Get Involved: High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Study
Opportunities for community and stakeholder input throughout the Study included:
- consultation meetings & events
- written and oral submissions to the City
- Social Pinpoint online engagement
- email updates from City staff
- contacting the local Councillor.
Draft Guiding Principles were presented at the March 8, 2018 Community Consultation Meeting and posted online for community review. The Draft Principles are not the proposed policies or guidelines. Finalized Guiding Principles were used to help inform the development of the recommended Site and Area-Specific Official Plan Policy and Area-Specific Urban Design Guidelines for the Study Area.
Draft Guiding Principles for Natural Features and Environment
Protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment within and adjacent to the Study Area.
- Recognize the sensitivity and proximity of significant natural features and ecological functions and appropriately assess, protect and mitigate impacts on those features and functions.
- Protect and preserve existing mature trees, vegetation and wildlife habitat wherever possible.
- Introduce more native tree and plant species, biodiverse landscapes and green roofs, and low impact development strategies into the design of streets, parks and private properties.
- Promote innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable design.
- Maintain and increase opportunities for groundwater infiltration.
- Avoid deep underground structures that disturb natural groundwater flows.
- Preserve unencumbered land to support mature trees, water infiltration and opportunities to expand the public realm. Unencumbered land means areas not covered by buildings or structures both above- and below-grade, which is important to water infiltration and mature tree growth, as well as potential future public street or public parkland opportunities.
- Integrate bird-friendly measures throughout all aspects of site and building design, including retrofit opportunities.
Draft Guiding Principles for the Public Realm
Provide a high quality, well-connected, safe and comfortable public realm which prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists and public transit use and supports people of all ages and abilities.
- Maintain and enhance views from the public realm to parks, open spaces, natural features, heritage properties and other local landmarks.
- Maintain sunlight and provide comfortable wind conditions for streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces.
- Increase public parkland within the study area through the development of new parks and expansion of existing parks.
- Recognize High Park Avenue as the central promenade of the neighbourhood and gateway to High Park.
- Provide green streets with tree-lined, landscaped boulevards, green infrastructure, generous sidewalks, bicycle parking and comfortable places to sit.
- Prioritize a safe, pedestrian-oriented environment with a network of well-connected parks and open spaces and frequent publically accessible mid-block routes.
- Promote safe and direct pedestrian and cycling routes and crossings, particularly for access to schools, parks, public transit, local shops and community amenities.
- Reinforce the sense of place, indigenous history and cultural and natural heritage, through engaging elements and features within the public realm.
Draft Guiding Principles for Open Space
Preserve and enhance the park-like setting, generous open space amenity and green landscape character of the Study Area.
- Provide safe, aesthetically pleasing, and inviting open spaces that feel and promote health and well-being.
- Maintain and provide centralized open green spaces within the block, which include trees and gardens, good access to sunlight, protection from wind and places to sit, play and gather.
- Respect and reinforce the open landscaped character between buildings and along street frontages.
- Design and program open spaces to support year-round use, a sense of community and a range of activities and amenities for residents of all ages and abilities.
- Maintain and create child-friendly spaces and features.
- Designate and design spaces for pet relief, gathering and play.
- Coordinate the location, design and programming of open spaces and amenities according to sun, wind and seasonal conditions.
- Provide well-lit, accessible, clearly demarcated and visible pedestrian connections through open spaces.
- Minimize impervious surfaces and maximize soft landscape areas and tree plantings.
Draft Guiding Principles for Built Form
Respect and reinforce the pattern of buildings and open space within and adjacent to the Study Area.
- Identify and protect important open space areas within each block.
- Respect the balance between built form and landscape areas.
- Maintain generous landscaped setbacks from street frontages
- Provide generous space between buildings to maximize skyview, sunlight, privacy and daylight.
- Design new buildings to fit harmoniously within the existing context.
- Respect the height and scale of existing buildings within and adjacent to the Study Area.
- Ensure new buildings provide an appropriate transition in scale down to lower scale buildings, parks and open spaces.
- Transition to the adjacent Neighbourhoods area occurs within the Apartment Neighbourhoods area.
- Limit new taller buildings and the extent of new shadows.
- Locate and orient new taller buildings to minimize direct facing conditions and maximize spatial separation.
- Increase setbacks and separation distances as building height increases.
- Design new buildings with compact floorplates.
- Design and place new buildings to minimize and mitigate negative impacts, such as wind and shadows on the public realm, amenity areas and neighbouring properties.
- Locate and design main building entrances to be prominent and face the street.
- Provide active ground floor uses, such as garden apartments, community rooms, local shopping, community facilities, small-scale schools, with clear, unobstructed views to the public realm and adjacent open spaces.
- Promote design excellence, use high quality materials and energy efficient design.
- Provide affordable and family sized units.
Draft Guiding Principles for Site Servicing
Provide consolidated, integrated and functional site servicing while minimizing impacts on the public realm.
- Minimize surface level parking and provide most designated (resident and visitor) parking underground.
- Consolidate and internalize service areas and parking ramps to limit impact on the public realm, building dwelling units and shared outdoor spaces.
- Program existing surface parking or other hard surfaced areas for community events.
- Provide clear and visible way-finding signage above and below grade.
- Include visible and accessible covered outdoor bicycle parking.
- Include secure indoor bicycle parking and storage space for bulky items (example strollers, mobility scooters).
- Encourage recycling and organics collection.
The High Park Apartment Neighbourhood character study was launched with a community consultation meeting in October 2017. The following three key questions were asked:
- What elements define the physical character of the area?
- What spaces and attributes and most valued?
- What conditions are less desirable and how can these be improved?
Responses to these questions can be sent to the City project team.