Roads and Trails

Liberty New Street - Class Environmental Assessment

The City of Toronto is studying the possibility of constructing a new east-west street along the south end of the Liberty neighbourhood between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue. The new street would provide the opportunity to improve circulation for all modes of travel and support community development.

Study area: Strachan Avenue to Dufferin Street on the north side of the GO Transit Lakeshore West rail corridor

Notice of Completion

The City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) that has recommended the construction of a new east-west road extending between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue in Liberty Village. The new road would be located on the north side of the GO Transit Lake Shore West rail corridor.

Following consultation with the public, adjacent property owners, government agencies and Aboriginal communities, City Council has endorsed the preferred design identified in the EA, which consists of the following:

  • a new road with two traffic lanes (one in each direction)
  • a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians on the south side of the road
  • a sidewalk on the north side of the road
  • landscaping and civic improvements, including south-facing lookouts, where possible
  • two-way connections at all intersecting north-south streets, except for Strachan Avenue, which would be restricted to right-in right-out movements


Construction of the new road is subject to available funding. Potential implementation of the new road could follow a phased approach.

 

Currently there is no schedule for construction.


Opportunities for Review

The study was carried out following the requirements for "Schedule C" projects under the Municipal Class EA process. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared and has been placed on the public record for a 30-day review period starting September 29, 2016 and ending on October 28, 2016.


The Environmental Study Report is available for review online here (large PDF files):

 

To request assistance in reading these files, please contact Jason Diceman 416-338-2830 jdiceman@toronto.ca

 
The ESR is available for review in print at Toronto Public Library branches, as follows:

  • City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 416-392-8016
  • Fort York, 190 Fort York Blvd, 416-393-6240
  • Parkdale, 1303 Queen St. W., 416-393-7686

If you have any outstanding concerns with the project, City staff would be pleased to discuss them further. Please contact City staff listed below.

Jason Diceman
City of Toronto – Public Consultation Unit
Metro Hall, 19th Fl., 55 John St., Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2830 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-338-0889
Email: jdiceman@toronto.ca
Visit: toronto.ca/involved/projects/libertynewst


If concerns regarding the project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City of Toronto, a person or party may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses Individual Environmental Assessments.

 
Written requests must be sent to:


The Honourable Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment & Climate Change
77 Wellesley St. W., Ferguson Block, 11th Fl., Toronto, ON M7A 2T5

 
AND

 
Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change
Environmental Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Ave. W., 1st Fl., Toronto, ON M4V 1P5

 
If no requests are received by October 28, 2016, the City may proceed to construct the new road as outlined in the ESR at such time as available funding has been secured.

 

 

The City has been and continues to consult with affected property owners.

 

Notice of Completion (September 29, 2016)

The Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared and has been placed on the public record for a 30-day review period starting September 29, 2016 and ending on October 28, 2016. See further details and link to the ESR PDF on the "Update" tab of this web page.

 

Staff Report Adopted by City Council (June 2016)

A staff report on the study recommendations was presented and adopted by City Council on June 7, 2016.  View Agenda Item 2016.PW13.10

 

Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (May 2016)

A staff report on the study recommendations was presented was considered by Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on May 16, 2016 and was adopted with amendments. The PWIC meeting provided public opportunity for submitting written comments and deputations. View Agenda Item 2016.PW13.10

 

Public Open House #2 (December 2011)

On December 1, 2011 the Liberty New Street Study Public Open House #2 was held in Liberty Market Building, Tenant's Lounge.  Participants viewed and discussed the preferred design of a new east-west street and the detailed evaluation of options and proposed urban design concepts. The event was well attended with clear public support for the recommended design.

   

  

Public Open House #1 (June 2011)

On June 20, 2011 the Liberty New Street Study formal Public Open House #1 was held in Liberty Market Building, Tenant's Lounge.

  

Introductory Workshop (March 2011)

An introductory public information session was held on March 1, 2011. See information materials below.

 

 

 

Preferred Design

Similar to what was presented at the December 2011 Public Open House (see Public Consultation section), the preferred design continues to be Option 2C - Construct a New Two-Lane Local Road with Adjacent Multi-use Path.

The design would include the following:

  • Two-way connections at all intersecting north-south streets, except for Strachan Avenue, which would be restricted to southbound only travel (right-in, right-out)
  • Two traffic lanes (one in each direction)
  • No on street parking
  • A sidewalk on the north side of the road
  • A two-way multi-use trail for cyclists and pedestrians on the south side of the road
  • Landscaping and civic improvements, including south-facing lookouts, where possible

 

See description of new street above

UPDATED April 2016:
View larger image of plan drawing (PDF)

 

The intersection of the new Street at Dufferin Street would be just north of the planned upgraded Dufferin Street bridge across the Gardiner Expressway and rail corridor. It is recommended that this new intersection be signalized.

 

A 30 metre parking lay-by would be provided west of Atlantic Avenue to organize passenger pick-up/drop-offs for the GO Station. The recommended design does not accommodate on-street parking, as stakeholders and City staff preferred this space being dedicated for a pedestrian/cyclist link and landscaping.  Local parking may also be accommodated through garage space provided by potential new developments.

 

The pictures below show typical roadway components for the preferred design. The first picture shows the road west of Fraser Avenue where a 15.0 metre right-of-way (ROW) is available.

 See description of street at top

The second picture below shows a cross section between Atlantic Avenue and Pirandello Street which has a right-of-way (ROW) greater than 15.0 metres.

See description of street at top

 

Other elements proposed include bleacher-style seating located in select areas between the new street and rail corridor as shown in the image below.

See description above

 

Further, there is also an opportunity to create new public open space located north of the new street in front of 9 Hanna Avenue as shown below. The space would be proposed to contain a mix of open space and public seating.

See description above

The location for these public open space features is proposed north of the new street because it is closer to the community and cyclists and pedestrians will not need to cross the new street to get to them.

The intersection of the new street at Strachan Avenue will operate as a right-in/right-out. Left turns will be prohibited because the changes in grade to the south limit necessary sightlines.  

Cyclists travelling on the west side of Strachan Avenue will have full access to/from the multi-use trail.  Shared lanes (bike sharrows) are recommended on Pirandello Street between the new street and East Liberty Street, ultimately connecting to Strachan Avenue along East Liberty Street.