The City of Toronto has launched a new Secondary Plan Study for the Golden Mile, designed to help guide—and enhance—the ongoing transformation and densification of the Scarborough neighbourhood. This study area focuses on the Eglinton Avenue East corridor between Victoria Park Avenue and just west of Birchmount Road—a stretch now seeing development pressure owing to the upcoming Crosstown LRT.

Still largely occupied by big box stores and warehouses, the future LRT has spurred some ambitious development plans for the area which would introduce a drastically higher degree of urban density to the suburban area. Extending either side of Eglinton, the Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study takes on an area approximately 97 hectares (240 acres) in size.

The Golden Mile Secondary Plan study area, image by City of TorontoThe Golden Mile Secondary Plan study area, image via City of Toronto

Intended to help transition a car-oriented area into a more transit-friendly urban neighbourhood, the plan also aims to facilitate and support appropriate residential and non-residential growth in the neighbourhood, while protecting and encouraging new office development.

Golden Mile neighbourhood in 2016, image by City of TorontoGolden Mile neighbourhood in 2016, image via City of Toronto

On Saturday July 8 (1:00 PM-3:00 PM) and Sunday July 9 (11:00 AM-3:00 PM), City planners and the project consulting team will host meetings at the Golden Mile Shopping Centre (1880 Eglinton Avenue East), gathering public input for the project. The team wants to hear from people who live, work, learn, shop in, travel through, or visit the Golden Mile. For those who cannot make it to the event, an online survey is also available.

Vision of dense and transformed Golden Mile, image by City of TorontoVision of dense and transformed Golden Mile, image via City of Toronto

Launched in May of 2017, the study largest a late 2018 completion date. 

Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study timeline, image by City of TorontoGolden Mile Secondary Plan Study timeline, image via City of Toronto

For more information on the Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study, make sure to visit the City's official project website, linked here. Additional information is also available via the City of Toronto's UT Forum portal