Planning Studies & Initiatives

South of Eastern Development Portal

South of Eastern is an active, successful employment area in the City of Toronto, in close proximity to the Downtown Core and the revitalizing waterfront. The City is engaged in planning studies and development application review, working to sustain a vibrant and dynamic employment district and a positive relationship with adjacent neighbours. The City is also working to achieve the major infrastructure, including transit and flood protection, necessary to support continued employment growth.



Development Proposals

Unilever Precinct and East Harbour Proposal (Official Plan and Zoning Amendment, Draft Plan of Subdivision)

New rezoning and subdivision application for 21 Don Roadway and 30 Booth Avenue were submitted in December of 2016, to permit a proposed 829,833 square metres of employment uses over 13.8 hectares, in 8 buildings of tower-on-podium, mid-rise and low-rise forms. A new transportation hub along the existing rail corridor in the north-west portion of the lands and a new network of public roads are proposed.

The applications also include additional information related to the previously-submitted Official Plan Amendment (15 236783 STE 30 OZ). This OPA includes conceptual master planning for the larger Precinct area bounded by Booth Avenue in the east, Lake Shore Boulevard in the south, Don Roadway in the east and Eastern Avenue in the north. A planning study for this Precinct, the Unilever Precinct Planning Study, is underway.

A website with more information on these applications can be found here.

Planning and Growth Management Committee considered a Status Update report on the Unilever Precinct Planning Study and Preliminary Report on First Gulf's applications on February 23, 2017. 

Planning and Growth Management Committee previously considered a Preliminary Report of First Gulf's conceptual Official Plan Amendment application on February 24, 2016.


459 Eastern Avenue (Site Plan Approval)

An information meeting respecting the Site Plan Control application for a self-storage facility at 459 Eastern Avenue was held by Councillor Fletcher on November 14, 2016. 


Applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments were previously filed for this site, reflecting a different development scheme. 

462 Eastern Avenue (Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment)

Resubmission of Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning applications by new landowner, along with first submission of Site Plan Approval application, were provided in late November 2016.  Applications are for an updated development scheme: 9-storey mixed use building with 1,033 square metres of commercial ground floor GFA and 25,691 square metres of residential GFA.  308 units proposed, with 315 parking spaces (including 10 for the proposed ground floor commercial space).

On November 3, 2016, the City Planning Division held a community meeting where City staff explained the upcoming Ontario Municipal Board and community consultation process for this matter

The prior owner filed applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments in 2012, for a proposed mixed use building with 7 storeys, 266 residential units, and commercial at grade.  These applications are subject to ongoing appeals before the Ontario Municipal Board.  Updated OPA and rezoning submission will also be decided upon by the OMB..

405 Eastern Avenue (Site Plan Approval)

An application for site Plan Approval to expand and renovate the existing Enbridge facility.

629, 633 & 675 Eastern Avenue

 A Community Consultation Meeting was held for this application on January 27, 2014.

 A second community meeting for this application was held on June 24, 2015



South of Eastern Strategic Direction

In January 2012, the Planning and Growth Management Committee requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division, to prepare a planning framework for the South of Eastern Employment District and report back to Planning and Growth Management Committee. The Committee decision to authorize the Study is available here.

In response to Planning and Growth Management Committee's request for a planning framework for the South of Eastern employment district, staff from the City Planning Division and Economic Development and Culture Division are undertaking background studies for a three pronged planning framework. The South of Eastern Strategic Direction is focused on economic development, urban design and transportation.

The planning studies are being coordinated with planning work underway as part of the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative, particularly with respect to the Port Lands and South of Eastern Transportation and Servicing Master Plan.

Open House - November 2013

Community Consultation Meeting #1 - Febuary 2014

Community Consultation Meeting #2 - May 2014

Community Consultation Meeting #3 - July 2014


A Status Update report was provided to Planning and Growth Management Committee in the summer of 2014:


The South of Eastern Strategic Direction Background Study Report was completed in July 2015.


Contact us

To submit comments or questions, please contact:

Carly Bowman, Senior Planner
City Hall, 18th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel:      416-338-3788

You can also contact your Ward Councillors:

Councillor Paula Fletcher
Ward 30 – Toronto-Danforth
Tel: 416-392-4060

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
Ward 32 Beaches-East York
Tel: 416-392-1376