City Council approves panel members for Design Review Panel Pilot Project

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Toronto City Council has approved a 12-member
advisory panel launching the two-year Design Review Panel Pilot Project. They
will provide independent advice during the development approvals process for
public and municipal development in selected areas across the city, with the
goal of helping to ensure a high level of urban design that fits well into the
    The panel includes six architects, three landscape architects, two urban
designers and one engineer with a broad range of experience and a high calibre
of design expertise. The pilot project will help determine the feasibility of
a city-wide design review panel.
    "Toronto is home to some of the world's leading architects, planners and
designers, and we are extremely hounoured to have 12 of these professionals on
the City's first design review panel," said Mayor David Miller. "Council's
approval confirms the City's commitment to high quality design of buildings
and public spaces and is another step toward building a dynamic, vital and
beautiful city."
    Design review panels have been successfully used in other Canadian and
international cities to improve the design quality of the public realm. Panels
provide professional, objective advice on design issues, including buildings,
streets, parks, open spaces and new urban design policy.
    "The design review panel will help to implement a key goal of the
Official Plan and City Council's Clean and Beautiful City Initiative to
achieve high quality architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design
that improves the public realm," said Ted Tyndorf, Toronto's Chief Planner.
"The members participating on the panel are highly experienced professionals
who will make a significant contribution to the application process."
    The 12-member volunteer panel will begin training to review regulatory
frameworks and procedures. The first public meeting of the panel to review
applications is scheduled for summer 2007. For more information about panel
members and the Design Review Panel Pilot Project, visit

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Robert Freedman, Director,
Urban Design, City Planning, (416) 392-1126; Diane Chester, Senior
Communications Co-ordinator, (416) 392-4311

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