The Street Furniture Project has been progressing for over three years. A variety of background information on the extensive public and stakeholder consultation activities that took place through the formulation and development stages of the project, up to and including the RFP, are available at this link.
Public Consultation Activities and RFP Directions
Feedback gathered from the public (including ratepayer and interest groups), Business Improvement Areas, the design industries, The Toronto Pedestrian Committee, The Toronto Cycling Committee, The Toronto Disability Issues Committee and other interested parties, was incorporated into Design and Policy Guidelines. These Guidelines formed the design expectations put forth in a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new street furniture. Please review the finalized Street Furniture Design and Policy Guidelines document: "Vibrant Streets" (PDF).
The City of Toronto hosted an open house/meeting to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the Street Furniture draft Placement Guidelines and provide feedback. The open house/meeting was held on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 at Metro Hall.
Public Consultation Report
Read a description and summary of the Public Consultation (PDF)
Public Workshop Minutes
The City held 4 workshops, one each in the north, south, east, and west districts of Toronto. Staff would like to thank all those who took time out of their evenings to provide input. Review minutes from the workshops.
The questionnaire (PDF) and other consultation activities provided an opportunity for Torontonians to submit their thoughts, perceptions and constructive criticism regarding the Coordinated Street Furniture Program. The deadline to fill out the questionnaire was April 11, 2006. Thank you to all for submitting comments. Feedback from the public consultation process was used to inform the criteria for a new approach to street furniture.
Design Community: Consultation Report
The City of Toronto partnered with the Design Exchange (DX) to hold two Coordinated Street Furniture Design Charrettes. The charrettes were held with urban planners, landscape architects, graphic designers, and architects who volunteered their time. This summary report was prepared by the Design Exchange. A summary of the top 10 design ideas emerging from the charrettes (as identified by DX staff) appears on page six of the report. Thank you to all charrette participants and Design Exchange staff.
Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas Consultation
On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 the City met with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas. Read minutes of the meeting (PDF). Thank you to all Business Improvement Area representatives for attending.
Publication Box Association Consultation
On Wednesday, April 12, 2006, the City met with the the Publication Box Association. Read minutes (PDF) of the meeting.
An industry consultation process was endorsed by City Council, pursuant to the City’s procurement policies and by-laws. See Terms of Reference for the industry consultations.