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April 28, 2008
Toronto’s Chief Planner will chart new course for City Planning
Toronto has appointed Gary Wright as Toronto’s next Chief Planner and Executive Director of the City’s Planning Division. The appointment was made today by Toronto Deputy City Manager Richard Butts.

The appointment of a veteran City of Toronto planner to the top planning post in the City brings leadership stability and great experience to the Planning Division. The appointment of
Mr. Wright also offers the City an important opportunity to implement significant changes and improvements to the City’s planning process.

Mr. Wright has been given a mandate to oversee a number of initiatives - the most important of which will be an upcoming program review that will set a new tone for planning and development in the City of Toronto. Defining new opportunities for creativity, improved service delivery and partnerships will be the cornerstones of the program review and Mr. Wright’s tenure. The program review will establish new approaches to planning and development which will define Toronto for the next decade or more. In addition, the new Chief Planner will lead projects related to streamlining of Avenue Studies, completing the Zoning By-law project, implementing Transit City and developing long-term human resource strategies for the Division.

Mr. Wright has had an extensive and varied career with the City of Toronto. He began his employment more than 33 years ago as a community development officer with the City’s Planning and Development Department. Mr. Wright was made a manager in 1988 and in 1994 was appointed Manager, East Section, Community Planning Division. Becoming a Director in 2000, Mr. Wright led the West District office for five years followed by three years of service at the very busy South District office. Among his notable achievements was managing the BIA program in the 1980s, spearheading the adoption of the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan, and overseeing the Yonge-Dundas project, which resulted in the City’s new Yonge-Dundas Square.

In September of last year, Mr. Wright was made Acting Chief Planner at which time he began work on a number of important planning initiatives. Mr. Wright will be in the position until his planned retirement in 2010.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Rob Andrusevich, Senior Communications Advisor, 416-397-4149, 416-200-3660 (cell),



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