Planning staff were directed in 2014 by North York Community Council to draft Official Plan Amendments, amendments to the Zoning By-laws, and other planning tools and necessary implementation strategies, suited to the Avenue. The Avenue Study recommendations will be implemented through a Secondary Plan. The proposed Secondary Plan for Dufferin Street provides a comprehensive framework to guide growth, including direction for a desired type and form of physical development, providing for appropriate transition in scale and activity between districts, and guides investment in infrastructure and community services and facilities required to support future growth. Specifically, the proposed Secondary Plan envisions a mix of residential and commercial land uses, improved connectivity through new public streets and lanes, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and priority transit lanes.

The Dufferin Street Secondary Plan draft Official Plan policies and draft Urban Design Guidelines, and the city staff report with recommendations, was considered at the June 12th, 2015 North York Community Council meeting where Council directed staff to circulate the Draft Secondary Plan to City Divisions, Agencies, the Technical Advisory Committee, and Local Advisory Committee, and to post the draft Secondary Plan on the study webpage. In addition to the Dufferin Street Avenue Study community consultation initiatives in 2013 – 2014), two PIPs (Planners and Public Spaces) events were hosted by City staff on August 12th, 2015 at the Marleeville Festival on Marlee Avenue, and September 10th, 2015 at the Columbus Centre.

The Dufferin Street Secondary Plan Official Plan Amendment and Urban Design Guidelines, and the City staff report with recommendations was considered at the November 10th, 2015 North York Community Council  and adopted with amendments. On December 9, 2015, City Council adopted the Secondary Plan and Urban Design Guidelines without amendments and without debate. By-law 1351-2015 has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Dufferin Street Secondary Plan: Final Report

Staff Report on the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan Official Plan Amendment and Urban Design Guidelines, and the city staff recommendations was considered at the November 10th, 2015 North York Community Council meeting and Decemeber 9th, 2015 meeting of City Council.

The Dufferin Street Secondary Plan Official Plan Amendment and Urban Design Guidelines, and the City staff report with recommendations was considered at the November 10th, 2015 North York Community Council  and adopted with amendments. On December 9, 2015, City Council adopted the Secondary Plan and Urban Design Guidelines without amendments and without debate.

By-law 1351-2015 has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

3140 Dufferin Street

Refusal Report – Proposed amendment to the Official Plan at 3140-3170 Dufferin Street and 60-68 Apex Road to permit two mixed-use buildings of 28 and 22 storeys separated by a new public road oriented in a north to south configuration. The overall development would have a gross floor area of approximately 59,400 square metres and a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 3.86. There would be 578 residential units, 878 parking spaces and 1135 bicycle parking spaces. A new 1900 square metre public park is also proposed.

The Staff report reviews and recommends refusal of the application to amend the Official Plan as it is inconsistent with the recently-adopted Dufferin Street Secondary Plan.

City Initiated Official Plan Amendment Dufferin Street Avenue Study

The Dufferin Street Secondary Plan draft Official Plan policies, and the city staff report with recommendations was considered at the June 12th, 2015 North York Community Council meeting. Council’s recommendations can be found here.

Dufferin Street Avenue Study – Status Report

A Status report summarizing the results of the Dufferin Street Avenue Study, and recommendations for implementation, was considered at the August 12th, 2014 North York Community Council meeting and August 25th, 2014 City Council meeting. The City staff report and Council’s recommendations can be found here.

3450 Dufferin Street

This application proposes to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit three mixed-use buildings of 37, 33 and 29-storeys including hotel and restaurant uses. This proposal includes 255 hotel rooms, 1,044 residential units and a public park. The total gross floor area of the development is 84,466m2. The development would have a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4.1.

The owner appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application on January 6, 2017 and the Official Plan Amendment on March 7, 2017 to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) citing City Council’s failure to make a decision within the prescribed time frames set out in the Planning Act.

This item will be considered by North York Community Council on April 4, 2017. It will be considered by City Council on April 26, 2017, subject to the actions of the North York Community Council. The report is available online.

 

The City of Toronto has completed a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) to address transportation and infrastructure needs in the areas adjacent to Dufferin Street between Highway 401 and Lawrence Avenue West. The TMP and IMP are in accordance with Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process and complement the Dufferin Street Avenue Study, which recommends a preferred land use and built form scenario.

Alternative transportation planning and servicing solutions were identified and evaluated against a set of criteria. The TMP and IMP set out recommended phasing and future environmental assessment work to support a preferred solution identified through this analysis.

The studies were carried out satisfying the requirements for Phase 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. The Project File has been completed and placed on public record for a 30-day review period starting January 29, 2015 and ending February 27, 2015.

For more information or a copy of the Notice of Completion or the Dufferin Street Avenue Study – Transportation Master Plan please contact Andria Sallese at 416-395-7166 or asalles@toronto.ca.

The Dufferin Street Avenue Study – (Planning) Status Report was considered by North York Community Council on August 12, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. The Status Report was considered by City Council on August 25, 2014, and the decision can be found here.

DTAH has prepared its final report which makes recommendations to amend the City of Toronto Official Plan, the former City of North York By-Law 7625 and the City Wide Zoning By-law, for the study area. The report also recommends that Staff finalize a set of Urban Design Guidelines prior to implementing the findings and recommendations contained in the Dufferin Street ‘Avenue’ Study.

Staff Report

Staff Report: Recommending that an Avenue Study be undertaken for Dufferin Street between Highway 401 to just south of Lawrence Avenue West.

Executive Summary for Phase 1

The Executive Summary for Phase 1 has been completed, which gives a synopsis and overview of the study area and the processes involved to achieve the final report.

Executive Summary for Phase 2

The Executive Summary for Phase 2 has been completed, which gives a synopsis and overview of the results of the Design Charette and public consultation, and the design options that were identified, evaluated and tested as part of Phase 2.

Executive Summary for Phase 3

The Executive Summary for Phase 3 has been completed which summarizes the consultation in this phase, and provides an overview of the preferred option which was based on evaluation criteria and the preliminary options evaluated in Phase 2.

Consultant’s Study

DTAH has prepared its final report which makes recommendations to amend the City of Toronto Official Plan, the former City of North York By-Law 7625 and the City Wide Zoning By-law, for the study area. The report also recommends that Staff finalize a set of Urban Design Guidelines prior to implementing the findings and recommendations contained in the Dufferin Street ‘Avenue’ Study.

3450 Dufferin Street

This application proposes to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit three mixed-use buildings of 37, 33 and 29-storeys including hotel and restaurant uses. This proposal includes 255 hotel rooms, 1,044 residential units and a public park. The total gross floor area of the development is 84,466m2. The development would have a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4.1.

The owner appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application on January 6, 2017 and the Official Plan Amendment on March 7, 2017 to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) citing City Council’s failure to make a decision within the prescribed time frames set out in the Planning Act.

This item will be considered by North York Community Council on April 4, 2017. It will be considered by City Council on April 26, 2017, subject to the actions of the North York Community Council.

The report is available online.

3140-3170 Dufferin Street and 60 and 68 Apex Road

This application proposes to amend the Official Plan to permit two mixed-use buildings of 28 and 22 storeys separated by a new public road oriented in a north to south configuration. The overall development would have a gross floor area of approximately 59,400 square metres and a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 3.86. There would be 578 residential units, 878 parking spaces and 1135 bicycle parking spaces. A new 1,900 square metre public park is also proposed.

City Council adopted this item on June 7, 2016 without amendments and without debate. This item was considered by the North York Community Council on May 10, 2016 and adopted without amendment. It was considered by City Council on June 7, 2016.

The report is available online.

3130 Dufferin Street

This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to permit a mixed use building containing 374 residential dwelling units and 1,379m2 of retail floor space. The application proposes a 12- storey building element abutting Dufferin Street, a 6-storey building component abutting Apex Road, a 24-storey tower situated internally to the site (in the southwest corner) and a 6-storey building element connecting the 24-storey and 12-storey towers. With 45,814m2 of gross floor area, the application proposes a Floor Space Index of 5.84.

The applicant appealed the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), citing Council’s lack of decision on the application within the time frame specified in the Planning Act.