The Toronto City Planning Division Wants You to Get Involved!

Community News & Features Jul 28, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Growing-Conversations-Image-#2Do you love Toronto? We want to hear from you and help you get involved in the city planning process. Growing Conversations is a year-long initiative that will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the engagement process and build stronger bonds between the City and its residents. The process will result in a new Engagement Action Plan that will guide our conversations with you into the future. Join us and help us make Growing Conversations a success.

Your municipal government wants to improve the way we communicate with Torontonians. Accountability, openness and transparency are critical to the relationship between Torontonians and their government. In Toronto, the democratic process is central to how urban planning operates in the city. It cannot be ignored, delayed or influenced by wealth.

Growing-Conversations-ImageWe are committed to upholding these principles by expanding on the democratic process to include residents in the decision-making process. That’s why the public’s input is so important in determining how the city grows, whether through transit projects like the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension, the growth of neighbourhoods such as North York Centre or street level improvements along the Eglinton LRT.

When a project is constructed in your area, there are four criteria that are considered: the details of the proposed development; planning policy; municipal planning laws (zoning & bylaws); and the input provided by those involved including YOU as a local community member, City staff and individual applicants.

Seeking a balance between community input, planning policies and laws helps Toronto achieve results that reflect the needs of the local community, while also helping us to achieve important goals like reducing sprawl, and creating more liveable, walkable communities.

For more information about Growing Conversations, check our website at www.toronto.ca/growingconversations. There, you can access all project materials, and under the “Have Your Say” tab, you can join the discussion and provide your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!

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