July 22, 2004
by Canadian Architect
The McGuinty government is planning for strong communities and a prosperous economy with the release of a discussion paper outlining its plan for growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe for the next 30 years and beyond, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan announced today. Uncontrolled urban sprawl, traffic congestion, environmental decline and loss of green space and farmland in the region will all be addressed in a new era of community planning. The discussion paper, Places to Grow: Better Choices, Brighter Future outlines proposed provincial decisions on a range of issues, including urban planning, land use, economic development, and investment in public infrastructure like roads, public transit, schools, healthcare facilities and water and sewer systems, and solicits public comment. Over the next 30 years the area is expected to grow by almost four million people roughly the populations of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton combined with about two million new jobs created. A key goal of the growth plan is creating the right conditions for greater economic growth, investment, job creation and economic competitiveness in the Golden Horseshoe region. The government is seeking input from municipalities, community groups and the public on the discussion paper through public information sessions, correspondence, or online. This input will help shape the final plan which will be developed in the fall.