Toronto and tall buildings


TALL BUILDINGS ~ Who is Planning Our City?

Wednesday January 25, 7:30-9:30pm, free
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
27 Front Street East (2 blocks east of Union Station)

From the press release:

Toronto has had no shortage of tall building controversies. While there is agreement that Toronto must grow upward, there appears to be little agreement on where tall buildings should go and how tall is too tall. Instead, decisions are being made in the wrestling ring of public opinion, with developers, planners, councillors and citizens duking it out building by building.

The Province has responded to this vacuum proposing changes to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and new powers for City Council to oversee development. Will these changes be enough to address the problems Toronto has been experiencing? How will City Council balance the interests of developers and residents? How do we ensure that tall buildings, when built, contribute to the making of a great neighbourhood? What is the appropriate role of Council, planning staff, developers, community groups and the OMB?”

with Kyle Rae: Toronto City Councillor; Tony Coombes: Principal, City Formation International; Mimi Fullerton: urban activist, Annex Residents’ Association; Steve Diamond: development lawyer and Partner, McCarthy Tetrault; Ted Tyndorf: Chief Planner for the City of Toronto