Planning Studies & Initiatives

North Downtown Yonge Planning Framework

The North Downtown Yonge Planning Framework has resulted in Official Plan Amendment 183 - Site and Area Specific Policy 382 and the North Downtown Yonge Urban Design Guidelines as adopted by Council. This webpage include links to the Official Plan Amendment and Urban Design Guidelines as adopted by Council, the staff reports considered by Council, current applications within the study area and information pertaining to the study background and community consultation materials. 

What's New

Official Plan Amendment

Adopted by City Council on October 8-11, 2013 and enacted as By-law no. 1507-2013 by City Council on November 15, 2013.

Urban Design Guidelines:

Adopted by City Council on October 8-11, 2013.

Staff Reports:

For further details, please review the Decision of the September 10, 2013 Toronto and East York Community Council, and the Decision of the October 8-11, 2013 City Council.

For further details, please review the Decision of the June 18, 2013 Toronto and East York Community Council.

Go to Active Development Applications

Background and Community Consultation

Community Consultation Information Sessions:

  • August 22 / 24, 2011

Community Walk:

Urban Design Charrette:

Open House Charrette follow-up - November 15, 2011:

Community Consultation Session - February 16, 2012:

Community Consultation Session - October 9, 2012:

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The area of Yonge Street between College Street/Carlton Street to Bloor Street and Church Street to Bay Street is changing. Contrary to several other areas within the Downtown and Central Waterfront Area, this part of Yonge Street is not subject to a Secondary Plan. Special Policy Areas 96 (relating to 30 Gloucester Street), 155 (relating to part of Church Street), and 164 (relating to parts of St. Nicholas Street, St. Joseph Street and Irwin Street) apply.

The entire City of Toronto is covered by the "Design Criteria for the Review of Tall Building Proposals" document dated 2006 which has been approved for staff use by City Council.

The City of Toronto Planning Department initiated the Tall Buildings Downtown project to create a vision for tall buildings. The area of the study encompasses portions of Wards 20, 27 and 28. It is bounded by Bathurst Street on the west, Dupont Street on the north, the Don Valley Parkway on the east and Lake Ontario on the south. Secondary Plan Areas falling within the study boundaries have been excluded from the Study. Also excluded from the study is the area of north Yonge Street from Grenville/Wood Streets to Hayden Street and Church Street from Alexander Street to 1/2 block south of Charles Street East.

The study identifies which downtown streets tall buildings should be located on and the height ranges and built form typologies that these tall buildings should adhere to in order to enhance the pedestrian environment, minimize shadowing of sidewalks, parks and public squares, protect landmark views and heritage resources and improve the quality of life (access to natural light, sky views and privacy) for people living and working in the downtown. As of April of 2010, the consultant's study was completed entitled "Tall Buildings, Inviting Change in Downtown Toronto". This study proposes a vision and a set of performance standards for tall buildings in Downtown Toronto.

Community and stakeholder consultation sessions have since been held. A staff report was presented to Toronto and East York Community Council regarding the results of public consultation and options for implementing performance standards for tall buildings in Downtown Toronto in February 2011. The Downtown Tall Buildings Vision and Performance Standards Design Guidelines was adopted by Council July 11, 2012.

Since the beginning of the study process for the Tall Buildings Downtown project development pressure has increased in the north downtown Yonge Street area. Planning staff have received proposals for several 50+ storey towers in the study area. This area was not addressed by the Tall Buildings Downtown study as it was recognized that a more area specific review should be undertaken. In order to better respond to the current and anticipated development pressure a more detailed analysis of this area is required. This direction was provided in the Preliminary Report for 501 Yonge Street, file 11-187996 STE 27 OZ which was adopted by Toronto and East York Community Council June 22, 2011. This approach is to provide a proactive stance in anticipation of development activity in the future for this area.

The following Active Development Application map was last revised on December 9, 2013. 

Please refer to the Application Information Centre for the latest information.

Active Development Applications