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Socio-Economic & Land Use Characteristics - Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard

← Return to Early Works: Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Draft Report

Key Findings

  • Early works activities will occur primarily in the existing rail corridor and Don Yard lands.
  • Adjacent land uses include parks, core employment*, general employment** and regeneration*** areas.
  • During the early works activities, access disruptions, visual effects and nuisance effects such as dust and construction noise will be temporary and reduced via appropriate mitigation measures (see Potential Effects & Mitigation measures).

*Core employment areas contain businesses and economic activities such as manufacturing, processing, warehousing, offices, etc.

**General employment areas are places for business and economic activities such as restaurants, all retail types, service uses, etc., generally located on the peripheries of Employment Areas.

***Regeneration areas are primarily former manufacturing areas targeted for growth and development within Toronto and are encouraged to develop as mixed-use places.

 

Land Uses within the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Socio-Economic & Land Use Characteristics Study Area

Land Uses within the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Socio-Economic & Land Use Characteristics Study Area 

Land Use Source: City of Toronto Official Plan - Map 18 Land Use Plan (2019)

Potential Effects & Mitigations

Potential Effects:

  • Potential for disruption to adjacent lands to accommodate early works activities.
  • Nuisance effects (i.e., dust, noise and vibration) from early works activities.
  • Visual effects from permanent public-facing structures and early works activities.
  • Potential for light trespass, glare and light pollution effects.
  • Permanent and temporary property acquisition (property requirements will be confirmed as project planning progresses).
  • Potential temporary relocation or removal of streetscaping materials, furniture, and landscaping in the public realm.
  • Potential temporary relocation of the “No Shoes” sculpture.

Existing rail bridge and Lower Don Trail in the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard early works study area.

Existing rail bridge and Lower Don Trail in the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard early works study area.

Source: AECOM, 2019.

Mitigation Measures:

  • Maintain access to businesses.
  • Develop an air quality management plan to mitigate potential impacts of dust during early works activities (see Air Quality for further detail and more mitigation measures).
  • Specific permanent property requirements associated with the early works infrastructure components will be minimized to the extent feasible as planning progresses. Temporary property requirements associated with construction laydown and access will be minimized as planning progresses.
  • Where possible, use equipment with low vibration emissions, provide smooth surfaces for trucks, and restrict construction hours (see Noise & Vibration for further detail and more mitigation measures).
  • Reduce the visual effects of the bridge structure by selecting appropriate building materials and architectural design.
  • Provide screened enclosures along early works site boundaries where necessary. 
  • Provide temporary lighting and wayfinding signage around early works sites.
  • Provide clearly marked pedestrian and cyclist detours where required.
  • Following completion of early works, impacted lands will be restored to current City of Toronto standards wherever feasible. Temporary relocation or removal of streetscaping materials, furniture, and landscaping in the public realm will be minimized to the extent feasible.

← Return to Early Works: Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Draft Report

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