Existing Conditions

To set the stage for development of plans and future directions for the Eglinton corridor, existing and emerging conditions were considered.

HERITAGE

The Study includes an analysis of the heritage characteristics of the Eglinton corridor to provide a context for planning. The review identifies a series of 18 character areas for which conservation objectives have been developed. The conservation objectives will support and recognize the heritage of Eglinton’s neighbourhoods and streetscapes in future planning.

Heritage designated Fire Station #135 at 641 Eglinton Avenue West

Heritage designated Fire Station #135 at 641 Eglinton Avenue West. Click to enlarge

LAND USE

The Eglinton corridor is home to a range of land uses in a variety of built forms. An examination of the land use planning and development context helps to understand how Eglinton Avenue is presently used and where existing policies direct growth.

The analysis provides an overview of the predominant land use and built form characteristics, as well as Official Plan policies, zoning categories, and proposed redevelopment. The Study reveals significant opportunities for high-quality mixed-use development to be built along the corridor, primarily through mid-rise buildings, as well as potential clusters of higher density development and taller buildings at some key Focus Areas, namely Westside, Dufferin, Bayview, Laird, Don Mills, and Golden Mile.

The examination of land use also includes an overview of the characteristics of the Employment Districts along Eglinton: Laird, Overlea, Don Mills, and a portion of South West Scarborough (Golden Mile).

Toronto's Official Plan Land Use map, showing designations along Eglinton Avenue

Toronto’s Official Plan Land Use map, showing designations along Eglinton Avenue. Click for the City-wide view

PEOPLE AND JOBS

Demographic characteristics of the Eglinton corridor have been reviewed and summarized. This includes information on population, education levels, household income, household tenure, housing type and period of construction, and jobs.

People and jobs along Eglinton. Purple dots represent 50 people, and grey squares represent 50 jobs. Click to expand

People and jobs along Eglinton. Grey squares represent 50 people, and purple circles represent 50 jobs. Click for an expanded version and full explanation

COMMUNITY SERVICES AND FACILITIES

As more people and jobs locate along Eglinton Avenue, it is important to have the appropriate social infrastructure in place to support successful and liveable communities. To provide an understanding of the existing community services and facilities, an inventory has been undertaken, including public elementary and secondary schools, non-profit child care centers, community recreation centres, libraries, and human service agency space (such as health centres, employment centres, immigration and settlement services, etc.).

Investment in community services and facilities will become increasingly important as Eglinton intensifies. Pictured above is the recently complete Mt Dennis Library

Investment in community services and facilities will become increasingly important as Eglinton intensifies. Pictured above is the recently complete Mt Dennis Library. Click for a larger view

Continue reading to learn how the existing conditions were evaluated.

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