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October 12, 2011
City of Toronto to receive planning award for Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study
The City of Toronto is pleased to announce that its Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study has been selected by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute to receive a 2011 Excellence in Planning Award in the Community Planning and Development Studies/Reports category later this week.

The study was prepared by Brook Mcllroy Planning + Urban Design/Pace Architects with E.R.A. Architects, Quadrangle Architects Limited, Urban Marketing Collaborative in association with Toronto's City Planning division.

These awards recognize excellence in all aspects of the planning profession and the high calibre of work by professional planners within communities across Ontario. Recipients are selected by a jury of prominent, respected planning professionals from communities across Ontario. The award will be presented at an awards ceremony in Ottawa on October 13.

"The Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study guides growth to Toronto's arterial streets and transit corridors, using mixed-use, mid-rise redevelopment as the catalyst to rejuvenate those main streets," said Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. "The study emphasizes the creation of a high quality, attractive public realm, and provides the flexibility needed to encourage individual neighbourhoods to maintain their unique characters."

“These mid-rise buildings support an active street life by providing a variety of retail and community uses at the ground floor level," said Chief Planner Gary Wright. "Mid-rise buildings are an integral part of Toronto’s built form - they help to achieve our growth targets while enhancing and revitalizing existing neighbourhoods.”

The study sets the stage for an appropriate, typically mid-rise, form of development. To help achieve this type of development, the study presents a set of Performance Standards to guide the review of applications on the avenues and to provide the foundation for new zoning regulations and urban design guidelines. These standards were approved by City Council in July 2010. Key issues identified during the study process are being evaluated as part of the statutory five-year review of the City of Toronto Official Plan.

The Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study was earlier awarded an Award of Excellence in the 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards and an Honourable Mention Award for Planning Excellence 2011 by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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