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Demand by Gardiner For Bloor Rezoning Termed Unrealistic

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Toronto Planning Board yesterday was told that, in effect, Metro Chairman Gardiner’s demand for high density rezoning of Bloor St. subway border lands is unrealistic and unwise.

Planning department official Walter Manthorpe said existing zoning will accommodate all development, even at the present high rate, for 125 years.

Within the limited area on the north side of Bloor St., he said, there is ample room through redevelopment to accommodate the total potential demand for land throughout the city.

“Because the city’s development potential will not all come to Bloor St.”, he said, “any policy of wholesale zoning for high density along the subway would mean a gross overzoning.”

Mr. Gardiner has insisted that Metro’s capital contribution to the subway should be conditional on higher density zoning of land for 1,000 feet on either side.

Mr. Manthorpe’s report appealed for a comprehensive plan for the zoning and development aspects of the subway scheme.

It also hinted at these developments:

  • Underground parking at Queen’s Park, if the area is disturbed by the cut-and-cover type of subway construction;
  • Permanent relocation of some of the University Ave. monuments to make room for subway vent shafts and fan ducts;
  • Establishment of commuter parking facilities at subway terminals;
  • Creation of small neighborhood parks.

The report, as endorsed by the board, suggests that individual tracts of land should be treated as separate planning districts.