The Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West area is a vibrant waterfront community that has experienced considerable growth over the last two decades and is set to continue to transform and intensify with the revitalization of the former Christie’s cookie factory site into a transit-supportive, mixed-use residential and employment district anchored by a new transit hub as adopted by City Council in May 2021.
Continued growth in the area results in the need for new and improved multi-modal transportation infrastructure that accommodates people of all ages and abilities, and to complement the planned transit hub consisting of the new Park Lawn GO Station and new streetcar loop.
At the direction of City Council, Transportation Services initiated the Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan (TMP) in 2016 as a comprehensive transportation study to plan for the required transportation infrastructure in the area. The TMP was put on hold from 2017 to 2019 pending City Council’s decision on the land use of the Christie’s lands and was reinitiated at Council’s direction in 2019 to integrate the work with the Christie’s Planning Study.
The revitalization of the Christie’s cookie factory site introduces new opportunities for street connections that could not have previously been contemplated. The TMP is also considering other opportunities for north-south street connections that were not previously considered.
The Park Lawn Lake Shore TMP establishes a long-term transportation vision and recommends a series of transportation projects and initiatives aimed at improving mobility and connectivity over time within the area. The TMP is following Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process, an approved planning process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment (EA) Act:
Depending on the scale of the projects identified, some will require further study and completion of Phases 3 and 4 of the EA process, which would include further opportunities for public consultation.
The TMP has been coordinated with the Christie’s Planning Study and the ongoing development application at the former Mr. Christie’s Site. The Christie’s Planning study was approved by City Council on May 5, 2021, and will guide the future development of the former Mr. Christie’s factory site at 2150 Lake Shore Boulevard West focusing on the following themes:
This work resulted in a Secondary Plan and site-specific Zoning By-law which will guide development on the site. Stay updated on the Christie’s Planning Study.