ERA Architects

University of Toronto’s New Secondary Plan

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Aerial view of proposed character areas. Photo credit: University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is engaged in creating a new Secondary Plan for its Downtown (St. George) campus. A Secondary Plan outlines expectations for an area’s future growth and provides a policy framework to inform its future physical development. The new plan will replace the current University of Toronto Secondary Plan, which was created by the City of Toronto in 1997. Since then, the University, the City, and the provincial planning framework have evolved, calling for a revised Plan.

ERA is collaborating with the University and Urban Strategies to develop the new Secondary Plan. ERA is developing the project’s heritage framework and has established the creation of ‘Character Areas’ as the core organizing framework of the plan.

Since June 2015, numerous public presentations have been held as part of continued community consultation. These efforts to engage the public as part of the planning process will continue through 2016. Earlier in September, the project team met with students, faculty, and staff at the UTSU Street Festival, where they introduced the Secondary Plan process, as well as the Campus Compass Planning Tool. The most recent event, the Pre-application Consultation, took place Tuesday, February 24.

ERA is proud to work with the wider project team in contributing to the future of the University and its built form relationship with the City. As a firm that continuously collaborates with University of Toronto, ERA is excited to contribute to the future of a University that has demonstrated outstanding management of its architecture and open spaces.