Planning Studies & Initiatives

King Spadina Secondary Plan, East Precinct and Spadina Precinct Built Form Study

What's New:

Public meeting will take place on:

Wednesday June 22, 2016
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Metro Hall, Room 308/309
55 John Street

Click here for more information.

Click here for the meeting presentation.

Community Meeting #3 was held in 2014.

Download the King-Spadina Community Services and Facilities Update Phase 1 (PDF)

Community Meeting #2  was held Monday November 25 2013. You can download the materials from the meeting below:

Toronto Entertainment District BIA Dec 9 2013 


Please send your comments on the above materials to Liora Freedman by email OR mail  to 100 Queen Street, East Tower, 18th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2 -OR- Fax (416) 392-1330

Download the Status Report from the November 2013 Toronto East York Community Council Meeting here


Planning Study Background:

This is a map showing the boundaries of the East Precinct.

The East Precinct of the King-Spadina Secondary Plan Area is bounded by Front Street West to the south, Richmond Street West to the north, Simcoe and John Streets to the east, and Spadina Avenue to the west.

This area has been experiencing significant growth pressure.

While this is evidence of the success of King-Spadina's regeneration, this pressure is resulting in development proposals that considerably exceed the height and intensity of development envisioned by the Official Plan or permitted in the Zoning By-law.

This study will look at the Planning Policy Framework, Urban Design Guidelines, Zoning By-law, and Community Improvement Plan.

The success of this study depends on input from local residents, businesses and organizations who have an intimate knowledge of the area. We look forward to speaking with and learning from you.

2006 King Spadina Secondary Plan Review

This is a picture of the four phases of the King Spadina East Precinct work plan and consultation process.

For a background presentation on the study, click here. (PDF)


Community Consultation:

The second community meeting was held in November 2013.

The first community meeting was held in June 2013.  Materials from the meeting are posted below:

Key messages from the June 2013 group discussion and individual comments:

What people like about the King Spadina East Precinct:
  • Mix of uses –live, work, shop, play
  • Ability to walk everywhere and access to transit
  • Proximity to entertainment, Theatre District, Restaurant Row, restaurants, patios, PATH, amenities and medical centres
  • Eclectic and diverse mix of modern and heritage buildings
  • Heritage and character buildings
  • Clarence Square improvements
Direction for the Future of the King Spadina East Precinct:
  • Lower building heights and fewer residential units per building
  • More parks and open spaces, including play areas for children, and improvements to Metro Square
  • More services like grocery stores, school, library, community centre, day care spaces for families living in the area
  • Increase parking options with structured parking and public underground parking
  • Decrease congestion: increase transit capacity and efficiency (i.e. dedicated lanes), wider sidewalks, more cycling infrastructure (i.e. separated from traffic), pedestrian crosswalks, less car traffic on King Street
  • Keep heritage buildings / preserve character buildings as a whole, including interiors and original structure
  • Improve streetscapes with seating/street furniture, street trees and plantings, and expanded sidewalks
  • More diversity in the architecture and design of new buildings
  • Maintain Restaurant Row
  • Regulations for the use of LCD screens in the public realm and roof top lighting
  • Increase access to small format retail after working hours


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