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February 12, 2010
Toronto’s Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study
The City of Toronto is holding four open houses/community meetings starting next week to introduce the objectives of the Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study, present initial findings, and give the community an opportunity to provide feedback.

The Avenues and Mid-Rise Building Study was undertaken by the City to help implement the Official Plan objective that calls for a transit-based growth strategy that directs development to areas with existing and planned transit infrastructure.

Chief planner Gary Wright said, “This study will help us establish a vision for attractive mid-rise buildings on our important main streets. Building these new communities and enhancing existing ones is all part of our work towards re-urbanizing Toronto’s major streets."

The Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study:
• identifies significant historic, cultural and built form characteristics,
• provides guidance about the future form of the avenues through the creation of urban design guidelines and performance standards which will inform a set of zoning standards for mid-rise buildings, and
• identifies which standards shall apply to which avenue section.

A mid-rise building is a building that is no taller than the adjacent right-of-way (width of the public street and sidewalk), and an avenue is a selected corridor along a major street where re-urbanization is anticipated and encouraged to create new housing and job opportunities.

“These streets form an important part of Toronto’s history, some of them once forming part of the concession road system originally intended to separate and service farm lots. Today, these streets shape Toronto’s identity,” Wright said.

This study recognizes the significant historic, architectural and cultural value these avenues provide. Staff will attempt to envision and anticipate future change.

Respecting the diversity of existing conditions, the Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study focuses on portions of avenues that have not yet been studied as part of an Avenue Study or City-initiated Planning Study and that are not within a Secondary Plan Area. The study provides guidance about the future form of the avenues through the creation of urban design guidelines and performance standards which will inform a set of zoning standards for new mid-rise buildings, and identify which standard shall apply to which avenue section.

Members of the public are invited to any of the following community meetings to learn more and participate in the process:

Toronto and East York District Meeting:
Tuesday, February 16
7 to 9 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John St.
Rooms 308 and 309

Scarborough District Meeting:
Thursday, February 18
7 to 9 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
Council Chamber

North York District Meeting:
Wednesday, February 24
7 to 9 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
Council Chamber

Etobicoke York District Meeting:
Wednesday, March 3
7 to 9 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
Council Chamber

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-3496,



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