Make No Small Plans: Revisiting Bold Moves That Have Shaped Our Region

The Toronto region has been growing at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. Although things are by no means perfect, Toronto has taken its place as a player on the world stage known for its neighbourhoods, cultural diversity and an enviable quality of life. Has planning made a difference? World Town Planning Day is an appropriate time to look back at decisions made a generation ago that influence how we plan and how we manage our municipal affairs today. 

When Hurricane Hazel hit in 1954, this stimulated an unprecedented period of innovative, collaborative planning involving the Toronto Conservation Authority, Metro Toronto and local municipalities that built on far-sighted provincial legislation enacted at the end of the Second World War. A couple of decades later, Mayor David Crombie was responsible for two very different transformational initiatives – the 45′ height by-law, which paved the way for a revolutionary Central Area Plan, and the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, an approach to city-building that established hard-to-beat benchmarks for collaborative and inclusive planning. Around the same time, a collection of small villages and hamlets west of Toronto blossomed into the City of Mississauga, arguably one of the first Canadian suburbs to grow into a full-fledged city. What have we learned about city building in the intervening decades?  Are there more bold moves in our future? 

To add your voice to the debate, you are invited to a panel discussion on Friday, November 8, 2013 in the Cara Commons Room at the Ted Rogers School of Management, located at 55 Dundas Street West in Toronto.

The expert panel includes: John Fox, Partner, Robins, Appleby and Taub (moderator); Brian Denney, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Robert Glover, MCIP, RPP, FRAIC, OAA, Partner, Bousfields Inc.; Mark Guslits, BArch, Principal, Mark Guslits & Associates; and Anne McIlroy, MCIP, RPP, MRAIC, Principal, Brook McIlroy Inc. and chair of the Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel.

Continental breakfast and registration begin at 7:30am, and the panel discussion begins at 8:00am. The event fee is $95 for members, and $130 for non-members

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