Central Waterfront Secondary Plan wins international planning award |
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A City of Toronto Plan to renew the Central Waterfront has won a prestigious
international award from The Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C.
Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto's Waterfront, Central Waterfront
Part II Plan beat out 70 submissions from all over the world to garner the 2002
Excellence on the Waterfront Award. The competition, which recognizes
outstanding urban waterfront projects, was juried by a five-member group of
planning professionals and academics from the U.S., Canada and Scotland.
"Toronto is now drawing international interest to its waterfront plans," said
Councillor Joe Pantalone, Chair of the Toronto Waterfront Reference Group. "As
waterfront renewal proceeds, Toronto will take its place next to other great
world cities such as Chicago, Barcelona and London."
"The Central Waterfront Plan sets a new standard for urban planning," said
Planning and Transportation Committee Chair Councillor Gerry Altobello. "Its
focus on transit, environmental improvements and urban intensification signals
the smart way to grow cities."
"The fact that we competed against submissions from countries as diverse as
Ireland, New Zealand and Sweden and won is a great testament to Toronto's
leadership in city building," said Urban Development Services Commissioner
Winners were formally announced in Washington, D.C., on Friday, November 15,
2002 as part of the Waterfront Center's Urban Waterfronts 20 Conference.
Waterfront Section Manager Lynda Macdonald of City Planning received the award
following her presentation at a Residential Development Roundtable regarding
housing intensification on waterfront sites.
Earlier this year, the Central Waterfront Secondary Plan won awards of
excellence from both the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario
Professional Planners Institute.
A statutory public meeting on the Central Waterfront Secondary Plan will be
held at an upcoming meeting of the Planning and Transportation Committee.
For more information on the renewal of Toronto's waterfront and to view Making
Waves, visit http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/waterfront.
Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto?s Waterfront Central
Waterfront Secondary Plan
Renewing our waterfront offers our city a chance to discover new ways of
achieving its objectives, using the focused energy of the revitalization
corporation, the entrepreneurial skills of the private sector, the creativity
of our citizens and the prospects of new technology to unlock the fabulous
potential of our Central Waterfront.
-- Making Waves, 2001
Launched on October 9, 2001, the Secondary Plan for Toronto's Central
Waterfront is the culmination of a number of initiatives by the City of Toronto
designed to renew a strategic area of the city.
In November 1999, Mayor Lastman, with Prime Minister Chrétien and Premier
Harris in attendance, publicly unveiled a new vision for Toronto's waterfront.
Jointly, the three levels of government created the Toronto Waterfront
Revitalization Task Force to develop an action plan for realizing the
In March 2000, the Task Force provided a conceptual blueprint for Toronto's
waterfront, supported by a financial and operational concept. This was followed
by the City's Building Momentum report, which contained a preliminary analysis
of the Task Force report as well as recommendations for next steps. Council
approved Building Momentum in August 2000, with a recommendation that a new
Official Plan for the Central Waterfront be developed, "taking into
consideration the development concept put forward in the Task Force proposal."
Following the Plan's launch, the City consulted with numerous community and
business groups in and adjacent to the Central Waterfront. In addition, four
city-wide public meetings were held in the north, east, west and south
quadrants of the city on November 5, 13, 15 and 17, 2001. The Waterfront
Reference Group held a public meeting on February 20, 2002 at which more than
70 citizens deputed.
Based on comments from the public, and in cooperation with the Toronto
Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC), the Central Waterfront Secondary
Plan was fine-tuned and brought forward to an October 18, 2002 meeting of the
Waterfront Reference Group. A statutory public meeting on the Central
Waterfront Plan will be held at an upcoming meeting of the Planning and
Transportation Committee. The Plan will then be presented to City Council
early in the new year along with the TWRC's business strategy and development
plan, which has been designed to be consistent with the Central Waterfront
Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto's Waterfront has two parts. The
first sections place the waterfront initiative in a national, provincial and
local context and explain why planning in the Central Waterfront warrants a
unique approach. This stems from the largely public ownership of the Central
Waterfront, the need for public leadership and investment in the early stages
of renewal and the delegation of the implementation of the Plan to the Toronto
Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.
The remaining sections of the document constitute the proposed statutory Plan.
The Plan is a Principles Plan structured around four core principles:
1. Removing Barriers/Building Connections
2. Building a Network of Spectacular Waterfront Parks and Public Spaces
3. Promoting a Clean and Green Environment
4. Creating Dynamic and Diverse New Communities
Associated policies are presented for each core principle as well as 24 "Big
Moves," which will reposition the new Central Waterfront. The "Big Moves" are
primarily infrastructure initiatives that will be undertaken by the public
sector to create an environment conducive to public enjoyment and private
Also included are maps outlining a Roads Plan; Transit Plan; Parks, Open Space
and Public Use Area Plan; Pedestrian, Cycling and Water Routes Plan; and Land
Use Plan. The Land Use Plan proposes three designations: Development Area
(allows for a mix of commercial, residential, industrial and recreational
uses), Existing Use Area (site continues to be governed by existing planning
regulations) and Parks, Open Space and Public Use Area.