Toronto Planning Review Panel: Register
Registration for the 2018-2019 Planning Review Panel is closed. Thank you to everyone that responded! If you would still like to get involved in City Planning projects, please see below.
What is the Planning Review Panel?
The Planning Review Panel is a representative group of residents brought together to learn about, discuss, and advise City Planning staff on important city planning issues. We are currently recruiting 32 randomly selected Torontonians who will be appointed to the Toronto Planning Review Panel as volunteers for the next two years. The Panel will work collaboratively to help represent the perspectives and priorities of all Toronto residents.
Why have a Planning Review Panel in Toronto?
Toronto’s Planning Division is committed to ensuring that important planning decisions are shaped by the residents they affect. Each year, the Planning Division hosts hundreds of public meetings and events to hear and learn from residents. The Toronto Planning Review Panel was created to supplement the Division’s public outreach efforts and provide detailed guidance from a group of Torontonians who together represent the city’s neighbourhoods and diversity.
Is this the first Planning Review Panel in Toronto?
No. The Planning Review Panel was created in 2015 and the first cohort is reaching the end of its two-year term. During its first term, the Planning Review Panel has helped shape design goals for family-friendly condos and complete streets; helped devise strategies for creating new parks, recreation facilities, and heritage districts; and helped develop a new design for development signage.
What is the City of Toronto’s Planning Division?
The City Planning Division provides advice to City Council that helps guide growth in neighbourhoods across Toronto. We shape how the city looks and feels, and develop plans that ensure residents can work, live, play, and move throughout the city. We review applications for new buildings; promote well-designed streets, parks, and open spaces; guide how buildings are located, organized, and shaped; plan transportation; work to transform Toronto’s waterfront; help preserve important heritage buildings; and undertake in-depth research used by other City Divisions on land use, housing, community services and facilities, and the environment.
What will the Planning Review Panel do?
Between January 2018 and December 2019, members of the Planning Review Panel will meet on 16 Saturdays for full-day meetings. Panelists will:
- Learn first-hand about the city and the planning process from independent experts as well as City staff;
- Contribute their perspective and learn about the views of other Toronto residents; and
- Help make sure Toronto’s land-use plans reflect the values and priorities of all those who live here.
The Planning Division will seek the Planning Review Panel’s input on issues such as transportation plans, the desired character of different neighbourhoods, the importance of historic buildings and public art, and the need for community amenities like parks, libraries, and community centres, with the goal of creating a more prosperous, fair, accessible, and livable city.
The Panel’s insights, ideas, and priorities will be used by City staff, referenced in reports to Council, and published on the City of Toronto’s website.
How do I become a member of the Planning Review Panel?
In November 2017, 10,000 randomly selected households throughout Toronto were mailed an invitation to volunteer for the Residents’ Panel. Registration for the 2018-2019 Planning Review Panel is closed. Thank you to everyone that responded!
How can I get involved?
The City of Toronto hosts a variety of public consultations each year on a range of local and citywide subjects. A list of upcoming consultations can be found by visiting toronto.ca/involved and clicking on “Consultations.”