Community meeting on Main Street Planning Study set for March 4

The City of Toronto's Main Street Plannning Study will look at future plans for the area surrounding the Danforth GO station in the Main Street and Danforth Avenue area. Intensification and building heights is part of the study's mandate.

By RUSHANTHI KESUNATHAN

The City of Toronto is holding its second Community Consultation meeting for the Main Street Planning Study on Monday, March 4, and residents are invited to attend and learn more about the study.

The meeting will take place at Hope United Church (2550 Danforth Ave.) from 7 to 9 p.m.

The study, which began after a request from Toronto Council in November 2017, allows the City Planning Division to undertake a study of the area between the Main Street subway station and Danforth GO station.

Daniel Woolfson, Senior Planner at the City of Toronto, said the study will help staff implement a new policy direction for the area, which will encourage appropriate residential and employment intensification.

The study aims to encourage walkability, active transportation, and transit use, he said.

Staff are reviewing appropriate building heights, land uses that support complete communities and a good quality of life, and how to implement a Transit-Oriented Development approach for this area, Woolfson said.

“Currently, the area has many sites that are underutilized, unconnected, and create barriers for good connections to existing transit facilities and walkability within the area,” Woolfson said.

“The study will look at opportunities to better utilize sites for residential, ([such as] market condo, rental, and affordable units, and employment opportunities.”

The study aims to better connect the area with new public spaces ( such as complete streets, parks, and other spaces); and to create better connections with the Main Street TTC station and Danforth GO station, which includes a new proposed entrance at the foot of Dawes Road.

At the March 4 meeting, Woolfson said city planning staff will present the ongoing work of the study and will ask the community for additional feedback and to share their thoughts about the community.

At the first meeting in June 2018, city planning staff discussed why the area may change and intensify and what opportunities this policy approach represents for creating complete communities, he said.

The study is intended to be completed by summer of 2019.


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