Located on the west side of Dufferin Street and bounded by the rail corridor on the west and Florence Street on the north, the "Dufferin Triangle" has a long history of being the home for a variety of economic activities.
Although, the nature of employment in the area has changed over the years, City Council has reaffirmed the important contribution the Triangle continues to make to the City's economy by preserving the lands for employment uses during the recently completed Municipal Comprehensive Review.
However, with the elimination of the Dufferin Jog, increasing intensification and development along Queen Street West and the submission of the development proposal at 440 Dufferin Street, there is growing interest in the Triangle lands for potential reinvestment. Recognizing the importance of the lands to the local community, we are working to ensure the public's interest by proactively planning the triangle to ensure we have a plan in advance of any further redevelopment proposals.
For these reasons, I put forward an important motion to direct City Planning to identify locations for public parks and public roads, to protect employment uses, to look at the location, massing and orientation of buildings, as well as strategies to buffer a transition to lower scale residential uses in the area and rail mitigation measures. I look forward to bringing a series of planning consultations to our community in the near future and ensuring our neighbourhood is prepared for potential area development.