Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Wins Prestigious U.S. Award

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Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Wins Prestigious U.S. Award

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario Internationally Recognized As Leader In Growth Planning Contact Info TORONTO, Dec. 19 - The Ontario government has won a prominent American Planning Association award for Ontario's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan announced today. "I'm very pleased that Ontario is being internationally recognized as a leader in growth planning. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe is the cornerstone of an ambitious package of related new government initiatives including the Greenbelt and the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority," said Caplan, the minister responsible for the plan. "Long-term growth planning is key to Ontario's future and will ensure Ontarians have the communities 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 (APA's) Daniel Burnham Award. The award is given to the plan that best illustrates progress, community benefit and contribution to the advancement of the planning profession. "This plan is a landmark comprehensive plan that is both visionary and pragmatic," said Carol Rhea, AICP, chair of the 2007 APA Awards Committee. "It provides a strategic, innovative and coordinated approach to sustainable growth and development for 110 different municipalities." The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe focuses on long-term prosperity and quality of life in the Greater Toronto Area. It is the first growth plan to be released under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, outlining the government's innovative long-term vision for Ontario's most populous region. The focus of the plan is to create complete communities, with a greater mix of housing, parks, businesses and services that will make them more livable. The plan sets clear standards for growth and development, while giving local governments the flexibility they need to maintain their unique identities. "I commend Minister David Caplan for taking leadership on the Growth Plan and congratulate him for winning this well-deserved award," said Oshawa Mayor John Gray. "It's a plan that recognizes the importance of revitalizing downtowns and urban areas. The Growth Plan complements our vision for Oshawa as a place with a vibrant centre where people can live, work and play." "The Province's Growth Plan represents the kind of leadership that Ontario has been needing for a long while," said David Crombie, former Mayor of Toronto and President of the Canadian Urban Institute. "This award highlights that this Toronto region can be a real leader in North America. Let's keep up the momentum." "I would like to congratulate everyone involved in creating this award-winning plan," said Caplan. "The Ontario government could not have done this without the help of thousands of citizens, stakeholders and experts." Disponible en français www.ontario.ca/pir Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO'S GROWTH PLAN FOR THE GREATER GOLDEN HORSESHOE WINS PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN AWARD The Ontario government is the first organization from outside the United States to win the American Planning Association's (APA) Daniel Burnham Award for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. What is the Daniel Burnham Award? The Daniel Burnham Award is given to a comprehensive plan that "advances the science and art of planning." It is the most prestigious planning award in the United States, determined by an independent panel. The Daniel Burnham Award is given to the plan that best illustrates progress, community benefit, and contribution to the advancement of the planning profession. It is awarded to the plan that best represents the APA's slogan of "Making Great Communities Happen." What is the American Planning Association? The American Planning Association is a non-profit, national professional planning organization. It represents 39,000 professional planners, officials and citizens across the United States and is made up of 46 regional chapters and 19 divisions. The association works in the public interest and supports research in the area of planning. What is the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe? On June 16, the Government of Ontario released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. It was prepared by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal after extensive consultation under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, as part of the Places to Grow initiative to plan for healthy and prosperous growth throughout Ontario. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe is a 25-year plan that aims to: - Revitalize downtowns across the region to become vibrant and convenient centres - Create complete communities that offer more options for living, working, shopping and playing - Provide greater choice in housing types to meet the needs of people at all stages of life - Curb sprawl and protect farmland and green spaces - Reduce traffic gridlock by improving access to a greater range of transportation options. The process for developing this plan has been one of very careful consensus building, drawing on internal and external planning expertise, and with support coming from all sectors - municipalities, developers, environmentalists, and residents - all of whom recognized the need for a big picture plan and strategy for growth. Why did the Growth Plan win? The Growth Plan is the cornerstone of an ambitious package of new government initiatives in Ontario aimed at creating healthier communities and improving quality of life (e.g., the Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt Plan, the establishment of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, Planning Act Reform, and reform of the Ontario Municipal Board. It includes innovative approaches such as minimum density and intensification targets, and incorporates new measurement and monitoring techniques. The plan also brings together some of the most cutting-edge planning work ever undertaken, including research by some of Ontario's leading planning firms and academic institutions. In addition, it exemplifies the successful result of extensive consultation and dialogue and has gained an unprecedented level of support from all sectors, and particularly local leaders. What were the criteria for the award? The Growth Plan was selected for meeting the award's eight criteria in an exemplary way: 1. Original, innovative, and progressive 2. Components and methodology transferable to other regions 3. High quality research and attention to detail with excellence of thought, analysis, writing, and graphics throughout 4. Substantive content of the plan well coordinated with other planning policies and initiatives 5. Strong effort on public engagement, participation and consultation 6. Advances the planning profession by increasing awareness in the community of planners and the planning process 7. Created strong momentum and public support for strategic implementation 8. Effective in responding to and managing change with a high level of commitment by elected officials, business and community leaders, citizen groups, etc. Who was Daniel Burnham? Daniel Burnham was one of the most famous planners in the United States. He was the author of the 1909 Chicago Plan and well known for his remark: "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized." The Chicago Plan has been hailed by many as one of the most important documents in American planning history. Disponible en français www.ontario.ca/pir For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Lori Theoret, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Lori Theoret, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810