Friday, May 23, 2008


Putting the Citizen Back into Planning
A City-Wide Forum
Thursday May 29 (7:30 - 9:30 pm)
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
27 Front Street East (2 blocks East of Union)

Gary Wright: Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Lindsay Dale-Harris, a partner in Bousfields, an urban design firm, Graeme Stewart, an architect with E.R.A. and manager of the Tower Renewal Project, Andalee Adamali of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. Moderated by Jane Farrow the Executive Director of Jane's Walk and the Centre for City Ecology and a former CBC broadcaster.
Seventy five per cent of Toronto is made up of stable residential neighbourhoods and any new development has a huge impact on the people who live, play and work in the area. The city of Toronto, the province, developers, residents and BIAs all have a stake in the community but they don't always see eye to eye. These forums will explore how the planning process can be more responsive to residents who want to help determine how their neighbourhoods will change.
We took to the road, holding meetings in North Toronto, Etobicoke, and Scarborough (upcoming May 24) to find out what the development and planning issues were, what people experienced in getting involved at the neighbourhood level and what they thought could be done to improve dealings with the city, their neighbours and developers. These local forums culminate in a city-wide event on May 29. Some of the hot issues are: inappropriate development, the OMB, secondary plans and avenue studies, park rejuvenation, community benefits, and social equity related to planning policy.
All events are free * everyone welcome!

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