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November 15, 2007
planningAlliance [pA] wins bid to develop western waterfront master plan
The City of Toronto is pleased to announce that planningAlliance [pA] is the winning vendor of the request for proposals (RFP) to develop a western waterfront master plan in consultation with the community. A comprehensive civic engagement strategy will guide decision-making throughout the master planning process. A public open house and study commencement is scheduled for Monday, November 26, 2007 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Committee Room 2, second floor.

“Our team looks forward to improving an area that has long occupied an important position in the history of Toronto - first as a transportation route for First Nations peoples, then as the western edge of a growing community, and now as one of the City’s great public green spaces,” said planningAlliance partner John van Nostrand.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to connect communities to Toronto’s waterfront in an area with some of the city’s finest lake views and public realm,” said Councillor Bill Saundercook, Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park.

“Torontonians who live near the western waterfront have big dreams for the area,” said Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park. “This study will help give those dreams shape.”

At its September 2006 meeting City Council approved a report authorizing a study of the western waterfront area. This area is bounded by the Humber River to the west, Marilyn Bell Park to the east, Lake Ontario to the south and the Lake Shore Blvd. W./Gardiner Expressway/Queensway corridor to the north. The master plan, expected in late 2008, will make recommendations on public realm improvements in the area (which is primarily zoned parkland) including the type and location of parks facilities and complementary transportation and transit networks, including cycling and pedestrian facilities.

Founded in 1999, planningAlliance [pA] and its affiliate architectsAlliance [aA] comprise a staff of 70 urban and environmental planners, urban designers, architects and engineers. They support a broad scope of practice, including the preparation of master plans; design guidelines for socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable urban development; and, architectural design and construction management. pA’s work includes a development framework for the western beaches, a landscape Master Plan for the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant and the Eastern Portlands Secondary Plan.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media Contacts:

Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park, 416-392-7919, Councillor Bill Saundercook, Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park, 416-392-4072, [
Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Director, Waterfront Secretariat, 416-397-4816,

For more information about the public meeting, contact:

Graeme Burt, planningAlliance, at 416-593-6499 or

For your reference:

  • Map and details for the upcoming consultation session (PDF)



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