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About the Master Plan

On May 19, 2017 Oxford Properties Group submitted an Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment (OPA/ZBA) application to set the framework for future development on the Yorkdale property (“the Site”) for the next 20 years and beyond.
Yorkdale Block Plan: Planning for the Next 20+ Years                                  

The application is structured around a Block Plan, which provides a framework for development to occur over the next 20+ years, while supporting flexibility for the Site so that Canada’s premier retail destination can respond to market changes over the long term.

Yorkdale’s Block Plan will establish major entrances and exits to the property, main servicing, general heights, open spaces, setbacks and a network of circulation routes for the entirety of the Site. The Block Plan forms the basis of the proposed amendments to the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law. Further elements of the Secondary Plan, including internal street design, are established in the Urban Design Guidelines.

Response to the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan

This application was prepared to respond to the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan, which was approved by City Council on December 10, 2015. The supporting materials for this application were undertaken to understand the structure of built form, public realm, open spaces, transportation and servicing needs for large scale development and respond to the vision set out for the Yorkdale property by the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan.

Much of the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan vision is compatible with Yorkdale’s future; however, the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan fails to comprehensively address the overall, complex and integrated needs of the Site. It is Yorkdale’s opinion that additional analysis regarding transportation and storm water management is required, as well as an overall understanding of the potential long-term built form environment, including Yorkdale’s specific retail needs, none of which were considered in the City’s original studies.

 

Master Plans

 

The Block Plan is based on three master plan options that have been developed for the Site. All of these master plan options guide the potential future build-out of the Yorkdale Lands with the intent of maintaining and strengthening the position of the existing shopping centre, both locally and regionally, while developing its role as a multi-modal mixed-use node and more broadly supporting the transformation of Dufferin Street into a vibrant urban corridor.

The three master plan options were developed through rigorous analysis and review, and were prepared by CallisonRTKL with input from Urban Strategies, MMM Group and Yorkdale management and ownership.

The three options share the same short term vision which is focused on land between the existing enclosed shopping centre and Dufferin Street and is in alignment with the City Planning objective of creating a vibrant corridor on Dufferin Street.

The long term vision for the site incorporates the land on the north side of the property and each of the option approaches the site differently.

Option 1

The northern portion of the property is developed as discrete blocks.

The blocks immediately north of the enclosed shopping centre contain retail with office above as well as entertainment uses, and the blocks further north, facing Highway 401, contain residential buildings. These buildings range in height from 25m to 120m.

Option 2

The northern portion of the property is developed as discrete blocks.

The blocks immediately north of the enclosed shopping centre contain retail, residential, and entertainment uses, and the blocks further north facing Highway 401 contain office buildings. These buildings range in height from 25m to 120m.

 

Option 3

This option includes a northern expansion of the enclosed shopping centre, creating a network of smaller development blocks on the north side of the property.

The blocks immediately north of the enclosed shopping centre contain retail, residential, and entertainment uses, and the blocks further north facing the 401 contain office buildings.  While the placement of private roads on the northern portion of the Site differs from the other options, the overall circulation network remains largely constant with defined development blocks.  These buildings range in height from 25m to 120m.

 

For more information pertaining to the Yorkdale application please visit The City of Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre Block Master Plan information page.