City of Toronto Act allows City to develop a Toronto model for traffic calming consultation and approval process

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - City Council has approved changes to the City's
Traffic Calming Policy that will allow the City to develop a Toronto model for
public consultation and participation in traffic calming proposals. The new
policy is the first example of the City of Toronto Act (COTA) enabling the
City to develop a made-in-Toronto model that ensures both timely service
delivery, and effective public input on public safety measures.
    "This is the first example of COTA working for the City, and its
residents, to make Toronto's neighbourhoods safer," said Mayor David Miller.
"The new COTA powers allow the City to develop made-in-Toronto models for
service delivery that continue to build on the City's long-standing record of
public consultation - a win-win for the City and residents."
    The new City of Toronto Act removes the onerous notification requirements
mandated by the province, and gives the City the opportunity to develop its
own model to facilitate the consultation and approval process to implement
various traffic calming measures. By streamlining traffic calming approval
applications, the new Traffic Calming Policy engages residents and contributes
to the safety of Toronto's streets.

    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: Stuart Green, Deputy
Communications Director, Mayor's Office, (416) 338-7119; Gary Welsh, General
Manager, Transportation Services, (416) 392-8431

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