The City of Toronto has consistently been a leader in environmental policies and initiatives. In 2009, City Council approved the Toronto Green Standard, a two-tier set of environmental performance measures applied during the planning process to create more sustainable developments and help build a resilient city. Also, in 2009 Council adopted the City's Green Roof By-law, making Toronto the first City in North America to have a by-law to require and govern the construction of green roofs on new development. Other leading environmental initiatives include Bird Friendly Design Guidelines, Best Practices for Effective Lighting, the Biodiversity booklet series and Guidelines for Biodiverse Green Roofs.

City Council also adopted a strategy in 2008 for climate change adaptation as well as placed an increasing emphasis on the creation of a city that is resilient to the projected effects of climate change.

Official Plan Public Consultation

Changes to the policies in the Official Plan repecting Environmental policies and the designation of new Environmentally Significant Areas are part of a larger five year review process of the Official Plan that started in 2011. Public consultations in Fall 2014 on the draft Environmental policies and new Environmentally Significant Areas was extensive and included forums with residents associations, five public open houses and stakeholder meetings and a special event devoted to Climate Resiliency and a Roundtable of Environmental groups and organizations.

Spring 2015 Open House

We are looking for your feedback on the further refinements made to environmental policies for the Official Plan -  policies related to climate change, energy conservation and efficiency, biodiversity, natural heritage, natural hazards, environmentally significant areas, lake-filling and green infrastructure. Attend a public open house on:

Thursday, June 18, 2015, Metro Hall, 55 John Street
(SE corner John and King Streets)
Room 308-309
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Staff Presentation at 7 p.m.

Please read the staff report on the proposed revisions to the policies as a result of the citywide public consultation in the Fall 2014.

June 18, 2015 Open House Policy Panels
June 18, 2015 Open House Presentation

Fall 2014 Open Houses

Results of Open Houses on the City of Toronto Official Plan Five-Year Review held in the Fall 2014 (Screen Reader enabled format) is available:

Reports to the Planning and Growth Management Committee and Council

Reports to Commitee and Council on the draft Official Plan Environmental policies and new Environmentally Significant Areas include:

New Initiatives

Bridge Over East Don River

Ravine Strategy

The survey on Toronto's ravines closes on July 24th: http://bit.ly/RavineStrategy

The City is developing a Ravine Strategy to guide the future use, management, enhancement and protection of Toronto's ravines and wants to hear from you. Take part in the Ravine Strategy Survey to have your say and share your views on Toronto's ravines and their future.

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