The City is holding a community consultation where you can learn more about the Bathurst-Bloor 4 Corners Study, ask questions, speak with City Planning staff, and share your comments.
Details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Place: Bickford Centre Cafeteria located at 777 Bloor Street West
Time: You are invited to drop in to 1 of the below sessions beginning at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.:
Session 1 Session 2
Open house: 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Presentation: 1:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Questions: 1:45 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
End: 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
This meeting is an opportunity to provide your input into draft policy on built form, heritage, the public realm, movement, and land use. If you cannot attend this meeting and would like to participate, please check the study website after the meeting to review the materials presented and provide your comments. Comments will be reviewed up to January 15, 2016.
This area-specific study will create a vision and ultimately policy for the Bathurst-Bloor four corners area including but not limited to recommendations for achieving public realm improvements, pedestrian and cycling connections, heritage conservation, open space, new parks, the relationship of transit stations with their surroundings, built form, a full range of residential unit sizes and affordability and land use.
Bathurst Land Use and Built Form Study
City Planning recommended draft Official Plan policy to implement the Built Form and Land Use Study on August 12, 2014. Community Council approved the report's recommendations, with amendments. For more information, please see the Toronto and East York Community Council decision: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.TE34.8 and the Final Staff Report and draft Official Plan Amendment: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-72135.pdf. At the June 17 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting, Community Council approved City Planning's recommended changes to the zoning by-law for retail and service uses based on the Built Form and Land Use Study analysis and on the Retail Study. The Community Council decision and the staff report are available here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.TE33.7.
View this presentation to find out more about City Planning's recommendations for the draft zoning by-law and draft Official Plan Policy.
City Planning recommended draft Official Plan policy to implement the Built Form and Land Use Study.
The retail consultant also undertook a separate review of the proposed retail development at 410-446 Bathurst Street and the draft of that review is available here.
Planning Study Background
The City of Toronto has initiated a study to develop a built form and land use vision for Bathurst Street between Queen and Dupont Streets. Bathurst Street plays a unique role as a boundary between the area our Official Plan identifies as "Downtown and Central Waterfront" and the rest of the city.
The purpose of this study is to develop a planning and urban design framework that addresses land use, built form, heritage, and the public realm. This vision for Bathurst Street will be developed to provide guidance to property owners proposing new developments, to inform City staff in reviewing applications for new developments, and to ensure that Bathurst Street reflects the community's vision for the area.
Bathurst Street Study Components
The Bathurst Built Form and Land Use Study is part of an-ongoing discussion about Bathurst Street from Dupont to Queen Street West that includes:
- Bathurst Built Form and Land Use Study (focussing on heritage, land use, public realm and built form)
- Bathurst-Bloor Four Corners Charrette initiative led by Councillors Layton and Vaughan, held on Oct 5, 2013
- Study to Evaluate Large Retail Developments Near Pedestrian Shopping Areas in Toronto
- Markham Street Heritage Study (Mirvish Village)
- City Transportation Working Group
- Active development applications
City Planning staff will prepare draft recommendations in the new year that tie together all of the above initiatives and will host a community meeting in 2014 to discuss them, before preparing a final report to Council.
refers to the kinds of uses that take place on a piece of land, such as Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Parks and Open Space, Employment, and Mixed Use. Townhomes, condominiums, and single-family homes are examples of Residential uses, while retail (e.g. clothing stores, grocers, corner stores, hardware stores), office (i.e. real estate, finance, insurance, physiotherapist, massage therapist), personal services (e.g. hairdressers), restaurants, and cafes are examples of Commercial uses. When a property features multiple uses, like a store on the ground floor of a house or condominium, it is called Mixed Use. Open Space (e.g. parks or public squares) and Institutional (e.g schools or hospitals) are other common land uses.
describes the shape and size of a building, how tall it is, how much of a lot it takes up, its relationship to the street, and how far it is set back from the street, sidewalk, or property line.
represents the identity of the street and includes elements like buildings, parks, and landmarks.
refers to the space between buildings that is physically or visually connected, regardless of ownership. Components of the public realm include streets, parks, public spaces, and the front yards of buildings. Streetscape refers to the visual and functional composition of the street: trees, sidewalks or boulevards, travel lanes for transportation, parking, and elements such lighting, plantings, benches, waste receptacles, art and paving materials.
The success of this study depends on input from local residents who have an intimate knowledge of the area. Since June 2013, there have been three meetings with the community and with stakeholders on the Bathurst Built Form and Land Use Study on heritage, land use, public realm and built form.
October 22 Meeting Materials: Draft Proposed Recommendations
You can download the materials that were presented at the meeting by following the links below. To have your comments on these materials included in the consultant's meeting summary report, contact Ian Malczewski of Swerhun Facilitation at (416) 572-4365 firstname.lastname@example.org by November 8, 2013. Missed the deadline? Don't worry, comments received after this date will be considered as part of Community Planning's final report to Council in 2014.
Topic Area Materials
Looking for more specific detail about the Draft Proposed Recommendations? Download a short presentation and display panel for each topic, as presented on Oct 22, 2013.
- Land Use Presentation and Panel
- Built Form Presentation and Panels
- Heritage Presentation and Panel
- Public Realm Presentation and Panel
Public Meeting #1:
June 10, 2013
Public Meeting #1 focused on identifying issues and opportunities along Bathurst Street and consisted of a presentation, facilitated discussion, and online survey.
- Agenda & Discussion Questions(PDF)
- Meeting Summary(PDF)
- Summary of Online Survey(PDF)
Public Meeting #2:
June 23, 2013
Public Meeting #2 focused on generating ideas specifically focused on Bathurst Street's Built Form, Land Use, Heritage, and Streetscape. This meeting included a presentation, a guided bus tour of the study area, a series of mapping activities, and a facilitated discussion.
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Bathurst Street Interim Control By-Law
In order to preserve the existing scale and character of Bathurst Street until the Study is complete, Council has adopted an Interim Control By-law to prohibit new retail and service uses and additions to existing retail and service uses for a period of one year in the Study Area.
Land use analysis comprises a fundamental component of the Bathurst Street Built Form and Land Use Study. A review of retail and service uses and permissions forms part of the broader land use analysis. The retail and service use permissions contained in the current zoning by-law were introduced in the 1980s and 1990s, prior to the advent of large scale, urban format retail in the former City of Toronto, and based on a detailed analysis of existing and emerging retail trends. A renewed analysis of current and emerging retail trends is required in order to assess the appropriateness of these permissions for retail and service uses in the Study Area today, especially given Bathurst Street's existing characteristics and the need to better define its role.
To submit comments or questions, please contact:
Planner, Community Planning
City Hall, 18th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2