Can governance reform bring citizens back to city hall?

Last night, at a panel discussion held by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, former Chief Planner Paul Bedford put out his thoughts on reworking the governance structure of Toronto, with responses from Board of Trade VP Richard Joy and Councillor Kyle Rae.

The Harmonized Zoning By-law: Misguided from the Start

by David Godley

In my last blog post (below), I flagged some general concerns with the proposed new harmonized zoning bylaw.  At yesterday's Open House yesterday, city planners reassured me on a number of concerns, including:

Zoning By-law Meetings Aug. 11 and 19

by David Godley

Zoning Harmonisation might sound benign, but it would be controversial if it was not flying under the radar.

Calls for Change - From the Top

Here at PPT, we've been calling for changes to the planning process since our inception. That's been based on feedback from residents of the city who say the process is dysfunctional and confusing, citizens are marginalized, and too much so-called planning really comes down to horsetrading between councillors.

Yonge-Eglinton Square Goes to a Vote

RioCan REIT's development application for the Yonge-Eglinton site has caused considerable controversy recently.  The , comprised of the four residents’ associations that represent each of the four quadrants of the intersection, want to save the square on the northwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton from being destroyed to make room for more retail, and are asking for public support.  But other parties - including The Globe & Mail's Marcus Gee,

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