What are the next steps in the process to develop the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan?

    At its meeting of 23 September 2019, Council resolved to defer further work on the recommended planning proposal and preparation for a mixed-use development on 4 Bath Street and 1B Victory Row, Toronto. To find out where Council is at in relation to each part of the resolution please refer to the January 2020 project update.


    What is a Master Plan?

    A Master Plan is a document that provides the overall vision for improvements and upgrades to an area and guides the future detailed design and works for an area.  Master Plans exist for a range of areas in the City including Speers Point Park and Warners Bay Foreshore.

    What is the scope of the Master Plan works?

    Council has approximately $9 million from developer contributions to invest in Foreshore improvements. This could include facilities such as shared pathways, playgrounds, fitness stations, boardwalks, picnic tables, barbecues, park benches, landscaping and public art, or structures to improve dining and entertainment options such as a café, restaurant or infrastructure for festivals and events.

    What is happening on the Toronto Foreshore?

    Council wants to make the Toronto Foreshore a more inviting place for people by improving access and amenities and creating enticing destination points along the waterfront precinct from Brighton Avenue to Bath Street. To do this, we will develop, with the community’s input, a Master Plan for the Toronto Foreshore.

    How will the community be involved in planning?


    Council is committed to working with the community to shape Toronto’s Foreshore. In 2018, Phase One consultation was conducted allowing the community to have their say on the facilities, amenities and type of environment they would like to see along the Foreshore.

    In 2019, we undertook further community consultation asking for feedback on the draft principles and design ideas prepared as part of the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan project. The engagement report for this phase of consultation can be viewed on the project page.

    Further opportunities for community engagement will be available as the projects progresses in 2020.

    A range of community engagement methods will be used to ensure that as many community members as possible have an opportunity to participate.

    What community consultation has been undertaken?

    We have undertaken consultation with the Toronto community in relation to the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan and the interface between the proposed development, which has now been deferred as per the Council resolution of 23 September 2019. Throughout August and September 2018, we held four community drop-in sessions, and sought feedback through an online survey and interactive map regarding community-desired improvements for the foreshore at Toronto.

    In 2019, we undertook further community consultation which asked for feedback on the draft principles and design ideas prepared as part of the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan project. The engagement report for this phase of consultation can be viewed on the project page.

    The project team will continue to update the community as the project progresses throughout 2020.


    What is the Urban Design Analysis?

    The independently compiled Urban Design Analysis provides key information that will be used to guide the precinct’s future.

    The analysis outlines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the foreshore area, its buildings, topography and vegetation, and its connectivity to surrounding streets.

    The Urban Design Analysis, together with feedback received during phase one of our community consultation last year, will inform initial concepts for our Toronto Foreshore Master Plan.


    What is proposed for the Bath Street site?

    At its meeting of 23 September 2019, Council resolved to defer further work on the recommended planning proposal and preparation for a mixed-use development on 4 Bath Street and 1B Victory Row, Toronto. To find out where Council is at in relation to each part of the resolution please refer to the January 2020 project update.


    How will public access to the waterfront be affected?

    Council is seeking to improve public access to what is an under-used part of the waterfront through the development of the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan. Currently, access to a large part of the Toronto Foreshore between Edward Gain Park and Bath Street is restricted, with no formal pathways and many sections that are uneven and overgrown.

    More than 90 per cent of the Foreshore land will remain open public space under Council’s plans and the Foreshore will become a more accessible and enjoyable area that complements its picturesque lakeside location.


    What will happen to the Heritage Hunter Water Sewer Pump on 1B Victory Row?

    Council is liaising with Hunter Water to determine the most appropriate outcome for this asset.  The options will be investigated in more detail once Council commences detailed design and master planning of the Foreshore.

    Will the Aboriginal community be consulted on the proposal?

    Yes, the traditional owners of the land have been consulted as part of the preliminary investigations and will continue to have input into Council’s plans for the area.

    Did any consultation occur prior to Council’s decision in April 2018 to develop a concept proposal for the development site?

    Council undertook preliminary investigations and feasibility studies into uses of the site in order to prepare a report for Councillors. This involved engagement and discussion with some stakeholders within the community, including local landholders, tourism operators and traditional land owners.

    Council often undertakes feasibility studies for projects across the Local Government Area. If projects are deemed to be potentially viable, plans are then developed in greater detail and extensive community consultation is undertaken at this stage.