Unilever Precinct/East Harbour Proposed Employment Development
In October of 2015, City Planning received a conceptual 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. The vision included policies to broaden the current permission for traditional employment uses of manufacturing and warehousing to plan for a vibrant and active office district supported by retail and services in a compact urban form.
With this application, the City together with area landowners and stakeholders commenced a comprehensive assessment of the potential of the Unilever Precinct, the approximately 25 hectare (62 acre) parcel 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. First Gulf is the largest landowner in the Unilever Precinct, and the City is the second-largest landowner.
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.
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, and is approximately 24.9 hectares in size.
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 bisected 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.
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
- Official Plan Amendment Re-submission (December 22, 2016) – 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.
Community Consultation Meeting – September 28, 2017
The City is holding a community consultation meeting to help confirm City, landowner and community priorities for future development within the Unilever Precinct, including First Gulf’s proposed East Harbour development.
Date: September 28, 2017
City Staff and First Gulf Presentations at 7:00pm
Community Priorities Exercise starting at 7:45pm
Place: Ralph Thornton Community Centre
765 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor Auditorium
Open House – May 16, 2017
The City held an Open House, where the community was welcome to drop by to gather information, speak with staff and share comments.
Planning and Growth Management Committee considered a Status Update report on the Unilever Precinct Planning Study and Preliminary Report on First Gulf’s applications on February 23, 2017. Please see the following link for the agenda item and the staff report:
- PG 18.6 – Unilever Precinct Planning Study – Status Update; 21 Don Valley Parkway and 30 Booth Avenue – Zoning Amendment and Subdivision Applications – Preliminary Report (Ward 30)
Planning and Growth Management Committee considered a Preliminary Report on the Official Plan Amendment application submitted by First Gulf on February 24, 2016. Please see the following link for the agenda item and staff report: