Last year, Ontario, Canada raised the bar in the realm of forward-looking planning when they released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, after more than five years in the making. With nearly a quarter of Canada’s entire population nestled in this horseshoe-shaped region around the lake stretching from Niagara Falls through Toronto to the eastern edge of the Province around Lake Ontario, the leaders recognized that adding a projected 4 million more people in the coming years while continuing to grow in the same sprawling fashion will surely spell disaster. So they rallied everyone together, studied the outcomes, built consensus, and authored a gem of a plan.
The American Planning Association concurred, awarding it the prestigious Daniel Burnham award for Comprehensive Planning, the first time it was awarded to a jurisdiction outside of the U.S. Gov. Glendening was in Toronto last week for the “Places to Grow Summit”, sponsored and organized by Ontario’s Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal — the entity responsible for creating and implementing the plan. He wrote about the Summit and the Plan this week on Planetizen’s Interchange, where you can also find more information about the GGH and the Plan.