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There are encouraging signs coming out of the Dupont Street Study. Early indications are that the study is going to recommend that the essential character of Dupont Street, between Davenport and Ossington Avenues, be maintained.

The corridor is under significant development pressure, with proposals for high rise residential development near Kendall, and additional residential development further west at the Sobeys site. Rumours of new development also surround the Wing’s Factory and Monolino sites. Early indications suggest the study will recommend that only modest and incremental residential development will be allowed on the employment lands on the north side of Dupont. The aim is to keep the current uses and unique character of this stretch of Dupont Street, which right now is home to industrial and service businesses.

This is positive news for the Annex Residents ’ Association (ARA), the Dupont BIA and other community associations who have been working on the problems and opportunities facing Dupont Street since October 2011. At a meeting with Councillors Vaughan and Layton, a working group of RAs along both sides of the CP rail line was formed to begin a ‘visioning’ study for the corridor. They got the support of Toronto City Council in December of 2013, when Council directed staff to undertake a study of the lands in the Dupont Street corridor in Wards 19 and 20. The study was to look at the following:
  • Appropriate land uses
  • Potential streetscape improvements 
  • Urban design and built form guidelines
  • Transportation options 
  • The function and design of Dupont Street 
  • The impact of the rail corridor on potential development options 
  • And the possibility of utilizing a development permit system. 
Following a strategic planning process formulated by ARA’s Planning and Zoning committee, a team of architecture students from Ryerson University began initial work, focusing on the heritage and urban design issues. In the meantime, ARA’s P+Z designed an inventory of all properties within the Corridor.

In the summer of 2012, members completed the inventory in the Annex portion of the Dupont corridor, and entered the data on to a Geographic Information System that allows for spatial analysis and mapping. The Planning team from Ryerson then completed the inventory along the Dupont strip from Avenue Road to Ossington Ave. We also analyzed demographic changes using 2006 census data and traffic volume. All of this material was turned over to the City Planning team earlier this year and can be downloaded from Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v9mkdbxbtx10bx9/SX4l6uD0eL.

In order to provide for even more public input to the visioning study, the ARA built a ‘crowdmap’ that enables citizens to post their comments and concerns online. The City Planning Department is now sharing administration of the site. We urge you to visit the site (https://dupont.crowdmap.com/main) and post your comments!

The Dupont Street Study is an important milestone and an opportunity for positive change that will not come again for several years. It will lead to a Secondary Plan that will control development along this busy corridor. There will be a further community meeting in June, with a report going to the City’s Planning and Growth Committee in August. Please contact ARA’s P+D Committee if you want to become more actively involved on Dupont
For more information on the study, please visit the City’s Dupont website.

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