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March 4, 2009
OMB decides in favour of City on South of Eastern Avenue appeal
The City of Toronto successfully defended its Official Plan policies today as the Ontario Municipal Board upheld the City’s right to maintain the area South of Eastern Avenue as an Employment District without large format, stand alone retail outlets.

"Preserving and protecting employment lands is an important part of Toronto's Official Plan," said Mayor David Miller. "This decision recognizes that position and strengthens our ability to ensure Toronto can prosper now and in the future."

“The OMB decision has found that the test to add large format stand-alone retail to employment districts is a difficult one to meet, “said Brendan O’Callaghan of the City’s legal division.

The OMB found that the functioning of other economic activities within this district would have been undermined if the Smart Centres application had been approved.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Brendan O’Callaghan, Legal Services, 416-392-7786
Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119



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