The city's Official Plan will ensure that the City of Toronto evolves, improves and realizes its full potential in areas such as transit, land use development and the environment. Toronto’s Official Plan is constantly evolving and the Secondary Plan and District Plans inside it all work towards the greater framework that the Official Plan sets out.
A Secondary Plan, just like the larger Official Plan, is created and approved in accordance with the City of Toronto’s planning department. Input for the plan comes from a variety of sources, including official studies, expert analysis, Toronto City Council and local stakeholders.
In the case of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan, the original document was approved by City Council in 1999, then updated by the City in 2011 to align it more closely with City objectives.
Part of the 2011 updates were the inclusion of a transportation master plan for the area and a stormwater management plan.
The City of Toronto's Downsview Area Secondary Plan defines the area using seven smaller districts in order to focus future planning. Through public consultation, each district is individually planned to ensure local stakeholders have a say in how each specific neighbourhood takes shape.
The Secondary Plan defines seven districts inclusive of Downsview Park at the center. The names of the districts are shown in the accompanying map.
There are five land use designations within the Secondary Plan, as shown on the accompanying map. The land use policies implement the development framework provided for in the Secondary Plan.
Downsview has a number of heritage resources that reflect the area's aviation and military history. These resources include buildings as well as landscape features. The Secondary Plan will inform and guide future decisions regarding heritage resources within the defined area.
The parks and open space system within the Secondary Plan area is envisioned to develop with Downsview Park being the focus of a connected network of parks and natural areas.
The Secondary Plan will be supported by excellent transit infrastructure including three area TTC subway stations, a GO Transit rail station which will be integrated with the TTC, and surface transit. Future development will also be supported by street improvements that include the introduction of new municipally and federally-owned streets through the area.
The recommended transportation system will achieve a balanced range of travel options that encourage walking, cycling and transit.
When the Government of Canada announced the closure of the former Canadian Forces Base Toronto in December of 1995, the site transitioned into two distinct parcels: the Downsview Lands and Downsview Park, both overseen by Canada Lands Company.
Downsview Park is the 291-acre parkland component of the site, completely separate from any development undertaken in the Downsview Lands.
Downsview Park is a dynamic urban park that combines active and passive elements, reflecting the diverse nature of the surrounding Downsview community.
The Stanley Greene neighbourhood is 25.7 hectares (63.5 acres) reverse and bounded on its west side by Keele Street and the existing Cuffley Crescent neighbourhood, on the east by the Bradford to Union Station Metrolinx rail line, on the south by Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery and Downsview Secondary School, and on the north by Downsview Park. The neighbourhood is a mix of residential housing types. Canada Lands Company’s builder partner is Mattamy Homes. Please visit their website to find the home of your dreams right next door to one of Toronto’s most impressive parks. Stafford/Goldman will be the developer of the remaining parcel of the Stanley Greene site.
The William Baker neighbourhood covers 25.1 hectares (62 acres) north and west of Sheppard Avenue and east of Keele Street. A central feature of this area is an existing densely treed woodlot. Demolition on the site as well as interim landscape work to make the site safe and accessible such as adding pathways, seating, and additional tree planting is complete.As of January 2016, Canada Lands is pleased to provide the community with safe pedestrian access through the mature, permanent woodlot that's perfect for having a leisurely stroll, birding and observing wildlife and nature in the southern portion of the William Baker neighbourhood. Much of this woodlot will eventually be a park area once the neighbourhood is developed in accordance with the approved Secondary Plan.
Sheppard - Chesswood
The Sheppard neighbourhood is in the north end quadrant of the Downsview Lands and covers 29.6 hectares (73.2 acres). Key to the Sheppard neighbourhood is the new TTC/GO station, scheduled to open fall 2017, at the north end.
The Chesswood neighbourhood covers 17.4 hectares (43.0 acres) at the northern end of Downsview Park on the east side of the Metrolinx line. The land use designation is entirely employment and may include aerospace related uses, research and business park, educational and other institutional uses.
The Allen neighbourhood is 40 acres (16.2 hectares) and currently is the location of vacant land and TTC commuter parking. The district has two owners: Canada Lands Company and BUILD TORONTO. The southern portion of the neighbourhood will be home to a new residential development, while the north end of the district will be primarily mixed use/commercial development. Canada Lands will serve as master developer for the portion of the Allen district west of Allen Road, while BUILD TORONTO will lead redevelopment of the neighbourhood east of Allen Road.