The Final Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework Report is now available (19MB).

Perkins&Will has completed work on the Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework. Report Appendices B: Community Services and Facilities Study, C: Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment and D: Master Servicing Plan Report can be found under the Information & Reports tab below. The Framework is intended to create a comprehensive vision for the future based on the input of current residents, businesses, local services and non-profit organizations and Indigenous partners. It seeks to protect what the community values about their neighborhood in Mount Dennis today, establish the parameters for new growth to fit into this context and capitalize on new investment to benefit the current and future population. The Report includes analysis and recommendations on land use and urban design, public realm and mobility, cultural heritage and environment and infrastructure.

Although the Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework is the end product of the Picture Mount Dennis Study process, City staff continue to seek community feedback and will initiate further work in Mount Dennis as the implementation of the Framework moves forward. If you have comments or questions about the Framework please contact Rory McNeil (rory.mcneil@toronto.ca) or Vanessa Covello (vanessa.covello@toronto.ca)

The Mount Dennis area is anticipated to undergo significant change and development in the coming years. The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line Phase 1 is currently under construction with the westerly terminus located in the heart of Mount Dennis. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 2022 and will provide convenient and reliable rapid transit to area residents, businesses and institutions. Phase 2 is envisioned to continue between Mount Dennis and Pearson Airport.

On March 10, 2016, City Council directed staff to undertake a planning study for the Mount Dennis area in advance of the opening of the new transit line. The intent is to leverage public investment in transit infrastructure for the benefit of local communities. Through an engagement process that will allow residents to help shape the planning of their community, the purpose of the Picture Mount Dennis Study is to align people and place focused initiatives into an integrated complete-community framework for the area.

The study consists of 3 Phases and will be conducted by a consulting team led by Perkins & Will. The study began in January 2020 and is anticipated to be completed by November 2021. The Study is currently in Phase 2 – Preliminary Plans and Strategies (January – August 2021).

Infographic of the Picture Mount Dennis study timeline - Background and analysis between October and February 2020, Preliminary plans and strategies between March and August 2021, Final framework between September and December 2021

The Mount Dennis Study Area comprises lands generally bounded by Clouston Avenue to the north, Trethewey Drive to the northeast, the Black Creek to the east, Humber Boulevard to the southeast, Alliance Avenue to the south, Jane Street to the southwest, and the Humber River to the west.

Mount Dennis planning framework study boundary map
Mount Dennis planning framework study boundary map

A City Status Report regarding the purpose, objectives, and timeline for the Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study was provided to Etobicoke York Community Council on June 13, 2018.

Phase 1 Report

The Mount Dennis Framework Plan Preliminary Analysis Report presents the early analysis of the area. It will be used as a foundation for community and stakeholder engagement and the development of options and recommendations in later phases of the study.

Further information and reports will be posted here as they become available.

Indigenous Engagement Summary

First Nations have a long history along the Humber River far predating the establishment of the Mount Dennis neighbourhood. Contemporary Indigenous Communities and residents continue to play important roles in the area’s present and the shaping of its future. The Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework Indigenous Engagement Summary presents the information gathered at the three initiated Indigenous Engagement Sessions facilitated by Cambium Indigenous Professional Services along with Perkins and Will.

Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework

The Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework is intended to create a comprehensive vision for the future. The Report includes analysis and recommendations on land use and urban design, public realm and mobility, cultural heritage and environment and infrastructure. Appendix A is included in the Framework Document. The Following Appendices are available separately:

Appendix B: Community Services and Facilities Study
Appendix C: Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment
Appendix D: Master Servicing Plan Report

Engagement Strategy

Consultation Meeting #1, held on November 3rd, 2020 was part of Phase 1 which assesses existing conditions and identifies opportunities and constraints in the area. Phase 2 of the Study kicks-off a more extensive engagement process which includes focus groups, interviews and further public meetings with individual residents, stakeholder organizations and Indigenous partners. The below Planning Study Engagement Streams graphic shows the ways in which we are reaching out:

Picture Mount Dennis Planning Study Engagement Streams include indigenous engagement, stakeholder engagement, and public engagement


Community Meeting #4 – November 16, 2021

This Public Roundtable Discussion was the 4th and final Public Consultation for the Picture Mount Dennis Study. At the meeting, the study team presented the draft framework and recommendations based on the study work to date and previous consultations. The meeting included breakout discussions for residents to provide their feedback on the draft framework plan for Mount Dennis.

Please email Rory McNeil to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

Community Consultation Meeting # 4 Presentation 

Picture Mount Dennis Study – Draft Planning Framework – Table of Contents 

Picture Mount Dennis Study – Draft Planning Framework – Executive Summary 

Picture Mount Dennis LAC Meeting #3 – November 10, 2021

The Mount Dennis Local Advisory Committee is a non-political advisory body with a mandate to provide a forum for feedback, guidance, and advice to the Project Team at key points during the study process. This 3rd meeting will include a presentation on the draft planning framework and recommendations prepared by Perkins and Will for review by the LAC.

Heritage Focus Group Meeting # 2 – September 23, 2021

Heritage Focus Groups are advisory in nature. This meeting was the second of two meetings to inform an understanding of the historical development of the study area, including its social and community values.

Please email Pourya Nazemi, Planner Heritage, at pourya.nazemi@toronto.ca to request a recording of the meeting.

Indigenous Engagement Youth Session – August 18, 2021

The third Indigenous Engagement Session is study initiated Indigenous Engagement Session focused on youth facilitated by Cambium Indigenous Professional Services along with Perkins and Will to obtain input from the urban Indigenous youth on opportunities and challenges in Mount Dennis to inform the recommendations of the Picture Mount Dennis Study.

Please e-mail Rory McNeil  to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

Presentation

Access the complete summary of the three initiated Indigenous Engagement Sessions facilitated by Cambium Indigenous Professional Services along with Perkins and Will.

Indigenous Engagement Session #2 – August 17, 2021

This is the second of three study initiated Indigenous Engagement Sessions facilitated by Cambium Indigenous Professional Services along with Perkins and Will to obtain input from the urban Indigenous Community on opportunities and challenges in Mount Dennis to inform the recommendations of the Picture Mount Dennis Study.

Please e-mail Rory McNeil  to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

Presentation

Indigenous Engagement Session #1 – July 13, 2021

First Nations have a long history along the Humber River far predating the establishment of the Mount Dennis neighbourhood. Contemporary Indigenous Communities and residents continue to play important roles in the area’s present and the shaping of its future. This is the first of three study initiated Indigenous Engagement Sessions facilitated by Cambium Indigenous Professional Services along with Perkins and Will to obtain input from the urban Indigenous Community on opportunities and challenges in Mount Dennis to inform the recommendations of the Picture Mount Dennis Study.

Please e-mail Rory McNeil  to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

Presentation

Design Review Panel #2 – July 15, 2021

The Design Review Panel (DRP) 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. The Study will be returning to the DRP on July 15, 2021 to seek feedback on the emerging visions and planning framework for Mount Dennis.

Community Meeting #3 – June 23, 2021

Community Meeting #3 provided an update on work in Phase 2 of the study and presented ideas reflecting comments and issues identified in previous consultations. The meeting began with a Planning 101 Session presented by City Planning and later a presentation by Perkins and Will which included breakout discussions for residents to provide their feedback on the emerging visions for Mount Dennis.

Please email Rory McNeil to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

Community Consultation Meeting #3 – Presentation

Picture Mount Dennis LAC Meeting #2 – June 15, 2021

The Mount Dennis Local Advisory Committee is a non-political advisory body with a mandate to provide a forum for feedback, guidance, and advice to the Project Team at key points during the study process. LAC Meeting #2 involved a presentation that included an update on the progress of Phase 2 of the study and further refined emerging visions for Mount Dennis.

Please email Rory McNeil to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

Local Advisory Committee Meeting #2 – Presentation

York South Weston NIA Planning Table Meeting #2 – June 10, 2021

While the City’s NIA tables have been suspended due to COVID-19, members of the York South Weston (YSW) NIA Planning Table joined to hear an update on the progress of Phase 2 of the study, learn about the emerging visions for Mount Dennis, and provide their feedback on the study’s direction. More information about the Neighbourhood Planning Tables is available on the City’s website.

Please email Rory McNeil to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

NIA Planning Table #2 – Presentation

Picture Mount Dennis LAC Meeting #1 – April 27, 2021

The Mount Dennis Local Advisory Committee is a non-political advisory body with a mandate to provide a forum for feedback, guidance, and advice to the Project Team at key points during the study process. LAC Meeting #1 involved a short presentation updating the LAC on the progress of the study alongside discussions around guiding principles, character areas, community priorities and engagement strategies.

Please email Rory McNeil to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

York South Weston NIA Planning Table Meeting #1 – April 22, 2021

Neighbourhood Planning Tables are a place-based planning approach that involves residents, community agencies, local businesses, City Councillors and City staff who work the 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs), meeting regularly to identify local priorities, plan solutions, and create partnerships for a strong neighbourhood. More information about the Neighbourhood Planning Tables is available on the City’s website. While the City’s NIA tables have been suspended due to COVID-19, members of the York South Weston (YSW) NIA Planning Table joined a special meeting to hear about the progress of the Picture Mount Dennis Study and provide their feedback on the study’s direction and engagement strategies.

Please email Rory McNeil to request a recording of the presentation portion of  the meeting.

NIA Planning Table #1 – Presentation

Community Meeting #2 – March 18, 2021

Community Meeting #2 marked the beginning of Phase 2 of the Picture Mount Dennis Study. The first half of the meeting included a presentation by Perkins & Will providing an update on the status of the study and the findings from Phase 1. The second half involved breakout discussions around the study themes and lenses where staff used information panels to facilitate conversations.

Please email Rory McNeil to request a recording of the presentation portion of the meeting.

Heritage Focus Group Meeting #1 – February 23, 2021

Heritage Focus Groups are advisory in nature. This meeting was the first of two meetings to inform an understanding of the historical development of the study area, including its social and community values. The purpose of this meeting was to:

  • Introduce the purpose and methodology of a Cultural Heritage Resource
    Assessment (CHRA),
  • Review Historical Overview of development in the study area, and
  • Provide specific input on properties that should be considered for heritage evaluation.

Please email Pourya Nazemi, Planner Heritage, at pourya.nazemi@toronto.ca to request a recording of the meeting.

Design Review Panel #1 – November 26, 2020

The Design Review Panel (DRP) 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. The Study was heard at the November 26, 2020 DRP Meeting to seek feedback on planning study best practices, issues to be mindful of, and potential outcomes.

All DRP sessions are recorded and are available on request. Please contact the Design Review Panel Coordinator for further information on the November 26, 2020 session at designreviewpanel@toronto.ca.

Community Meeting #1 – November 3, 2020

The purpose of Community Consultation Meeting #1 was to introduce the project and process, review the consultant team’s preliminary findings, seek feedback on issues to be considered through the study, and
provide next steps and information on further engagement opportunities.

Please email rory.mcneil@toronto.ca to request a recording of the meeting. The slides for Community Consultation Meeting #1 are now available.

There are many ways to provide your input:

  • Attend upcoming meetings and events;
  • Contact or submit feedback by email to Rory McNeil;
  • Visit the Mount Dennis Social Pinpoint page to provide feedback; and,
    Visit the Mount Dennis Branch of Toronto Public Library to complete a hard copy survey (available after November 3rd 2020) and view information panels.