Toronto and East York District

Danforth Avenue Planning Study

Mandate

In July 2014, City Council requested the City Planning Division to undertake a study of Danforth Avenue, in two segments, between the Don River and Coxwell Avenue and Coxwell Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue. The Toronto City Council direction authorizing the study is available here.

Background

Danforth Avenue is primarily characterized by low-rise (two to three storey) mixed-use buildings and is identified as an Avenue in the Toronto Official Plan. City Planning staff have been directed by City Council to undertake a Planning Study of Danforth Avenue in two segments, from the Don River to Coxwell Avenue and from Coxwell Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue. This particular Avenue segment was selected as it is experiencing some development interest, there are sites that may attract redevelopment interest due to their size, attributes or availability, and a local framework to guide and manage growth is needed at this time.

Study Area


The study area includes the following:

  • Properties with frontage on Danforth Avenue between Coxwell Avenue to the west and Victoria Park Avenue to the east

Scope of Work

The Danforth Avenue planning study will be a multi-disciplinary review to be conducted as a comprehensive and integrated planning study. The study will be led by the City Planning Division (Community Planning with support from Urban Design, Heritage Preservation Services and Transportation Planning). Transportation Services, Economic Development and Parks, Forestry and Recreation Divisions will also support the study as required. City Planning staff will undertake a scope of work that will involve reviewing the character and place, the built form, the public realm, the retail vitality, the community services and facilities and the heritage and historic character of Danforth Avenue, in the context of the various surrounding neighbourhoods.

Community Council/City Council Consideration

 

Community Engagement

The study will include a series of four to five community meetings, as needed, which may take the form of workshops, charrettes or more formal meetings. The first meeting is anticipated to be held in June 2016 with additional meeting dates to be determined and provide here at a future date.

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), including representatives of the various residents associations in the area, landowner representatives, business representation and members of the general public, will be established and a separate terms of reference created, to maintain ongoing communication and feedback from the community.

Independent Facilitator

The City has retained an Independent Facilitator who will lead the community and stakeholder meetings associated with this Study.  The Facilitator's role is to conduct all meetings with the community in an open and fair manner.  The Facilitator will act independently and will have no vested interest in the outcome of the Study.

To reach the Independent Facilitator’s office, please contact Amanda Crompton at 416-898-5370 or acrompton@lura.ca.

Community Consultation

Community Consultation Meeting 1, June 27, 2016

Place: Hope United Church - Sanctuary, 2550 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The purpose of this community meeting is to introduce the Danforth Avenue Planning Study, discuss neighbourhood assets, and review and obtain feedback on the draft Terms of Reference in detail. Comments from the community will help to shape the Terms of Reference and Scope of Work of this study.

 

Community Consultation Meeting 2, February 23, 2017

Place: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The purpose of this community meeting is to introduce the Danforth Avenue Planning Study – Area Profile Report, review and obtain feedback on a draft vision statement and work done to date, and provide an update on key deliverables and study timelines.


Due to the early ending of Community Consultation Meeting #2 on February 23, 2017, City Planning has extended the deadline for submission of comments on the feedback form (either by hardcopy or by online survey) to March 15, 2017 (the original deadline was March 10, 2017).

 

Stakeholder Advisory Committee 

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), including various residents, landowners, business-owners and other community stakeholders, will be established by the independent facilitator to maintain ongoing communication and provide advice to City staff with respect to the study and the community engagement process. The independent facilitator will be responsible for selecting the members of the SAC, in consultation with the City Planning Division and the local Councillors.  Meeting summary information on the SAC meetings will be posted here when available.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting 1, October 24, 2016

Place: Danforth Mennonite Church - Basement Hall, 2174 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The purpose of this stakeholder advisory committee meeting is to review the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) mandate and roles; provide an update on the study process and timeline; and, discuss and develop a vision statement for the study area.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting 2, January 26, 2017

Place: Danforth Mennonite Church - Basement Hall, 2174 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The purpose of this stakeholder advisory committee meeting is to discuss the upcoming Danforth Avenue Planning Study – Area Profile Report, and other items that will be presented at the second Community Consultation Meeting including feedback on a draft vision statement, work done to date, and updates on key deliverables and study timelines.

  • Summary (to be posted when finalized)

Contact us

To submit comments or questions, please contact:

Daniel Woolfson, Planner
City Hall, 18th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-392-7574
Email: dwoolfs@toronto.ca

Caroline Kim, Urban Designer
City Hall, 19th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-392-7196
Email: ckim2@toronto.ca

You can also contact your Ward Councillor:

Councillor Janet Davis
Ward 31 – Toronto-Danforth
Tel: 416-392-4035
Email: councillor_davis@toronto.ca

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
Ward 32 – Toronto-Danforth
Tel: 416-392-1376
Email: councillor_mcmahon@toronto.ca