North York District

Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan


The City initiated planning study to develop a revitalization plan for the Lawrence-Allen area is complete and has resulted in a Secondary Plan and other supporting documents.

What's New

Public Realm Master Plan

The City of Toronto has completed a Public Realm Master Plan that articulates the short and long term visions for the revitalization of the network of public parks, streets and civic buildings within the Lawrence-Allen Community. 

Artscape recently completed a report studying the feasibility of locating a Arts and Cultural Centre in the Lawrence-Allen community.  A key recommendation of this study is to embed the vision for a Arts and Cultural Centre in the phase 2 plans; to incorporate the Centre in the proposed Community Commons. Link to report here.

Public Realm Master Plan Community Meeting Materials

Date: November 7, 2012
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Location: Lawrence Heights Community Recreation Centre
Address: 5 Replin Road

The City of Toronto is in the process of completing a Public Realm Master Plan that will direct the City in the implementation of the Lawrence Allen Secondary Plan and will provide guidance on creating connected neighbourhoods that are responsive to the local context, meet community needs and provide connections outside of the Lawrence Allen area.

Secondary Plan Approved


On November 30, 2011, City Council approved the Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan, adopting Amendment No.162 to the City of Toronto Official Plan. Official Plan Amendment No.162 also includes other amendments to the Official Plan to allow the revitalization of Lawrence Heights to proceed. At the same meeting, City Council adopted the Lawrence-Allen Community Services and Facilities Strategy, Transportation Master Plan, Urban Design Guidelines and Financial Strategy and endorsed the Infrastructure Master Plan.

Official Plan Amendment

Implementation Plans and Guidelines

About the Secondary Plan


The purpose of the amendments to the Official Plan is to provide for the revitalization of Lawrence Heights over a 20-year period into a mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood that is park-centered, transit-supportive and well integrated into the rest of the City. The Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan establishes a comprehensive planning framework for the area and will provide the basis for the evaluation of future development applications. The Transportation Master Plan and the Infrastructure Master Plan satisfy Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.



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Contents


The Lawrence-Allen Revitalization Plan (LARP) reflects the major themes of Toronto's Official Plan - Diversity and Opportunity, Beauty, Connectivity, Stewardship and Leadership - and provides specific opportunities to:

  • Create a healthy neighbourhood with diverse incomes, tenures, land uses, and building types;
  • Build a high quality, connected public realm within the neighbourhood that connects it to its neighbours;
  • Integrate environmental sustainability into all aspects of redevelopment and revitalization and identify opportunities to develop "green infrastructure";
  • Overcome the impacts of the physical barrier created by the Allen Road Corridor;
  • Create an urban street network that encourages sustainable modes of transportation such as walking, cycling, and transit and that reduces dependency on automobile use;
  • Improve the pedestrian environment and improve access to subway stations;
  • Partner with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to accommodate facility and program changes that they wish to initiate for the area;
  • Improve the provision of community and recreation facilities and services for the neighbourhood;
  • Support social inclusion through physical planning and urban design;
  • Improve livability of the study area and quality of life for its residents; and
  • Create a high quality system of green spaces, trail networks, parks and open space, and recreational opportunities that meets the needs of the community.

Study Area

The Study Area for the LARP is bounded by Lawrence Avenue on the south, Highway 401 on the north, Bathurst Street on the east, and Dufferin Street on the west (the "Study Area"). The Study Area includes many lands that are not contemplated for redevelopment or expected to undergo significant physical changes. However, many of these lands may be impacted by redevelopment and those impacts must be studied and planned for.

The Focus Area comprises properties in the central portion of the Study Area where physical change and redevelopment must be anticipated, facilitated, and managed.



The Study Area is approximately 340 hectares - a significant area of the city. A large portion of the lands are occupied by single family detached dwellings and apartment buildings. Other major land ownership includes Toronto Community Housing Corporation (Lawrence Heights and Neptune Drive); five Toronto District School Board properties; Baycrest Centre, City-owned parkland and several commercial sites, namely, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Lawrence Square Mall owned by RioCan.



The Study Area includes many different neighbourhoods and communities, each with their own characteristics. Some view the area as consisting of five neighbourhoods, which are shown in the map below.



 


Study Process

The Lawrence-Allen Revitalization Study had three phases:



Phase 1: Analysis and Objectives (2008)

In this phase of the Revitalization Study, the study team collected and reviewed data about the neighbourhood and community and analyzed it to understand the issues and challenges that the neighbourhood faces and the barriers to revitalization and redevelopment. The work in this phase developed:

  • revitalization principles
  • planning objectives
  • a vision for the study area

One of the most significant barriers that was studied in this phase is the Allen Road Corridor.

Phase 2: Alternatives (2009)

In this phase of the Revitalization Study, the team determined and explored alternative redevelopment plans and their advantages and disadvantages.They assessed the plans against the planning objectives and criteria formed in Phase 1 of the Study and refined the alternatives.

Phase 3: Preferred Plan to Secondary Plan (2010 - 2011)

This is the part of the planning study where input on various option plans was used to develop an Emerging Preferred Plan. This Emerging Preferred Plan was analyzed by City staff, landowners, residents and other stakeholders. Through this process, changes were made and a Recommended Preferred Plan was created. The details of this plan were outlined in a Proposals Report called the Lawrence-Allen Revitalization Plan. This document and the related report described details of the plan and explained to City Council the work that was needed to make it happen. It was approved by City Council in July 2010.

In 2010 and 2011, additional community engagement assisted City staff in preparing the formal Secondary Plan that will allow revitalization to move forward over a period of many years. The Secondary Plan and supporting documents were approved by City Council on November 30, 2011.

The Secondary Plan and other rules about land use are just the beginning of the long process of community revitalization. Over the next 20 years or so, there will be many opportunities for citizens to contribute to the physical and social change in the Lawrence-Allen area. For example, residents will have input into the design of parks and the community centre, as well as other public spaces.



Consulting Team

The consulting team that was working on this project is led by planning Alliance and included: Arup, MMM group, LURA consulting, UMC, N Barry Lyons, Halsall, Corban and Goode, dmA, Ward and Associates and Dougan and Associates.
 


Environmental Assessment

The Revitalization Study will examine the need for new infrastructure in the area, such as new streets, water mains, and sewers. The process will be conducted as a Master Plan, in accordance with the "Municipal Class Environmental Assessment" (the Class EA), by completing the first two phases in the Planning and Design process of the Class EA.

 


Community & Agency Consultation

The City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and Toronto District School Board (TDSB) all engaged in planning processes related to neighbourhood revitalization. Each of these planning processes offered a number of opportunities to receive input and direction from residents, community agencies, land owners and others.

Toronto Community Housing focused its consultation on its Lawrence Heights and Neptune Drive tenants, but will also engage the larger community. The TDSB was concerned primarily with students and their families. City of Toronto consultations included these groups and all other interested stakeholders from across the study area.

City Planning and staff from other City divisions (Social Development, Finance and Administration, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Public Health, Children's Services) also worked with local community agencies and the Lawrence Heights Interagency Network (LHION) to obtain input and advice on the LARP.

Upcoming Events

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Past Event Reports

2012

Public Realm Master Plan

July 17, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Location: Lawrence Heights Community Recreation Centre
Address: 5 Replin Road

The City of Toronto is in the process of completing a Public Realm Master Plan that will direct the City in the implementation of the Lawrence Allen Secondary Plan and will provide guidance on creating connected neighbourhoods that are responsive to the local context, meet community needs and provide connections outside of the Lawrence Allen area.

The focus of the Plan will be on developing a set of guidelines for the design of streets, parks, open spaces, pedestrian and cycling routes, public art and community buildings that will result in a unified and green public realm.

The Plan will also recommend priority "quick-start" projects for early implementation and identify mid and long range projects for the future.


2011

Notice of Public Meeting - November 2, 2011

Open House

City staff were available to provide information and answer questions regarding the proposed Secondary Plan

Date: October 27, 2011
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Lawrence Heights Community Recreation Centre
Address: 5 Replin Road

North York Community Council Meeting

North York Community Council considered the City staff report on the plan, hear the community speak and made recommendations. 

Date: Novermber 2, 2011
Location: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers                       
Address: 5100 Yonge Street, Lower Level

Community Forum - June 2, 2011

Liveable Community: Parks, Community Facilities, Social Development, Employment and Housing

Meeting Posters - Booths

These files include the maps and posters that were posted up at each booth:

Community Forum – April 28, 2011

Transportation, Transit and Infrastructure

Meeting Posters – Booths


These files include the maps and posters that were posted up at each booth:

Community Forum - March 3, 2011

Buildings and Neighbourhood Design


Meeting Posters – Booths


These files include the maps and posters that were posted up at each booth:


2010

Youth Workshops

  • Lawrence Heights Middle School:
    April 21, 2010, 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School:
    April 27, 2010, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Community Open House -  Emerging Preferred Plan

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 1:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Presentations: 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Location: Lawrence Heights Community Recreation Centre
Address: 5 Replin Road

 

Meeting Posters - Booths


These files include the maps and posters that were posted up at each booth:

Community Workshops: Facilitated Small Group Discussions

  • March 1: Barbara Frum Library
    20 Covington Rd., 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • March 8: Lawrence Heights Community Centre
    5 Replin Rd., 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • March 10: Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School
    50 Ameer Ave., 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • March 19 - Seniors Workshop: Lawrence Heights Community Centre
    5 Replin Rd., 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • March 24: Lawrence Heights Middle School
    50 Highland Hill, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • April 21: Youth Workshop: Lawrence Heights Middle School
    50 Highland Hill, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • April 27: Youth Workshop: Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School
    50 Ameer Ave, 9:00 - 11:00 am

2009

Community Workshops: Facilitated Small Group Discussions

Tuesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Locations:
Barbara Frum Library
Lawrence Heights Community Centre
 

Option Plans Open Houses: View and Discuss Detailed Neighbourhood Plans

Wednesday, June 10th and Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Locations:
Bathurst Heights Secondary School
Lawrence Heights Community Centre

At the open houses, the team showed three Option Plans for the Lawrence-Allen Area. Option Plans show different possible ways to arrange the area's streets, parks, and buildings. Looking at different Option Plans is a way to understand possibilities for the neighbourhood and helps to influence choices about how the neighbourhood will change in the future.

City of Toronto Project Update and Open House

Monday, March 2, 2009 and Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Locations:
Bathurst Heights Secondary School
Lawrence Height Community Centre

Posters from March Open House
There were 8 collections of posters, based on the stations from the open house. Each collection can be downloaded as a single PDF:

  1. Buildings
  2. Parks
  3. Transportation (Including Streets, Pedestrians and Cycling)
  4. Summary poster of Buildings, Parks and Streets options shown together
  5. Allen Road (Including potential for a deck over Allen Road)
  6. Community Development
  7. Energy
  8. Overall Project Goals and Objectives

At the event, residents were updated on the ongoing work of the study and asked for their input on emerging ideas in a number of areas. This input will be used in the development of more detailed plans for the neighbourhood. Different options for these detailed plans were presented in Summer 2009.
 


2008

City of Toronto / Toronto Community Housing Joint Community Forum and Open House

October 16, 2008:

Location: Bathurst Heights Secondary School - 640 Lawrence Avenue West
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

City of Toronto / Toronto Community Housing Joint Public Meeting - Visioning Workshop

July 16, 2008:

Location: Bathurst Heights Secondary School - 640 Lawrence Avenue West
Time: Open House: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Meeting: 6:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.

City of Toronto Public Meeting - Project Overview and Principles

July 3, 2008:

Location: Bathurst Heights Secondary School Cafeteria

Lawrence Heights Youth Conference on Revitalization

June 21, 2008:

Location: Lawrence Heights Community Centre

Toronto Community Housing Tenant Meeting

June 19, 2008:

Location: Bathurst Heights Secondary School - 640 Lawrence Avenue West
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

TDSB - School Community Meetings

June 9, 10, 11, 2008:

Locations: Flemington Public School - 10 Flemington Road
Baycrest Public School - 145 Baycrest Avenue
Sir Sandford Fleming Academy - 50 Ameer Avenue


Community Advisory Group

Community Advisory Group meetings

In 2008, a voluntary Community Advisory Group (CAG) of local residents was formed. This group met three times in late 2008 and early 2009, as objectives for the project were developed and the creation of option plans began.

Typically, a single CAG meeting was held about a week before the larger public forum. Discussions at these meetings were not designed as a substitute for the larger forum. Rather, they were an opportunity to contribute to the preparation of the larger meetings by providing comments on different issues, materials and approaches.

When option plans were presented to the community in June 2009, workshops were organized in place of a single CAG meeting. This model continued through the rest of the project.

City Planning made this change based on a number of comments that we received from CAG members and other residents. Comments included:

  1. It was unclear how the role of a CAG member was different from that of other residents.
  2. Meetings were too large and it was hard for some people to be heard.
  3. More detailed information was needed. The discussions should have happened after large public meetings, not before.
  4. There should have been more meetings and they should have been at different times and locations to make it easier for people to attend.

The workshops addressed these concerns and drew positive feedback from CAG members and other residents.

Past Meetings

February 23, 2009: CAG Meeting #3: Project Update

Topics:
1. Emerging options for the Allen Road,
2. Preliminary directions regarding the location of different building types, streets and parks.

Location: Lawrence Heights Community Centre
5 Replin Road Time:
7:00 - 9:00 pm

October 6, 2008: CAG Meeting #2: Emerging Themes and Principles
Sub-Groups discussed: Transportation/Allen Road, Parks and Community Facilities and Sustainability.
Location: Lawrence Heights Community Centre - 5 Replin Road
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

September 8, 2008: CAG Meeting #1: Introduction and Orientation
Location: Bathurst Heights Secondary School - 640 Lawrence Avenue West
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Project Reports

The following reports by City Planning provide more detailed information on LARP and provide more detailed information about the area.

On November 30, 2011, City Council approved the Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan, adopting  Amendment No.162 to the City of Toronto Official Plan. Official Plan Amendment No. 162 also includes other amendments to the Official Plan to allow the revitalization of Lawrence Heights to proceed. At the same meeting, City Council adopted the Lawrence-Allen Community Services and Facilities Strategy, Transportation Master Plan, Urban Design Guidelines and Financial Strategy and endorsed the Infrastructure Master Plan. 

Official Plan Amendment

Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan (Official Plan Amendment #162)

Implementation Plans and Guidelines

New Vision for the Redevelopment of Lawrence Heights

Decision Information: 

City Council adopted motions respecting a new vision of the redevelopment Lawrence Heights at its meeting of July 12-14, 2011.  The item was adopted without amendments by a vote of 38-1 with six abstentions. 


Lawrence-Allen Revitalization Plan

Decision Information:

The Lawrence Allen Revitalization Plan was before North York Community Council on June 22, 2010. Community Council discussed the plan and heard deputations from the public. They unanimously adopted staff recommendations, with amendments.

Toronto City Council discussed the plan on July 6, 2010 and adopted amended staff recommendations by a vote of 41-3. They directed staff to prepare a Secondary Plan for the Lawrence-Allen area.

Corporate Implementation Actions and Social Development Plan

A companion report to the Lawrence Allen Revitalization plan dealing with Corporate Implementation Actions and Social Development Plan was discussed by the Community Development and Recreation Committee on June 24, 2010. The committee unanimously adopted amended staff recommendations.

Toronto City Council discussed this report along with the Revitalization Plan on July 6, 2010 and adopted amended staff recommendations by a vote of 42-2.

Final Consultant Reports

Planning

Allen Road

Cultural Heritage

Energy and Infrastructure

Pedestrian and Cycling

Residential and Retail Markets

Transportation Master Plan


Project Update

Background Reports

Partner Organizations

Toronto Community Housing (TCH)
Revitalization Hot Line: (416) 981-4311
Toronto Community Housing Lawrence Heights Revitalization website
info@lawrenceheights.ca

Toronto District School Board
Baycrest Public School, Flemington Public School, Lawrence Heights Middle School, Sir Sandford Fleming Academy and Year Round Alternative School (Bathurst)