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.

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 review process of the Official Plan that started in 2011. The draft changes to the Official Plan policies are outlined in the staff reports before the Planning and Growth Management Committee:

November 2014 Open Houses

Open Houses on the Environment will start at 6:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm, with a presentation at 7:00 pm:

Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014
North York Civic Centre
Members Lounge
5100 Yonge Street
Thursday Nov. 20, 2014
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Monday Nov. 24, 2014
Metro Hall
Third Floor
Room 308-309
55 John Street
Thursday Nov. 27, 2014
Etobicoke Civic Centre
Council Chamber/Foyer
399 The West Mall
Monday, Dec.1, 2014
East York Civic Centre
Council Chambers
850 Coxwell Avenue

Material Available at Open Houses:

Healthy Neighbourhoods Presentation and Display Boards presented at the same Open Houses are available.

Take our Survey

Take the survey for the Official Plan healthy neighbourhoods and enviroment The City of Toronto’s Official Plan (OP) Review process has been underway since 2011. The focus of this round of public consultations is to present the draft changes to Toronto’s OP policies for Healthy Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhoods, Apartment Neighbourhoods, and the Natural Environment and listen to what you have to say about them.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey on Official Plan Neighbourhood & Environment Policies, which closed on December 5, 2014.

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