Urban planning

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Community expresses concerns over expanding Woodbine complex in “desperate, desperate area” of Etobicoke

April 17, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee moved forward proposed new developments for the Woodbine Racetrack, which involve expanding the complex to...
Screen capture of the Twitter photo for Gregg Lintern, the city’s newly appointed chief planner (used with permission).

Lintern takes a moment to talk favourite song

Lintern takes a moment to talk favourite song First published in March 31, 2018 Weekend Newsbrief Toronto’s interim chief planner Gregg Lintern was appointed to chief...
3:01 p.m., March 22, 2018. The reflection in the front window of 307 Lake Shore Blvd., the site of Sidewalk Toronto’s new headquarters and engagement space, planned to open later this year. The sign on the front window is for Toronto Maple Leafs Network Ltd. (now MLSE).

This old production studio will be the new headquarters for Sidewalk Toronto’s new waterfront...

March 22, 2018 By Arianne Robinson At a public roundtable event at the Metro Convention Centre Tuesday, representatives from Sidewalk Toronto described the inspiration for the design of the futuristic...

On-demand global city or virtual reality?: City announces technology-focused development deal with Google’s Sidewalk...

Oct. 20, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Who will be the real winner in Waterfront Toronto’s partnership with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs? This past Tuesday, at a large announcement...

Plans for new Kensington Market social housing development underway as city’s heritage planners move...

Sept. 28, 2017 The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed city staff recommendations to move forward with a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) on Thursday. If approved at...

Politicians and BIA plan “First Nations park” beside condo development in the name of...

Sept. 8, 2017 Future residents of two connected 26- and 30-storey condos developed by Medallion Developments Inc. at Weston Road and Finch Avenue could be...

Who reported what: media roundup on Keesmaat’s departure

Aug. 28, 2017 Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, is leaving the City of Toronto Sept. 29 to “pursue other interests,” read a news release from...

New Mirvish Village could have three 25 storey towers

Mar. 23, 2017 Development plans for the new Mirvish Village will include five towers, city staff confirmed to Signal Toronto on Thursday. The buildings –...

Zanzibar sign: the medium (not morality) is the message

Mar. 21, 2017 Cantaloupes. Hubcaps. Hushpuppies. Headlights. Balloons. These are the images that Zanzibar vice president Allen Cooper says he will no longer be able...

Planning staff’s time

Proposal could see certain development fees increase by 299% Nov 18, 2016 City councillors moved to increase the cost of development fees for applicants, at Planning...
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Expo bid at City Hall draws attention to developing the Port Lands

The momentum for an Expo bid continued at Executive Committee this week - sort of. The vision for Expo 2025 turned into an ‘Expo...

Heritage listing Orange Hall Lodge

Oct. 18, 2016 There’s a little storm brewing in North Toronto revolving around a long-standing, tucked-away building hidden between the Capitol Event Theatre at Castlefield...

A future Central Park (North)?

Taken from the presentation given at Sept. 22, 2016, Executive Committee, titled Rail Deck Park. The first proposal for a massive billion-dollar “rail deck park”...

Heritage Conservation District for Lawrence Park West?

North York Community Council, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 Community Council meeting ends in disarray as Lawrence Park residents angry their voices weren’t heard. Lawrence Park residents...

Envisioning development on the industrial Port Land south of the Don River

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 Envisioning development on the industrial Port Land south of the Don River The Federal and Provincial Liberal governments joined Mayor John Tory...

Judson residents cement batching plant turned into a park

City Council meeting, June 2016 Developer 1, local residents 0 (so far). It’s an issue that has all the elements of a small town family drama...

Province announces growth policy for the region

Planning and Growth Committee, May 11 2016 Province announces growth policy for the region as councillors struggle with how to enforce in Toronto. The balance of power...

The video about Toronto, as though it were a person named “DT”

April 7, 2016 City of Toronto gets super self-conscious in its own video… and it’s a bit weird. As part of a campaign this week...

Mid-Rise Standards Monitoring

The science of urban planning. City councillors want clear and accessible language when it comes to Mid-Rise Standards Monitoring — something that planning staff...

Controversial beaches property gets attention

Government Management Committee, Sept. 6, 2016 Councillors asked to consent to controversial commercial sublease of prime beaches property and City parks. On Tuesday the City’s Chief...

Digital highway sign debate: Visual pollution or better aesthetics?

Planning and Growth Management Committee, Sept. 8, 2016 City Councillor says proposed changes to sign need to be considered outside bylaw. Jorg Cieslok, president and CEO...