West and 23 Park Lawn Road was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Trident Banquet & Conference Centre (145 Evans Avenue , Unit 200, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5X8).
Information was available on both the application and the Christie’s Planning Study at the open house. The boards and presentation material from the community meeting are available on the City’s Application Information Centre, along with First Capital Realty’s application submission materials.
The first public open house for the Christie’s Planning Study was held Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Trident Banquet & Conference Centre (145 Evans Avenue, Unit 200, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5X8):
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At its January 22, 2020 meeting, Planning and Housing Committee considered a Staff Report which provided an update on the Christie’s Planning Study and preliminary information on the Official Plan Amendment application submitted by First Capital Realty. Planning and Housing Committee directed City Planning, in collaboration with its divisional partners, to continue to review the Christie’s Planning Study and the application by First Capital Realty together. The Committee also approved the key directions for the site and anticipated timeline for the Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law for the study area.
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