Toronto City Council approves Long Branch Character Guidelines

The Long Branch Character Guidelines prepared by SvN was approved by Toronto City Council last week.

SvN Architects + Planners assisted the City of Toronto with the preparation of the Neighbourhood Character Guidelines Template, which establishes a city-wide framework by which neighbourhood-specific guideline documents can be prepared. Such documents will ensure that future development is undertaken in a manner which is sensitive, gradual and generally consistent with the existing physical character of the respective neighbourhood.

Neighbourhoods are intended to be stable, but not static. Throughout the City of Toronto, the degree and intensity of development interest within neighbourhoods varies significantly. Long Branch is currently undergoing physical change, resulting from ongoing infill and redevelopment, at a rate which is more significant than that of other neighbourhoods. The objective of the Guidelines is to identify the neighbourhood’s key character-defining qualities, and to ensure that future developments are undertaken in a manner which is contextually-sensitive and responsive to the broader neighbourhood character.

The Guidelines have been subject to a review and evaluation process by local residents, stakeholders, and municipal staff and will be reviewed as the Official Plan and Zoning By-law are amended to ensure that they remain applicable as the Long Branch Neighbourhood continues to evolve.


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