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February 21, 2002
Citizens shape Toronto's new waterfront
On February 20, approximately 70 organizational representatives and individuals
shared their views on waterfront renewal at the first of quarterly public
meetings hosted by the City of Toronto Waterfront Reference Group.

"The citizens of Toronto are clearly passionate about waterfront renewal, an
initiative that promises enormous social, environmental and economic benefits
for all," said Councillor Joe Pantalone, Chair of the Waterfront Reference
Group and Planning and Transportation Committee. "The tremendous turnout shows
the public is keen to take advantage of opportunities like these to shape the
future of this city."

Representatives of community associations and cultural, heritage and
environmental groups deputed, as did members of waterfront-based industries and
associations. The public commented widely on waterfront renewal, including the
Central Waterfront Plan Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto's

Since the release of the Central Waterfront Plan on October 9, 2001, dozens of
public forums and roundtables have been held across the city. The major themes
identified in response to the Central Waterfront Plan by more than 1,600
citizens were also presented to the Reference Group. Public views focused on
the future of the City Centre Airport, transportation and transit,
environmental remediation and land use. The plan will be reviewed in light of
the public feedback before it is presented to Council this fall. A report to a
joint Planning and Transportation Committee and Economic Development and Parks
Committee will address the compatibility of the proposed expansion of the City
Centre Airport and waterfront renewal.

The municipal, provincial and federal governments announced plans to renew
Toronto's waterfront in 1999 and have since committed a total of $1.5 billion
to the initiative. City Council approved the creation of the Reference Group on
May 31, 2001 as part of the governance structure for waterfront renewal.
Reporting to the Policy and Finance Committee, the group reviews the plans of
the Revitalization Corporation on Council's behalf to ensure co-ordination with
the City's waterfront-related businesses and advises departments and agencies,
standing committees of Council and City Council. The Reference Group will
consult quarterly with the public on waterfront renewal.

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