city planning

Toronto's Chief Planner on Suburban Mobility at CUI/NRU Event

Panel at the Canadian Urban Institute's annual Chief Planner meeting
December 4, 2018 3:35 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
"Land use is the best transit resource you can buy. We must continue to align land use and transit planning." That was a key message that Gregg Lintern delivered to attendees during the recent ... read more

TOcore: City Seeks Input to Guide Future of Toronto's Downtown

TOcore: City Seeks Input to Guide Future of Toronto's Downtown
February 2, 2017 12:42 pm | by Alexander Vu | Comments
Every year, approximately 10,000 new residents come to Downtown Toronto. Remarkably, the rate of growth is expected to see the current population of the urban core double by 2041. Responding to ... read more

Flood of Developments Puts Spotlight on City Planning Workload

Downtown development, image by UT Forum contributor yonderbean
January 12, 2017 5:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Intimidatingly overloaded at the leanest of recent times, the City of Toronto was awash with a deluge of development proposals at the close of last year. In a city already close to leading North ... read more

Civic Thought Leaders Come Together to Launch TOcore Phase 2

Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, image by Craig White
April 12, 2016 11:40 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On Wednesday, April 6th, a series of small presentations introduced the big ideas that could shape Downtown Toronto in years to come. Hosted by CBC Radio One's Mary Wiems, phase 2 of the City of ... read more

Community Forum to Look at Yonge & Eglinton Development

Planning Department to Host North Toronto Community Planning Forum
April 8, 2016 10:30 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
To foster greater community involvement in one of the most rapidly intensifying areas of Toronto, the City's Planning Division along with neighbourhood organization the Federation of North Toronto ... read more

City to Launch Phase 2 of TOcore Downtown Planning Study with Public Event

City of Toronto, Planning Department, TOcore Downtown Planning Study
April 1, 2016 1:52 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The City of Toronto is launching the second phase of the ‘TOcore: Planning Downtown” study this coming Wednesday, April 6th, with a free public discussion led by Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer ... read more

Toronto Planning Opens Information Outpost on UrbanToronto

City of Toronto Planning Department
February 8, 2016 3:40 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
UrbanToronto is known for its extensive coverage of new planning initiatives and developments in this quickly growing city, and now we are happy to announce a collaboration with the City of ... read more

Toronto Planning Hosts Pop-Up Info Stations for Midtown in Focus

Midtown in Focus, City of Toronto Planning Department
January 18, 2016 10:11 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The City of Toronto's ongoing series of City Planning pop-ups, meant to increase local awareness of the City's Midtown in Focus initiative, will continue this month with three new pop-ups ... read more

City to Host Pop-Up Info Station for Midtown in Focus

Midtown in Focus, City of Toronto Planning Department
December 11, 2015 10:42 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
In an effort to increase public awareness of the City of Toronto's Midtown in Focus initiative, the City Planning department will be hosting an information station in the atrium of the Yonge ... read more

Toronto City Planning Launches Growing Conversations Initiative

Growing Conversations is launched. Image by Marcus Mitanis, 2014/06/24.
June 26, 2014 4:35 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Over 19,000 residents consulted, 3,786 development applications submitted, and 384 non-statutory community consultations were held in 2013. The explosive growth of Toronto has presented new ... read more

Toronto Presents Guidelines for Privately Owned Publicly-Accessible Spaces

June 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Toronto's current building boom is intensifying this city in both traditional ways and new ones. The most obvious result is the buildings of all types that have replaced parking lots and smaller ... read more

Chief Planner Roundtable Tackles Planning Cities for Families

Jennifer Keesmaat Hosts Chief Planner Roundtable. Image by Marcus Mitanis.
May 5, 2014 11:55 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat joined City staff, industry representatives, and interested residents on April 24 at City Hall to host another installment of the Chief Planner Roundtable series. ... read more

Planning Roundtable Looks for Solutions to Suburban Issues

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner Roundtable, Toronto, Jane Farrow, Swerhun
November 26, 2013 3:15 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
On November 25, as budget talks progressed—and sometimes raged—across the hall, Toronto's Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, led her sixth Chief Planner Roundtable of the year, closing out a ... read more

Roundtable Seeks to take "Sub" out of "Suburbs"

Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto
October 2, 2013 3:00 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
Since becoming Chief Planner of Toronto a year ago, Jennifer Keesmaat has been a shining star of the city, putting herself out there in a manner that we don't normally expect from public servants, ... read more

RioCan Pursuing Zoning Amendment for Big-Box Proposal on Bathurst

420 Bathurst, RioCan, Turner Fleischer Architects, Toronto
May 3, 2013 3:50 pm | by Izabela Molendowski | Comments
Retail developer RioCan has applied for a zoning amendment to permit the construction of a big-box retail destination at 420 Bathurst between Dundas and College Streets in central Toronto. This is ... read more

Toronto Wants to Know What You Think About the City's Future

Aura at College Park Under Construction, Toronto
February 13, 2013 5:20 pm | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Communication is extremely important in any relationship, and the City of Toronto has been making big efforts of late to engage the ever-expanding populace in several different ways. As our city ... read more

City Infrastructure Plans for 2013 Online

T.O. INview, Cycling network construction, City of Toronto, 2013
November 28, 2012 3:15 pm | by Kelly Gervais | Comments
The City of Toronto has just released the 2013 update of its web-based mapping system, T.O. INview. This website, which stands for Toronto Infrastructure Viewer, shows all the planned construction ... read more

Development Review: Public Consultation

City of Toronto, Development Proposal sign, Toronto Condos, 66 Isabella
November 9, 2012 4:00 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Under the Planning Act, municipalities are required to hold public consultations before the passage of an Official Plan or Zoning By-Law Amendment. This occurs when development applications do not ... read more

Development Review: The Ontario Municipal Board

Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Toronto Condos, Talon International
October 26, 2012 2:13 pm | by Michael Batt | Comments
One of the most dominant forces in city building is the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which operates as a branch of the Environment and Land Tribunals of Ontario (ELTO) and is directed by ... read more

Development Review: Toronto's Development Process

City of Toronto Development Proposal Sign, 17 Dundonald, Toronto Condos, Worsley
October 19, 2012 3:25 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The City of Toronto receives many planning applications with varying degrees of complexity. City Planning organizes applications into categories based on the principles of the Streamlining The ... read more