Christie’s Planning Study
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.
- Built Form and Land Use
- Infrastructure, Energy & the Environment
- Mobility and Transit
- Community Services and Facilities
- Parks and Open Space
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:
- Establish community priorities;
- Examine transit and mobility options;
- Receive feedback regarding public amenities, facilities and services; and,
- Solicit feedback on the City’s proposed planning framework, as well as First Capital Realty’s development proposal.
- Thursday, October 17, 2019
The first public open house will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trident Banquet & Conference Centre (145 Evans Avenue, Unit 200, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5X8)
- SASP 15
- Decision by the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal – Please contact the Planner for more information
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