A city-directed planning study of the Danforth between Coxwell and Victoria Park is beginning to take shape, with the East York Community Council receiving the preliminary report at today’s May 10 regular meeting.
The report lays the groundwork and timeline for the study, which aims to get ahead of expected development and help shape the character of the neighbourhood corridor.
City staff are recommending a community consultation meeting with councillors from Ward 31 and 32 be scheduled to review the draft terms of reference for the study. That feedback will then be incorporated before the study begins by the end of 2016.
The study was initiated in July 2014 in response to a rezoning application for 2359 Danforth Ave. and “with the intent of taking a proactive approach to managing change on Danforth Avenue,” reads the report.
Danforth is identified as an “Avenue” in the Toronto Official Plan and is mostly low-rise, two to three storey buildings. Avenues are areas where development is “anticipated and encouraged to create new housing and job opportunities, while improving the pedestrian environment, the look of the street, shopping opportunities and transit service for community residents.
“This particular Avenue segment (Coxwell to Victoria Park) was selected as it is experiencing some development interest, there are sites that may attract redevelopment interest due to their size, attributes or availability, and a local framework to guide and manage growth is needed at this time,” reads the report.
Toronto’s city planning department will lead the comprehensive study, with other departments supporting as needed. They will look at “character and place, the built form, the public realm, the retail vitality, the community services and facilities and the heritage and historic character of Danforth Avenue, in the context of the various surrounding neighbourhoods.”
The study will include a stakeholder advisory committee made up of 12-15 members – people from residents associations, land- and business-owner representation, and members of the public. Three or four community meetings – which can be workshops, charrettes or more formal meetings – will be scheduled, with the first anticipated for June of this year.
The estimated timeline for the study shows the study completed by the end of 2017.