Meetings & Events: Yonge Street North Planning Study
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On June 20, 2019 staff presented the study to the City’s Design Review Panel. Staff had originally presented to the Panel on June 19, 2012 and had not presented since. The purpose of the presentation was to inform the Panel of the status of the study and to receive feedback on three questions:
- The consultants proposed tall buildings in the nodes around the future subway stations with mid-rise buildings along Yonge Street and transition areas surrounding the nodes. Are these the appropriate building typologies? Are there other characteristics and particular issues along this stretch of the Yonge Street Corridor that the study should consider?
- Are the draft Secondary Plan boundaries appropriate or should other areas be included?
- The consultant proposed a network of parks and open spaces. Is the network appropriate? If so, are there things that can be done to compliment it?
Since the community consultation meeting in 2014, staff have not consulted with the community on the study. This meeting was held to re-launch the study and to receive feedback from the community. Following a presentation from staff, table discussions were held which focused on six topics:
- Parks & Open Spaces
- Community Services & Facilities
- Secondary Plan Boundaries
The feedback received will be used to review and update (if necessary) the previous work done on the study. Following this work, further public consultation will be held.
The Yonge Street North Planning Study was initiated in 2011 in response to increasing development pressures in the Yonge Street corridor between Finch and Steeles Avenues. In consultation with the community, the Study will help set the stage for managing growth within the Yonge Street corridor, particularly in light of the planned northerly extension of the Yonge subway line and associated stations at Drewry/Cummer and Steeles Avenues.
At our last meeting in June 2013, the community provided comments on a preferred land use option and transportation alternatives. In November 2013, City Council requested staff to consult with residents on a number of matters including an implementation plan for the Yonge Street North Study area.
The range of land use options and transportation alternatives have now been assessed, and the purpose of this meeting is for the consultant team to present a draft preferred land use and transportation option and receive comments from the community.
This second community meeting is to help with the second phase of the Study, which involves preparing a series of land use options that will be modeled and tested. The options will consider key elements such as building heights and densities, improvements to community facilities, the parks and open space system, pedestrian amenities and streetscape, and transition to low-density residential areas. As part of evaluating the options, the community will rank specific elements, as well as the options as a whole.
This meeting will introduce the Study and provide an initial opportunity for community input and questions as a basis for development of a draft vision statement.
The land use planning study will also be supported and guided by a Transportation Master Plan and Infrastructure Master Plan including any new roads, sewers and watermains. The Master Plans will satisfy Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. This includes identifying the problem/opportunity to be addressed, developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternative solutions, and providing opportunities for public input at key stages.