April 11, 2002

York Region taking lead on GTA digital orthophotography and terrain data project

NEWMARKET York Region is engaged in pioneering a project that will provide current, accurate and consistent digital orthophotography and digital terrain data for York and Peel Regions. It could serve as a model for other such projects in Ontario.

The project will generate digital orthophotography and digital terrain data for a wide variety of provincial, federal, municipal, conservation authority and other public/private sector initiatives. These products will ensure that all agencies associated with land use planning activities across the project area will be working with updated, consistent information from which to base critical planning and land use decisions.

"This initiative is necessary to support strategic decision making in the areas of transportation and works, growth management and the environment," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch. "For York Region, it will support our Transportation Master Plan, Greening Strategy, Growth Management Plans and Oak Ridges Moraine Partnerships."

York Region, Peel Region and the Government of Ontario have made financial commitments that will cover the project in York and Peel. This work is valued at $777,000 and will be carried out by JD Barnes Limited. The project accommodates multiple investors for a potential project cost of $7.5 million. As commitments from investors (governments and other benefactors) are made, the geographic extent for the delivery of information products will grow.

"This endeavour creates an opportunity to support strategic initiatives identified as priorities," said Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "The cost sharing formula allows us to update GIS data at a fraction of what it would cost, had we chosen not to enter in the partnership."

Historically, the Provincial Ontario Base Mapping (OBM) program provided geographic data for the Province. Currently the accuracy and content of the OBM does not meet all the needs of municipalities. By default, some municipalities became responsible for developing their own geographic data that often led to inconsistent geographic data across the province.

The Ministry of Natural Resources, through the Land Information Ontario Initiative is responsible for providing provincial coordination and direction for land related information across the province, and is coordinating investment partnerships for the project. The geographic scope of this project requires a significant number of funding partners from all levels of government to make it successful.

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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