Vision and Development

PARA Neighbourhood Vision and Development

PARA has finalized our neighbourhood development vision following consultation with residents and reviewing the results of the Mirvish Development Survey.  You can read the vision statement by clicking here.

  • Why is a development vision necessary?
  • Results from Mirvish development survey
  • Hertitage Register recommendations:  city staff are recommending the inclusion of 35 properties on Markham and Bathurst streets on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.  To read the September 8, 2015 recommendation report from the Director, Urban Design, City Planning Division, click here.
  • You can read the minutes of the March 30/2015 meeting between Westbank and the Mirvish Village Task Group (MVTG) by clicking here.PARA is working on getting a clearer understanding of the complex plans that Westbank has presented, including more accurate drawings.
  • Read 3 presentations (PARAHVRA & Seaton Village) on the WestBank proposal that were submitted to Community Council on Oct 6, 2015.
  • You can view a flowchart of the City’s normal planning process by clicking HERE.
  • Link here to city planning’s web portal to the Bloor/Bathurst 4 Corners policy which will give you the background of the study and policy. The PDF contains the panels used by city planning at their most recent public consultation.

The City of Toronto Planning Department’s portal to all info on the Mirvish Village development proposal can be found HERE.

Mirvish Development Survey Results

PARA sponsored a survey of area residents to provide an opportunity to voice concerns and opinions about the future development of the Ed Mirvish property. The survey closed July 12/2014. PARA would like to express our appreciation for all those who took the time to complete the survey.

To see the results, click here.

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Why is a Development Vision necessary?

vision image1The Palmerston area neighbourhood and its environs are coming under increasing pressure from development and intensification, from conversion of houses, to infill along College St., to the redevelopment of the massive Honest Ed site, to proposals for large commercial and sports facilities on our borders.   If we are to play an active and positive role in shaping the future of our neighbourhood, we need to articulate the values that make this neighbourhood an attractive and vibrant place in which to live. A vision for the neighbourhood is an essential basis for negotiations with the city and developers, however large or small. Furthermore, the proposed changes in the municipal approval process for development assume a neighbourhood vision that reflects the collective values of the community.

At our 2013 AGM we heard an inspiring presentation by the architect and former city planner, Ken Greenberg, who spoke of trends in city building.  Ken strongly advised us to begin thinking about our own neighbourhood, and gave his own association (Wellington Place) as an example of how a neighbourhood vision had helped to shape development.

Many Palmerston area residents have participated in recent visioning exercises – the Bathurst St. study and the Four Corners study – and these more detailed studies are part of the planning mix we need to consider.

With Ken’s presentation and these studies in mind, the board of PARA has created a draft vision for your comment and consideration (we have used Wellington Place as a model).

Please read our vision statement available HERE and then we invite you to provide your comments below.


After reading our proposed vision document (link above) please  complete the form below to help shape our neighbourhood vision.  Thank You.

Vision Feedback

We would like to hear from you. Please send us a message by filling out the form below.

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