Fight for a lo­cal vi­sion of Duf­ferin

Josh Colle Ward 15 Coun­cil­lor

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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.

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