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OSGN Wraps Up

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August 8, 2017 Dear smart growth supporters, It is with some sadness that the Ontario Smart Growth Network will be wrapping up its operations in August of 2017. The network was founded in 2003 by groups working to replace urban sprawl with compact, livable communities. Over the last 14 years, the OSGN has had numerous successes, including developing the network,… Read more »

November 2016 OSGN News

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The November 2016 OSGN newsletter is now available online. Contents Active Transportation Cycling potential in the GTA Traffic calming in Haliburton Canadian cycling strategy School commuting The Big Review: Revising the Greenbelt Plan & Growth Plan OHCC Community Consultation Services To subscribe, sign up here.

Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

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With four provincial land use plans under review, the Ontario government opted for a coordinated review process — and to support the review it set up an advisory panel chaired by David Crombie. The panel’s report (pdf),”Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshe: 2015 – 2014″, was released last September 2015. It highlighted several priorities for… Read more »

Transform TO

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TransformTO is a two-year project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes we will need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, while at the same time improving public health, enhancing our local economy, and reducing social inequalities. The first stage of community meetings has wrapped up, and a summary of the comments and themes provided… Read more »

The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act

There’s an new Act in town, and it bears our name. The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73) received Royal Assent on December 3, 2015. The Act makes changes to both the Development Charges Act and Planning Act to: Help municipalities fund growth Give residents a greater, more meaningful say in how their communities grow Protect and promote greenspaces Make… Read more »

Help develop a new strategic plan for OSGN

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At their November 30th, 2015 meeting the OSGN Steering committee members will review their vision, mission and goals, and develop strategic directions for OSGN for the next 3 years. If you would like to be part of the discussion, please review the OSGN Founding Agreement and express your thoughts by completing the OSGN Strategic Plan Survey. Source: New feed

New Report from The Neptis Foundation

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Planning For Prosperity: Globalization, Competitiveness and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe This report maps and analyzes the dynamics of long-term structural changes – not merely cyclical market fluctuations – brought about by globalization and rapidly evolving technology in the GGH economy.  The report also contains suggestions for ways in which planning in the GGH could be better… Read more »

Understanding the Fundamentals of the Growth Plan ~ From the Neptis Foundation

In order to contribute to the 10-year review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Neptis Foundation has prepared a discussion paper entitled Understanding the Fundamentals of the Growth Plan, which explains key features of the Plan, highlights questions surrounding its implementation, and presents evidence on its results to date. Source: New feed

Smart Growth 2015 Forum Notes & Presenter Slides

Click on the links below to view the slides from our March 24, 2015 event. Panel Presentation 1: Public Engagement in Smart Growth Michelle Noble, Director of Partnerships and Consultation, Ontario Growth Secretariat Coordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt plans Frank Giannone, President of FRAM Building Public perceptions, consumer preference and smart… Read more »