Etobicoke York District

Mimico 20/20: A Revitalization Action Plan

Key map of Mimico-by-the-Lake study Area
The Etobicoke York Community Planning District office of the City Planning Division is engaged in leading a revitalization initiative for the Mimico-By-The-Lake community.

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What's New - Latest updates on what's happening

OMB Decision – March 9, 2015 Phase 1 Hearing

On March 31, 2015, the OMB issued their written decision (pdf here) on the general appeals of the Phase 1 Hearing, bringing the majority of the Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan into full force and effect, with the exception of the matters subject to the two site specific appeals to be heard at the Phase 2 Hearing, commencing November 16, 2015.

April 9, 2013 - Public Meeting

At the April 9, 2013 Public Meeting, EYCC deferred its decision regarding the Final Report: Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan until June 18, 2013 to allow Planning staff the opportunity to respond to comments received at the EYCC meeting.  The Public Meeting for the Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan was scheduled on the April 9, 2013 Etobicoke York Community Council agenda, 7:00 p.m.. A link to this agenda item including the Final Report prepared by City Planning is found here:

Please refer to the Public Information Meeting Notice here.

February 21, 2013 - City Council Motion EY21.49

On February 21, 2013, City Council passed the above motion to delete the January 22, 2013 EYCC Motion 21.49 and instead, instructed Planning staff to address in their Final Report how recommended policies and initiatives will create a framework to encourage investment in the area.  

Work on the Final Report and Secondary Plan is continuing and once completed, staff will ensure that ample community notice including a copy of the Secondary Plan itself will be provided in advance of the date these items will be considered by Community Council. In the meanwhile as work progresses, updates will continue to be provided through this website and email notification list.

December 6, 2012 - Open House Event

Emerging Secondary Plan Policy Directions 
Thursday, December 6, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Mimico Adult Centre - Gym

An Open House was held to present the community with the key policy directions in the emerging Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan.

You may review the Open House presentation boards here.

November 8, 2012 – Open House Event

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Mimico Adult Centre - Gym

An Open House was held to present the community with the key findings and conclusions of the consultant team work to date. 

You may review the Open House presentation boards here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Please click here for a summary of the responses from the November 8th Open House Feedback Form. 

Sub-Consultant Reports

Planning staff will endeavour to post the study sub-consultant reports in this section as they become available.

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Community Services Gap AnalysisNow Available

Ward 6 Community Services and Facilities Study by Policy and Research Section, City Planning Now Available

Mimico 20/20 Final Report by Urban Strategies

DRAFT Mimico 20/20 Urban Design Guidelines by Urban Strategies:
Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4

Infrastructure Analysis and Functional Servicing Requirements Now Available

Mimico Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment Now Available

Mimico 20/20 Transportation Report Now Available

Mimico 20/20 Community Energy Plan Now Available

Community Newsletter Updates

Community Update - October 2012

Please see Newsletter as the subconsultant work continues as we prepare for the November 8th Open House.

Community Update – August 2012

Please see Report outlining the results of the May/June Community Workshops and next steps towards the preparation of a Secondary Plan for Mimico By-the-Lake.

Community Update - May 2012

Please see Newsletter as preparations continue for the May 29th Workshop.

Community Update - April 2012

Please see  Newsletter as work towards a comprehensive planning framework accelerates.

Background information on the Mimico 20/20: A Revitalization Action Plan

September 13, 2006 - Project Initiation

On September 13, 2006, Etobicoke York Community Council (See item 7.105 on page 92, Report 7 Clause 86) requested the Director, Community Planning, Etobicoke York District to report on the next steps involved in moving the &quotMimico by the Lake Project 20/20: A Perfect Vision for our Community&quot initiative forward.

This document was brought forward to initiate a formal community revitalization process following discussions between local Councillor Mark Grimes and area residents. The document preliminarily identifies some of the opportunities, challenges and potential implementing mechanisms to secure revitalization of the Mimico apartment strip and surrounding area. The document also reiterates a desire in seeking broad participation from all stakeholders throughout the process.

Based on the recommendations contained in the ensuing Planning staff report, on February 13, 2007 Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) directed staff to facilitate a broad based public consultation process to establish a vision, and determine potential next steps towards the revitalization of the Mimico-By-The-Lake Community.

June 16, 2007 – Mimico 20/20 Community Workshop

The above directive resulted in a community workshop facilitated by professional facilitator Sue Cumming of Cumming+Company, and was attended by over 100 participants on June 16, 2007. The results of the community workshop are contained in the consultant's report entitled Mimico 20/20 Workshop Report and Recommendations For Next Steps. This document along with a project update and outline of next steps was provided in a Planning Report at the January 15, 2008 EYCC meeting.

February 25, 2008 - Open House/Information Session

On the evening of February 25, 2008, City Planning was pleased to host an Open House/Information Session under the theme &quotMoving Forward: Process, Priorities, Participation&quot. Held at the Mimico Public Library, the event was very well attended with over 140 area residents and community stakeholders. The purpose of the event was to provide information and encourage public discussion and feedback on the next steps of Project Mimico 20/20, namely:

  1. the preparation of a study/action plan Terms of Reference; and
  2. the hiring of study consultants

The first part of the evening was conducted as an informal Open House session. Questionnaires in hand, members of the public had an opportunity to visit "info stations" and meet with/ask questions of City (and TRCA) staff having expertise within each of the 7 broad Study Priority Areas. The aim of this session was to assist the public in completing the questionnaire and personally meet your Project partners.

Following welcoming remarks from Councillor Mark Grimes, the next portion of the evening featured short presentations from the City Divisions of Planning, Parks, and Economic Development. City Planning provided an overview of the area, the Project history and update, a summary of the key June 16/07 Workshop findings and the proposed next steps.

Staff from Parks and Economic Development with the assistance of the local BIA, provided updates on recent, current and near term activities. The presentations underscored that there is already 'something going on' within the Mimico-by-the-Lake community, and stimulated thought for future study/action to complement existing initiatives.

The final segment of the evening included a question and answer period, where members of the public had the opportunity to be heard and have their concerns addressed in an open forum.

City staff considers the evening to be a great success, where the dialogue was found constructive, and the level of public interest, cooperation and enthusiasm most encouraging.

Open House Questionnaire Results

Planning staff developed a public Questionnaire to seek feedback that was incorporated in the Study Terms of Reference preparation and consultant hiring Project phase. The questionnaire focussed on reaffirming the community 'Vision', and ranking of the 7 broad Study Priority Areas.

Community Vision Affirmation

Based on the submitted responses, "Community Vision" statement now reads:

"Mimico-By-The-Lake is a historic Toronto Community that is known for its unique lakeside location within Toronto's waterfront. It has exemplary public spaces and connections to and along the waterfront with trails, parks and places for community gathering and play; an accessible, attractive and vibrant main street that supports transit and a mix of shops, services, employment opportunities and community activities and is a draw for residents and others outside the area; housing choices and opportunities for renewed rental and ownership; and inclusive participation from an active mixed income community which celebrates its history, diversity, environment, arts and culture."

Study Priority Area Rankings

Respondents were asked to identify in order, their top 3 rankings of the 7 broad Study Priority Areas. The following Table summarizes the final results:

Overall Summary Table
Overall Rank Study Priority Area Frequency
(no. of times voted as 1, 2 or 3)
Total Points
1 Parks, Recreation & Waterfront 39 94
2 Housing 28 93
3 Land Use/Built Form 31 78
4 Transportation 27 47
5 Business/Economic Development and Promotion 16 40
6 Infrastructure/Public Realm 15 21
7 Social Services 12 21

Planning staff note that despite these rankings, all of the above have been established as Priority Areas, as identified at the outset of the Project through the original June 16/07 Community Workshop day, and will continue to be treated as such. This exercise has however produced a tool that will be useful for assisting in the efficient allocation of limited resources. There is no compelling evidence to suggest elimination of any of the established Study Priority Areas.

Terms of Reference Overview Report

This Information Report was presented at the July 7, 2008 Etobicoke-York Community Council (EYCC) meeting. The Report provides background information on the study process to date and sets the framework on which a detailed Request For Proposals will be prepared. Upon hiring the successful consultants in the summer of 2008, staff anticipate initial public contact in the Fall and completion of the report in the first quarter of 2009.

Hiring Announcement

City Planning is pleased to announce the return of Urban Strategies Inc. to complete the final "vision-to-implementation" phase of the Mimico 20/20 Project. As previously mentioned, Urban Strategies is an award winning Toronto based, internationally respected planning and urban design firm that has assembled an impressive multi-disciplinary team to complete this task. You are invited to explore some more of Urban Strategies' work here.

April 6-9, 2009 - Results: Mimico 20/20 Revitalization Charette

Hosted by Urban Strategies Inc., the Charette was a very successful major community event attracting over 200 participants, including residents, community groups, politicians, City staff, agencies, land owners and businesses. Over 20 separate city-building themed sessions were offered in varying formats including round table discussions, workshops, invited guest speakers, walking tours, on-going scale modeling and hands-on design sessions.

Charette participants identified targeted strategies to direct future change across Mimico-By-The-Lake and created a large scale model that explored potential future development opportunities. The scaled model was a physical interpretation of the community’s vision and acted as the conceptual framework plan for future redevelopment and revitalization opportunities.

The full results of the Charette are found in Mimico 20/20: Revitalization Action Plan Proceedings Report (PDF 6.4 MB), prepared by Urban Strategies Inc. This document is followed by the Mimico-By-The-Lake Implementation Action Memo (PDF), which presents a recommended development framework necessary to implement the established community Vision.

At the core of the Action Memo, the consultant’s key implementation recommendation is for a City-initiated Official Plan amendment for the creation of a framework that addresses key policy areas including Land Use, Rental Housing, Density, Infrastructure, Design and Open Space.

On behalf of City Planning and all Project Partners, we’d like to thank Urban Strategies for their most valued input and participation in this Project phase.

On October 13, 2009, Planning staff presented a report to EYCC (Item 30.20) to introduce the above documents, as well as to announce the commencement of the final Project implementation phase through a City-initiated Official Plan Amendment exercise.

May 29 and June 5, 2012 - Community Workshop

FEEDBACK REPORT – May 29 and June 5, 2012 Community Workshops

We are pleased to provide you with the public feedback results of the May 29 and June 5th Workshops.

The Mimico 20/20 Staff and Consultant Team are considering these results as the technical studies to support the Secondary Plan are being completed.  The next public engagement event to present the emerging Secondary Plan is expected in the fall – please stay tuned for further announcements.

May 29 and June 5, 2012 Community Workshops

The City hosted 2 very successful Community Workshops to introduce the concept of a Secondary Plan for Mimico and to seek public input focussing on the built form 'building block' of the emerging Plan.

Presentation Slides: Project background and status update - introduction of a Secondary Plan for Mimico

For the benefit of those unable to attend, posted below are the slides that were presented to assist before each of the three Breakout Discussion Questions.

The public was asked to provide input by June 26/12 using the following Comment Form, your own preferred format (email, Word document, handwritten note, etc.), or commenting directly on the panel/map link under each Discussion item.

Discussion 1:
Did we get the Continuum categories right?
What do you think of the new streets and open spaces?
Discussion 1 panel/Revitalization Continuum Map

Discussion 2: (Precincts A-D)
What do you like and/or dislike about the location of buildings?
What do you like and/or dislike about how buildings relate to the public realm?
Discussion 2 panel/map

Discussion 3: (Precincts E-G)
What do you like and/or dislike about the location of buildings?
What do you like and/or dislike about how buildings relate to the public realm?
Discussion 3 panel/map

On behalf of the Study Team, we want to thank all who participated at this important stage.