Community Consultation Meeting – Lower Don Lands

Join Councillor Fletcher at the upcoming Community Consultation Meeting regarding the Lower Don Lands on Thursday, July 22 at the Ralph Thornton Centre.  The Lower Don Lands are bound by the CN rail corridor to the north, the Ship Channel to the south, Parliament Street to the west and the Don Roadway to the east.

The presentation begins at 7 pm and will be followed by Open House for two City-initiated amendments:

• Official Plan Amendment for Lower Don Lands (OPA 388) and Zoning By-law Amendment for Keating Channel Precinct (west)

and

• Official Plan Amendment for Lower Don Special Policy Area (OPA 389)

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. East

City Initiated Official Plan Amendment for the Lower Don Lands (OPA 388) and Zoning By-law Amendment for the Keating Channel Precinct (west)

The Lower Don Lands are bound by the CN rail corridor to the north, the Ship Channel to the south, Parliament Street to the west and the Don Roadway to the east as shown on the key map (below).

The City has initiated an Official Plan Amendment (OPA 388) for the area shown on the key map. Waterfront Toronto has undertaken a planning exercise for this area based on the relocation of the mouth of the Don River. This work has established a framework for the Lower Don Lands Area which will guide future works and development. This framework establishes the regeneration areas, parks and open space areas, the major road network and the re-location of the mouth of the Don River. There are differences between the adopted Central Waterfront Secondary Plan and the proposed framework plans, therefore an OPA is required.

A zoning by-law amendment is proposed for lands north of the Keating Channel, between Parliament Street and Cherry Street, shown in the hatched area on the key map. The proposed zoning CR(h) and G(h) would allow for a mixed use neighbourhood of commercial and residential uses and park uses. A holding provision would also be applied to ensure that certain works are completed prior to any development taking place.

Official Plan Amendment for Lower Don Special Policy Area (OPA 389)

The City has initiated an Official Plan Amendment (OPA 389) for the area shown on the key map below.

The shaded area in the map is currently subject to flooding. As a result, this area is subject to special policies in the Lower Don Special Policy Area which only permits new development under certain circumstances and limits intensification. A flood protection landform is currently under construction in the West Don Lands, along the western edge of Bayview Avenue between Queen Street East and the railway corridor. Once complete, the risk of flooding of these lands will be eliminated and the Special Policy Area can be removed. At the request of the Province the city is pursuing a comprehensive removal of the Special Policy Area designation and replacing this with policies within the Official Plan utilizing a holding provision. For certain lands within the special policy area the Official Plan may be achieved through a modification to the Central Waterfront Plan before the Ontario Municipal Board.

If you would like further information about the proposal, please contact Kathryn Thom, Project Manager, at 416-392-0759, or by e-mail at kthom@toronto.ca.

Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth) will be in attendance at the meeting and may be contacted at 416-392-7916 (Councillor McConnell) and 416-392-4060 (Councillor Fletcher).

The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. Toronto thrives on your great ideas and actions. We invite you to get involved.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.