Midtown in Focus, an inter-divisional initiative led by City Planning, is a response to the rapid intensification and change underway in parts of the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan area. The study seeks to ensure that growth positively contributes to the vitality and quality of life in one of Toronto's most dynamic neighbourhoods.
The Yonge-Eglinton area of Midtown Toronto is situated at the centre of the city and combines many of the best qualities of Toronto: tower neighbourhoods and tree-lined sidestreets, local businesses and regional transit connections, historic main streets and expansive open spaces.
An era of sustained development in Midtown has been underway since the early 2000s. This concentration of activity, investment and intensification presents challenges but, planned for appropriately, also offers opportunities to sustain a livable, complete community.
The Midtown in Focus study is a comprehensive response to these opportunities that will outline a clear and compelling vision and detailed plan for the continued evolution of the community. In the current phase of the study, the City of Toronto’s City Planning Division is leading an inter-divisional review of growth and infrastructure issues in the Yonge-Eglinton area. The current study builds on the direction of the 2014 Midtown in Focus: Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan to address other key contributors to a livable. The review will inform the development of up-to-date planning policies and identify key capital upgrades needed to improve the area's parks and public realm and local transportation, municipal servicing and community infrastructure.
The study includes the following activities:
- Growth Analysis, including development of near, medium and long term growth estimates to inform the infrastructure assessments.
- A Built Form Study to document area character and development trends, develop built form principles and a built form vision, undertake built form testing, visualize a future built form concept and identify policy directions to better guide the area’s evolution.
- A Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment to document the area's archaeological and development history, identify properties of cultural heritage value or interest for listings and designations and identify additional recommendations for conservation and further study.
- A Community Services and Facilities Study to inventory existing services and facilities, assess needs and opportunities in the context of future growth and demographic change and outline an implementation strategy for priority community infrastructure projects.
- Transportation and Municipal Servicing Assessments to document the performance and capacity of existing transportation and municipal servicing infrastructure, evaluate priority areas and identify potential capital upgrades required to support continued growth in the Secondary Plan area.
- A public realm study for the Davisville area to complement the 2014 Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for lands in and around the Yonge-Eglinton Centre.
This work is supported by consultation with the Midtown Planning Group and broader public, online consultation, in-community outreach activities and more at key stages of the study.
The findings and emerging directions of the first phase of the review were presented to City Council in June 2016 with a Status Report. Following Council's decision on the Status Report, further consultation will occur on proposed amendments to the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan and implementation strategies for local infrastructure.