The north side of Dupont Street is facing increasing pressure from developers. Some have submitted applications for development, others have submitted requests to change the land use designation from employment to mixed use.

Dupont street study

We are conducting a study of Dupont Street from Ossington to Kendal. This study will include a series of public meetings, which will help develop a better understanding of how the community would like to see Dupont grow and to receive feedback on specific applications.

This study will help us to address a number of important city-wide and local issues. These issues include the preservation of employment lands, the proximity to CP’s freight rail corridor, transportation and transit constraints, the need to improve the public realm and streetscaping and the need to ensure the residential areas on the south side are not negatively impacted.

Over the last few years Dupont has been improving. New stores and restaurants are flourishing and the street is becoming much more livable. However, improvements must still be made to activate more store fronts and make the streets and sidewalks safer and more welcoming for pedestrians. We need to build a more sustainable neighbourhood that better integrates the north side of Dupont street into our community.

Until the study is completed and the Secondary Plan or SASP is in force, development that includes residential and/or other sensitive uses is not permitted.

Public Meetings

  • Community Consultation #1 Monday, February 10, 6pm, Sacre Coeur Elementary School, 98 Essex Street (meeting details here)
  • Community Consultation #2 Monday, April 28, 6:30pm, Sacre Coeur Elementary School, 98 Essex Street (meeting details here)
  • Rail Safety and Mitigation Meeting Wednesday, May 14, 7pm, Sacre Coeur Elementary School, 98 Essex Street (meeting details here)
  • Community Consultation #3 Tuesday, June 3, 6:30pm, Sacre Coeur Elementary School, 98 Essex Street (meeting details here)

Goals of the Dupont Study

As outlined in the staff report embedded below, the Dupont Study will:

  1. Apply the mid-rise guidelines for development and provide appropriate scale transition to the low scale residential uses along the southern frontage of Dupont Street and to the lands designated General Employment Areas to the rear as well as consider possible impacts on any low scale residential uses located north of the rail corridor;
  2. Explore the use of a Development Permit system within the lands along the northern frontage of Dupont Street;
  3. Assess and where appropriate establish maximum limits on the size of retail developments and floor plates within the study area;
  4. Identify transportation and transit options and policies for the Dupont corridor;
  5. Assess the feasibility of locations for mixed use development. Any mixed use development that proposes to introduce sensitive and/or non-employment uses shall only occur on sites that can accommodate the appropriate buffering and/or rail safety measures as may be required along with any required set-backs from Dupont Street in order to accommodate streetscaping initiatives;
  6. Ensure there is a net gain in employment floor space for any developments that include residential units;
  7. Identify and enact any required polices and/or measures to ensure appropriate access from Dupont Street to the lands designated General Employment Areas is maintained;
  8. Identify appropriate rail corridor buffering measures to the satisfaction of the relevant railway authorities;
  9. Identify potential locations for additional pathways and pedestrian links between the low scale residential uses to the south and the employment and rail corridor to the north within the study area;
  10. Identify the appropriate location for new parks, open space and green corridors including exploring the opportunity of locating a greenway recreational path along the southern edge of the abutting rail corridor;
  11. Identify strategies to enhance the public realm and streetscaping on both the north and south side of Dupont Street within the Secondary Plan or SASP area;
  12. Explore and identify measures to improve the overall business environment of the area; and
  13. Bring forward an enacting zoning by-law or development permit system for the study area.

While the study is completed:

Until the study is completed and the Secondary Plan or SASP is in force, development that includes residential and/or other sensitive uses is not permitted.

Uses provided for in General Employment Areas that are compatible with nearby residential uses are permitted on all sites and lands along the northern side of Dupont Street between Kendal and Ossington Avenues. Additional uses are permitted in the General Employment Areas designated lands within the 30 m rail corridor setback zone as follows:

  • Parking that supports the employment uses of the area either at grade or in a structure;
  • Roads and utilities; and
  • Rail safety measures (i.e.: berms, crash walls etc.).

Until the Secondary Plan or SASP is in force, any proposals for employment use development will:

  • Provide appropriate buffering and rail safety measures as required to the satisfaction of the appropriate rail authorities and the City;
  • Be sufficiently set-back from Dupont Street to accommodate streetscaping improvements and initiatives; and
  • Contribute to streetscaping improvements along both the north and south sides of Dupont Street.

More Background Information

At the November 2012 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee, City Planning staff were directed to undertake a review of the Dupont Street corridor from Davenport to Dovercourt Roads and report back to PGM regarding the following:

  • Consider converting the lands along the northern side from the proposed employment designation to Regeneration Areas; and
  • Measures, such as urban design guidelines, intended to improve the streetscaping, public realm and overall appearance of Dupont Street.

In response to this direction, staff from City Planning and Economic Development determined that there were a number of lots between Kendal and Ossington Avenues that had depths greater than 30 metres that could potentially accommodate setbacks required for streetscape improvements. Additionally, there is also the potential opportunity to achieve the policy objectives of protecting employment lands, ensuring adequate buffering to the rail corridor and providing sufficient transition to the low scale residential dwellings located along the southern frontage of Dupont Street.

After due consideration, City Planning staff have concluded that further study that includes input from the community and area businesses is warranted for this stretch of the Dupont corridor. The ultimate result of this process would be the creation and enactment of a Secondary Plan or SASP between Kendal and Ossington Avenues, which would establish the policy framework that would achieve among other policy and city building goals; the preservation of employment lands, ensuring adequate buffering and protection to the adjoining rail corridor and guide the streetscape and public realm revitalization of Dupont Street.

It is City Planning staff’s opinion that the best way to achieve these multiple policy objectives is to redesignate the northern frontage outside the 30 metre rail corridor setback requirement to Regeneration Areas. Section 4.7 of the Official Plan requires that for every Regeneration Area, a Secondary Plan or SASP setting out the framework for development and revitalization be created. Urban design guidelines and greening strategies are among the matters that are to be developed as part of the process.

Additional matters that need to be addressed along the corridor include among other issues ensuring accessibility to the employment designated lands within adjacent to the rail corridor is maintained, interim development criteria, rail safety measures and policies to ensure there is a net gain of employment space. It is also proposed that until the Secondary Plan or SASP process is complete, that residential and/or other sensitive uses not be permitted within the study area. All of the above issues have been addressed in the recommended Site and Area Specific Policy.

It is also recommended that to maintain space for employment uses in the area and ensure sensitive uses are not introduced within close proximity of the rail corridor, that all lands within the 30 metre railway corridor setback requirement be maintained for employment uses and be designated as General Employment Areas. Additional uses such as parking, roads and utilities and rail safety measures are also proposed.

City Planning Staff Contact Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an Employment Area, the Official Plan, and the Official Plan Review?
  2. What Has Been Done for Dupont?
  3. What about that Sobeys application?

1. What is an Employment Area, the Official Plan, and the Official Plan Review?
The north side of Dupont Street is an Employment Area. This means, that residential is not permitted on the north side of Dupont Street. That is why applications for development along Dupont Street have come in the form of conversion requests; developers need to first obtain permission to have residential on the properties before conversations around height and density can begin. The City has not granted these requests.

Toronto’s Official Plan describes the policies and objectives for future land uses. It describes how the community can grow. Employment Areas, such as the one along Dupont Street, are defined and protected in the Official Plan. The Province also has a Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Growth Plan only permits the conversion of employment designated land by way of a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR). The City completed it’s MCR in December, 2013 and sent requests to the Province.

2. What Has Been Done?
I, along with Councillor Vaughan and other neighbouring Councillors have been working to address the pressure facing Dupont Street for a number of years. In 2011 and 2012, we held meetings with stakeholders (residents associations and BIAs) along Dupont to discuss the pressure from developers and to better understand what the community would like to see happen along the corridor. We also held meetings with the offices of Councillor Bailao and Councillor Mihevc, neighbouring the Dupont corridor facing pressure.

In November 2012, Councillor Vaughan and I directed planning staff to consider the creation of a Regeneration Area along the north side of Dupont Street, with design guidelines developed through a Dupont Area Study. This area study would be similar to the work being done on Bathurst Street and would allow the community to have valuable and direct input into guidelines for development on Dupont Street.

In December 2013 Council the Regeneration Area for the north side of Dupont, for property more than 30 metres south of rail corridor between Ossington and Kendal, passed City Council with a recommendation to conduct the Dupont Study.

3. Sobeys (840 Dupont Street)
The Sobeys application will be subject to the recommendations being made for Dupont Street by City Staff and any final decision of City Council and the Province over the next year.

The Sobeys application is in its early stages and Sobeys is waiting for the Dupont Study to be complete before moving further with their application. This is preferable, so that any decisions related to their application can be made in the context of what the community would like to see across Dupont Street. I am not in support of their current application. I do not believe it respects the adjacent neighbourhood. The planner assigned to the Sobeys file is Avery Carr and he can be reached at acarr2@toronto.ca. It’s important that you share your thoughts on the application with the local planner as well as my office. If you have any questions email me at councillor_layton@toronto.ca or call (416) 392-4009.

Dupont Study Details from November 21, 2013