Toronto: Balanced and Bolder

Councillor Peter Milczyn issued a research paper (PDF) to inform bolder and more creative planning for the future of the City of Toronto. The Concillor believes his city lags behind such global cities as London, New York, Singapore, San Francisco and Melbourne. A sample of the recommendations intended to help Toronto keep pace:

  • Transform active thoroughfares to car-free pedestrian boulevards, shared zones and transit malls.
  • Offer land use and housing credits to developers proposing multi-use developments in transit-supportive areas to encourage a balance between employment and residential growth.
  • Re-develop "dead" urban space, including alleys, passageways, parking lots, utility corridors, and other underutilized interstitial spaces as active and functional components of the urban fabric.
  • Encourage the construction of iconic and identifiable buildings as gateway elements throughout the City.
  • Redefine the "base building" and "middle (shaft)" elements of Tall Buildings as a "streetwall zone" and "pedestrian zone", respectively, to reinforce the defining role of the street.
  • Establish maximum parking standards within a 500m radius of mass transit stations for retail, office, institutional, industrial, and public facilities.
  • Establish a system of Transit Revitalization Investment Districts to encourage density increases, redesigns, and infrastructural improvements in the areas surrounding mass transit stations
  • Develop a View Management Framework to support the preservation of significant views and vistas within the urban landscape.
  • Develop a detailed food policy for the City to encourage the growth of an accessible, resilient and sustainable City food system.