Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs sign agreement for Quayside development

Today, Waterfront Toronto signed and released the Plan Development Agreement (PDA) with Sidewalk Labs, paving the way for an innovative waterfront community plan. The agreement defines and governs the relationship between the two organizations as they jointly create a Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) focused on Quayside.

“We are excited to take this next step with Sidewalk Labs to set the stage for delivering a truly transformational project on the waterfront that addresses many critical urban issues faced by our City and other cities,” said Helen Burstyn, the Chair of Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors.

A conceptual representation of the tech-integrated Quayside neighbourhood. Image via Sidewalk Labs
A conceptual representation of the tech-integrated Quayside neighbourhood. Image via Sidewalk Labs

The PDA is the next step in planning the revitalization of Quayside, located at Lake Shore Boulevard East and Parliament Street in Toronto. It envisions a new kind of mixed-use, complete community by combining forward thinking urban design, new digital technology and other innovative solutions to create a neighbourhood that sets new standards for urban living while supporting Canada’s growing cleantech, construction and technology sectors.

The PDA sets out the planning and funding relationship between Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, including a budget and joint oversight measures for spending the up to USD $50M commitment by Sidewalk Labs, outlines shared objectives and principles, and makes clear that there is no transfer of ownership or sale of land as a result of the agreement. The PDA replaces the October 2017 “Framework Agreement” between Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, which was created as a preliminary document.

Quayside, Sidewalk Toronto, Waterfront Toronto
The Quayside site. Image via Sidewalk Toronto.

“The Plan Development Agreement was crafted to reflect the aspirational goals and ambitions we set out for Quayside when Waterfront Toronto issued its RFP last year,” said acting CEO Michael Nobrega. “A central goal was to serve the public interest and to lay the groundwork to achieve these goals in the Master Innovation and Development Plan. Our Board and management team took the time necessary to ensure that the agreement reflects both Waterfront Toronto’s enduring vision and mandate, and the aspirations we share with Sidewalk Labs for the transformational nature of the project.”

“The Plan Development Agreement is based on months of successful collaboration with Waterfront Toronto. This agreement defines goals, roles and responsibilities and will guide all of our work together as we develop a groundbreaking plan that aims to achieve new levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity,” added Josh Sirefman, Head of Development at Sidewalk Labs.

Key elements of the agreement include:

  • Clear roles and responsibilities, with Waterfront Toronto as revitalization lead and Sidewalk Labs providing urban innovation and digital technology expertise;
  • Shared objectives, including creating a destination for people, companies, startups, and local organizations to advance solutions to challenges, such as sustainable energy use, housing affordability, and access to transportation;
  • Fostering economic development, job creation, and prosperity by catalyzing a world leading cluster focused on urban innovation on the waterfront;
  • Establishing Digital Governance Framework Principles to ensure important issues, such as personal privacy, data sovereignty, and data security and usage, are addressed and informed by experts with a view to both protecting the public interest and encouraging innovation;
  • The MIDP will include a comprehensive plan for Quayside and will also bring forward proposals for consideration at scale. For this purpose, the context area for scale explorations during the planning process is defined by the Designated Waterfront Area, as set out in the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation Act;
  • A September 30, 2019 timeline within which the completed MIDP must be approved by the Board of Directors of both Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs;
  • A commitment to ongoing public consultation and engagement led by Waterfront Toronto; and
  • Multiple points of accountability and approval by Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors.

This release was originally published by Waterfront Toronto, linked here. More coverage of the Quayside agreement is available via the Toronto Star, at this link

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  1. n. f. b. mason says

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    Public, Joe & Sue are willing to tolerate!!! The only suitable interim answer at present is for Both the U. S. of A. & Canada to
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    In closing Peoples of Toronto, look at what is taking place in Europe with the Euro / England, it’s a land grab & financial grab
    for the OLE MONEY PEOPLES of EUROPE who have been laying wait since Louis the 14th. was defeated!!! Come on wake-up
    Stop, Think, these Peoples who make Our decisions are not HONEST ELECTED OFFICIALS! Here’s one for You! Did you All know
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    OUT OF YOUR ACCT. & APPLY IT AS IF THEY ARE PAYING THEIR DEFICIT, & YOU ARE A CREDITOR IN LINE WITH All the other
    Major creditors to receive a payout of acct.! It’s not going to happen, even if we don’t have this happen the Laws are on the
    books!!! How about American Military running our streets, just incase the Canadian government looses it’s military position!
    Do you realize under Harper he signed a Treaty that Allows this Process! Where in Gods name is Our Leadership for the People,
    of the People & Of the People!!!! I rest….

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