The City of Toronto is launching Update Downsview, an update to the existing 2011 Downsview Area Secondary Plan. The updated Plan will set out the long-term vision for a complete community centred on transit investment, job creation, parks and open spaces, and community services and facilities that will meet the needs of existing and future residents and workers. This is a generational and transformative opportunity to plan for a new community within the City and reconnect the Downsview lands with the surrounding neighbourhoods. The Update will be coordinated with the Official Plan Amendment application made by Canada Lands Company and Northcrest Developments on the existing airport lands.
In 2018, Bombardier announced that their operations would be leaving the Downsview Airport and Bombardier Aerospace Campus by the end of 2023. The lands are now owned by the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (represented by Northcrest Developments) and Parc Downsview Park Inc. (represented by Canada Lands Company Ltd.). In February 2021, City Council adopted Site and Area-Specific Policy 596 (“SASP 596”) which requires, among other matters, an update to the Downsview Area Secondary Plan.
Through Update Downsview, the City of Toronto is reviewing and updating the Downsview Area Secondary Plan based on the requirements of SASP 596. Update Downsview will promote connectivity between existing and new communities through the integration of multi-modal transportation networks, municipal services and infrastructure. Policies that ensure the provision of a complete and transit-oriented community will be applied throughout the Secondary Plan area to facilitate new housing, jobs, parks and open spaces, community services, and several other community benefits.
Update Downsview will consider:
Further, Canada Lands Company Ltd. and Northcrest Developments submitted an Official Plan Amendment application (“OPA”) on October 14, 2021. The Update Downsview process will be coordinated with the OPA application made by Canada Lands Company and Northcrest Developments on the airport lands. Information on the OPA can be found on the Application Information Centre.
The current boundaries for the Downsview Area Secondary Plan, as well as the OPA application, are identified in the following map. The Downsview Secondary Plan area is generally bounded by Keele Street to the west, Wilson Heights Boulevard to the east, Sheppard Avenue to the north and Wilson Avenue and Highway 401 to the south.
The boundaries of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan will be reviewed and may be further refined over the course of the Update Downsview process based on analysis and public consultation.
Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Appeal of Official Plan Amendment 231 – Appeal 134 by Parc Downsview Park and Canada Lands Company Ltd – Request for Direction
Updates on upcoming meetings and events as well as summaries of what has been heard will be added here as they become available.
Join us for a virtual Public Launch Event on January 25, 2022 where you can learn more about Update Downsview, ask questions, and share your comments. There will be two identical sessions at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All event material will be posted on this webpage in the week following the event. Meeting summaries will be posted on this webpage in February 2022.
Can’t attend the meeting? There are many other ways to get involved:
A report with further information on Update Downsview is targeted for a Planning and Housing Committee meeting in Spring 2022.
Update Downsview will include extensive public consultation in a variety of forms over the entire course of the study. Please contact Jessica Krushnisky with any questions or comments. Jessica can be reached at Jessica.Krushnisky@toronto.ca or 416-392-7215.
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