Fight for a local vision of Dufferin
Josh Colle Ward 15 Councillor
The Dufferin Street Secondary Plan, completed in 2014, reflects the priorities of the local community and lays forward a clear vision for a mid-rise corridor supported by an exceptional public realm on Dufferin Street between Lawrence Avenue West and Highway 401. The support from residents in defending this plan at the OMB is a testament to its community-led creation and the quality of the study.
Earlier this July, I was notified of a new development application for Dufferin just south of Lawrence Avenue West, proposing two residential towers on an existing apartment complex site. Although this development application does not fall within the secondary plan area, I firmly believe that any development around the Dufferin and Lawrence intersection should reflect the principles of the community-endorsed Dufferin Street Secondary Plan to the north.
With other proposed and active developments in the area and the construction of the coming Eglinton Crosstown LRT underway, it is imperative that the principles of the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan are mirrored south of Lawrence with a community-led vision for Dufferin Street. I have made a request to the chair of the Toronto City Council planning committee and the city’s chief planner to conduct an avenue study for Dufferin Street between Lawrence and Eglinton Avenues.
I am committed to working with our community and city planning staff to build on both the recent work and engagement and the principles laid out in the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan and extend this vision for Dufferin south all the way to Eglinton Avenue West.