Port Lands: Production, Interactive and Creative (PIC) Core Urban Design Guidelines

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, is undertaking an urban design guidelines study for Production, Interactive and Creative (PIC) districts to further expand on the Council-adopted vision for the Port Lands for approximately 33 hectares of industrial land. This area will transform into two vibrant modern, urban districts that will become a creative industry hub, anchored by film and media campuses.

Media City and the Turning Basin are Production, Interactive and Creative (PIC) Core Districts in the Port Lands that employment-focused with vibrant pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and water’s edge promenade.

Media City is envisioned as a district for film, television and digital media production alongside other creative and supportive uses. Turning Basin will transition from light manufacturing and warehousing into creative uses.

Meetings & Events

Stakeholder involvement and public consultation are critical components of the urban design guidelines study. The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting to present an update on the direction of the PIC Core Urban Design Guidelines Study, and provide an opportunity for your questions and to share your comments.

COVID-19 Update: As a result of the pandemic, all future in-person meetings have been cancelled. City staff will be engaging members of the public through social media, website updates, mail-outs and other online platforms.

Meeting Dates:

Virtual Public Open House #1

This public open house is focused on providing an update on the PIC Core Urban Design Guidelines and providing an opportunity for community members to provide input into the guidelines.

Date: September 22, 2020

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WebEx Event: Register Here

Virtual Open House Materials:


Urban Design Guidelines Questionnaire (PDF)

As City Planning moves forward with future PIC Core Urban Design Guidelines, we would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the overall guidelines direction.

Please fill out the on-line questionnaire at: portlands.metroquest.ca. The Survey has been extended to October 16, 2020.

Upcoming Events:

More information on future engagement events, as well as summaries of what has been heard, will be posted here when available. Please use the information box below to sign-up for receive periodic E-Updates and notices about upcoming meetings and events.

Information & Reports

The Port Lands Planning Framework and the Port Lands Official Plan Modification, adopted by City Council on December 5, 2017, provides detailed land use directions for the Regeneration Areas in the Central Waterfront Secondary Plan and endorsement of a work program to initiative more detailed planning in key areas of the Port Lands.

City staff were directed by City Council to develop production, interactive and creative core urban design guidelines for the Media City and Turning Basin Districts to provide guidance on performance standards and inform the Port Lands Zoning Review Study.

Recent Council Reports:


February 3, 2020 Film, Television and Digital Media Advisory Board:


July 22, 2020 Waterfront Design Review Panel Meeting:

  • Presentation – Toronto PIC Core Urban Design Guidelines (DRAFT)   PDF