To develop a planning framework to guide future development for the Laird Focus Area that also includes the Mixed Use Areas along the west side of Laird Drive.  The intent of the study is to refine and build upon the existing and recent planning initiatives undertaken in the area and develop a vision and planning framework for a complete community which supports both the Mixed Use Areas and Employment Areas designations within the study area. The planning framework, in conjunction with a public realm and open space framework, and built form plan, will be integrated with a multi-modal transportation system, a servicing strategy, and policies and/or strategic initiatives to serve the area.

Study Area

map showing Laird area outlined and hashed in blue and Leaside area outlined in green, LRT stations marked with yellow circles and the Transportation area outlined in red

Laird Focus Area

The Laird Focus Area, as identified in the Eglinton Connects Planning Study, consists of four large sites with large-format, low rise buildings and surface parking located on the southeast corner of Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East (Study Area A).

West Side of Laird Drive Area

The properties designated Mixed Use Areas located on the west side of Laird Drive, between Vanderhoof Avenue south to Millwood Road, are smaller consisting of mostly commercial uses in 1-2 storey buildings (Study Area B). Together Study Areas A and B form the Laird in Focus Study Area.

Transportation Planning Study Area

The Laird in Focus Study will include a transportation review to support the future growth and development of the study area, and encompasses a larger geography that generally includes Laird Drive – Canadian Pacific Rail Tracks – Eglinton Avenue East.