The City of Toronto has launched 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”) for a portion of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan area which requires, among other matters, an update to the Secondary Plan.
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 to amend the Secondary Plan to reflect their vision for their lands. The Update Downsview process will be coordinated with the review of 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.
As part of the Update Downsview Study, the boundaries of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan are proposed to be revised and will continue to be reviewed and refined over the course of the Study based on analysis and public consultation.
Boundaries for the draft Secondary Plan area, Study Area, and OPA application are identified in the following map. The Downsview Area 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.
On May 31, 2022, Planning & Housing Committee adopted PH34.11 Update Downsview Study and 123 Garratt Boulevard and 70 Canuck Avenue – Official Plan Amendment Application – Status Report. The report includes emerging directions to be considered in the review of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan and related applications.
On February 2, 2021, City Council adopted CC28.10 Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Appeal of Official Plan Amendment 231 – Appeal 134 by Parc Downsview Park and Canada Lands Company Ltd – Request for Direction.
The following Information Boards are intended to provide an introduction and background to the Update Downsview Study, outline the Study timeline, and describe the existing context and conditions within the Study Area. The Information Boards provide additional context on six key topics including mobility; infrastructure, energy and environment; parks and open space; built form and land use; community services and facilities; and community benefits and economic development.
Updates on upcoming meetings and events as well as summaries of what has been heard will be added here as they become available.
A Virtual Town Hall will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022. This meeting will share information and seek feedback from the public on emerging policy directions, the status of Update Downsview, the Environmental Assessment Study, the related Official Plan Amendment and the Community Development Plan. The meeting will include presentations from the City and the OPA Applicant Team (Northcrest Developments and Canada Lands Company).
Meeting ID: 837 8475 8033
City staff hosted a virtual Public Meeting on June 20, 2022 to provide an update to the Study work to date and development applications in the area, initiate Phase 1 of the Environmental Assessment Study, and provide an opportunity for the public to share feedback. The meeting included presentations by City staff, Councillor Pasternak, and representatives from CLC and Northcrest Developments. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session with questions from the public. The Virtual Public Meeting presentations and meeting summary can be found below for viewing and feedback.
In addition to the public meeting, an online survey has been made available to seek additional input.
City Staff hosted an in-person Pop-Up from Monday, June 20, 2022 to Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Toronto Public Library – Downsview Branch. The Pop-Up provided information and sought feedback on emerging policy directions, the status of Update Downsview, the Environmental Assessment Study, and the related Official Plan Amendment (“OPA”) and District Plan applications. City Staff and the OPA Applicant Team (Northcrest Developments and Canada Lands Company) were available to hear comments and answer questions.
In addition to being at the main Pop-Up location at Downsview Public Library, City staff made additional engagement efforts by visiting other locations in the Downsview area throughout the week. A summary of what was heard through the Pop-Ups can be found below for viewing and feedback.
Engagement Materials for the Virtual Public Meeting and Pop-Ups:
City staff hosted a virtual Public Launch Event on January 25, 2022 regarding the Update Downsview project as well as the current development applications submitted by CLC and Northcrest Developments. There were two identical sessions which included presentations by City staff, Councillor Pasternak, and representatives from CLC and Northcrest Developments. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session with questions from the public. The Public Launch Event presentations and meeting summary can be found below for viewing and feedback.
Couldn’t attend the meeting? There are many other ways to get involved:
One of the key deliverables of Update Downsview is a Master Environmental Servicing Plan (“MESP”), which is a long-range plan that examines and identifies the transportation, water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure required to support the needs of existing and future residents, workers and visitors. In collaboration with the OPA Applicant, the City has commenced MESP work through an Integrated Planning Act and Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Act Study (“EA Study”). The MESP will provide a framework and vision for the implementation of the recommended infrastructure improvements.
The MESP will be delivered in accordance with the Master Planning process (Approach 4 – Integration with the Planning Act) to meet the Phase 1 and 2 requirements of the five phase Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process (Municipal Engineers Association October 2000, as amended). The EA Study process includes identifying problems and opportunities, developing and evaluating a range of alternative solutions, and providing opportunities for public input. Phase 1 will identify the Problem and Opportunity, while Phase 2 will identify and evaluate Alternative Solutions and select a Preferred Solution. It is the intent of this EA Study to satisfy the requirements of Schedule B projects while Schedule C projects will require the completion of Phases 3, 4 and 5 through further subsequent study.
The completed MESP will recommend a set of various infrastructure projects, initiatives and policies to support the anticipated growth and development of the Update Downsview area.
The map below illustrates the relevant boundaries for the EA Study, Secondary Plan and OPA application.
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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