The City of Toronto is currently reviewing its Official Plan. It is also undergoing a Municipal Comprehensive Review. They have set up a great website with tons of information about this process:
What is an Official Plan?In Ontario the Planning Act requires municipalities to have an Official Plan. The Official Plan is a legal document approved by Council that describes policies and objectives for land uses and how and where the community should grow. The Official Plan is prepared in consultation with residents and reflects a community vision for future change and development.
Why is the City reviewing its Official Plan now?
It is no secret that Toronto is a great city. What kind of city will Toronto be in the twenty-first century is a question that we must continually ask ourselves to ensure we stay on course.
Our Official Plan sets out the vision for where and how Toronto will grow to the year 2031. That’s a fairly long time, so it is important to do regular “check-ups” to ensure that the Official Plan is working to implement the vision. That is why it is important that we hear from you and learn about what you think is working in the Official Plan, and what you think should be improved.
The Province’s Planning Act also requires a municipality to review its Official Plan at least every 5 years. Toronto’s Official Plan came into force in June 2006, requiring that the City commence an Official Plan Review in 2011.
What is a Municipal Comprehensive Review?In conjunction with the 5 Year Review of the Official Plan, the City is also undertaking a Municipal Comprehensive Review as required by theProvincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.This Review will look specifically at the City’s designated areas of employment and how the Official Plan policies and designations are working. The Provincial Growth Plan requires the City to address specific criteria if it wants to consider changing the land use permissions for designated areas of employment. Since the City’s 5 Year Review of the Official Plan includes a review of policies and designations for employment lands, it is an appropriate opportunity to undertake the Municipal Comprehensive Review at the same time.
We are currently in Stage 1 of this process, which is the stage where the City gathers information and engages the public. This is your chance to tell the City how you would like Toronto to grow and change! You can watch video about these processes,review any of the documents, attend an Open House between September 13th and 27th, and take the survey and offer your comments.
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