The Official City Plans of Toronto divided into five main chapters:
Making Decisions, Shaping the City, and Building a Successful City and Implementation
The Official City Plan, based on City Hall:
The Official Plan is about making the correct choices and shaping Toronto’s collective future. The Plan is about getting the fundamentals right and having a clear vision for the city grounded in durable principles that secure a prosperous future. Success is the key to a Toronto’s healthy future. Since Toronto is Canada’s largest city and Ontario’s capital, the prospects are of national and provincial importance. It is hard to see the connections and understand the consequences of choices to integrate environmental, social, and economic perspectives in decision making. There is no such thing as an isolated or purely local decision. Everyone makes choices every day about where to live, work, play, and shop, and over time. These consequences of the choices we make can affect quality of life that is why planning matters. This plan sets its sights on building a consensus around change by painting a picture of the city’s future.
This official plan relies on solid foundations that can stand the test of time. It builds on the vision of those who have helped the city to travel from its early roots as a settlement on the shores of Lake Ontario to a vibrant and modern city. It relies on principles of diversity, opportunity, beauty, connectivity, leadership and stewardship. The vision of the city’s plan is all about creating an attractive and safe environment for a city that evokes pride, passion, and a sense of belonging; a city where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a good quality of life.
A city that has:
Toronto Success Principles
The basics of a successful city building: Holistic and integrated thinking is a fundamental requirement for planning a modern city like Toronto. Integrated thinking means seeing, understanding, and accounting for all the connections as we go about our decision-making process. Sometimes it means thinking differently about solutions. It always means searching for outcomes that demonstrate integration, balance, and interdependence and that earn social, environmental, and economic rewards. A successful city is one with a competitive advantage over others locally, nationally, and internationally. It has a quality of life that will attract and retain people with skills, knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity. A successful city with an enviable quality of life is diverse, equitable, and inclusive; it astonishes with its human-made and natural beauty; it thrives on making connections, and it inspires great leadership and stewardship. Toronto has these attributes now. We will have to consolidate and build on these strengths as we grow. Success will come by seizing new opportunities based on these principles. A City of Diversity and Opportunity Toronto is an interesting and cohesive city that offers a dynamic mixture of opportunities for everyone to live, work, learn and play. As in nature, diversity is key to our social, cultural, and economic life. Diversity is our strength because it means vibrancy, opportunity, inclusiveness, and adaptability because it is a fundamental building block for success. To be successful, our future must also be diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Our future is one where:
A City of Beauty
All successful cities are stun with their human-made and natural beauty. People choose to live, and businesses choose to invest in beautiful cities. People also want to live in cities that understand their past and push their creative limits. Toronto’s future must be one where: