Maintains the mixed-use and live-work nature of the Market

Follows the KM format of ground level retail with housing / office units above

Provides space for cultural, creative, academic, innovative and knowledge-based industries

Provides space for community services

Provides family-sized and low-income housing  units

Provides a range of housing sizes and types to support a diverse neighbourhood

Provides a range of independent retail outlets to support local residents

Provides support for local businesses and entrepreneurs

Provides supportive housing units where possible


Ensures that height and size are appropriate to the site and surrounding area

Retains the original footprint of the site when possible

Incorporates accessibility features

Incorporates and adaptively re-uses significant heritage structures when possible

Ensures that new design features add to the liveability and architectural interest of the streetscape

Does not intrude upon or interfere with the privacy of neighbouring residents

Minimizes new eye-level windows overlooking private outdoor space

Staggers new windows relative to those of adjacent buildings

Ensures an appropriate transition between different zoning areas (Commercial Residential & Residential), and between major streets at the neighbourhood edge (Spadina, Dundas, Bathurst & College) and the core of the neighbourhood

Minimizes the impact of shadowing on adjacent properties


Protects existing trees and green spaces, including back yards

Works with the City of Toronto’s Private Tree Bylaw and Plant a Tree Program to protect and increase the neighbourhood tree canopy

Ensures an appropriate transition between public space and private space

Provides a useable transition space between the public street and private property (eg. front porches and front gardens)

Enhances the pedestrian experience by providing physical enhancements to the neighbourhood

Creates pedestrian-friendly streetscapes by providing visual variety and permeability, greening measures (trees, planting beds and planters) and pedestrian amenity (benches and lighting)

Integrates retail units and publicly-accessible private space (front yards and patios) with adjacent public streets and parks using visual and physical connections where appropriate

Provides physical enhancements to the neighbourhood

Handles service and parking access in ways that do not disrupt sidewalk continuity


Demonstrates a commitment to environmentally sustainable design

Adheres to high standards and guidelines on environmental sustainability

Implements environmentally sustainable technologies, methods and materials


Maintains and encourages the traditional Kensington Market mix of ages, abilities, incomes

Ensures that the current and future needs of present residents will be met and enhanced


Integrates community views into project planning, design and development decisions

Shares relevant information and allows reasonable timelines for community review