Province Taking A Stable Approach To Growth Planning

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Province Taking A Stable Approach To Growth Planning

Ministry of Infrastructure

Appoints Alan Wells As Development Facilitator QUEEN'S PARK, Aug. 11 - The McGuinty government is taking a business-like approach to resolving planning issues by establishing the Office of the Provincial Development Facilitator, David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal said today. "Our government is bringing a stable, business-like approach to planning issues," said Caplan. "Establishing this office confirms our commitment to moving quickly and decisively to achieve our goals to build a stronger, healthier and more prosperous province." Alan Wells, formerly with the Regional Municipality of York, has been appointed Provincial Development Facilitator for a one-year term and will help the province, municipalities, developers and community groups resolve issues relating to growth management, land use and infrastructure planning and environmental protection. The Provincial Development Facilitator will undertake mediation and facilitation in an independent and impartial manner regardless of who requests these services. For the last three years, Wells has been a consultant and facilitator for several Ontario municipalities. A former chief administrative officer of the Regional Municipality of York, his 27-year career with the region included achievements as a facilitator and negotiator who introduced many innovative approaches to public administration, including the Region's Multi-Year Corporate Plan. He begins his new provincial position immediately. "The government has recently launched a number of important planning, land-use and development initiatives. I'm looking forward to the challenges involved in assisting the province, municipalities and developers resolve complex issues in a fair and efficient manner," said Wells. Stakeholder groups, including developers, have urged the government to appoint a provincial facilitator to help resolve planning and development issues and avoid lengthy appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board. Neil Rodgers, President of Urban Development Institute, said: "UDI sought the creation of a Provincial Development Facilitator who is a seasoned professional, experienced in matters related to land development, municipal infrastructure and forging partnerships among stakeholders. Mr. Wells has the experience and integrity to deliver results." The appointment builds on recent government planning initiatives, including the Greenbelt Plan, passage of the Places to Grow Act that enables the province to designate growth areas, and ReNew Ontario, a five-year infrastructure investment plan. The PDF will provide regular updates on files and suggest possible dispute resolving solutions on matters that are either suitable for or require government action. The first growth plan under the Places to Grow Act is being developed for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, where the need for growth planning is most urgent in Ontario; the facilitator will play an active role in its implementation. A draft of the proposed plan is expected to be released for public comment later this year. Disponible en fran├žais www.pir.gov.on.caFor further information: Contact: Jim McPeak, Communications Branch, (416) 212-7499