The Design Review Panel is comprised of private sector design professionals – architects, landscape architects, urban designers and engineers – who provide independent, objective advice to city staff aimed at improving matters of design that affect the public realm.

For a copy of any materials from these meetings, please contact:

Paul Farish, Senior Planner
Telephone: 416-392-3529
Email: paul.farish@toronto.ca

The purpose of this review was to update the Panel about the study progress and the built form principles and community infrastructure priorities endorsed in principle by Council in 2016. City staff also presented the components of the built form analysis and emerging built form direction for a few key character areas.

Staff sought the Panel’s advice on the following:

  1. Do you think the character area visions and built form directions provide the appropriate level of clarity while allowing for flexibility and architectural creativity?
  2. Does the emerging built form vision for the Eglinton Greenline area respond appropriately to the Eglinton Greenline open space concept?
  3. Are there any additional built form liveability issues that should be prioritized within this analysis?

City staff outlined the project history, existing and future context, and planning framework. The purpose of this review was to introduce the study to the Panel, describe the study methodology, present key design themes emerging from the area analysis and stakeholder engagement to date and receive comments.

Staff sought the Panel’s advice on the following:

  1. Are there particular issues and built form characteristics at Yonge-Eglinton that they are familiar with that should be integrated into the built form study?
  2. The Midtown in Focus 2014 plan articulated a public realm vision that was simultaneously “dense and urban” and “open and green” and set out a clear public realm framework for achieving this balance. How can this vision be extrapolated to inform built form at Yonge-Eglinton?
  3. What built form tools, including novel policy tools, would be suited to the context of Yonge-Eglinton and should be considered as part of this study?