Roads and Trails

Emery Village Link 2A

Environmental Assessment

The City is planning a new road in the Emery Village neighbourhood to connect Toryork Drive with Finch Avenue West.

This new road, currently referred to as "Link 2A," follows the recommendations made in the 2009 Emery Village Transportation Master Plan. You can find more information about the Transportation Master Plan here.

News and Updates

February 2017 Update

The 30-day review period for the Emery Village Road 2A Environmental Assessment is now complete. No issues have been raised with the City of Toronto or the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The City will proceed with planning for the detailed design of Road 2A in accordance with recommendations made in the Environmental Study Report.

The 30-day review period started December 6th, 2016 and closed on January 19th, 2017. Additional time was provided to account for the holiday season. More information on the 30-day review period can be found on the Notice of Completion

December 2016 Update

The City has completed the Emery Village Road 2A study report and issued it for a 30-day public review period from December 6, 2016 to January 19, 2017.

Read the Notice of Completion

Read the Environmental Study Report

A staff report on the study recommendations was adopted by the City of Toronto Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on at their April 25, 2016 meeting. You can view the report here. Transportation Services recommended Option 1, with modifications. This new recommended alignment is primarily on City-owned property. You can view the Option 1 alignment here

The Emery Village Link 2A Environmental Assessment builds on the Emery Village Transportation Master Plan to plan a new road that connects Toryork Drive and Finch Avenue West.

 

The goal of the new road is to:

  • Improve the connectivity of the neighbourhood
  • Accommodate future development
  • Reduce vehicular and pedestrian conflicts

 

The new road will be two-lanes wide, with one lane moving in each direction and sidewalks on both sides.

Eight possible road alignments were considered, all of which were located in the same vicinity and with slight differences. The following evaluation criteria were used to assess the possible alignments:

  • Natural Environment
  • Social, Economic and Cultural Impacts
  • Transportation Service
  • Engineering
  • Costs

In 2009 the City completed the Emery Village Transportation Master Plan. This long-range plan identifies the required transportation infrastructure to support existing and future development in Emery Village. One of the six key recommendations of the Transportation Master Plan is to create "a new road connecting Toryork Drive with Finch Avenue West." Emery Village Link 2A meets this recommendation.

 

The Transportation Master Plan identifies Link 2A as an opportunity to increase access for future development and reduce traffic congestion in the area.

 

You can review the Emery Village Transportation Master Plan here

 

The Emery Village Transportation Master Plan follows the implementation of the Emery Village Secondary Plan, which was completed in 2002. The goal of the Secondary Plan is to provide for mixed-use development in the area and encourage a "village-like" setting. To implement this vision, the Secondary Plan recommends improving the streetscapes and providing a connected street system for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

 

The Secondary Plan identifies Link 2A as an opportunity to:

  • Balance vehicular and pedestrian needs
  • Create optional routes for traffic and provide alternatives to the Finch-Weston intersection
  • Divide large blocks and create new parcels appropriate to the proposed development
  • Provide street addresses for new and existing development
  • Increase accessibility to parks and open space areas
  • Protect and plan for improved public transit

 

You can review the Emery Village Secondary Plan here

 

In 2011 the City began work on the Emery Village Link 2A Environmental Assessment.  

Report to Public Works & Infrastructure Committee:

A staff report on the study recommendations was presented to a committee of City Council called Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on April 25, 2016.  The Committee adopted the report, which can be viewed here. Interested members of the public had the opportunity to arrange to speak or submit comments to PWIC. Click here for more information about this process. 

Public Open House:

The City hosted an open house on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Carmine Stefano Community Centre. Attendees learned more about the new road, asked questions, and provided valuable feedback. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Comments were accepted until August 15, 2015.

Below are the panels that were displayed at the Open House:

Prior to the July 2015 Public Open House, the City identified a preliminary preferred alignment (Option 2). To view the preliminary preferred alignment for Emery Village Link 2A, please click here.

Based on comments received and a review of feasibility, the City now recommends Option 1, with modifications. Option 1 is primarily on City-owned land, You can view the recommended Option 1 alignment here.

Frequently Asked Questions

ExpandWhy is the City building this road?

Emery Village Link 2A will provide a connection between Toryork Road and Finch Avenue West and will benefit vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement in the Emery Village area.

 

The new road will provide a needed alternative route for heavy truck traffic, especially vehicles that currently make left turns from the southbound Weston Road to Finch Avenue West in order to reach Highway 400. It will also increase vehicular access for future development in the area, and reduce traffic congestion.

 

The new road will establish a signalized intersection with Finch Avenue West, providing a pedestrian crossing opportunity to and from Lindy Lou Park. It will include sidewalks and boulevards to enhance the pedestrian experience.

 

Emery Village Link 2A was recommended by the Emery Village Transportation Master Plan (2009) and the Emery Village Secondary Plan (2002).

ExpandWhat is the project time line?

There is no current funding in the City’s Capital Works budget. As such a time line for the design and construction of this project is not yet known.

ExpandWill the new road provide pedestrian crossings?

A signalized intersection will be created at Finch Avenue West and the new road link.  Pedestrians will have the opportunity to cross at this location providing easy access to Lindy Lou Park and another crossing opportunity between Weston Road and Jayzel Drive where one does not currently exist.