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"EGLINTONConnects" study:
More public meetings, May 12 and 15



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The City of Toronto has been working with partner agencies, including Metrolinx to make sure that neighbourhoods along and near Eglinton Avenue remain desirable places in which to live, work and play — after the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line starts operating. (By 2020, Metrolinx expects trains to be operating along the new line between Weston Road in the west and Kennedy Station in the east.)

The City has undertaken EGLINTONConnects, a major planning study to review how the street operates and looks after the LRT is in place. City Planning staff wanted your ideas on how to design the street, improve the streetscape and encourage a mix of residential and commercial developments and how people get to and from the stations. Staff organized a series of public workshops to listen to the people who live and work near Eglinton in spring 2013.

Then they took your ideas when they returned to their drawing boards to plan the future of Eglinton. Last fall, they hosted another series of events to present their recommendations for the future of Eglinton.

This month, City Councillors had their say. The City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee endorsed the Eglinton Connects Plan April 10 and City Council approved the plan, with some amendments, at its meeting of Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7.

The three reports Council adopted are:

  • the Environmental Assessment, which includes plans for the streetscape, including landscaping and other design elements along the strret;
  • the Planning Study, which includes 21 recommendations for travelling, greening, and building Eglinton over time; and
  • the Public Realm Amount, which includes recommendations on how to improve public spaces with financing from Metrolinx.

City Council directed the study team to consult with communities along Eglinton about specific measures to implement the plan and any additional work the City needs to complete to make the plan happen. After this consultation process, the study team will report back to the Planning and Growth Management Committee with recommendations to amend the City of Toronto’s official plan and zoning by-law amendments, and more studies to complete the Plan.

The City will host two consultation events next week:

The consultations will focus on:

  • Changing some land use designations in the Official Plan to recognize current land uses or encourage the redevelopment and intensification of properties with mid-rise buildings.
  • Amending zoning to permit the development of mid-rise buildings, generally between Keele Street and Duplex Avenue.
  • Reducing parking requirements where the City’s official plan identifies Eglinton Avenue as an “Avenue” — between Weston Road and Duplex Avenue and between Victoria Park Avenue and Kennedy Road.
  • Relieving some zoning regulations for Metrolinx Crosstown LRT-related buildings.
  • Introducing new site- and area-specific policies in the Official Plan to allow the intensification of three focus areas, including tall buildings at West Side Mall and Dufferin Street, and mid-rise buildings at Bayview Avenue.
  • Introducing official plan policies to require new public lanes and extensions to current public lanes at the rear of some properties fronting onto Eglinton Avenue, primarily where the official plan identifies Eglinton Avenue as an “Avenue”.
  • Planning future studies to implement the recommendations of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study, including: planning policies for five special station sites, secondary plan studies for the Golden Mile and Don Mills focus areas, using of the development permit system and implementing recommendations for the Mount Dennis and Kennedy Mobility Hubs.

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The long-term vision for the section of Eglinton Avenue West near the future Mount Dennis Station and mobility hub is as a “greenway” with generous sidewalks and landscaping on both sides. This view looks west. The LRT would operate above ground at this point on a separate right of way along the north side of the street. A bus terminal would also stand on the north side of the street.


Monday, May 12

Ontario Science Centre,
Second Floor,
770 Don Mills Road,
just south of Eglinton Avenue East.

From 6 until 7:30 p.m.: Information on display and staff available to answer questions
From 7:30 until 9 p.m.: Overview presentation, followed by a question-and-answer and feedback session.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Southbound TTC buses operating along the 25 Don Mills route to the Science Centre.
  • Northbound buses operating along the 25 Don Mills route to Don Mills Road and Gateway Boulevard [north]. Cross Don Mills Road at the signal to the Science Centre.
  • Buses operating along the 34 Eglinton East and 100 Flemingdon Park routes to Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road. Walk south along the west side of Don Mills to the Science Centre.

Thursday, May 15

Beth Sholom Synagogue,
Basement,
1445 Eglinton Avenue West,
just west of Allen Road.

From 6 until 7:30 p.m.: Information on display and staff available to answer questions
From 7:30 until 9 p.m.: Overview presentation, followed by a question-and-answer and feedback session.

Getting there by public transit:

  • TTC subway trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line to Eglinton West Station. Cross Eglinton Avenue West at the signal, walk west to Atlas Avenue.
  • TTC buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West and 109 Ranee routes to Eglinton West Station. Cross Eglinton Avenue West at the signal, walk west to Atlas Avenue.