Monday, December 9, 2013

South of Eastern / Port Lands Planning Study - Deadline for Submissions December 12th!

Deadline for submitting you feedback in this phase of the "South of Eastern / Port Lands Planning Study" is Thursday, December 12th!

Online Participant Workbook |

 Landscape Annotated Conceptual Plan | StudioCentre | Smartcentre | 629 Eastern Avenue Toronto Ontario, Canada M4M 1E3 | Copyright Diamond and Schmitt Architects | 384 Adelaide Street West | Suite 300 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 1R7

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The South of Eastern part of the study includes the Smart Centres proposed development at Pape and Lake Shore - which is a car-centric plan which will pull traffic into the neighbourhood and become a hindrance to Complete Streets connections North/South and East/West.

Notably the Smart Centres' proposal cuts the Lower Don Rec Trail twice - with two entrances to their development site alone - a very bad precedent for future development if this is allowed to proceed with out a radical re-visioning.

There are only 5 streets that cross the Lake Shore Boulevard to the Port Lands - Leslie Street is too narrow for complete Streets + On-street parking - so that's out as a Gateway to the Port Lands and the Waterfront.

Now the next development after the Big Box Shopping and Drive-Thru Extravaganza at Leslie is Pape. The wall of development continues - and connecting neighbourhoods to each other takes another big hit.

Take an hour - read the documents - fill out the Online Participant Workbook (at the link).

Documents and Resources:

Port Lands and South of Eastern - November 28, 2013 Public Meeting | PowerPoint Presentation Documents |

Online Participant Workbook |

More Resources at |
(At the November 28th meeting Planners said the public feedback deadline is not a hard one - but the web portal will likely close at 11:59pm, Thursday December 12th. Councillor Paula Fletcher has a hard copy link to the Participant Workbook at her site, linked above - so my interpretation is that - for some days after the Close your feedback may be accepted and become a part of the data base in this first phase - depending on the pace of the work of the various Planning teams in this.)

BlogTO - May 14, 2013 | Massive retail development and hotel planned for old Toronto Film Studios site - by Chris Bateman |

BikingToronto | @Blog_Free_Wheel (me) - May 16th, 2013 | East/West bicycle network considerably harmed by proposed “StudioCentre” development on Eastern Avenue |


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