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July 23, 2004
Toronto City Council refines Official Plan
Councillors amended the City's Official Plan yesterday so as to strike the
right balance between promoting intensification and protecting stable
residential neighbourhoods.

The new provisions further address local planning needs while remaining true to
the visionary ideals of the original Official Plan. They allow the City to
define in more detail the boundaries between stable areas and areas slated for
intensification. The amendments also codify the practices of city planners when
they consult with local communities about intensive development.

"I supported the proposal that was before City Council because it upholds the
integrity of the Official Plan while addressing residents' concerns," said
Councillor Gerry Altobello, Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee.
"The Official Plan is a blueprint for a cleaner, greener and more dynamic
Toronto. It is a great thing for this city."

Councillor Cliff Jenkins, who introduced the proposal, noted that the
amendments provide reassurance to residents of stable neighbourhoods. "My
constituents want to protect the neighbourhoods that they cherish. These
amendments protect them from unwarranted development without compromising the
Official Plan in any way."

The amendments must be approved by the Ontario Municipal Board before they are
incorporated into the Official Plan.

Media contact:
Paula Dill, Commissioner of Urban Development Services,



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