TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto's Lower Don Lands
Framework Plan/Keating Channel Precinct Plan has won a 2011 Excellence
in Planning Award from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute
OPPI's annual Excellence in Planning Awards Program recognizes
excellence in all aspects of the planning profession. Waterfront
Toronto's Lower Don Lands Plan won in the Urban/Community Design
category which acknowledges planners' contributions to the built form
within our communities and recognizes planned, newly constructed or
renovated sites or areas.
"We are honoured that The Lower Don Lands has been recognized as a model
of excellence by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute," said
John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto. "The Lower Don
Lands is an incredibly complicated yet integral piece of the waterfront
puzzle and one that is essential to get right."
Located in the flood plain of the Don River, the Lower Don Lands is a
110 hectare (272 acre) brownfield site at the eastern end of Toronto's
harbour. The site is at the junction of two new waterfront communities
already under construction, and it is the gateway to the larger Port
Lands area and the first stage of the Port Lands that will be
developed. Planning for the area had to address a myriad of
requirements and challenges including flood protection, infrastructure,
urban design, transportation and contaminated soil and groundwater.
Waterfront Toronto's plan for the Lower Don Lands, created by a team
lead by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., reroutes the mouth of
the Don River through the area and creates vibrant mixed-use
communities around the new river mouth. The plan enables the
development of 13,000 new homes, 3,000,000 square feet of
commercial/retail space, plus 53 hectares (130 acres) of parks and
public space. The plan also protects more than 230 hectares (568 acres)
of land currently at risk due to flooding.
The Lower Don Lands plan has been recognized as an exceptional model of
sustainable urban development, and has won numerous local and
international awards. The Lower Don Lands project is one of 16 founding
projects of The Climate Positive Development Program: a partnership
between the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Clinton Climate
Initiative (CCI), and the U.S. Green Building Council.
OPPI's Awards Program acknowledges the significant contribution that
professional planners make in their communities, and helps to build
awareness of the planning profession among related professions,
government, the private sector, and the general public.
OPPI is the recognized voice of the Province's planning profession. Its
more than 3,500 members work in government, private practice,
universities, and non-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural
development, urban design, environmental planning, transportation,
health and social services, heritage conservation, housing, and
The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created
Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable
development, economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key
drivers of waterfront revitalization.
SOURCE Waterfront Toronto
For further information:
Tari Stork, Manager, Project Communications, Waterfront Toronto
T: 416-214-1344 x 279 / C: 416-414-1577 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Loretta Ryan, MCIP, RPP, CAE, Director, Public Affairs, Ontario Professional Planners Institute
C: 416-668-8469 / email@example.com