Ward 14 is a unique and vibrant community in Toronto. How will it look in 10, 20 or 30 years? Planning for the future means setting priorities for our community, and making sure changes to our neighbourhoods are consistent with our vision for a fairer, more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous community.

Working with City Planning, I continue to work to ensure the highest standard is met for public input and consultation, to ensure development is to scale, mixed use and helps contribute to a more inclusive Ward 14. Together with the community, Toronto-Danforth has been the subject of several planning studies, which were the result of years of consultation and input from our community.

A significant accomplishment was securing the Red Door Shelter’s new home in a new development on Queen St. East. Upon hearing that the Red Door Shelter was facing relocation, I worked with the City, the developers, the shelter and thousands of residents to push for a breakthrough solution to keep these families in our community. My sincere hope is that this becomes an example for the City as we work to plan complete communities.

Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs)

MTSAs are defined in the Growth Plan (2019) as areas within an approximate 500-800 metre radius of a transit station and representing a 10-minute walk. The Growth Plan (2019) prescribes the following minimum density targets for MTSAs: 200 residents and jobs per hectare for subways; 160 residents and jobs per hectare for light rail transit; and 150 residents and jobs for GO Transit rail. 

Protected Major Transit Station Areas (PMTSAs) will become a subset of the 180+ MTSAs. The introduction of PMTSAs is part of Our Plan Toronto’s equity lens that prioritizes the delineation of PMTSAs to enable the implementation of Inclusionary Zoning as an affordable housing tool, where market conditions could support it.

Please note this matter is expected to be on the agenda of July 5th Meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee

You can find out more about this issue on this City website.

Planning Studies in Ward 14

The Danforth Study

Queen Street East (Leslie Street to Coxwell Avenue) Study

Queen St. East / Leslieville Planning Study


Projects in Ward 14

Estonian House – 954-958 Broadview Ave and 72 Chester Hill Road Development

380 Donlands Development Application

Development Application for Cosburn and Gowan (5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 19 Cosburn Ave and 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 Gowan Ave)


Search Current Developments

As of July 30th, 2020, the Application Information Centre has been updated with a new and improved user experience. The new Application Information Centre allows you to:

  • Search by customizable radius of 120m, 250m, 500m, 1000m
  • See Community Planning, Committee of Adjustment, and Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) applications at the same time, with the ability to filter results
  • Search by address or street Intersection
  • Track and view detailed application statuses for Site Plan and Official Plan Amendments and Rezoning applications
  • Use the system on mobile devices

Learn more online here:

Development Applications:

Let's go Contraflow on Chatham!

With the recent tragic cycling deaths in Toronto, it is widely recognized that more safe cycling connections are needed. Following the public consultation on contraflow bike lanes at this year’s Pocket Community Association Annual General Meeting, a contraflow bike lane will be installed on Chatham Avenue!

A contraflow bike lanes gets installed on a one-way street and allows cyclists to legally travel in both directions. They are cost effective, safe, and ensure that cyclists are not forced onto busy arterial roads that lack proper cycling infrastructure.

The Better Way in Ward 30

Riverdale, Leslieville and East Harbour get new Subway and Smart Track stations

In June, I joined Mayor Tory and Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca to announce two new Smart Track RER stations that will be built along the existing GO Corridor at the East Harbour (Unilever site) and in Riverdale at Gerrard. These new stations will be served by frequent service electrified trains, connecting our neighbourhoods with downtown and the suburbs.  You can contact my office for more information and to find out about Metrolinx's public consultations.

Carlaw + Dundas in Leslieville

The Carlaw + Dundas district of our Leslieville neighbourhood has a rich industrial heritage dating back to the late 1800s. Early industries – including abattoirs, cattle sheds, piggeries, market gardens, brickyards, florists and a tree nursery – emerged to take advantage of the easy access to the growing city and Carlaw + Dundas' proximity to the Grand Trunk Railway.

Community Members Needed for Carlaw + Dundas Design Selection Panel

Do you have Art + Design knowledge? The City of Toronto is looking for local Community Representatives to participate on a selection panel for a design competition.

Click here to view poster.


The City of Toronto is planning public realm improvements in the Carlaw + Dundas community. The triangle at Carlaw + Dundas will be transformed into an iconic, urban gathering space as a part of the public realm improvements.

Red Door is in Leslieville to Stay!

Dear Friends,

Just under two years ago, I wrote to you asking for your help and support to keep the Red Door Shelter on Queen Street in Leslieville after a real estate deal gone bad put the Red Door's future in jeopardy.

Our community answered the call in an unprecedented way - over 50,000 people signed a petition to keep the Red Door in Leslieville, and hundreds of residents came to community meetings and to City Hall over the next two years to support the Red Door.

Riverdale Park Playground Enhancements

Thanks to the feedback we received from the community in July 2015, we are pleased to announce that the playground design has been finalized.

Riverdale Park East playground design

We received lots of great comments and suggestions in support of many of the proposed features and as a result established features that are the most important to the community. Popular features of the design included the slide, amphitheatre seating,climbing rocks, climbing structure, and water play. Overall, there was great support for the use of natural materials (i.e. rocks, logs, water) in the playground design.

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