Lawrence-Allen Revitalization Study
The Lawrence-Allen neighbourhood is located in Toronto’s “Inner Suburbs” and is facing significant intensification pressures. planningAlliance was commissioned by the City of Toronto to develop a comprehensive planning framework for the community to address these pressures head-on and serve as the background study for a Secondary Plan. The Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan was adopted by Toronto City Council in November 2011.
The Plan identifies how and where intensification should occur, and explores ways of urbanizing Allen Road, which bisects the neighbourhood. As part of our work, planningAlliance led an extensive stakeholder engagement program, which included intense negotiations with a number of landowners and developers, including Toronto Community Housing Corporation, a public housing provider seeking to redevelop 1,208 units of social housing with a dense, mixed-use neighbourhood.
In addition, the plan undertakes a critical analysis of local transportation options and suggests phased improvements. The Plan improves the function of the street network and its ability to support a balanced transportation system by providing legible and direct routes. It prioritizes walking, cycling, and transit in order to provide community members with transportation choices. The Plan builds upon the existing subway infrastructure in the neighbourhood and lays the foundation for service by surface transit. In addition to locating development in close proximity to the existing subway stations, the Plan establishes convenient routes for community members to walk and cycle to and from the subway and provides good potential routes for surface transit.
2011 OPPI Award for Excellence in Planning Award
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