Urban Strategies was retained by Siteline Group to obtain an Official Plan Amendment and rezoning to permit a residential mixed-use redevelopment at 440 Dufferin Street. Located on the west side of Dufferin just north of Queen, the site was designated as an Employment Area and required a re-designation to permit residential uses.
Toronto is very protective of its Employment Areas, which can only be converted to other uses during a formal Municipal Comprehensive Review (occurring approximately every 10 years). Urban Strategies guided the project through the this difficult and politically-charged review process, working closely with the client and consultant team to develop a robust planning rationale in support of a carefully considered concept for the site. This involved providing a full replacement of existing employment GFA and ensuring an appropriate built form relationship with the site’s complex context, including existing employment uses to the west and a low-rise residential neighbourhood to the east.
We played a key role during Ontario Municipal Board-assisted mediation, working with the project architects and legal team to address the City’s final concerns without a significant loss of density for the client. By building consensus around an appropriate, defensible concept for the site, we secured the approvals our client needed through a settlement, avoiding a costly and time consuming full-length hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board.
All images courtesy of Quadrangle Architects.
Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone
Urban Strategies won an international Urban Design competition for Central Area of Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone. leading a multi-disciplinary team including SHDT (Shenzhen) and JET Design (Toronto).
Urban Strategies is providing urban planning expertise related to master planning, policy, and the regulatory framework.