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.