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Lands for Learning consultation—have your say

Nov 20, 2013 to Dec 11, 2013

The input of the York University community was pivotal in shaping the Master Plan for the Academic Core. We greatly appreciated the time you gave us in the fall of 2011 when you participated in a focus group. The final draft Master Plan is now available for review: http://www.yudc.ca/masterplan/FinalDraftMasterplan.html. With completion of the Master Plan for the Academic Core, attention is now being turned to the lands outside the Academic Core — lands along the south side of Steeles Avenue, west side of Keele Street and south of The Pond Road — the Lands for Learning.

The City of Toronto's Secondary Plan, which was approved in 2009, took the first step is setting a vision for our Lands for Learning — that being the development of vibrant, mixed use neighbourhoods surrounding York's Academic Core. The impetus for the creation of these new neighborhoods is the subway extension and the three new stations — two on the Keele campus and one at Finch Avenue.

Consultation with the York community will help us to shape the overarching principles and broad frameworks to guide the detailed planning and design for the Lands for Learning. The detailed planning and design will address all components of the built environment — such as the buildings, pedestrian space, streets, cycling, pedestrian routes and parking — and will result in Precinct Plans that will be used to guide development on these lands over the next few decades.

Before the first shovel is put in the ground, it is important for us to know what you think the essential elements of these new urban areas are to ensure they are good neighbours for York University.
For example:

  • What type of housing is required?
  • What kind of businesses should locate around the University?
  • What shops and services are required and where should they be located?
  • What should the buildings look like?
  • Where are the most important pedestrian connections?
  • Where should cycling routes be located?
  • How should the new mixed use neighbourhoods be integrated with the Academic Core?

We have set up a Lands for Learning Studio in the TTC Information Centre — opposite the Book Store in York Lanes. The Studio will be open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:00 – 1:00 on Wednesdays. York University Student ambassadors will be in the Studio speaking with the University community about their vision for these lands. I have attached a copy of the posters that describe this initiative.

As you expressed interest in the Master Plan and provided valuable input in our focus groups, we invite you to drop by the Studio to share ideas for the future of the lands outside of the Academic Core. Members of The Planning Partnership and staff from YUDC will be at the Studio on the following dates to speak with faculty and staff:

  • November 20 – 12:30pm
  • November 28 – 12pm
  • December 3 – 11:30am
  • December 11 – 12pm

If you are interested in joining one of the focus group conversations, please RSVP to knelischer@planpart.ca, noting your preferred day and time (we are organizing lunch). If you are interested in a special session with your colleagues, let me know and we can arrange another time. Otherwise, feel free to drop by anytime the Studio is open.


Location:Lands for Learning Studio–York Lanes
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