TOcore: Planning Downtown is a transformational new secondary plan for Toronto’s Downtown. It was kickstarted through a series of motions that I brought to the Toronto and East York Community Council, in 2012, directing City Planning staff to "identify, examine measurements and review remedies for urban planning, economic development, transportation, public infrastructure, community amenity and social planning impacts created by the density intensification from the ongoing development of tall buildings in downtown Toronto, as promoted by the Ministry of Infrastructure in the 2006 provincial policy, "Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe." Over the course of several years, the City of Toronto engaged with thousands of residents and stakeholders to successfully create Toronto's secondary plan for the Downtown: TOcore.
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As a result, this years-long study has developed a series of five infrastructure-related strategies to implement a new Secondary Plan for downtown Toronto. These strategies cover community facilities, parks and public realm, mobility, energy and water. The Downtown Plan is a 25-year vision that sets the direction for the city centre as the cultural, civic, retail and economic heart of Toronto and as a great place to live. The Downtown Plan provides a blueprint to manage growth, sustain liveability, achieve complete communities and ensure there is space for the economy to grow.
Read the full Downtown Plan.
The TO Core Secondary Plan was passed at City Council in 2018. It has been submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for review and approval pursuant to Section 26 of the Planning Act. Information regarding this review process can be accessed from the Environmental Registry of Ontario.
- Toronto Planning Innovation Celebrated at National Urban Design Awards, Urban Toronto, October 18, 2018
- TOcore: The Transformative Vision for the Future of Downtown, Urban Toronto, July 27, 2018
- City's new downtown plan aims to prevent high-rise shadows on parks, create 'livable' communities, CBC News, May 22, 2018
- Great Streets project could create a downtown Toronto worth getting out of your car to enjoy, The Globe and Mail, December 7, 2017