June 21, 2002
RICHMOND HILL – More than 100 elected officials, senior municipal staff and private sector representatives gathered in Richmond Hill this morning to create an action plan to deliver their common vision for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
A vision for the GTA was first created in 1992. It called for compact urban form, a system of nodes, corridors and protection of the environment.
"Over the last ten years there have been over 60 studies commenting on growth management in the GTA," said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch in his welcoming remarks. "We don't need another one. We need actions we can all support and implement."
Co-hosted by the Regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York, with the Cities of Hamilton and Toronto, the symposium looked at a GTA-wide system of regional centres featuring a mix of commercial, residential and employment uses. This would be connected by an integrated transit network. This can only be achieved with the consensus and co-operation of all partners involved.
Speakers John Gladki of GHK, Joe Berridge of Urban Strategies and Scott Chandler of Royal LePage provided a framework for an action plan. They included making a stronger connection between land use planning and transportation systems, pedestrian-friendly centres and private sector rationale. Participants then brainstormed and identified a series of action priorities. They included:
Proceedings from the symposium will be available from the York Region Planning Department. For more information about the Region, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca.
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