Planning Studies

Mary-Margaret is dedicated to citizen-led planning. Since being elected in 2010 Councillor McMahon has helped our community to create planning regulations that protect our neighbourhoods and guide appropriate development on our avenues. An opponent of the Ontario Municipal Board, she believes that local residents and elected representatives should decide local planning and development issues.

In 2012 Councillor McMahon directed the City of Toronto’s Planning Department to conduct a community led Visioning Study to help create new planning regulations in the Beach. The Beach Urban Design Guidelines were enshrined in the City of Toronto’s Official Plan in 2013. These rules govern the height, shape and style of buildings in the Beach.

In 2016, City Council unanimously endorsed the Queen Street East: Ashbridge Precinct Guidelines to set limits on development from Coxwell to Leslie.

An Urban Design study is planned for Danforth Avenue from Coxwell to Victoria Park and will begin in late 2016.



Queen Street East Restaurant Study

On March 23rd, Councillor McMahon and the City of Toronto’s Planning Department held a meeting in the Beach United Church to discuss potential changes to the exiting regulations governing restaurants in the Beach. The meeting was well attended with representatives from the BIA, business owners and many local residences.

The panels below illustrate the current state of the neighbourhood and proposed changes.

If you have any questions, please contact George Pantazis or Councillor McMahon at

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