A Development Application has been submitted to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to allow for a long-term, mixed-use plan for the entire Yorkdale Shopping Centre site. The applications include three conceptual block master plan options that comprise of a range of retail, office, hotel and residential uses and an internal private street network.

The proposed development is intended to occur in a phased manner over the next 20+ years. Supporting application information for each option can be found on the Yorkdale Block Master Plan Application.

Below are the three proposed development options with a gross floor area and unit breakdown for each option.

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plan showing option one of the development proposal for Yorkdale Block, showing retail, hotel, office and residential spaces

  • 320,338m² of additional gross floor area:
    • retail: 90,986m²
    • hotel: 11,891m² (comprising of 240 units)
    • office: 57,189m²
    • residential: 160,271m² (comprising of 1,496 units)
  • Total development of the site would be 586,462m² with a floor space index of 2.

plan showing option two of the development proposal for Yorkdale Block, showing retail, hotel, office and residential spaces

  • 416,545m² of additional gross floor area:
    • retail: 90,949m²
    • hotel: 10,108m² (comprising of 208 units)
    • office: 197,004m²
    • residential: 118,485m² (comprising of 738 units)
  • Total development of the site would be 682,670m² with a floor space index of 2.3.

plan showing option three of the development proposal for Yorkdale Block, showing retail, hotel, office and residential spaces

  • 371,108m² of additional gross floor area:
    • retail: 88,543m²
    • hotel: 10,108m² (comprising of 208 units)
    • office: 170,527m²
    • residential:101,930m² (comprising of 962 units)
  • Total development of the site would be 637,233m² with a floor space index of 2.1.

digitally produced map showing Yorkdale from an aerial perspectiveThe Yorkdale Shopping Centre site is bordered by Dufferin Street to the west, Yorkdale Road to the north and east and a low-density residential neighbourhood to the south. The site is approximately 30 hectares in size, and includes the existing shopping centre (250,000 m²), adjacent office building (9,125 m²), and GO bus terminal and is connected via an elevated pedestrian passageway to Yorkdale Station.

On May 19, 2017, OMERS Realty Holdings, ARI YKD Investments LP, Yorkdale Shopping Centre Holding Inc., and OMERS Realty Holding (Yorkdale) Incorporated submitted an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment application for the entire Yorkdale Shopping Centre site in response to their appeals to the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan.

The applications propose to comprehensively plan the Yorkdale Shopping Centre site by amending Official Plan specifically with regards to the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan to extend its boundaries to include the entirety of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre site and to amend the Zoning By-law to update the existing zoning on site.

Three conceptual Block Master Plan options have been submitted with the applications which propose potential development of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre site over the next 20 years.

The three conceptual block master plan options propose to:

  • Establish a network of private internal roads and connections;
  • Include the potential expansion of the existing enclosed Yorkdale Shopping Centre to Dufferin Street;
  • Locate a large Privately Owned Publicly Accessible Space fronting on to Dufferin Street;
  • Reconfigure the existing McAdam Avenue loop to include an intersection with a pedestrian crossing and public park at grade; and
  • Conceptually organize additional proposed retail, hotel, office and residential buildings surrounding the edges of the site that would range in height from 2 to 28 storeys.

The three land use concepts propose a similar configuration along the Dufferin Street frontage. Each option differs in the manner in which proposed residential, office, hotel and retail development address Yorkdale Road to the north of the site.

The Dufferin Street Secondary Plan (Official Plan Amendment 294) is currently under appeal at the Ontario Municipal Board. Pre-hearings for Official Plan Amendment 294 were held on October 19, 2016, May 23, 2017 and July 4, 2017. Future mediations are to be determined in the fall of 2017.

The Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan is also available.