Urban Design

Urban Design Guidelines

The Toronto Official Plan states that urban design guidelines are an important part of its implementation strategy. Urban design guidelines are adopted to advance the policies, goals and objectives of the Plan and help translate these directions into desired outcomes for the design of streets, parks, open spaces and buildings. 

The City of Toronto has two main categories of urban design guidelines: City-wide Guidelines and District or Area-Specific Guidelines. These guidelines are applied during the evaluation of proposals in the development approval process.


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City-wide Guidelines

These guidelines apply to city-wide matters such as the design of specific building types (e.g. townhouses, mid-rise buildings, tall buildings), streetscapes, accessibility, etc.

District or Area-Specific Guidelines

These guidelines are specific to a particular property, block, neighbourhood or broader area, such as the development of an entire civic centre or new community and public spaces.