Eglinton Connects

Location
Toronto

Client
Metrolinx

Date
2012 to 2015

Overview

SvN co-led Eglinton Connects with Brook McIlroy and developed the Built Form Zoning Recommendations and Guidelines as well as the Streetscape Design for 19 km of the 26 km LRT corridor. In parallel with this process, SvN supported the City of Toronto in a review of the preliminary designs for the LRT stations and station areas.

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will fundamentally change the balance of transportation along Eglinton, spur development along its length, and create a series of new place-making opportunities. The Built Form Guidelines build upon the City’s Avenues and Mid-Rise Performance Standards, and were tested in a series of “Focus Areas” where more intense development is appropriate. The final recommendations have been codified in site specific zoning by-laws to guide both private and public investment.

Developed through an integrated EA process, context sensitive Streetscape Designs were formulated for both the below-grade and surface segments of the LRT. The designs include strategies for consistent, healthy, urban trees; broader sidewalks; safe cycling routes; public art; heritage buildings; integrated parking; consolidated over-head utilities; and a series of new public plazas at all station locations.

The project has been awarded the Institute of Transportation Engineers for the Toronto Section Project of the Year Award 2013, the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in the City and Regional Planning category, and Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit 2015.

More information, including project materials, can be found on the City of Toronto’s Eglinton Connects portal.

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Expertise

We develop community sustainability plans, environmental management plans and climate change adaptation plans for public, private and non-profit sectors.We have focused extensively on the displacement and resettlement of communities affected by natural disasters, wars, conflicts and poverty.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.
We prepare detailed Design Guidelines for municipalities in order to advance the policies, goals and objectives of Official Plans and Official Community Plans, specifically those related to the design of streets, parks, open spaces and buildings. We apply our combined technical and design expertise to the creation of effective and comprehensive guidelines.