The TOCore Proposed Downtown Plan was adopted without amendment at the City Council session on October 2, 2017. This means that the principles espoused therein were ratified by the City but stakeholder and public consultation (open houses, round-table discussions, public meetings) are still required before the Plan is "passed", presumably mid-2018. Nevertheless, even in its "proposed" form, it will be something to work from when assessing current and upcoming development applications.
Here is are links related to the Plan in question:
Attached here are the presentation slides from a public meeting held October 11, 2017. Draft policies will be submitted in a report to Community Council in November, final policies to Community Council in January then to City Council in February.
Comments should be addressed to Lynda Macdonald (Acting Director of Community Planning downtown) whose contact information is on the last slide.
The content of the K-S Secondary Plan mirrors that of the TOCore Proposed Downtown Plan. Boundaries of the Secondary Plan mirror those of the Heritage Conservation District.
Heritage Conservation District
On October 4th, City Council adopted this item without amendments, the result being By-law 1111-2017, which designates the King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. As one can garner from the By-law notice, there is an expectation that one or more parties may object via the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). If no such objection (notice of appeal) is received on or before December 1, the By-law will come into force on December 2, 2017.
Under this By-law, owners of property are required to apply for a heritage permit before demolishing any building in the District or making alterations that are visible from the street (interior work, painting and repairs using the same materials will not require a permit). New (infill) construction will be required to contribute to the heritage character of the District, as per the District Plan. If City Council refuses the permit, the applicant may appeal to the OMB.
Take this link for detailed documentation on the KSHCD.
To appreciate the meaning of terms such as "listed" and "designated", "Part V" and "Part IV', Toronto Planning and Development has produced this document of Frequently Asked Questions.
The Ontario Government has two publications that provide additional information on designation: