October 16, 2003

Regional Municipality of York receives Excellence in Planning Award

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York has received the 2003 Excellence in Planning Award for Vision 2026: Creating Strong Caring Safe Communities, from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. 

Over two years, the Region conducted an extensive consultation with the public, using the Internet, workshops, multilingual publications, newspaper coverage and television vignettes.
"It's a pleasure to have Vision 2026 recognized by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO.  "This strategic blueprint sets the stage for Regional Council, staff and the public to work together to help shape York Region's future."
The excellence in Planning Awards recognizes innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications in four categories: urban and community design, planning studies or reports, research/new directions, and public education.  Vision 2026 and the Performance Measures Workbook were awarded under the public education category and praised for their effective communication of key elements through a combination of images, graphics and easy to read text.
"It takes hard work to produce a comprehensive document as this one," said Frank Scarpitti, Markham Regional Councillor and Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee.  "The full impact of implementing Vision 2026 will be seen through efficient, accountable service delivery to the residents of York Region."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The awards ceremony was part of the joint 2003 conference sponsored by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute was established in 1986 and is the recognized voice of the Province's planning profession.  It includes more than 2,550 members who work in government, private practices, universities and non-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural development, urban design, environmental planning, transportation, health and social services, heritage conservation, housing and economic development.

Contact:   Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1236
- Email: masrine.guthrie-peart@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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