The Alternative Port Lands Vision, presented to City of Toronto Executive Committee on September 6, 2011, is a silent video showing the transformation of the Toronto Port Lands from a historical time to a futuristic time – about three decades from now:

This is an update to my previous blog  You’re Invited: Public Consultation on Toronto Port Lands’ Development & Implementation Plan Dec. 12, 2011.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto’s waterfront.

Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are working together to create a development and implementation plan for accelerating development in the Port Lands. This work includes:

  • Further examining options for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Environmental Assessment (EA) within the EA’s terms of reference, by:
    • reviewing costing and exploring options for value enhancements through such things as alternative construction approaches and project phasing,
    • increasing the development potential of surrounding lands;
  • Identifying financial and policy tools, incentives, and delivery mechanisms that may enable development and offset or reduce the initial public sector investment for required infrastructure such as roads, services, utilities and flood protection;
  • Exploring opportunities to increase private sector investment; and
  • Ensuring that the plan:
    • contributes to city-building
    • delivers a great waterfront that is consistent with the standard set in the designated waterfront area for people to live, work and play

You are invited to participate in the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative which involves:

  • The goal of the initiative is to deliver a high-level road map for accelerating development and maximizing the value of the Port Lands as a unique city legacy.
  • a collaborative process:
    • Waterfront Toronto and the City are working closely with Toronto and Region Conservation and seeking input from other agencies such as The Toronto Port Lands Company and the Toronto Port Authority.
    • Stakeholders such as land owners, tenants, port users and sector specific groups are being engaged throughout the process.
    • Key issues including:
      • land use and design,
      • infrastructure and constructability,
      • and real estate development and financing.
    • Waterfront Toronto has also issued or will be issuing a number of Requests for Proposals to competitively procure the required technical expertise.

Please note that the final report on the results of the Port Lands review is expected to be completed for the June 2012 City Council meeting.

Today, the second round of public consultation on the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative is about testing ideas for the future of the Port Lands.

This round of consultation will be a two-step process:

  • Information Open House:
    Key findings and preliminary options will be presented throughout the day at a drop-in open house:

    OPEN HOUSE AGENDA
    Welcome and Overview Presentation
    9:30 am | 1:00 pm

    •  A welcome and overview presentation will take place twice during the open house to provide an update on the work completed to date and outline the open house format

    Topic Stations
    10:00 am | 10:30 am | 11:00 am | 11:30 am | 1:30 pm | 2:00 pm | 2:30 pm | 3:00 pm

    • Each station will be repeated eight (8) times over the course of the open house
    • Presentations at Topic Stations will be 15‐20 minutes in length followed by a facilitated question and answer period
    • Topic Stations:
      1) Port Lands 101
      2) Economics, Markets and Financing
      3) Flood Protection, Naturalization and Green Space
      4) Development Planning and Phasing
  • Feedback Workshops:
    At facilitated roundtable discussions, members of the public will be asked to provide their input and feedback at one of two identical workshops to hear public feedback on options for the Port Lands going forward. Please pick the evening and location that best fits your schedule.

    • Tuesday, April 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at
      St. Lawrence Hall
      The Great Hall
      157 King Street East

    WORKSHOP AGENDA
    6:30 pm Welcome & Agenda Review
    6:40 pm Overview Presentation
    7:00 pm Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

    • 7:00 Small Table Session #1
    • 7:50 Small Table Session #2
    • 8:40 Small Table Session #3

    9:25 pm Wrap‐Up and Next Steps
    9:30 pm Adjourn

Participate Online!

If you are unable to attend the meetings in person, you can also participate online as follows:

  • You can also take part in an online version of the roundtable discussion at the workshop feedback sessions starting on March 31 and up until April 15.

Please click here for more info, a meeting agenda, or to participate online.

(Above) The Port Lands Represent the Most Significant Opportunity to Revitalize Vacant and Underutilized Land.

(Above) The Port Lands Represent the Most Significant Opportunity to Revitalize Vacant and Underutilized Land.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Media Advisory

March 30, 2012

Port Lands Information Open House and Feedback Workshops

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are working on a business and implementation plan for the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative.  Members of the public are invited to be part of the process.

Information Open House:
Key findings and preliminary options will be presented throughout the day at a drop-in open house:

Date:Saturday, March 31
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop in)
Location:Design Exchange, 234 Bay St.

Media Availability: John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto, and John Livey, Toronto Deputy City Manager, will be available to speak with members of the media at 12:30 p.m.

Feedback Workshops:
At facilitated roundtable discussions, members of the public will be asked to provide their input and feedback at one of two identical workshops:

Date:Tuesday, April 3
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location:St. Lawrence Hall, The Great Hall, 157 King St. E.
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Date:Wednesday, April 4
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm.
Location:Westin Harbour Castle, Metro West Ballroom, 1 Harbour Sq.

For more information, a meeting agenda, or to participate online, visit http://www.portlandsconsultation.ca

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