Join us for a conversation "Growth Plan: Too Much Room to Grow?"

The Neptis Foundation in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute presents the key findings of the first independent review of the Growth Plan: Implementing the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe: Has the strategic regional vision been compromised? as a part of the 2014 +PLACE MAKERS series.

Since the Growth Plan was introduced to great acclaim in 2006, municipalities throughout the region have been working hard to implement its goals. A key question asked by Neptis is whether the Growth Plan has been successful in encouraging intensification and more compact, mixed use development that can support transit and is conducive to walking and cycling.  While Neptis  praises the level of effort expended to create a radically different planning regime, the authors conclude that development patterns are not changing as quickly as hoped.  Some municipalities - like the Region of Waterloo - propose to go beyond minimum density targets, while others are promoting business as usual. Join us for a presentation on key report findings followed by a lively discussion from an expert panel that will address:

  • What factors are driving local decision making on creative densification?
  • How has the development industry responded to the Plan?
  • Do we need better tools to help achieve the goals of the Growth Plan?
  • As the Ontario Growth Secretariat prepares to review the first 10 years, what kind of indicators will be introduced to monitor progress?

DATE  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

TIME 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

VENUE MEMORIAL HALL, BURGUNDY ROOM, 5100 YONGE STREET, NORTH YORK    

NEAREST TRANSIT STOPS  NORTH YORK CENTRE 

Register for the event through CUI.

SESSION MODERATOR:

CUI Senior Associate Paul Bedford, FCIP, RPP, former City of Toronto chief planner and member of the Transit Panel

KEYNOTE:

Marcy Burchfield, Executive Director, Neptis Foundation

Philippa Campsie, Co-Author, Research Affiliate, Neptis Foundation

FEATURE PANELISTS:

Rob Horne, MCIP, RPP, Commissioner of Planning, Housing and Community Services, Region of Waterloo

Leith Moore, Vice President of Development, Sorbara Group (past president, Ontario Home Builders Association and past chair, BILD)   

Dr. Pamela Blais, Principal of Metropole Consultants and author of Perverse Cities

Larry Clay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure (Ontario Growth Secretariat)