The Planning Context

Quayside is our exploration of what an innovative community by the lake can be. Located at the confluence of the West Don Lands, and the emerging East Bayfront and Port Lands, this 4.9-hectare (12-acre) parcel of land presents an opportunity to find new ways to address urban challenges like housing affordability, active mobility and climate change through careful and collaborative development.

Quayside is largely owned by Waterfront Toronto (4.2 hectares) and also includes lands owned by the City of Toronto (0.6 hectares), Ports Toronto, and private landowners. As an important connector between communities to the north, our downtown waterfront to the west and future developments to the east and south—including the Keating Channel and Villiers Island precincts. Quayside is a great opportunity to pilot many of Toronto’s long-standing public policy objectives.

The subject lands current configuration of ownership. Graphic provided by the City of Toronto.
The subject lands current configuration of ownership. Graphic provided by the City of Toronto.


Planning for Quayside is grounded in the objectives of the 2003 Central Waterfront Secondary Plan
, which is the district official plan for the area. Quayside also straddles two precincts—East Bayfront and Keating Channel—both of which have approved precinct plans that govern planning (2005 East Bayfront Precinct Plan  and 2010 Keating Channel Precinct Plan).There are also two approved municipal zoning by-laws that provide for about 3 million square feet of development, including up to 90% residential or about 3,000 units.

In addition, in 2017, the City of Toronto approved the Port Lands Planning Framework and Villiers Island Precinct Plan that guide and enable the future development of these areas, which are adjacent to Quayside.