Film Studio District

The Film Studio District is bounded by the Don Roadway to the west, Lake Shore Boulevard East to the north, Carlaw Avenue to the east and the Ship Channel to the south. The area has a mix of private and public ownership, with long-term leases on public lands. The most significant recent development in the area is the Pinewood Film Studios, an anchor for the area and a world-class facility with two special effects stages and 11 purpose built soundstages on 4.9 hectares (12 acres) of land. The studio complex includes the largest soundstage in North America, offices that can accommodate several productions simultaneously and a variety of support facilities.

In October 2012, City Council directed City staff, with Waterfront Toronto, to initiate precinct planning for the District. Precinct planning forms the bridge that allows the City to move from the policies in the Central Waterfront Secondary Plan to Zoning By-law provisions. Precinct Plans establish the location, scale and character of blocks and streets, buildings, parks and public spaces, and community facilities within a specific area. More detailed urban design guidelines are also developed.

Subsequent to the 2012 City Council direction, precinct planning for the District was put on hold. More detailed policy direction will be included for the District in the Port Lands Planning Framework, and the major street network will be established through the Port Lands and South of Eastern Transportation and Servicing Master Plan (TSMP). Precinct planning may be reinitiated following a decision by City Council on the Planning Framework and TSMP.

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