Final draft plan for East Royalty goes to public tonight

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Proposed developments for East Royalty in the next 13 years.

East Royalty’s future is back up for discussion.

A public meeting on the final draft master plan for future planning and development of the neighbourhood has been scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Malcolm Darrach Centre on Avonlea Drive.

The topics will include the range, mix and distribution of future land uses, the location for new public parkland and trail networks linking throughout the neighbourhood, issues related to environmental protection and sustainable development and opportunities for road network expansion and the provision of public transit.

This is all part of the leadup to the city’s new Official Plan. Neighbourhood meetings are being held across the city as the mayor and council try to come up with future land-use plans tailor-made for each part of the capital.

Ron Palmer of The Planning Partnership of Toronto will be at the meeting. His firm is leading the planning process under contract with Charlottetown.

East Royalty could be a very different place in the years to come if proposed changes to its planning and zoning are accepted. The area has the potential to grow by nearly 11,000 residents, to perhaps 16,600 people over the next 25 years. That growth is about to take a big leap forward. The Lewis Brothers have plans for close to 100 acres of land around L.M. Montgomery School.

“We’ve pushed the East Royalty master draft plan a little bit quicker because of the Lewis Brothers’ proposed development,’’ said Coun. Jason Coady, chairman of the advance planning committee. “They have a large parcel of land. It’s like mixed development. They’re talking homes . . . they were talking apartment buildings.’’

Coady said these meetings are about finding common ground, something the developers, residents and the city are happy with.

Plans also include a large new perimeter road extending from Murchison Lane, into Acadian Drive, across a revived bridge that exists now across the end of Wright’s Creek/Hillsborough River, then extending north and west to join up Route 25 by Jewell’s Market.

Also on the road plan is a whole new intersection on the perimeter highway by the east edge of airport land and a redesigned intersection for Norwood Road across the highway.

Organizations: Malcolm Darrach Centre on Avonlea Drive.The, Palmer of The Planning Partnership, L.M. Montgomery School

Geographic location: Toronto, Hillsborough River, Norwood Road

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