Guiding Principles were identified early in the process to provide direction to the EGLINTONconnects Planning Study; each one is an integral part of the overall Study and each plays a critical role in reinforcing the others.
The Big Picture
Eglinton Avenue will be become a street where:
• Neighbourhoods are connected to each other and to the broader City and Region.
• Local involvement in the day-to-day life of the street continues and grows stronger.
• Area residents and businesses benefit from the Crosstown and the development it will bring.
• Sustainability guides the way the street develops.
Buildings and Land Use
The planning tools recommended by the Study will:
• Creatively facilitate the transit-supportive intensification of residential and employment uses along Eglinton Avenue.
• Respect the built-form of the existing neighbourhoods bordering Eglinton Avenue.
• Recommend the co-ordination and timely delivery of the services, facilities and infrastructure necessary to support existing and new residents, businesses and workers.
• Encourage a mix of uses and building types.
• Recognize that Eglinton Avenue will change gradually.
• Create an animated and high quality edge to the public space of the street.
• Protect and enhance heritage resources.
Streets and Sidewalks
The Environmental Assessment and Public Realm Concept Plan recommended by the Study will:
• Reflect a complete street that supports and balances the needs of all users, of all ages and capabilities, year round.
• Support safe and healthy use of all parts of the right-of-way.
• Recognize that the street is a gathering place for communities.
• Provide a pleasant, green and comfortable environment for local residents, transit users and businesses.
Crosstown Station Design
The site planning of the at-grade portions of the underground Crosstown stations will:
• Ensure that the plans reflect Official Plan and relevant City policies and these principles.
• Follow established, effective processes.
• Contribute positively to the street and sidewalk environment.
Conducting the Study
The Study Team will:
• Design and implement a consultation process that includes both conventional, electronic and innovative methods of outreach.
• Ensure that the study process, development and findings are accessible, clearly communicated and understandable by all.