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June 8, 2004
Mayor David Miller launches Toronto’s new development guide
Today, Mayor David Miller invited labour and building industry representatives
to continue building the city through our new development guide. Building
Toronto Together: A Development Guide marks the launch of the next phase of a
three-phase program to revamp Toronto's development and design review, and
construction permit processes. Phase Two of development review improves design
review and construction permit issuance processes. Phase Three, which
commences in 2005, reviews construction inspections, compliance checks and

"Building Toronto Together is a program that will bring certainty and clarity
to people on both sides of the service counter and improve the quality of
submissions, decision-making and, ultimately, the quality of development in
Toronto," said Toronto Mayor David Miller. "This program offers long-term
benefits for city building, which is one of Toronto’s core businesses."

At its meeting of March 1 to 3, 2004, City Council reaffirmed its support for
improving the development application processes, which are important for
Toronto’s future economic growth, competitive edge and quality of life.

"Toronto’s development approval project is a model of excellence in public
service," Mayor Miller added as he congratulated City staff and the labour and
building industry for forging strong working partnerships and successfully
introducing performance targets for development applications.

The Mayor later urged his audience to continue to work together to create a
clean and beautiful city and to create "Toronto the loveable, not just Toronto
the liveable, to quote a leading architect."

The City of Toronto began improving its development application and
construction permitting functions in the fall of 2002 under the direction of
the three sponsoring commissioners of Economic Development, Culture and
Tourism; Urban Development Services; and Works and Emergency Services. The
changes respond to ongoing service improvement initiatives identified by
industry stakeholders and staff, and a need to meet new provincial requirements
under the Building Code Statute Law Amendment Act, 2002 (Bill 124). Most
changes to the building permit and inspection practices as prescribed in the
Act, including building permit timeframes and mandatory inspections, will take
effect on July 1, 2005.

Contact your local Urban Development Services office to purchase hard or
electronic copies of the development guide or visit the City of Toronto Web
site at

Media contacts:
Ann Borooah
Chief Building Official, Urban Development Services

Ted Tyndorf
Director, Community Planning, South District



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