Planning Studies & Initiatives

Urban Design Studies and Plans

Urban design studies or plans are developed to advance the policies, goals and objectives of the Official Plan. In general, these initiatives provide a clear vision for the design of streets, parks, open spaces and/or buildings for specific areas of the city or for the city as a whole.

Current Initiatives


Eglinton Connects

Eglinton Connects is a comprehensive Planning Study that is being conducted around three themes of Building, Travelling, and Greening Eglinton. The goal is to evolve Eglinton in ways that are appropriate to local contexts, while also leveraging the opportunities that the new Crosstown transit line will bring. 


Midtown in Focus

The Midtown in Focus Plan is an implementation-ready guide for creating more liveable, walkable and memorable public spaces within Midtown at Yonge and Eglinton.


Neighbourhoods Guidelines

City Planning has initiated a study for the creation of a "Template" for Neighbourhood Urban Design Guidelines and an accompanying "How-To" Manual. These documents are intended to be used by those communities that wish to prepare neighbourhood specific design guidelines. Two pilot urban design guidelines are being undertaken as part of this study – Long Branch (Etobicoke) and Willowdale (North York). 

Completed Design Studies and Plans


Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study

The Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study was conducted to help implement the Official Plan's vision for reurbanized and vibrant corridors along certain major streets. The Study identified Performance Standards for 'in between' sized buildings larger than houses, but smaller than towers (called 'mid-rise buildings') which could achieve reurbanization with limited impact to nearby neighbourhoods.

Scarborough Centre

Scarborough Centre Public Space and Streetscape Master Plan

The Scarborough Centre Public Space and Streetscape Master Plan was developed to unify the public realm of the Scarborough Centre with a focus on a pedestrian-oriented, urban-scaled place, with a bold dynamic character defined by a hierarchy of public spaces and streets.