Redevelopment of the Davisville train yard

March 6, 2009 - Updated: March 6, 2009

Davisville Yard Planning Study

A Davisville Yard Planning Study is being undertaken by the City of Toronto, in cooperation with the TTC, to determine the appropriate form of development for the Davisville Yard site. The study will be based on a reconfiguration of Davisville Yard to facilitate development while maintaining all existing TTC functions at the Yard.

T he study will result in specific land use policies and urban design guidelines that will shape potential development in the future. During the course of the study there will be several opportunities for public and community input, including open houses, a design workshop, ongoing discussions with a Local Advisory Committee (LAC) and through this website.

 Study Team

Brook McIlroy and Pace Architects (BMI|Pace) has been retained to lead the Davisville Yard Planning Study. BMI|Pace is based in Toronto and has extensive local, Canadian and international urban design experience. As the lead consultant, BMI|Pace will also direct the work of others, including:
  • Entra Consultants (Transportation Planners);
  • Hemson Consulting (Economic and Real Estate Analysis); and
  • Macaulay Shiomi Howson (Land Use Planners).

(You will need to have the latest version of the FREE Get Acrobat Reader Acrobat Reader on your computer to view PDF files linked on this page.)

 Study Area

The Davisville Yard was established in the early 1950s, prior to the opening of the Yonge subway line. The Yard has been in constant use ever since and fulfills a critical operational need for the entire subway system. The TTC has an ongoing requirement for the yard and requires it remain fully operational through-out any potential redevelopment.

The study area is an irregular shaped parcel of land which consists of the TTC lands west of Yonge Street to Lascelles Boulevard and north of the Belt Line Path to Chaplin Crescent. It also includes a section of open cut subway right-of-way extending from Chaplin Crescent to Imperial Avenue. The study area includes the Davisville Subway Station, the Yonge Subway mainline tracks and other facilities comprising the Davisville Yard.

 Policy Context

Within the City of Toronto's Official Plan the Davisville Yard is designated a Mixed Use Area and is located along an Avenue. Both of these designations promote intensification and encourage pedestrian and transit oriented development. The Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan elaborates on the Official Plan by specifying the site should be a secondary focus of intensification relative to Yonge and Eglinton.

The majority of the site is zoned for development at a density of 2 times the lot area, with a maximum height of 16 metres. This means the floor area within buildings may be 2.0 times the land area of the site. A 2.0 times density allows for considerable flexibility in floor plate width and configuration, up to the height limit. The northeast portion of the site (south of Chaplin Crescent) is zoned at a density of 3.0 times the lot area and has a maximum building height of 38 metres. The Yards are also affected by a number of site-specific zoning by-laws associated with previous development proposals for the yard.

 Planning History & Community Involvement

From the late 1960s through to the early 1980s, Davisville Yard was the subject of a number of development proposals, planning studies and Council decisions. In 1968 the City and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) approved a development consisting of 5 buildings: one office building at 9 storeys and four residential buildings at 25, 30, 34 and 39 storeys. This development represented a density of 2.68 times the lot area. At that time local residents and the Oriole Park Association became involved in a process to develop urban design guidelines for the site.

These design guidelines were adopted in 1975. The guidelines setout a density of 2.0 times the lot area and a bonus density of 0.5 times the lot area if seniors housing was to be constructed. The guidelines required the buildings to step down in building height from Yonge Street to the residential areas to the west, from 150' (45 metres) then 70' (21.3 metres) and then 35' (10.6 metres).

 Late 1970's Proposal

In 1978 the developer chose to submit a new proposal which largely met the objectives of the design guidelines. The project consisted of four buildings: one 6 storey office/retail building, and three residential structures increasing incrementally in height from 4 to 23 storeys. The City approved this development by adopting site-specific zoning to accommodate it; however it was not built due to the unfavourable economic conditions of the early 1980s.
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The site-specific zoning permitting this development is still active. This scheme could be built today under the existing zoning.

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