Information, summaries, display panels, presentations, videos, and results of meetings and events.

City Council adopted the Downtown Official Plan Amendment (OPA 406) and the Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan with amendments. Council adopted the Downtown Mobility Strategy and Downtown Community Services and Facilities Strategy without amendments.

In addition to the materials that were presented to Planning and Growth Management Committee on May 1, 2018 (see below), a supplementary staff report and its attachments are available on the agenda item webpage. These documents summarize staff-recommended additional amendments to the Downtown Plan as a result of further discussions with deputants, and address other topics identified in communications received by the Committee, as appropriate.

Council is videotaped and archived on YouTube. You can now watch the entire May 22, 2018 Council event. The discussion on the Downtown OPA and the Downtown infrastructure strategies begins at the one hour 6 minute mark of part 3 (scroll down to item PG29.4).

The Downtown Plan Official Plan Amendment (OPA) has been adopted with amendments by the Planning and Growth Management Committee at its May 1, 2018 meeting. The accompanying staff report and attachments are available on the agenda item website. The recommended Official Plan Amendment includes:

The five infrastructure strategies that will guide implementation of the Downtown Plan were also presented to the Committee as separate items. Staff reports for these items include:

Planning and Growth Management Committee is videotaped and archived on YouTube. You can now watch the entire May 1, 2018 Committee event. The presentation on the Downtown OPA, presented by Gregg Lintern, Chief Planner, begins at the one hour 51 minute mark.

Our open house on the recommended Official Plan Amendment for the recommended Downtown Plan took place on April 23, 2018. The TOcore team presented material on:

Background reports were also available, including:

The open house ensured that the public had an opportunity to review and ask questions about the information and material made available in advance of the presentation of the Official Plan Amendment to the Planning and Growth Management Committee on May 1, 2018.

When:

April 23, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Metro Hall Rotunda (Main Floor, 55 John St., Toronto)
City staff gave a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Our Phase 3B public open house was held on December 2, 2017. Participants shared their thoughts about our proposed Downtown Plan policies and were among the first to see new details on how our infrastructure strategies will implement the Plan.

When:

December 2, 2017
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:

YWCA Toronto (87 Elm St.)

Consultation materials:

Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
October 21, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.

This conversation on the future of parks and streets in the heart of our city was organized by the City of Toronto in partnership with Park People and the University of Toronto. Moderated by Acting Chief Planner Gregg Lintern, this event featured a keynote address by world-renowned urbanist Jan Gehl with additional presentations by:

  • Adam Nicklin and Marc Ryan of Public Work on key elements of the new Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan
  • Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Active Director of Transportation Infrastructure Management, Transportation Services and Janie Romoff, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation on recent and upcoming improvements to parks and streets
  • Closing remarks by Christine Burke, Director, Campus & Facilities Planning

The proposed Downtown Plan was considered at Planning and Growth Management Committee on September 7, 2017. The proposed Downtown Plan provides detailed direction on the appropriate scale and location of future growth. It also links this growth with infrastructure provision to ensure the creation of ‘Complete Communities’, addressing the requirements under the Provincial Policy Statement (2014) and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017).

Planning and Growth Management Committee is videotaped and archived on YouTube. You can now watch the entire September 7, 2017 Committee event. The presentation on the proposed Downtown Plan, presented by Gregg Lintern, Director of Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, begins at the one hour 41 minute mark.

The TOcore team held an open house to engage with the public on the TOcore Proposals Report. The event featured a conversation with Toronto’s Chief Planner and the heads of Transportation and Parks, Forestry & Recreation.

A Conversation on Downtown

10:00 a.m.

  • Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner
  • Barbara Gray, GM, Transportation Services
  • Janie Romoff, GM, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Mike Williams, GM, Economic Development and Culture
  • Moderated by Ken Greenberg, Ryerson City Building Institute

Workshops

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • Parks, Public Spaces and Mobility
  • Community Services & Facilities
  • Buildings & Neighbourhoods

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street West, Toronto
8th floor

Date: November 23, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s, Cody Hall,
227 Bloor Street E.
Hosted by: City of Toronto

A Conversation with Janie Romoff:

Making Cities for People:

On November 15, 2016, the TOcore team reported out to Toronto and East York Community Council with its Proposals Report.

Community Council is video taped and archived on YouTube. Watch the entire November 15, 2016 Community Council event below. The presentation on TOcore, presented by Gregg Lintern, Director of Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, begins at the 5:41:00 time spot.

The June 21, 2016 Stakeholders meeting at the Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library included discussions around visions for Downtown Toronto and review of priority retail streets and mixed use policy in Downtown. For more information, see the presentation materials below.

The TOcore Expo was a three-day open house where the community was invited to talk to City staff about the directions for the Downtown Plan. See the presentation boards from the Expo below:

Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat and CBC Radio One’s Mary Wiens spoke about the future of Downtown places and spaces. A series of ‘pecha kucha’ talks provided snapshot perspectives on public space and public life in Toronto, with speakers including landscape architect Adam Nicklin, Gehl Studio’s Geoff Dyck, urban designer Ken Greenberg, Evergreen’s Geoff Cape and senior staff from the City of Toronto’s City Planning, Parks Forestry & Recreation, and Transportation Services Divisions.

When:
Wednesday April 6, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where:
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave Toronto

TOcore hosted a community meeting to speak specifically to tower separation in the Downtown. This work was part of a recommendation in the Phase One TOcore Report that went to City Council on December 9, 2015. Watch a video of the Council meeting.

When:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7 – 9 p.m.

Where:
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Committee Room #1, Second Floor

Consultation Materials
These materials are available upon request to tocore@toronto.ca:

  • Meeting Notice
  • Display Panels
  • Sample Towers

On November 10, 2015, the TOcore team reported out to Toronto and East York Community Council with its Phase 1 Summary Report and Phase 2 Directions. You can read the report and follow Council’s decision at the link below:

Community Council is video taped and archived on YouTube. You can now watch the entire November 10, 2015 Community Council event by clicking the link below. The presentation on TOcore, presented by Gregg Lintern, Director of Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, begins at the 9:25:00 time spot in the video and continues until the end of the video.

  • Video (TOcore presentation begins at the 9:25:00 time spot)

On September 28, 2015, the City held a stakeholder roundtable discussion with organizations that provide community services and facilities in the downtown. The purpose of the roundtable was to share and seek feedback on the findings of Community Services and Facilities for the TOcore study.

These materials are available upon request to tocore@toronto.ca:

  • Presentation
  • Agenda and Worksheet

PiPS” stands for Planners in Public Spaces, which is a public engagement initiative started by City Planning in 2013 in order to advance actionable items of its Strategic Plan, under the Strategic Director for Clear, Consistent and Compelling Communication.

The basic purpose of Planners in Public Spaces is to bring planners to the people and provide opportunities for the public to engage with City Planners, one-on-one, on issues that affect the City and specific concerns they may have about development and policy in the city.

The TOcore team would like to thank everyone who made it out to the PiPS events.

The PiPS Summary Report 2015 is available upon request to tocore@toronto.ca.

TOcore hosted three separate community meetings over the month of June in the three downtown wards (Wards 20, 27, and 28).

When:
Thursday, June 18, 2015; Tuesday, June 23, 2015; Monday, June 29, 2015

6:30 – 7 p.m. Open House
7 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 – 9 p.m. Breakout Session with City Staff

Where:
June 18, 2015 – Wellesley Community Centre
June 23, 2015 – Metro Hall, Room 308
June 29, 2015 – Jarvis Collegiate Institute

Consultation Materials

These materials are available upon request to tocore@toronto.ca:

  • Meeting Notice
  • Presentation

Two focus group sessions were held June 15 and June 22, 2015. The following minutes document the combined input received from representatives attending the meetings.

These materials are available upon request to tocore@toronto.ca:

  • BIA Focus Group Minutes by J.C. Williams Group (posted July 17, 2015)
  • Existing Conditions Presentation by J.C. Williams Group (posted July 20, 2015)

On February 9, the City held a stakeholder roundtable discussion with organizations that provide community services and facilities in Downtown. Participants were provided with an overview of the community services and facilities component and offered their insights on how growth has impacted Downtown’s social infrastructure. These materials are available upon request to tocore@toronto.ca:

  • Presentation
  • Handout 1 – Age Maps
  • Handout 2 – Household Maps
  • Handout 3 – Language, Newcomers and Income Maps
  • Draft Engagement Plan and Project Schedule
  • Stakeholder Roundtable Summary Report