Background

Update:

Unilever Precinct Planning Study Secondary Plan and Planning Framework to be considered by Planning and Growth Management Committee on June 7, 2018.

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About the Unilever Precinct Planning Study

Background Information

Associated Planning Applications

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Unilever Precinct Planning Study

In October of 2015, City Planning received an Official Plan Amendment from First Gulf for the Unilever Precinct, 25 hectares (62 acres) of employment industrial land east of the Don River and north of Lake Shore Boulevard. The amendment proposes the development of a broad variety of non-residential land uses that could create employment opportunities for as many as 50,000 workers. The vision included policies to expand the current permission from the more traditional employment uses of manufacturing and warehousing to allow for a vibrant and active office district supported by retail and services in a compact urban form.

The City is working with area landowners and stakeholders on a comprehensive assessment of the potential of the Unilever Precinct. First Gulf is advancing with zoning and subdivision applications for the 15 hectares in their ownership.

Map outlining Unilever Precinct Area

Precinct Area: 25 hectares (62 acres)

First Gulf Lands: 15 hectares (38 acres)

City Lands: 8 hectares (20 acres)

Background Information

The Unilever Precinct is bounded by the Don River in the west, Lake Shore Boulevard East in the south, Booth Avenue in the east and Eastern Avenue and the Metrolinx rail embankment in the north. It is located at the western end of the South of Eastern employment area.

Outline of Unilever Precinct on aerial image, looking west toward downtown.

While the primary Precinct area is south of the Metrolinx rail corridor, an “Area of Influence” has been identified north of the rail corridor and west along the river edge. The lands to the north, currently a car dealership, are in consideration for flood protection through the proposed Eastern and Broadview Flood Protection Municipal Class EA. These lands will also be eventually be split by a future Broadview Avenue extension, and may also be bookended in the north and south by connected future major transit stations (a future Eastern and Broadview Relief Line station and SmartTrack Station). The extension of the “Area of Influence” along the Don River edge recognizes the importance of these lands as a connection to the river valley and Green Space System, as well as their future flood mitigation function.

Taking its name from the most significant parcel, the former Unilever factory site, the Precinct is a large block of contiguous employment lands with very limited accessibility. Despite limited access, it is adjacent to the Central Waterfront, emerging and existing communities, and a substantial number of major infrastructure and public realm projects planned within the short-to-medium timeframe.

Associated Planning Applications

East Harbour Applications

In October of 2015, City Planning received an Official Plan Amendment from First Gulf, to permit development of a broad variety of non-residential land uses providing employment opportunities for approximately 50,000 workers.

In December of 2016, City Planning received applications for rezoning and subdivision from First Gulf, which continued to advance the applicant's vision for a new office employment node with a substantial retail component. These applications are limited to the lands First Gulf owns, however master planning for the entire Unilever Precinct also continues to advance.

In September of 2017, City Planning received a revised master plan for the December 2016 rezoning application from First Gulf. The revised master plan proposes a framework for development of the Unilever Precinct that focuses on office and commercial development that is connected to the future East Harbour SmartTrack Station and centered around the extension of Broadview Avenue. Subsequent revisions in November 2017, December 2017 and January 2018 further refined this revised concept.

Rendering of First Gulf development proposal looking west toward downtown.

Image courtesy of First Gulf

List of First Gulf Planning Applications

City Staff are currently reviewing the applications the following applications with respect to the Unilever Precinct – East Harbour Proposed Employment Development:

  • Official Plan Amendment (October 13, 2015) – 15 236783 STE 30 OZ
  • Zoning By-law Amendment (December 22, 2016) – 16 270071 STE 30 OZ
  • Plan of Subdivision (December 22, 2106) – 16 270078 STE 30 SB

Current files associated with these applications can be found on Application Information Centre entry for 21 Don Valley Parkway under the supporting documentation.

Document Library

Staff Reports to Planning and Growth Management Committee

Relevant City Planning Policies, Projects and Studies

Port Lands Planning Framework

Relevant Economic Development Plans and Projects

Infrastructure Projects within or adjacent to the Unilever Precinct Study Area

Update:

Unilever Precinct Planning Study Secondary Plan and Planning Framework to be considered by Planning and Growth Management Committee on June 7, 2018.

Click here for the June 7, 2018 Planning and Growth Management Committee Agenda


More on this page:

About the Unilever Precinct Planning Study

Background Information

Associated Planning Applications

Document Library

­


Unilever Precinct Planning Study

In October of 2015, City Planning received an Official Plan Amendment from First Gulf for the Unilever Precinct, 25 hectares (62 acres) of employment industrial land east of the Don River and north of Lake Shore Boulevard. The amendment proposes the development of a broad variety of non-residential land uses that could create employment opportunities for as many as 50,000 workers. The vision included policies to expand the current permission from the more traditional employment uses of manufacturing and warehousing to allow for a vibrant and active office district supported by retail and services in a compact urban form.

The City is working with area landowners and stakeholders on a comprehensive assessment of the potential of the Unilever Precinct. First Gulf is advancing with zoning and subdivision applications for the 15 hectares in their ownership.

Map outlining Unilever Precinct Area

Precinct Area: 25 hectares (62 acres)

First Gulf Lands: 15 hectares (38 acres)

City Lands: 8 hectares (20 acres)

Background Information

The Unilever Precinct is bounded by the Don River in the west, Lake Shore Boulevard East in the south, Booth Avenue in the east and Eastern Avenue and the Metrolinx rail embankment in the north. It is located at the western end of the South of Eastern employment area.

Outline of Unilever Precinct on aerial image, looking west toward downtown.

While the primary Precinct area is south of the Metrolinx rail corridor, an “Area of Influence” has been identified north of the rail corridor and west along the river edge. The lands to the north, currently a car dealership, are in consideration for flood protection through the proposed Eastern and Broadview Flood Protection Municipal Class EA. These lands will also be eventually be split by a future Broadview Avenue extension, and may also be bookended in the north and south by connected future major transit stations (a future Eastern and Broadview Relief Line station and SmartTrack Station). The extension of the “Area of Influence” along the Don River edge recognizes the importance of these lands as a connection to the river valley and Green Space System, as well as their future flood mitigation function.

Taking its name from the most significant parcel, the former Unilever factory site, the Precinct is a large block of contiguous employment lands with very limited accessibility. Despite limited access, it is adjacent to the Central Waterfront, emerging and existing communities, and a substantial number of major infrastructure and public realm projects planned within the short-to-medium timeframe.

Associated Planning Applications

East Harbour Applications

In October of 2015, City Planning received an Official Plan Amendment from First Gulf, to permit development of a broad variety of non-residential land uses providing employment opportunities for approximately 50,000 workers.

In December of 2016, City Planning received applications for rezoning and subdivision from First Gulf, which continued to advance the applicant's vision for a new office employment node with a substantial retail component. These applications are limited to the lands First Gulf owns, however master planning for the entire Unilever Precinct also continues to advance.

In September of 2017, City Planning received a revised master plan for the December 2016 rezoning application from First Gulf. The revised master plan proposes a framework for development of the Unilever Precinct that focuses on office and commercial development that is connected to the future East Harbour SmartTrack Station and centered around the extension of Broadview Avenue. Subsequent revisions in November 2017, December 2017 and January 2018 further refined this revised concept.

Rendering of First Gulf development proposal looking west toward downtown.

Image courtesy of First Gulf

List of First Gulf Planning Applications

City Staff are currently reviewing the applications the following applications with respect to the Unilever Precinct – East Harbour Proposed Employment Development:

  • Official Plan Amendment (October 13, 2015) – 15 236783 STE 30 OZ
  • Zoning By-law Amendment (December 22, 2016) – 16 270071 STE 30 OZ
  • Plan of Subdivision (December 22, 2106) – 16 270078 STE 30 SB

Current files associated with these applications can be found on Application Information Centre entry for 21 Don Valley Parkway under the supporting documentation.

Document Library

Staff Reports to Planning and Growth Management Committee

Relevant City Planning Policies, Projects and Studies

Port Lands Planning Framework

Relevant Economic Development Plans and Projects

Infrastructure Projects within or adjacent to the Unilever Precinct Study Area