Toronto and East York District

Bathurst Land Use and Built Form Study

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TheCity is holding a community consultation where you can learn more about this study, ask questions, speak with City Planning staff, and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Date:   Tuesday December 9, 2014

Time:   7:00 – 7:30 p.m. presentation

            7:30 – 9:00 p.m. open house

Place: Central Tech School Cafeteria

725 Bathurst Street, enter from Borden Street

This meeting and open house are an opportunity to provide your comments and give your input on the emerging vision and draft principles for the future of the Bathurst-Bloor area. City Planning staff will be available to answer questions, and the presentation will include a review of the results of the Bathurst Study.

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: and the Final Staff Report and draft Official Plan Amendment: 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: 

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.
At the June 17 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting, City Planning  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.
View this presentation to find out more about  City Planning's recommendations for the draft zoning by-law and draft Official Plan Policy.
Picture showing the steps to implementation of the Study
Links to Reports and March 3 2014 Presentation:
 The consultant's Retail Study is available here.  It includes a section on how to apply the study's recommendations to Bathurst Street. Consultation on the city-wide recommendations that grew out of the Retail Study will take place separately. Please check this website in the Spring of 2014 for an update on the timing for this meeting.

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.
The consultant's final report on the Bathurst Built Form Study is available here

Study Area 

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 usebuilt formheritage, 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.

Land Use

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.

Built Form

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.

Public Realm

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.

Public Engagement

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 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.

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.

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.

Bathurst Street Interim Control By-law

Contact us

To submit comments or questions, please contact:

Liora Freedman
Planner, Community Planning
City Hall, 18th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Tel: 416-338-5747
Fax: 416-392-1330