Committee Chair: Mimi Lau
Committee co-Chair: Sachin Persaud
Planning processes and tools are essential for shaping the future of neighbourhoods. Scarborough, one of Toronto’s most diverse and rapidly growing district needs these processes and tools to be effectively applied when planning for its future generations that will live, work, and play in the area. Planning dialogue in Scarborough needs to integrate innovative and holistic models of growth and development in order to advance the Scarborough as a regional and global hub of economic, social and cultural activity. As per the Institute for New Suburbanism, planning approaches for the suburbs need to recognize and draw on the strengths and advantages of the suburban environment, while integrating tools that support economic development, sustainability, and cultural vibrancy within a framework that focuses on building “complete communities”.
The objectives of the SCRO Suburban Planning Committee are to:
- Advocate for planning studies and policies in Scarborough. Scarborough needs additional planning policies and tools that facilitate establishment of new corporate headquarters, business incubators and start-ups, and other stable employment opportunities. This Committee would advocate for studies that consider land availability and review land use designations with a view to grow Scarborough’s economic viability. Studies may investigate how to optimize new and existing City of Toronto municipal buildings, and identify key locations for economic clusters.
- Advocate for a fully-integrated transit network. A key component of a vibrant community is access to fast and reliable public transit. Our vision for Scarborough includes a fully-integrated transit network system with the subway, light rail, buses and regional transit. Environmental assessments on transit projects must include a discussion about the socio-economic benefits. Rapid transit in Scarborough is a much-needed catalyst to attract businesses and create jobs. SCRO will continue to advocate for funding and construction of the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Eglinton East Crosstown extension, rapid transit on Sheppard East and SmartTrack.
- Engage with Toronto City Council and on planning projects to provide a strong voice for Scarborough. SCRO members have provided deputations about the Toronto Budget, EXPO 2025 and the Scarborough Subway Extension and will continue to find ways to provide input for the membership. Our Committee members are actively engaged in City’s planning projects, such as the Scarborough on the Move Transportation Master Plan’s where members are a part of the Local Advisory Committee and the Golden Mile Secondary Plan where members are preparing to participate in the consultation process. As well, the Committee is building relationships with other Scarborough-based organizations to expand its understanding of local needs and aspirations that successful planning projects can fulfill.