Planning Studies & Initiatives

Downtown East Planning Study

Background and Purpose of Study

The City of Toronto Planning Department is undertaking a development study entitled "Downtown East Planning Study".

The purpose of the Downtown East Planning Study is to examine the future of the built form and planning policies within the geography bounded by Jarvis Street, Carlton Street, Sherbourne Street and Queen Street East ("the Study Area").

City Planning Staff will be looking at how the Study Area should grow and what if any changes should be made.  At the same time, the City Planning Division has engaged the services of MHBC Planning, a private section consulting firm, to study the potential for the area to become a heritage conservation district. 

This Land Use Planning Study forms a party of the larger Downtown East Revitalization Initiative.  The Downtown East Revitalization Initiative brings multiple City Divisions together to look at the issues facing the Downtown East comprehensively.  The key areas the Revitalization Initiative is looking at are:

  • Land Use Planning and Heritage (This study);
  • Safety Planning;
  • Community Services Planning;
  • Local Housing Strategy;
  • Economic Development Plan; and
  • Public Realm Planning

File No. 12 294720 SPS 00 OZ

UPDATE! Downtown East Planning Study - Official Plan Amendment Status Report and Draft Official Plan Amendment

A status report on the proposed Official Plan Amendment for the Downtown East Planning Study was adopted by City Council on August 25, 2014.

Public Meetings

The City of Toronto Planning Division held a community meeting on April 29, 2014 at the Ryerson International Living and Learning Centre (240 Jarvis Street).

The City of Toronto Planning Division hosted a community meeting on June 24, 2013 at the Metropolitan United Church.




Downtown East Revitalization

The City of Toronto created the Downtown East Revitalization Strategy to build on a number of initiatives that are already underway in the Downtown East, including the Downtown East Planning Study.  The purpose of the Downtown East Revitalization Strategy is to ensure that a coordinated and thoughtful approach to city building and social planning is used in future community planning. A link to additional information about the Downtown East Revitalization Strategy can be found below:

The North George Street Working Group

On November 2, 2011 Toronto and East York Community Council adopted the recommendations of Planning Staff to expand the boundaries of the study to Sherbourne Street, Queen Street East, Jarvis Street and Carlton Street.  In order to address the issues on George Street, the Councillor moved the following motion also adopted by Community Council:

"City Council direct City Planning staff to continue community consultation as part of the study process in co-ordination with the local councillor, including the formation of a George Street Working Group."

City Planning Staff engaged local residents and land owners (both public and private) on the stretch of George Street between Gerrard Street East and Dundas Street East on four main issues:

  • Public Safety and Policing
  • Seaton House
  • Land Use Planning Study and Heritage
  • Property Standards

A summary of the findings of the working group is attached below.  Although the City Planning led portion of the working group has concluded, Councillor Wong-Tam is chairing an ongoing working group process.  If you are interested in participating you can contact her office at:

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, at (416) 392-7903

or email at



Contact :

Giulio Cescato
Tel: 416-392-0459
Fax: 416-392-1330