Buildings Inventory of Harbord Village and City Planning Study
It is a truism to say that the City of Toronto will be under enormous pressure to make room for a large increase in population during the next few decades.
Where will they all go? Intensification is going to affect all the downtown core for the foreseeable future. We will see more applications at the Committee of Adjustment asking for variances that will almost always involve ‘higher, bigger and more' and applications for bylaw revisions will be the same but only on a grander scale.
When such an application is made, the reaction of the directly affected neighbours and indeed HVRA is the same: what is the impact here? Is this where intensification belongs... or elsewhere?
The Board of HVRA began to consider intensification with the following questions:
Should we consider intensification in back lanes? on the periphery of the catchment area? on the main streets? in the interior ? in short ---- where?
When there seemed no ready answer, the Board then considered the question: is it possible to study Harbord Village in a systematic way so as to discover if there were a pattern or patterns that would help us to decide where intensification could occur in our neighbourhood with minimum impact on the stability and value of our community and conversely, where it would do the most damage.
Further, we decided to engage City Planning to see if they were interested in declaring HVRA an area of interest and come with ideas about how to apportion the impact of future projects
With all this as background, we can report that as of January 2009:
This data will be presented to the Planning Department for their use in their deliberations and will be useful in developing a Part II Plan. It will certainly will help us create informed decisions in determining patterns, say, for intensification inside HVRA and it is now posted here for whatever use you may wish to find for it