May 30, 2002

York Region shares planning award of excellence for Oak Ridges Moraine Tri-Regional Strategy

NEWMARKET York, Peel and Durham Regions were jointly presented with the Canadian Institute of Planners' (CIP) 2002 Award for Planning Excellence in Burnaby, BC. The Award recognizes the Regions' planning work on the Tri-Regional Strategy to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine.

"York Region is pleased to be recognized with its regional neighbours for this prestigious planning award," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch. "Protecting our common natural heritage is a responsibility we all share."

The Strategy, entitled Oak Ridges Moraine Proposals for the Protection and Management of a Unique Landscape, contains a series of proposals to protect the Moraine's features and functions through more comprehensive policies and better information. It was endorsed by all three Regional Councils in the summer of 2001.

By November of that year, the Province of Ontario had acted and released the draft Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Many of the recommendations from the Tri-Regional Strategy were embodied in the Plan, the legislation and the concept of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation for securement of key Moraine lands.

The work of the three Regions was recognized in the Innovation category. This requires the introduction of an original concept, or refinement of an existing technique or procedure. CIP received a total of 48 submissions for the 2002 Awards for Planning Excellence from across Canada.

The Strategy is available from the York Region Web site at, along with more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities.

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