Growing Up study: Planning for families in vertical communities

This study by the Toronto City Planning Division is looking at how new apartment and condominium projects can better accommodate households with children and youth. As of 2011, 32% of Toronto families with kids lived in mid or high-rise buildings. As this type of housing is the fastest growing in the city, the objective is to provide for conditions that will still allow families to thrive in these spaces.

The study will produce directions for how new developments can cater to families at three scales: the unit, the building and the neighbourhood. This could translate into things like larger units or more useful layouts, suitable building amenities or specific public space features on the site. Among the seven study areas are North York Centre and the Sheppard East Corridor (Please click the underlined links to view the study area profiles).

The Phase 1 City Planning Report was recently adopted by Planning and Growth Management Committee. This direction, along with a link to the full report, can be found here: For any inquiries or additional information, you may wish to contact the City Planner below or consult the project website.

Andrea Oppedisano Planner, Strategic Initiatives, City Planning 416-338-3148

You can also follow the social media conversation on Twitter using #growingupTO or #growingupVertical.



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