TCAT Responds to Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

On October 19, 2016 TCAT made a joint response with Dr. Raktim Mitra (Ryerson University) and Dr. Paul Hess (University of Toronto) regarding Ontario’s Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016 (part of the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review). This responds to proposed changes to the Plan and builds on TCAT’s earlier submission in May, 2015. Overall, we are pleased to see some of our recommendations from 2015 reflected in the policy changes relating to active transportation and Complete Streets. However there are also some suggestions that have not been addressed and as a result we see opportunities for improvement.

Below is a summary of our 7 priority recommendations and feedback.

  1. The directive for municipalities to adopt a Complete Streets approach in existing and planned streets is a major step forward, and makes Ontario the first province in Canada to adopt a Complete Streets policy.
  2. The proposed Plan offers improved clarity for municipalities about provincial goals and expectations for prioritizing walking and cycling.
  3. Improved clarity and direction is required in order to achieve better integration of transit, walking and cycling.
  4. Consistent evaluation process still lacking for transportation projects.
  5. The role of active transportation has been acknowledged as a key component to attracting workers and creating jobs.
  6. The broader benefits (e.g. climate change mitigation and public health) of active transportation have been recognized.
  7. Funding mechanisms still need to be articulated.

Read the full submission here.

Posted On: October 19, 2016