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  • Welcome Public Event #1

    Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Yonge Street from Queen Street to College Street

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    The information displayed today is available online at: toronto.ca/yongeTOmorrow

  • 2Study area

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    Ryerson University Ryerson

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    CN TowerCN Tower

    Union StationUnion Station

    Massey Hall

    Massey Hall

    Eaton Centre Eaton Centre

    Toronto Public LibraryToronto Public Library

    University of Toronto University of Toronto

    Queens ParkQueens Park

    Toronto City HallToronto City Hall

    Study Area Area for which data collection and analysis is being completed

    YongeTOmorrow EA Focus Area (Phase 1) Area for which alternative solutions are currently being developed and evaluated

    Future Focus Area (Phase 2) An EA to develop and evaluate design solutions for Yonge from College to Davenport is planned to start upon completion of YongeTOmorrow Phase 1

    Wider Neighbourhood Impacts

    YongeTOmorrow will consider the existing conditions and impacts of the alternatives on the north-south and east-west streets within the study area before making a final recommendation for the focus area.

  • 3What is an EA? The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) is a planning process required under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

    It provides the framework for municipalities to plan, design and construct infrastructure projects.

    YongeTOmorrow is following the process for a Schedule ‘C’ Class EA.

    Problem & Opportunity Statement

    Background Data Collection & Analysis

    Long List Alternatives &

    Evaluation Criteria

    Evaluate Alternatives to Select Short List & Preferred Solution

    Alternative Design Concepts for

    Preferred Solution

    Final EA Report (30 day review period)

    Project Implementation

    Public Event #1

    Public Event #2

    Public Event #3

    Report to Infrastructure

    and Environment Committee

    Report to Council

    We are here

    Spring 2018

    Summer 2018

    Fall 2018

    Winter 2019

    Spring 2019

    Summer 2019

    Fall 2019

    Phase 1

    Phase 2

    Phase 3

    Phase 4

    Phase 5

    Winter 2018

    Winter 2020

    Spring 2020

    Summer 2020

    Future

  • 4Why are we doing this EA?

    Dramatic growth

    Needs of its users

    Diverse and changing city

    Cultural and economic identityProblem and opportunity statement

    Yonge Street is iconic.

    The street plays a significant role in the cultural and economic identity of Toronto and forms the spine of the city’s transportation network. Dramatic growth is changing the character of built form along the street and the needs of its users, placing increased demands on aging infrastructure.

    This provides us with an opportunity to re-examine how Yonge Street can best respond to our diverse and changing city. This presents the opportunity to elevate Yonge Street’s physical form and the experience it brings to its users to reflect the significance it holds in both the city’s landscape and in our minds.

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  • 5What’s informing the study?

    The TOcore Parks & Public Realm Plan identifies downtown Yonge Street as a Cultural Corridor and one of the City’s Great Streets. It recommends the development of Yonge Street as a significant pedestrian destination and retail priorty street.

    Building on stakeholder initiatives and studies

    City of Toronto Policies and Guidlines

    DYBIA - Downtown Younge Business Improvement Area

    2009

    Streetscape Guidelines (DYBIA)

    Great Streets Report (Ryerson)

    Celebrate Yonge (DYBIA)

    Downtown Yonge Street Planning

    (DYBIA)

    Yonge Love (DYBIA)

    2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

    In 2018 Toronto City Council adopted a 25 year growth strategy for Toronto’s downtown core. The study projects that the population of the yongeTOmorrow study area will double by 2041.

    The Downtown Plan provides guidance on Yonge Street’s role in supporting this development and enhancing cultural, civic and economic vitality.

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    Project # A21065

    Date February 8, 2013

    Recipient City of Toronto

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  • 6What’s being considered?

    Who makes decisions?

    • Increasing the sidewalk width and space dedicated for pedestrians (clearway)

    • Reducing driving lanes

    • Redesigning intersections and laneway connections

    • Installing cycling facilities on Yonge Street or a nearby north-south street

    • Improving accessibility for all street users

    • Improving or increasing pedestrian crossing opportunities

    • Space for seating, planting, and public art

    • Modifying other near-by streets and laneways

    • Flexible uses of the street that may change in different zones of the street or throughout the day, week, and year

    • Establishing car free zones during certain times of the day, week, or year, or permanently

    This study will consider many possible changes to the design of Yonge Street including:

    City Council provides direction on the preferred solution

    Infrastructure & Environment Committee a standing committee of council which makes

    recommendations on the City’s infrastructure needs

    Project Lead – Transportation Services considers technical data and feedback from stakeholders

    to recommend a preferred solution

    Technical Advisory Committee

    technical staff from impacted city divisions, agencies

    and commissions

    Project Team city staff with subject matter expertise from various city divisions

    Stakeholder Advisory Group representatives from

    stakeholder organizations within the study area

    Public Information Centres / Surveys

    feedback opportunities for members of the public

    Municipal Stakeholders Public Stakeholders

  • 7Evolution of Yonge Street

    1890s

    1940s

    1980s

    1870s

    1880s

    1890s

    1900s

    1910s

    1920s

    1930s

    1940s

    1950s

    1960s

    1970s

    1980s

    1990s

    2000s

    2010s

    Pre-1800: Intersections of land and water routes developed by Indigenous populations; used by early settlers and trappers.

    1849: Horse-drawn stagecoaches operated along Yonge Street from King Street and Bloor Street

    1861: Toronto Horse-drawn Street Railway is established and tracks are laid, between Front Street and Bloor Street

    1892: Toronto Street Railway is electrified

    1905: First Santa Claus Parade is held on Yonge Street

    1954: Yonge Street subway opens

    1961: Sam the Record Man opens

    Early 1970s: Yonge Street is turned into a pedestrian mall for four summers 1977: Eaton Centre opens

    1980s: First Pride Parade

    1992: Toronto celebrates the Blue Jay’s World Series win

    2002: Yonge Dundas Square opens

    2015: Ryerson Student Learning Centre opens

    1850s

    1860s

    1840s

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  • 9Existing Conditions

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    Existing - Gerrard St. to Queen St.

    Typical existing width = 20m

    Queen to Gerrard

    Yonge Street looking north from Queen Street

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    Typical existing width = 25.8m (varies)

    Yonge Street looking north from Gerrard

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