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Toronto's New Official Plan


maudit anglais
The City of Toronto will be releasing a draft of its new Official Plan (OP) at the end of this month. This will be the first OP for the amalgamated City of Toronto, and will replace 7 existing OPs. It will also follow a new approach for Toronto (and elsewhere) by being a more-broad based policy plan, with the more detailed land use interpretations (height/density) embedded in follow-up zoning by-laws.

The main thrust of this new plan is how to accommodate an expected 1,000,000 new residents over the next 20-30 years while protecting existing stable residential areas and greenfields. Needless to say, the plan puts a heavy emphasis on public transit and other non-auto modes of transportation...

Over the next few months, the plan will be debated by residents and Council. It's shaping up to be a bit of battle (the traditional suburban vs. urban), but hopefully it will be a constructive process. At least people are realizing that this is an important document, and that Toronto is (to steal a title from one of the background reports) "at the crossroads".

I'll try to post updates and some background info on this initiative, and would welcome feedback from others on issues you are facing in your towns/cities.