Midtown Planning Group – Midtown in Focus
The Midtown Planning Group consists of the Councillors for Wards 16, 22 and 25, representatives of local residents associations and Business Improvement Areas, local citizens and City staff. Midtown Planning Group meetings provide an opportunity for the City to present materials to a smaller group of local stakeholders and receive input before refining materials for public meetings and open houses.
Event details and summaries can be found under each tab.
For a copy of any materials from these meetings, please contact:
Paul Farish, Senior Planner
Two update sessions were held for the Midtown Planning Group as part of the City’s ongoing Midtown in Focus study.The purpose of the January 16th meeting was to provide a briefing and solicit feedback on the Infrastructure Assessments underway as part of Midtown in Focus, including Community Services & Facilities, Transportation and Municipal Servicing (water, wastewater and stormwater). The purpose of the January 23rd meeting was to present and discuss the Proposed Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan Policies and Proposed Parks Plan.
Following presentations by City staff and the consulting team, attendees were able to ask questions, followed by small table discussions and a plenary report back. At both meetings, participants had the opportunity to share feedback during the small table discussions and after each meeting by email. Meeting materials were shared with participants following the meetings to assist them in providing additional feedback.
The purpose of the meeting was to review the built form assessment approach and emerging built form vision and direction for the five Midtown Village Character Areas, workshop the built form vision for the Villages and discuss linkages with the emerging directions for the Midtown in Focus Review more broadly (e.g., public realm, community infrastructure, transportation). Following presentations by City staff and the consulting team, attendees were able to ask questions and participated in small table discussions regarding each of the five Midtown Village Character Areas followed by a report back to the group. Attendees also participated in a mapping exercise to show the geographical distribution of where people live and work.
The meeting was held to provide the group with an overview of the Midtown in Focus schedule for 2017, provide an update on the Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment including next steps, review the built form assessment methodology, and to gather feedback regarding the emerging built form vision and direction for two character areas (Redpath Park Street Loop and Eglinton Greenline). Small table discussions followed each character area presentation and the meeting concluded with a report back to the group.
Key findings form from the City’s Community Services and Facilities (CS&F) Assessment were presented at this meeting. Attendees were asked to provide feedback on the CS&F priorities and opportunities for Midtown. Attendees were also given an update on the various work streams and studies being progressed as part of Midtown in Focus. The meeting included a facilitated discussion following each presentation, an individual activity, small table discussions and a larger group activity to identify CS&F priorities.
The meeting was held to provide an update on the project and to present the draft built form principles and draft urban structure that would inform the future built form vision for Midtown. The meeting included presentations and updates on the City’s growth analysis, the Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment and draft character areas and built form principles. Small table discussions and plenary discussions followed the presentations.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview of the Yonge-Eglinton Growth, Built Form, and Infrastructure Review, share the initial findings from the built form and cultural heritage consulting teams, and to discuss the Midtown Planning Group’s priorities related to character areas, built form, and cultural heritage in the area. The meeting included presentations, facilitated table discussions and a larger plenary discussion.
The first Midtown Planning Group meeting was held to discuss the proposed changes to the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan (Official Plan Amendment 289) to help implement the Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space, and Streetscape Master Plan, completed in 2014. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss potential planning priorities for the Yonge-Eglinton area in 2015. City staff gave presentations that provided an overview of the Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan and summarized proposed changes to the Secondary Plan to implement the Plan. Staff also outlined the proposed planning priorities for 2015. Questions of clarification, group discussions, and a plenary discussion followed the presentations.