City staff hosted a virtual community consultation meeting on November 5, 2020 on the draft Secondary Plan, Zoning By-law and Urban Design and Streetscape Guidelines, as well as the development applications for the Christie’s site. To view the meeting materials, as well as a summary of comments received at the meeting and through our on-line consultation page, please see the Meetings & Events tab below.
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.
City staff hosted a virtual consultation meeting on November 5, 2020 for residents to learn about the City’s draft Secondary Plan, Zoning By-law and Urban Design and Streetscape Guidelines, as well as the current development applications by First Capital Realty for the Christie’s site. The meeting included playing pre-recorded video presentations by City staff and representatives from First Capital Realty (FCR) followed by a Q&A session with questions from the public.
In addition to the public meeting, the Christie’s Planning Study team shared study materials on-line (EngageTO, Social Pinpoint) from October 29 – November 23, 2020. Residents could view the pre-recorded presentation videos as well as information boards about the project and provide comment.
Since our last public meetings in the fall of 2019, City staff have been continuing to advance the work of the Christie’s Planning Study. The Public Open House planned for March 24, 2020 was postponed. The following boards outline the information that was planned to be presented by staff.
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 priorities for the area 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.
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 the Trident Banquet & Conference Centre.
More information on future engagement events, as well as summaries of what has been heard, will be posted here when available. Please use the information box below to sign-up for receive periodic E-Updates and notices about upcoming meetings and events.
Type (don’t copy and paste) your email into the box below, check the box next to the e-update description and then click “Subscribe”. You will receive an email with instructions to confirm your request.