City Planning is currently reviewing Danforth Avenue between Coxwell Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue to assess the existing character, heritage resources and character-defining features of Danforth Avenue, built form, public realm, retail vitality, community services and facilities with the context of the various surrounding neighbourhoods.

Danforth Avenue is primarily characterized by low-rise (two to three storey) mixed-use buildings and is identified as an Avenue in the Toronto Official Plan. This area along Danforth Avenue is experiencing some development interest because of the size of lots, their attributes and/or availability, thus requiring a local planning framework to guide and manage growth.

The study area includes properties with frontage on Danforth Avenue between Coxwell Avenue to the west and Victoria Park Avenue to the east.

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The Danforth Avenue Planning Study consists of four phases. The Study is currently in Phase 3.

Phase 1:
April – September 2016

  • Consult on and finalize Terms of Reference
  • Community Engagement: Community Consultation Meeting #1

Phase 2:
September 2016 – March 2017

  • Conduct research and prepare Area Profile Report
  • Community Engagement: Community Consultation Meeting #2
  • Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #1
  • Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #2

Phase 3:
March – December 2017

  • Community Engagement on Scope of Work objectives and analysis on built form, public realm, supporting retail, complete streets, community services and facilities, heritage and historic character
  • Community Consultation Meeting #3
  • Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #3

Phase 4:
December 2017 – March 2018

  • Community Engagement
  • Finalize Official Plan Amendment
  • Develop Design Guidelines
  • Final City Staff Report to Toronto and East York Community Council

  • The key deliverables expected from the study are as follows:
    Area Profile Report for the Danforth Avenue Planning Study – now available
  • Final report to Council that includes draft amendments to the Site and Area Specific Policies in the Official Plan
  • Official Plan Amendment, which includes development criteria for proposed development within the study area and provides clarity on how the Planning and Urban Design Guidelines are to be utilized and
  • Planning and Urban Design Guidelines

Character and Place

  • Articulate the existing and planned character of the Danforth, including establishing a vision for future growth and development;
  • Establish a character statement that reflects the rich history of Danforth Avenue and provides a vision for future growth

Built Form

  • Examine the Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study within the local context of Danforth Avenue (from Coxwell Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue)
  • Supplement the existing Avenue and Mid-Rise Buildings Study to respond to specific local character by creating local Urban Design Guidelines to manage future growth and built form
  • Identify best practices for transitioning to adjacent low-scale neighbourhoods

Public Realm

  • Identify strategies to enhance and animate the public realm and streetscaping on both the north and south side of Danforth Avenue within the study area to improve amenity and walkability
  • Identify opportunities for new parks and open spaces along Danforth Avenue
  • Identify opportunities for public art within the study area

Retail/Commercial Vitality

  • Identify any planning tools that may support a strong and diverse retail and commercial sector
  • Identify parking issues for local retail needs

Cycling

  • Coordinate the study outcomes with the City’s 10-year Cycling Network Plan and program
  • Develop complete streets policies for the study area

Transit Stations

  • Explore how to improve pedestrian connectivity between the Main subway station and the Danforth GO station and work with Metrolinx to leverage opportunities from their Danforth GO planning study
  • Identify site-specific public realm and streetscaping improvements (such as improved wayfinding opportunities) within the existing Gateway Hub at the intersection of Danforth Avenue and Main Street
  • Examine pedestrian connectivity, public realm and other issues related to the Coxwell and Woodbine subway stations

Community Services and Facilities

  • Outline neighbourhood demographics, future growth projections and a community services and facilities inventory
  • A review of current and future community services and facilities needs as well as priorities for the area

Heritage and Historic Character

  • Identify built form heritage resources within the study area and strategies to achieve conservation
  • Review the local history, existing cultural heritage resources and character-defining features to determine heritage items that should be conserved