yongeTOmorrow adopted by City Council
On February 3, 2021, City Council adopted the yongeTOmorrow Recommended Design Concept (Attachment 8 - Recommended Physical Design), which increases sidewalk widths by reducing the existing four driving lane cross section to two lanes. City Council authorized the City to file the yongeTOmorrow Environmental Assessment (EA) Notice of Completion and post the study report for a 30-day review period.
The operational approach (pedestrian priority areas, turn movements/restrictions, one-way/two-way driving access etc.) will continue to be consulted upon and refined during detailed design. Prior to the completion of construction, a report would be brought forward to Infrastructure & Environment Committee (IEC) recommending an operational approach
City Council adopted the following amendments to yongeTOmorrow item IE19.11:
- City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, as part of the detailed design process, to continue engagement with business stakeholders along Yonge Street, and in the immediate area, regarding, but not limited, to:
- pedestrian drop off and pick up areas and taxi stands
- locations of turning lanes and laybys
- spaces for tour buses on Victoria Street
- City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, as part of the ongoing consultations with main street businesses and other stakeholders, to report back, as part of the process, on the feasibility of:
- new opportunities for patio extensions, parklets and other significant public realm improvements, as well as measures to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety, before and after the construction
- creating a special area by-law to ensure effective maintenance, community safety and special event activation for the new street, in partnership with the local Business Improvement Area
Next Steps: Notice of Completion – 2021
The Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be finalized and submitted to the Ministry the Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) and will be subject to a 30-day public review period. A copy of the ESR is expected to be available this spring on our web page for public and agency review and comment.
During the 30-day review period, interested persons may provide written comments to our project team. All comments and concerns should be addressed to City staff listed on the notice and the Project Team will attempt to find a mutually acceptable resolution.
Detailed Design: 2021–2023
Following the review period, the project enters into the Detailed Design phase which includes:
Continuing public consultation with Stakeholder Advisory Group and Property Owners/Operator interviews
Refinement of physical design elements:
Material types, finishes, furnishings, gates/retractable bollards and plantings
Placement of trees, plantings, furnishings, gates/retractable bollards and lights
Curb and paving details (i.e. curb radii, tactile warnings, transit platforms)
Exact dimensions and spacing of elements above and below ground
Construction schedule, staging, phasing and construction traffic management plans
Location and timing of pedestrian priority areas, if any
Turn movements/restrictions, one-way/two-way driving access and signal timings
Locations of accessible pick-up/drop off, loading and stopping/standing areas
Cafes, vending, street events and public realm activations
TTC bus operations (night bus and subway shuttles)
Maintenance and winter operations
Approaches to post-implementation monitoring, education and enforcement
Planning for construction will include advanced early works by utilities and telecoms providers as well as reporting to IEC and Council on the operations approach.
Prior to construction, a construction liaison committee will be established with stakeholder groups and individual property owner/operators to discuss site specific construction impacts and coordination.
Yonge Street is Toronto’s most iconic main street. It has hosted the largest celebrations in our city’s history, from the World Pride parade to the Raptors’ victory party. When Toronto wins, the city descends onto downtown Yonge Street to celebrate together with the whole world watching. Each year, millions of residents and visitors walk, shop, bike, dine, work and live along downtown Yonge Street, making it the most vibrant destination street unlike any in Canada. But Toronto is also changing quickly, and Yonge Street has to catch up.
Over 180,000 people live within 10 minutes of downtown Yonge Street, stacked into some of Canada’s tallest residential towers. There are thousands of people who do not have backyards to stretch their legs or get exercise; who must use the existing narrow sidewalks to get groceries and run other critical errands at our own risk.
In the age of COVID-19, most Toronto sidewalks just aren’t wide enough to accommodate physical distancing. If you use a mobility device or a baby stroller, you knew this already and didn’t need a coronavirus to show you. Having access to accessible, high-quality public space was always an equity issue, and this issue quickly intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.
yongeTOmorrow is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Yonge Street into a world-class, 21-century urban destination, that supports critical public health objectives - for a world with COVID-19 and beyond. yongeTOmorrow proposes a full and flexible redesign of the street from College St, south to Queen St, where sidewalks will be expanded, vehicle lanes modified, restaurant patios extended and street furniture and streetscape elements added.
Lined with brand destination retailers, restaurants, music venues, theatres, the Eaton Centre, and Yonge Dundas Square, YongeTOmorrow is our chance to bring one of Toronto’s most historic and culturally important streets back onto the world stage. This is the moment to mobilize huge public support and think boldly about the future of this iconic city street. In the wake of the successful ActiveTO and CafeTO initiatives, this is the time for yongeTOmorrow.
We need your support and advocacy to bring this vision to life. Join our campaign, share your stories of Yonge Street and encourage your friends to get involved. Learn more about YongeTOmorrow and help turn this ambitious idea into a world-class reality!
- Sign the petition and let City Council and the Mayor know that you want a Yonge Street for everyone!
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