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UrbanToronto: King-Spadina Residents Meet to Discuss the Future of the Neighbourhood

Residents sat down with city planners and Councillor Adam Vaughan to talk about the challenges facing the area.

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Materials at each table allowed participants to record written and visual comments.

The King-Spadina neighbourhood is seeing a lot of change, given the massive amounts of development underway and in consideration, including the landmark Mirvish+Gehry proposal that is heading for the Ontario Municipal Board. On November 25, approximately 50 residents from around the King-Spadina neighbourhood joined city planners and Ward 20 Councillor Adam Vaughan for a discussion about community services and the public realm in the King-Spadina East area.

Along with the upcoming King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District (HCD) report that will be released in the new year, the pieces are slowly coming together to establish recommendations and guidelines to make new development better fit into the area. Conclusions from this meeting will form a piece of the recommendations and guidelines, and along with the HCD Report, will inform any policy updates to the city’s Urban Design Guidelines, Zoning By-law, and King-Spadina Secondary Plan [PDF].

“We’re really interested to know how you view your neighbourhood,” said Liora Freedman, from Community Planning. “What needs to be updated in these policies to reflect what’s on the ground?”

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Residents gather at tables before the beginning of the meeting.

The community, through prior consultation, had previous indicated concerns about:

  • neighbourhood capacity of things such as social services;
  • protecting employment uses;
  • implementing regulations on LED screens;
  • the distance between tall buildings;
  • and day care space availability.

This meeting was designed to help inform a few of these points moving forward. The first half of the meeting was dedicated to reviewing the current state of social services and facilities in the neighbourhood, including (but not limited to) child care centres, libraries, and public schools. The second half looked at the public realm in the neighbourhood, such as where opportunities might exist to create pedestrian connections between streets, and what areas might be desirable for new public space.

Head over to UrbanToronto.ca to learn more about this consultation.

Photos by Eddie LaRusic.

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