Moving Forward Case Studies

Case studies show how the Region is moving forward the vision for Centres and Corridors. They show how innovation and the Best Practices have been applied in real development scenarios. The initial case studies provide examples from York Region, and the Greater Toronto Area.

York Region

The Beverly Hills - Great Lands Corporation - Town of Richmond Hill (Yonge Street & 16th Avenue)


Terraced residential high rise development by Great Lands CorporationThis is a four tower residential approved development featuring ground level retail on a private road (a woonerf) where pedestrians and cyclists have priority over cars running east west between the buildings. It shows use of the following components of building Centres and Corridors:

  • Legislative Tools - Section 37 of the Planning Act
  • Transportation - Car-sharing Program, connected road network and alternative transportation
  • Housing - includes four units owned by Housing York Inc.
  • Community meeting space was also secured through Section 37 of the Planning Act

Source: Great Lands Corporation



World on Yonge - Liberty Developments - City of Markham (Yonge Street north of Steeles Avenue)
Multiple tower World on Yonge Development with green roof.

This is a multiple-tower mixed-use development under construction featuring an office/hotel tower, retail and residential. It shows use of the following components of building Centres and Corridors:

  • Employment and Economic Development - Office required in Phase 1
  • Environmental Sustainability - Green roof, targeting LEED Silver certification 

Source: Liberty Developments




Water Garden - Minto Group - City of Vaughan (Yonge Street in old Thornhill)

Interior court yard of Minto Water Garden showing water feature.This is a 5 storey mixed-use commercial and residential building approved in historical Old Thornhill designed to LEED silver standards. It shows use of the following components of building Centres and Corridors:

  • Environmental Sustainability - Sustainable Development Through LEED Incentive Program, Green roof, rainwater harvesting for irrigation, targeting LEED Gold certification 
  • Housing - Provides for housing mix in the Corridor with units of varying sizes

Source: Minto Group

Greater Toronto Area

Ryerson University - Learning Centre - City of Toronto (Yonge/Gould Streets)

Ryerson University Learning CentreThis is the approved learning centre for Ryerson University with ground floor retail space located by the Dundas subway station. It shows use of the following components of building Centres and Corridors:

  • Transportation - no parking provided, on subway line
  • Community Facilities and Services - High density Institutional use exempt from park levy requirement
  • Environmental Sustainability - implement Tier 1 of Toronto Green Building standard - green roof, reduced heat island effect, energy efficiency

Source: Ryerson University



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