The Design Review Panel is comprised of private sector design professionals – architects, landscape architects, urban designers and engineers – who provide independent, objective advice to city staff aimed at improving matters of design that affect the public realm. This includes matters such as preserving the uniqueness of place, maintaining vitality, ensuring comfort and safety, and making new development compatible with its surroundings. The Panel provides advice for both private development and public projects, including advice on new urban design policy. Advice is based on professional judgment, understanding of good design principles, conformance with the Official Plan and other related documents (design guidelines, secondary plans etc.), and the design quality of the subject project.
Is your project scheduled for Design Review? Find out what's required and how to prepare.
The DRP is a resource for all City Divisions and Agencies undertaking projects which contain significant public realm impacts.
The DRP reviews large-scale private development proposals primarily within the City's growth areas.
To facilitate a more in-depth and comprehensive design review process, applicants are now encouraged to provide concise summary statements which describe:
- The sustainable design ambitions of the project;
- How the project fits within and contributes to its context; and
- The approach to heritage conservation, if the project impacts any heritage resources.
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