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July 18, 2017
Panel discussion on 'Residential Apartment Commercial' zoning to be hosted by City of Toronto
The City of Toronto is hosting a discussion of the new Residential Apartment Commercial zoning – also known as the RAC Zone bylaw – for apartment tower neighbourhoods. The City is holding tomorrow's event in partnership with the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, United Way Toronto and York Region, and York University's MCRI: Global Suburbanisms Research Project.

Date: Wednesday, July 19
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Schulich School of Business, Executive Dining Room, 111 Ian Macdonald Blvd. (located on the York University campus in North York)

The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Graeme Stewart, founding director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal. Panellists:
• Costanza Allevato, Director of Community Resources, Social Development, Finance and Administration Division, City of Toronto
• Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning, City of Toronto
• Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto
• Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning and Economic Development, City of Hamilton
• Gobal Mailwaganam, Managing Director of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Director of Operations at CAPREIT (real estate investment company)
• Ayan Yusuf, Rexdale Community Health Centre
• Doug Saunders, author of "Arrival Cities" and regular contributor to the Globe and Mail newspaper

Residential Apartment Commercial zoning will allow small-scale non-residential uses such as retail stores and services in previously residential-only building sites. Toronto City Council adopted the bylaw in 2013 and the Ontario Municipal Board approved it in 2016.

More information is available at

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