The Vision for complete streets comes from Toronto's Official Plan, which was adopted by City Council in August 2014, after in-depth public and stakeholder consultation.
City streets are important public open spaces which connect people and places and support the development of sustainable, economically vibrant and complete communities. New and existing City streets will incorporate a 'complete streets' approach and be designed to perform their diverse roles by:
A) balancing the needs and priorities of the various users and uses within the right-of-way, including provision for:
i. the safe and efficient movement of pedestrians of all ages and abilities, cyclists, transit vehicles and users, goods and services vehicles, emergency vehicles, and motorists across the network; and
ii. space for other street elements, such as utilities and services, trees and landscaping, green infrastructure, snow and stormwater management, wayfinding, boulevard cafés, marketing and vending, and street furniture;
B) improving the quality and convenience of active transportation options within all communities by giving full consideration to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit users;
C) reflecting differences in local context and character;
D) providing building access and address, as well as amenities such as view corridors, sky view, and sunlight; and
E) serving community destinations and public gathering places.
The 'complete streets' approach recognizes that there is no single way in which to make a street 'complete'. It depends on numerous factors whose relative importance varies according to the character and context of each particular street. While it may not be viable or appropriate to accommodate every type of user or use on every streets, the overall objective is to create a well-functioning street network that is planned and designed to provide safe access and efficient operation for all street activities and functions. Guidelines for applying the 'complete streets' approach will be developed to assist in resolving and balancing the competing demands placed upon the use of street rights-of-way and applied when streets are constructed, reconstructed, or otherwise improved.