Approvals Successes!

July 10, 2018

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 This has been a busy month with numerous major applications going before City committees:

Reimagine Galleria Mall: On June 6th, Toronto East York Community Council unanimously recommended approval of Galleria’s Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment Applications which we made on behalf of Elad Canada and Freed Developments. The project was profiled in Urban Toronto.

East Harbour: On June 7th, the Unilever Precinct Planning Study Secondary Plan & Planning Framework, as well as its Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment Applications, were unanimously recommended for approval by the City of Toronto Planning & Growth Management Committee. This massive project by First Gulf is the largest development in Canada and could house 50,000 jobs. Read more about it in Urban Toronto.

Allenbury Gardens: On July 4, North York Community Council unanimously recommended for approval the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment for the final phase of an 8-year revitalization plan for this mixed-tenure, transit oriented housing community. Urban Strategies made this application on behalf of TCHC and FRAM.

Alexandra Park: On July 4, Toronto East York Community Council unanimously recommended for approval the Official Plan amendment we submitted on behalf of TCHC and Tridel, for a reworked master plan, which replaces or refurbishes 806 RGI rental units and adds 1,540 market units to this downtown social housing revitalization project.

Sick Kids’ Patient Support Centre: On July 4th, our Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment was unanimously recommended for approval at Community Council. This approval came only 4 months after submission – a new record for our office!

In Ottawa, the East Flats community plan’s Official Plan and Zoning Application at Pismi Station for Claridge Houmes were unanimously approved by Planning Committee last week. Read more in the Ottawa Citizen.

GM Mobility Hub at 721 Eastern – the application was recommended for approval on July 5th by the City’s Planning and Growth Committee. It will be the home of a number of new initiatives including GM’s autonomous vehicle research, development and testing.

Inspiration Lakeview: On July 4th Mississauga City Council unanimously passed the staff-initiated Official Plan Amendment enshrining in policy the Inspiration Lakeview Master Plan (prepared by Urban Strategies in 2014). We are pleased to be working with Lakeview Community Partners, who will be bringing the first phases of the new waterfront community to life.


Other major applications underway:

2280 Dundas (Choice Properties): A proposed mixed-use transit-oriented redevelopment of the 15-acre site and of the adjacent high school site across from Dundas West subway station and Bloor GO and UPX station in Toronto’s West End.

University of Toronto Secondary Plan: We continue to work with The University of Toronto and City to establish an updated Secondary Plan for the St. George Campus. The updated Secondary Plan will guide the next generation of campus growth with a focus on conserving heritage resources and enhancing open spaces.

Port Credit West Village: Port Credit West Village Partnership – a consortium of DiamondCorp/Fram/Kilmer/Dream) envision a revitalization that will transform the former Imperial Oil Lands in Mississauga 72-acre site into a vibrant, mixed-use, sustainable urban community and an important and animated addition to the Port Credit experience. The project was presented at a statutory Public Meeting on June 18, 2018 at Mississauga Planning Committee and is expected to return to Council for approval in early 2019.

Lakeside Residences, East Bayfront: A mixed-use redevelopment plan for the 1.3-hectare former FedEx site at Lake Shore Boulevard East and Lower Sherbourne Street, which will accommodate over 30,000 square feet of retail space and over 2,000 new residential units.

West Don Lands Affordable Housing Blocks: Development of five blocks (9 acres) within the West Don Lands for DREAM, Kilmer, and TRICON Capital Group. The development will incorporate purpose-built rental units, including affordable housing, as well as retail and office space.

Sterling Road – The first phase of the project is nearing completion, including the restoration of the former Tower Automotive Building. The heritage tower will be adaptively reused to accommodate a range of commercial and creative uses. The anchor tenant – the Museum of Contemporary Art – Toronto (MOCA) – will open its doors to the public in late September.

Fieldgate Project in Scarborough Centre: a proposed redevelopment consisting of a variety of building types, all structured around a new street network and improved public realm, along with a new public park. In total, the proposed development consists of over 2200 units and approximately 150,000 square metres of floor area. The proposed development has the potential to set a strong example for future development in the Scarborough Centre and the McCowan Precinct.


We are also engaged for several major new development projects: