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May 27, 2002
City presents vision for shaping Toronto's future in new Official Plan
The draft Official Plan presented to the Planning and Transportation Committee
today outlines a collective vision for the City of Toronto over the next 30
years. The new Plan protects Toronto's neighbourhoods while directing and
managing future growth in strategic areas that can benefit the city the most.

The draft Official Plan is the culmination of a three-year process, which was
based on significant public input during the planning process. The report
accompanying the release of the draft Official Plan proposes to continue
building on this broad-based approach with an additional four-month
consultation phase. This would take place from June through September, 2002 and
will conclude with a statutory public meeting in late September. Initial public
consultation meetings are planned for June 10, 12, 13 and 17 across the city
for Toronto residents to participate and provide their input on the draft
Official Plan.

"Toronto is a great city and we want it to stay that way," said Mayor Mel
Lastman. "Where we go from here depends on all of us and I want to hear what
Toronto residents have to say about the future of our city."

The draft Official Plan strengthens and protects the majority of those features
that have contributed to the success and uniqueness of Toronto. This includes
such elements as our diverse strong neighbourhoods, vibrant main streets, green
spaces and parks, transit system and attractive buildings and natural

The Plan also recognizes that Toronto is a growing city and will continue to
grow. In the last 30 years, Toronto has grown by 600,000 people and is expected
to grow by a similar amount, and perhaps more, over the next 30 years.

"The key question is not do we grow, but how well we grow," said Councillor Joe
Pantalone, Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee. "This Official
Plan is about making the right choices together to shape Toronto's future as a
healthy, vibrant city."

The draft Plan directs future growth to only 25 per cent of the city and
identifies those location, which will best accommodate this growth and benefit
Toronto economically, socially and environmentally. These areas include the
majority of downtown, the Central Waterfront, four centres in Scarborough,
North York, Etobicoke, Yonge and Eglinton and the avenues.

"The city of Toronto was built on principles of diversity and opportunity,
beauty, connectivity, leadership and stewardship," stated Paula Dill,
Commissioner of Urban Development Services. "This Official Plan very much
strengthens and reinforces these principles."

Paul Bedford, Chief Planner and Executive Director added, "This Official Plan
is about the importance of communities and neighbourhoods to the ongoing health
of the city, the quality of place and the vibrancy of Toronto to present and
future generations."

The draft Official Plan reflects the views expressed by many of Toronto's
residents, ratepayer groups, neighbourhood community associations, business and
special interest groups who participated in the earlier consultation process,
as well as City Council task forces.

A revised and final Official Plan document will be presented to the Planning
and Transportation Committee in late September 2002 and forwarded to City
Council in the fall.

For more information on the Official Plan, visit

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