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Title: Presentation to the Provincial Government Downtown East Planning Study


1
Presentation to the Provincial Government Downtown
East Planning Study
Giulio Cescato, City Planner May 8, 2013
2
The Study Area
Dundas Street East and Jarvis Street
3
The Study Area
Jarvis Street
4
The Study Area
George Street
5
The Study Area
Pembroke Street
6
The Study Area
Sherbourne Street
7
Official Plan
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Official Plan
9
Downtown and Central Waterfront
  • Downtown will
  • continue to evolve as premier employment area
  • provide a range of housing.
  • City will explore opportunities to
  • maintain and improve the public realm
  • promote an environment of creativity and
    innovation
  • support and enhance the specialty retail and
    entertainment districts
  • support business infrastructure and
  • create business partnerships.

10
Downtown and Central Waterfront (Cont.)
  • Downtown will be improved by
  • Developing tools to maintain/upgrade public
    amenities/infrastructure
  • Enhance parks/open spaces
  • Strengthen social services
  • Improve pedestrian realm
  • Expanding PATH system
  • Providing full range of housing options
    encouraged through intensification/infill
  • Preserving heritage resources
  • Creating design guidelines
  • Prioritizing Transit
  • Creating more opportunities for transit

11
Mixed-Use Areas
  • Mixed-use Areas are intended to
  • Provide a range of commercial,
    residential/institutional uses
  • Provide in single-use and mixed-use buildings.
  • Development will
  • provide new jobs and homes on underutilized
    lands
  • Locate/mass new buildings to provide transition
  • setback and/or step down towards lower scale
    Neighbourhoods.
  • limit shadow impacts on Neighbourhoods

12
Mixed-Use Areas(Cont.)
  • Development will also
  • be located and massed to frame edges of streets
    and parks
  • maintain sunlight and comfortable wind
    conditions
  • provide attractive, comfortable and safe
    pedestrian environments
  • have access to schools, parks and community
    centres as well as libraries/childcare.
  • take advantage of nearby transit services
  • provide good site access and circulation
  • supply both visitor and resident parking
  • screen service areas
  • provide indoor/outdoor amenity space

13
The Story So Far
At its meeting on July 6, 2010 City Council
directed staff to conduct a full local area
review for the lands designated in the Official
Plan as Mixed Use Areas fronting on Dundas Street
East between George Street and Sherbourne Street
and Mixed Use Areas and Neighbourhoods on
Sherbourne Street between Dundas Street East and
Shuter Street. The intent of the study was to
examine the possibility of permitting higher
density residential development in that area.
14
New Study Area
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Why Study Downtown East?
  • Rich Heritage Context threatened both by
    gentrification and neglect.
  • Public safety both real and perceived is at an
    unacceptable level.
  • Area is beginning to experience development
    pressure.
  • Chance for Planning Staff to get ahead of the
    curve.

16
Downtown East Planning Study
  • Purpose of the Downtown East Planning Study is to
    examine built form planning policies within
    Study Area and
  • Examine if existing planning tools and policies
    are still serving the area.
  • Nested within larger Downtown East Revitalization
    Study
  • Being done concurrently with Heritage
    Conservation District Study

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Project Timeframe
Information Gathering
June 6, 2010
Phase 1
Area Profile
January, 2013
Analysis
February, 2013
HCD Study Tendered Built Form Modelling Draft
Planning Policies Community Consultation
We are here
Phase 2
Finalize Policies Community Consultation
Q3, 2013
Final Consultation and Circulation
Phase 3
Final Report to Council
Q4, 2013
18
Questions
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