Massive Markham development has both sides talking up storm

With the 2,400-residential-unit development proposed for York Downs Golf Club, the key issue between developer, staff and residents is to keep on talking.


Massive Markham York Downs... That's what Regional Coun. Jim Jones, development services committee chair, suggested early on in Monday's initial meeting on the development application.

After several citizens complained to the committee they didn't know enough about the 417-acre development proposed for north of 16th Avenue between Warden Avenue and Kennedy Road, Jones said the answer lies in more informal question-and-answer discussions between residents and the developer facilitated by councillors in a subcommitee format.



The Shape of Things to Come – Granola Shotgun

After several years of traveling around the country in the presence of city planners, economic development officials, elected representatives, engineers, production home builders, professional consultants, and groups of concerned citizens I’ve come to my own personal unified theory of America’s land use future. The short version is that we’ve got the built environment that we have and the overwhelming majority of it isn’t ever going to change much. If you want to know what things will look like in thirty or forty years… look around. That’s pretty much it.


2989 Kennedy Road

Proposal to make an addition to an existing industrial building, and to build in a mezzanine within the existing building, all to house a construction supply sales and warehouse operation. Total proposed new GFA is 3,301 m2 (35,538 sq. ft.). Total proposed GFA is 7,889 m2 (84,919 sq. ft.). 70 parking spaces are proposed, and 2 loading spaces. A new site entrance is proposed from Milliken Boulevard.


Suburban Inertia: The Entrenchment of Dispersed Suburbanism - IJURR

Suburban Inertia: The Entrenchment of Dispersed Suburbanism
During the years following the second world war, an urban development model—dispersed suburbanism (DS)—came to predominate in North America. The low-density functional specialization and all-out automobile orientation of this new urban form were ideally suited to the circumstances of the time, thus accounting for its rapid adoption. DS also proved to be adaptable to changing societal circumstances, which explains its predominance as an urban development model under both Fordism and neoliberalism. The adaptability of this urban form also contributed to its spread across much of the world, including Europe. This essay contends that powerful path dependencies maintain DS in place, despite planning efforts to achieve more compact, public-transit oriented urban development. It also argues that the persistence of DS is a source of hardship for low-income households forced to live in suburban environments, and entrenches conservative political values.


Population falling in areas near planned Scarborough subway stop | Toronto Star

“The Scarborough subway is not based on short-term growth, it’s based on a long-term vision to turn the Scarborough centre into something fundamentally different than what it is today,” Keesmaat said, adding that she wouldn’t find it troublesome if the population in nearby areas continued to decline for a few years. “The subway alone isn’t enough to create an urban place.”

Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, a vocal proponent of the subway extension, argued that the transit stop will serve a much greater population than the neighbourhoods directly surrounding it.

“I have no concerns at all about the viability of the subway station because the subway station isn’t just about a circle or a bull's-eye around the station,” said De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre). He predicted that the stop would be a “feeder station” for hundreds of thousands of residents in northeast Scarborough and Markham.



Study Overview - Scarborough Centre on the Move - Projects & Studies | City of Toronto

Over the next 20-30 years, Scarborough Centre is expected to change significantly through development and public sector investments. The Scarborough Centre on the Move study will guide these changes and establish a transportation network supportive of all users, focusing on building connections within the Centre as well as to the surrounding area and the rest of the City. The study will support the vision and evolution of Scarborough Centre into a walkable and connected urban centre, with an efficient, safe, and balanced transportation network.

The Scarborough Centre on the Move study is a Transportation Master Plan that will be conducted to satisfy the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process in accordance with the Environmental Assessment Act. This Class EA process provides for public input at key stages and involves the identification of the problem/opportunity, developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternative solutions, and selecting a preferred alternative solution.

Mixed-Use Redevelopment Planned for Eglinton Square

Some of Toronto's aging suburban shopping centres are seeing proposals for an urban transformation. While some malls have seen an end to their lifespan, others are finding a new life through revitalization. Most recently reported was the Reimagine Galleria plan for a large mixed-use development of the eponymous shopping centre at Dupont and Dufferin, intensifying the large under-utilized site. Now, the Eglinton Square Shopping Centre in Scarborough has plans for its own mixed-use project, but without a complete teardown in this case.

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