Y-E Secondary Plan Update – Midtown in Focus

 Panoramic Overview Picture of the Yonge – Eglinton Area

The aerial view in the picture below shows the change the area surrounding the Y-E intersection is undergoing (coloured buildings are future additions)

Y-E Secondary Plan Update – Midtown in Focus

Midtown in Focus is an initiative led by City Planning as a response to the rapid intensification and change underway in the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan area, which encompasses all of SERRA. The study includes a review of the Growth, Built Form and Hard/ Soft Infrastructure (pipes and wires, parks, social services, schools, etc) in our area. The final report will be a planning blueprint for the next 20 years or so. It is also intended to identify capital upgrades needed to ensure local transportation, municipal servicing and community infrastructure keeps pace with development.

It’s probably the most impactful planning activity in our area and SERRA is front and centre to ensure our views are heard. The study has been ongoing since 2014 and is expected to wrap up this year! 
Read more about the City’s Midtown in Focus initiative, click here

The current phase of Midtown in Focus deals with Parks and Open Spaces in the SERRA area.  

 Parks and Open Spaces Update:

Paul Farish, the Senior City Planner, responsible for leading the Midtown in Focus initiative arranged a workshop on green infrastructure for our area. The Yonge-Davisville neighbourhood is the latest to be singled out, and through Mr. Farish the City of Toronto sought public input into the future of the area’s parks and public spaces. The meeting was well attended despite the cold, rainy weather and groups of attendees walked the streets of Davisville with a city planner, looking for opportunities to preserve and enhance green space. We await the results of that consultation, which should arrive early in the New Year.

In planning for this event SERRA had mapped out a potential route on side streets and lanes which would allow pedestrians and cyclists to move from the Yonge-Eglinton area to the beltline and Mt. Pleasant Cemetery without having to use major roadways. We would like to see the city develop a number of inside neighbourhood routes which would be a quiet oasis and passageway in Davisville. With the planned arrival of 35,000 new residents in the Y-E area over the next 15 years, green spaces and parks will become ever more precious.


Community Consultation – 537 Eglinton Avenue East

This application proposes to amend City of Toronto Zoning By-law to permit a 23-storey (72.6 metre) high residential building with a 7-storey base building that measures 23.1 metres in height. The proposal contains a total of 128 dwelling units and a total gross floor area of 9,073 square metres, resulting in a density of 16.58 times the lot area. A total of 37 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in two levels of underground parking. City … Read more

The Midtown Working Group asks local residents to support the new vision for Canada Square development.

A new Midtown Town Centre vision for the Canada Square site at Yonge and Eglinton has been developed by the Midtown Working Group and endorsed by Midtown Councillors Josh Matlow, Mike Colle and Jaye Robinson. This vision is a once-in-a-century legacy city-building opportunity on City-owned land, for what will soon be the second most significant transit hub – right in the middle of Toronto. The Town Centre will provide sorely needed education, childcare, affordable housing, … Read more

How to make a submission to City Council and Committees – Instruction Guide

We have had many questions related to how to make a submission to the scheduled meetings for Canada Square. Council and committee meetings are scheduled with a system called TMMIS that can be found on the City’s website or just type ‘TMMIS’ into Google search. So we have prepared a quick tutorial. Read the instruction Guide here  

The Future of Yonge and Eglinton’s Canada Square: Supporting Midtown Existing and Future Residents’ Quality of Life

City Planning has completed its Special Study Area Report with Guiding Principles following working group meetings with residents’ groups supported by an inter-Divisional staff team.   You can find a copy of the planning department’s report at this link: Get Report For Action   Next Steps The Zoning By-law Amendment application for the Canada Square site was submitted to the City on December 21, 2020. The community consultation process with the broader community was put … Read more