Quayside Development Plan

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Volume 1 of the MIDP presents development plans at two scales: Quayside and the River District. Together these make up the geography of the proposed IDEA District.

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Waterfront Toronto’s Note to Reader Review:

The Quayside Plan

Quayside falls across the boundary of two precincts, East Bayfront and Keating Channel, which are subject to City-approved precinct plans. The precinct plans call for mixed-use development, comprising 75% residential and 25% non-residential land use mix. The precinct plans call for an elementary school, a park adjacent to the Victory Soya Mills Silos and the continuation of the water's edge promenade within the Quayside site. Additionally, the precinct plans contemplate a dedicated LRT on Queens Quay.

Sidewalk Labs' Illustration of the proposed Quayside Neighbourhood

Waterfront Toronto has reviewed the MIDP’s fit with the precinct plans and existing zoning and notes the following:

  • Density: the proposed density is less than what was imagined for both precinct plans and existing zoning.

  • Height: building heights vary—typically lower—from what was imagined in both precinct plans.

  • Massing: building massing in the proposal is different from the massing and built form direction in the precinct plans.

  • Mix of Uses: the proposal presents a higher amount of non-residential (including retail, commercial, social infrastructure and production uses) than the precinct plans.

  • Community Facilities: the precinct plans set aside space for an elementary school. Sidewalk Labs has allotted space for this school within Quayside. Additional community facilities space is proposed by Sidewalk Labs.

  • Connectivity: connections through the site are generally consistent with the precinct plans, however, the proposed removal of vehicular traffic on Parliament Street between Lake Shore Boulevard East and Queens Quay would alter the circulation of buses and automobiles through the site.

  • Queens Quay: the public right of way design, mode share split and space allocation is generally consistent with the most recent East Bayfront Transit Environmental Assessment, with the exception of minor modifications.

  • Parking: is significantly reduced from the levels expected in the current zoning by-law. Offsite parking, not envisioned in current precinct or secondary plans, is included in the proposal concept.

  • Ground Floor Animation: precinct plans require buildings to incorporate ground-related commercial or retail uses, particularly on Queens Quay. Sidewalk Labs also proposes retail along an interior laneway.

  • Water’s Edge: the proposal is generally consistent with the vision in the precinct plans to better connect people to the water’s edge, however the proposed dimensions of the water’s edge promenade must be further explored.

The River District Plan

The “River District” is covered by the Keating Channel and Villiers Island Precinct Plans as well as the Port Lands Planning Framework. The River District proposal is not as detailed as the proposal for Quayside, and as such, Waterfront Toronto’s review of the development plan will be limited to a higher-level analysis.

Sidewalk Labs proposes locating the Canadian Google Headquarters and Urban Innovation Institute on the western portion of Villiers Island which generally aligns with the Villiers Island Precinct Plan objective for a “catalytic” use.

Waterfront Toronto’s questions for you about Development Plans for Quayside

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