Planning for region of the future

As York Region prepares to grow 1.8 million people and 900,000 jobs by 2041, it’s calling on the community to attend open houses and take part in online surveys to help it plan for the future.

“Preparing for this type of growth starts with good planning today,” said Joe Li, York Region planning and economic development chair, in a statement. “As we look to the future, our work is essential to ensure our targets align with the 2017 Provincial Growth Plan.”

The region – Canada’s fastest-growing municipality – will host a series of public outreach and engagement activities under the Municipal Comprehensive Review. Residents and business owners are encouraged to watch for invitations to open houses and community events, online surveys and WebEx sessions in the coming months and to stay tuned to York.ca and social media for a series of educational videos.

In the meantime, staff is completing necessary background work associated with the development of growth scenarios, employment land planning, major transit station area analysis and housing.

“Through meaningful discussion, we can adequately prepare for York Region’s future and maintain strong, caring and safe communities,” said Wayne Emmerson, York Region chairman and CEO . “I look forward to seeing how the review findings further inform York Region’s long-range plans, strengthening the York Region Official Plan and Vision 2051.”

Vision 2051 describes the region’s ideal vision of the next 40 years and describes the necessary steps to see it through. The region, made up of nine local cities and towns, is currently home to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 600,000 employees. If you’d like to be involved in or receive communications on the York Region Official Plan, contact futureyork@york.ca.

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