TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto have begun work to create a
development and implementation plan for the Port Lands and are inviting
members of the public to be part of the process.
The goal of the initiative is to deliver a high-level road map for
accelerating development and maximizing the value of the Port Lands as
a unique city legacy. The undertaking is the result of Toronto City
Council's September 21 unanimous decision for Waterfront Toronto in
conjunction with the City of Toronto to lead a review of the Port Lands
and to ensure the process is informed by extensive public consultation.
An initial public meeting is being held from 6:30pm to 9:00pm on Monday
December 12 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. The
meeting will include a summary of the work to date, the goals for the
Port Lands initiative and an overview of acceleration opportunities and
challenges for development. The meeting will provide the public with
an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their goals and ideas for
the Port Lands.
"The work being undertaken is an opportunity to seize the full potential
of these lands and to deliver development of enduring value and legacy
to the people of Toronto," said Councillor Peter Milczyn, chair of the
City's Planning and Growth Committee. "It is a first step in realizing
our joint objective of creating one of the world's great waterfronts."
The work is a highly collaborative process. Waterfront Toronto and the
City are working closely with Toronto and Region Conservation and
seeking input from other agencies such as The Toronto Port Lands
Company and the Toronto Port Authority. Stakeholders such as land
owners, tenants, port users and sector specific groups are being
engaged throughout the process.
Work on the Port Lands acceleration initiative is well underway. A
series of technical working groups are examining key issues including
land use and design, infrastructure and constructability, and real
estate development and financing. Waterfront Toronto has also issued
or will be issuing a number of Requests for Proposals to competitively
procure the required technical expertise.
"Our intent is to take a fresh and wide-ranging look at the challenges
and opportunities of developing the Port Lands, including examining
phasing options, higher-value interim uses, and the feasibility of
modifying or removing existing constraints," said Waterfront Toronto
President and CEO John Campbell.
The comprehensive undertaking builds on the large body of work delivered
to date on the Port Lands and Lower Don Lands and explores new ideas
and creative solutions. The project includes:
Further examining the options for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port
Lands Flood Protection Environmental Assessment (EA) within the EA's
terms of reference, by reviewing costing and exploring options for
value enhancements through such things as alternative construction
approaches and project phasing, and by increasing the development
potential of surrounding lands;
Identifying financial and policy tools, incentives, and delivery
mechanisms that enable development and offset or reduce the initial
public sector investment needed to provide required infrastructure such
as roads, services, utilities and flood protection;
Exploring opportunities to increase private sector investment
Ensuring that the plan delivers a great waterfront for people to live,
work and play.
Public consultation will play a central role in the creation of the go
forward plan for the Port Lands and will include traditional in-person
public meetings and interactive social media and/or web enabled
consultations. The on-line consultation initiative is expected to
launch early in 2012. In addition to the December 12 meeting, two rounds of public consultation are planned to be held
throughout the city in 2012.
The final report on the results of the Port Lands review is expected to
be completed for the June 2012 City Council meeting. On January 24,
2012 the City and Waterfront Toronto will provide City Council's
Executive Committee with a report on required funding for the review.
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.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's
government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence,
creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size
and cost of government and building a transportation city. For
information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days
SOURCE Waterfront Toronto
For further information:
Michelle Noble, Waterfront Toronto, 647-288-8048
Wynna Brown, City of Toronto, 416-392-8937