February 11, 2002

York Regional Chair appointed to new Provincial Smart Growth panel


NEWMARKET York Regional Chair Bill Fisch has been appointed to the Provincial Smart Growth panel for central Ontario, the first of five panels to be created by the Ontario Government to help ensure a more prosperous future for fast-growing municipalities such as the Region of York.

Chair Fisch was one of 19 appointees to the central Ontario panel today by Ontario Premier Mike Harris and Chris Hodgson, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister. Members will provide advice and support on issues that cross municipal boundaries.

"I am very honoured the Ontario Premier and the Minister asked me to join this exciting new panel," said Chair Fisch. "Co-ordinated and co-operative planning of such complex issues as transportation, transit and waste disposal are critical to our communities."

The central Ontario Smart Growth panel will define, plan and recommend strategies for how communities should plan for successful long-term growth. The panel's work will help provide a vision for sustainable economic growth backed by strategies to improve the quality of life and protection of the environment across central Ontario.

"Partnerships are the key to success," said Chair Fisch. "The panel will work as a team to provide concrete solutions in partnership with our neighbours across Greater Toronto. Together, we will work to provide a healthy future in York Region and the GTA."

The Smart Growth panels replace the former Greater Toronto Services Board, abolished by the Ontario Government in favour of a new approach to developing planning initiatives for the entire GTA. Four additional Smart Growth panels will be created to represent western, north-western, north-eastern and eastern Ontario.

For more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca

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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