Ontario Receives Prestigious American Growth Planning Award

    Growth Plan For The Greater Golden Horseshoe Internationally Recognized

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is being internationally
recognized as a leader in planning with the American Planning Association's
Daniel Burnham Award, Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan said
    "I'm honoured that our government is receiving this award. The Growth
Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe is the foundation of an ambitious suite
of key government initiatives including the Greenbelt and the Greater Toronto
Transportation Authority," said Caplan. "Long-term growth planning is key to
Ontario's future and will ensure Ontarians have the communities and the
quality of life they want and deserve."
    The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe is the first plan from
outside the United States to win the American Planning Association's Daniel
Burnham Award. The award, presented by APA today in Philadelphia at its annual
convention, is given to the plan that best illustrates progress, community
benefit and contribution to the advancement of the planning profession.
    "The big issue facing the Greater Golden Horseshoe is how we manage our
extraordinary rate of growth over the next decades," said Joe Berridge,
partner, Urban Strategies Inc. "Places to Grow represents a strategic plan
that will make Ontario a world leader in creating thriving, livable and
productive communities with a high quality of life."
    The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe focuses on long-term
prosperity and quality of life in the rapidly growing region of Central
Ontario with Toronto at its heart. The plan outlines the government's vision
and policy for growth in Ontario's most populous region. It is the first
growth plan to be released under the Places to Grow Act, 2005.
    The focus of the plan is to create complete and livable communities, with
a greater mix of housing, parks, businesses, services and more transportation
choices. The plan sets clear standards for growth and development, while
giving local governments the flexibility they need to maintain their unique
    "This plan is the result of the effort and care of an enormous group of
stakeholders, elected officials, environmentalists, interested citizens,
developers and professional planners who all contributed to create the Plan,"
said Caplan. "Ontario is a leader in innovation and urban development.
Together, we created a forward looking and sustainable approach to growth
planning that strengthens our province not only for today's Ontarians, but for
future generations."

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For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048;
Lori Theoret, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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