Danforth Planning Study virtual public meeting slated for evening of Jan. 11

A cyclist rides in a bike lane along Danforth Avenue near Logan Avenue this past summer. Photo by Alan Shackleton.

By ALI RAZA, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As part of the Destination Danforth pilot project, the City of Toronto is inviting residents in to a virtual public meeting on the evening of Monday, Jan. 11.

The meeting will focus on the Danforth Planning Study work underway in Ward 14 Toronto-Danforth between Broadview Avenue and Coxwell Avenue as part of the ActiveTO Complete Street pilot project. Created Danforth Avenue this past summer, the project made more room for walking and cycling, supported local businesses by improving access options and expanded patios, and installed safe cycling infrastructure.

The Danforth’s pilot project runs until the end of 2021, and combined with public meetings, the city will determine long term recommendations for the corridor at the end of the pilot.

While the complete study looks at Broadview Avenue to Victoria Park, the planning study will focus on land use, building heights, development density, parks and public realms, and heritage along three kilometres of Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Coxwell.

The meeting is online via Zoom and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 11. It will include a presentation, online polling, and a discussion period.

Members of the community who are unable to attend the meeting can find the presentation and a recording of the meeting on the project webpage the following day.

There is also an online survey available until Jan. 22 at toronto.ca/danforthstudy

The meeting will be hosted by the city’s Transportation Services, City Planning, and Economic Development and Culture departments.

Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher and Beaches-East York Councillor Brad Bradford will also attend.

It’s the third round of consultations for the pilot project. This round includes two meetings and a survey.

The first meeting took place on Dec. 1, it examined the roadway width and reviewed options for street design and on-street protected bike lanes to improve road safety along six kilometres of the corridor from Broadview Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue.

The planning study meeting on Jan. 11 is to identify future city-building opportunities, guide new development, and enhance the public realm and quality of place.

To participate, residents can register at https://bit.ly/3pYANGH

Residents can also send their questions in advance to danforthstudy@toronto.ca

Ali Raza is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Beach Metro News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.

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