April 19, 2007
Media Release

York Region outlines growth management options for discussion

Public invited to participate in Planning for Tomorrow open houses in early May
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today endorsed five staff reports regarding Planning for Tomorrow, the Region’s growth management initiative.  The reports include:
• Population and Employment Forecasts
• 2031 Land Requirements
• Residential Intensification Strategy
• Residential Area Analysis – Preliminary Report
• Public Engagement and Consultation
“These reports present an initial set of data that form the basis of the conversation we will now have with the public at the Planning for Tomorrow open houses,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Our goal is to foster public discussion on the issues and choices facing the Region, identify solutions and begin to create a broad public consensus on the public policy decisions that need to be made about how to manage our future growth.”
Six open house meetings across York Region in early May will provide opportunities for the public to participate in the Planning for Tomorrow discussions.
Schedule of Planning for Tomorrow open houses
City of Vaughan, Council Chambers Tuesday, May 1
Town of Markham, Canada Room Thursday, May 3
Town of Richmond Hill, OMB Hearing Room Tuesday, May 8
Town of Aurora, Council Chambers Wednesday, May 9
Town of East Gwillimbury, Council Chambers Thursday, May 10
Town of Newmarket, Council Chambers Tuesday, May 15
Time and format for these events
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Open house
7:00 to 7:30 p.m. - Presentation
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. - Facilitated Discussion
“York Region has a proven track record for quality growth management,” said the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee Chair James Young, Mayor of the Town of East Gwillimbury.  “This review will complement the Regional Official Plan and Vision 2026, which provide the direction and the vision for strategic and long-term planning that our residents want to see happen.”
The findings from the Planning for Tomorrow open houses will be reported as part of the Region’s Growth Management Review.  They will help guide Regional staff in reviewing and updating the Regional Official Plan.  They also will feed directly into the Infrastructure Master Plan updates for water, wastewater, transit and transportation.
In addition to the information presented in these five staff reports, the Planning for Tomorrow open houses will include a summary of the issues received from public consultations last year, during the first phase of the Growth Management Review.  Please refer to the accompanying Backgrounder for a brief summary of those issues, along with an outline of the highlights of the five staff reports.
The Region continues to make progress with sustainability initiatives, such as York Region Transit and Viva Rapid Transit, the Water for Tomorrow conservation program, our Greening Strategy, our Centres and Corridors initiative and our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard for regional facilities. 
In addition, York Region recently developed a draft Sustainability Strategy that aims to ensure decisions better integrate three critical elements: economic vitality, the natural environment and healthy communities.
York Region’s website – www.york.ca – provides information on the Region’s Growth Management initiative as well as opportunities to submit online feedback.  Click on the “Planning for Tomorrow” icon on the main page for more information, or email your comments or questions to futureyork@york.ca
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: (905) 830-4444 Ext. 1238, (416) 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Cell Phone: (905) 251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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