Join us for an engaging presentation and moderated panel discussion at the Schulich School of Business Auditorium at York University
on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm.
Jim Bailey, Senior Planner, City of Vancouver
Ron Kellett, Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UBC
Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Chair, Advisory Committee for the Review of the Big Move 2.0
Diana Birchall, Director of Policy Planning/Urban Design, City of Vaughan
Frank Giannone, President, FRAM Building Group
Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Principal, DIALOG and past chair, Toronto Society of Architects
Daniel Haufschild, Director, Policy and Planning, Metrolinx
Ute Lehrer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
The presentation and discussion will be followed by a reception which includes a light supper.
For the Toronto metropolitan region, Metrolinx’s Big Move is an historically ambitious program for the investment of tens of billions of dollars in new transit over the next 25 years. Development along the transit corridors is expected to shape the future of our region, yet public discussion to date has focused almost entirely on transit line locations, technologies and costs. We should not be beguiled by the notion that development will automatically locate to the corridors.
It’s time to steer the discussion towards how future development will be deliberately induced to locate around the new transit corridors. Neglecting to do so is to invite the necessity of enormous long-term subsidies for building, maintaining, and operating new transit lines whose ridership is too low to cover the costs. For a region aspiring to be globally competitive, the stakes are high.
Metrolinx has taken initiatives in land use and design, in particular with its Mobility Hub Guidelines. A public discussion on systematic approaches to populating all of the transit corridors is required to avoid mistakes of the past.
As a living example of big picture planning along transit corridors, Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor Plan has timely relevance. Bailey and Kellett have collaborated on innovative processes and methods of integrating transportation, land use, and energy efficiencies. They will speak to plan outcomes to date, engagement processes, research methods, and diverse types of visualization.
The Neptis Foundation and its co-sponsors hope that this event will elevate the discussion on how we develop and support our region’s future transit corridors.
York University - 4700 Keele Street
Shulich School of Business Auditorium
James Gillies Street
Ontario M3J 1P3
The Neptis Foundation
The Neptis Foundation conducts and publishes nonpartisan research on the past, present and future of urban regions. As a form of informational activism, our activities seek to fill voids in regional knowledge.
By arranging this event, Neptis aims to help to frame the debate on Toronto region’s transit future to include a focus on ensuring a higher quality, more efficient urban region around the new transit corridors. Our hopes are to promote consensus around issues such as creating and accommodating urban growth; increasing returns on taxpayer investments; decreasing private automobile dependency, energy consumption and emissions; and other issues shaping the fabric, finances and functions of the region.