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October 31, 2002
Toronto Official Plan approved by City Council
Toronto - City Council yesterday approved the first Official Plan for the new
City of Toronto.

The Plan represents a collective vision for directing and shaping the physical
growth and development of the City of Toronto over the next 25 to 30 years.
The Plan was passed by a vote of 34 to 7.

Directed by Council to draft a new official plan for the amalgamated city in
1999, City staff adopted an inclusive, consultative process that over the past
three years included more than 180 community meetings, the distribution of
several key reports, newsletters and, translation of 'A Citizen's Guide to
Toronto's New Official Plan' into nine languages. Following a public
deputation meeting in September, City staff also put forward nearly 200
amendments to the proposed Plan.

"This Plan guarantees Toronto will continue to be a beautiful, vibrant,
well-planned city for decades into the future," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "It
makes me proud to be Mayor, but at the end of the day, it belongs to the people
of Toronto."

"This Plan represents a milestone in the history of the amalgamated City of
Toronto," said Councillor Gerry Altobello, Chair of the Planning and
Transportation Committee, "and will guide us to make the right choices in
shaping Toronto's future as an even more healthier, economically successful and
vibrant city to live, work and play in."

The Official Plan provides a growth management strategy for the City of Toronto
over the next 30 years. It provides protection for 75 per cent of the City's
existing neighbourhoods, which make this city so unique and successful.
Additional amendments to the proposed Plan further strengthened this
protection. Growth is directed to 25 per cent of the city where it can best be
accommodated and best benefit the city economically, socially, aesthetically
and environmentally.

Paula Dill, Commissioner of Urban Development Services added, "the staff worked
very hard over the past three years to make sure that all voices in the
community had an opportunity to participate and be heard in the process. The
addition of almost 200 amendments to the final proposal demonstrates their
commitment to an Official Plan that truly reflected the input of what we

"This city was built on principles of diversity, opportunity, beauty,
leadership and stewardship", said Paul Bedford, Chief Planner and Executive
Director. "The Official Plan will reinforce and continue to build on the
importance of communities and neighbourhoods to the ongoing economic health and
quality of Toronto to present and future generations."

The new Official Plan will be forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs
and Housing for final approval before it comes into effect.

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