Guiding Principles

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.

One of the Study's guiding principles is to ensure local involvement in the day-to-day life of the street continues and grows stronger.

One of the Study’s guiding principles is to ensure local involvement in the day-to-day life of the street continues and grows stronger. Click to enlarge

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.

There is an opportunity to re-imagine the Eglinton streetscape, especially where a surface transit lane (as shown above) is no longer needed (with most transit underground). Image along Eglinton at Elmsthorpe.

There is an opportunity to re-imagine the Eglinton streetscape, especially where a surface transit lane (as shown above) is no longer needed, as most transit will be underground. The guiding principles will set the tone for how to do this. Image along Eglinton at Elmsthorpe. Click to enlarge

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.

Eglinton Connects consultation series in May 2013 at the Ontario Science Centre

Eglinton Connects consultation series in May 2013 at the Ontario Science Centre

With these principles established, an examination of the existing conditions was undertaken. Read on…

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