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Regeneration: Ontario’s Waterfront and the Sustainable City, 1992
Regeneration: Ontario’s Waterfront and the Sustainable City
The Hon. David Crombie, Founder, Waterfront Regeneration Trust (1992)
“It is difficult to imagine a time of greater need for waterfront regeneration and a better opportunity to do it right.” Twenty-five years after the publication of Regeneration, the truth of this statement endures. Regeneration is the final report in which the Honorable David Crombie recommends ways to regenerate what he called the Greater Toronto Bioregion. The work of the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront highlights the links that exist between city and nature – among people, the economy, health, and environmental sustainability. It promotes the ecosystem approach to achieve both environmental regeneration and economic recovery. It suggests new ways of doing things; round-table processes to bring agencies, the public, and business together; integration of environmental and land use planning; and partnerships to get things done.
Regeneration suggests ways to regenerate the waterfront by:
– Cleaning up the rivers and Lake Ontario;
– Establishing greenways and trails throughout the bioregion;
– Protecting and restoring habitats;
– Enhancing sense of place through historical connections, social diversity, attractive vistas, and good design;
– Stimulating the regional economy through new green infrastructure, environmentally friendly enterprise, transportation, and waterfront housing.
A great deal of progress has been made since the Royal Commission on the Future of Toronto’s Waterfront began its work in 1988 – progress in implementing specific projects; significant improvements in provincial and municipal policies; and changing the way communities view their waterfront. The Lake Ontario Greenway Strategy reports on this progress and establishes a consensus-based blueprint for further actions. It provides a context for setting priorities, guidance on ways to achieve a shared vision and an information base to assist decision-making.
The Strategy provides an overview of background and context, a description of the key features of the waterfront of today, an analysis of the objectives and actions necessary to realize the waterfront of tomorrow, and an overview of implementation mechanisms and roles. The goal of the Strategy is to foster commitment to actions that will regenerate a healthy and sustainable waterfront that is clean, green, accessible, connected, open, usable, diverse, affordable and attractive. This goal is supported by five objectives, and a series of actions necessary to achieve each objective.
– Colour Maps
– Listing of waterfront natural core areas and corridors
– Glossary and acronyms
– Bibliography and toolkit
Restoring Natural Habitats, 1995
Restoring Natural Habitats
Hough Woodland Naylor Dance Ltd. And Gore & Storrie Ltd. (1995)
Restoring Natural Habitats is a manual for habitat restoration in the Greater Toronto Bioregion. It provides the information you need by guiding you through five easy steps to restoring habitats. Restoring Natural Habitats details how to assess the potential and significance of your site, what species are appropriate, and how to involve your local community. Diagrams and photos explain techniques and illustrate examples of restoration in progress for the most common habitat types in the Greater Toronto Bioregion of southern Ontario.
A Decade of Regeneration: Realizing a Vision for Lake Ontario’s Waterfront, 2000
A Decade of Regeneration: Realizing a Vision for Lake Ontario’s Waterfront
A Decade of Regeneration is about our special relationship with Lake Ontario, and the remarkable progress that is being made by thousands of people dedicated to the Lake Ontario Greenway. The book brings attention to waterfront excellence and celebrates waterfront heritage as a reflection of buildings and culture, ideas and tradition and of the connections between people and nature.
With a myriad of examples, A Decade of Regeneration documents intitiatives large and small where trails have added measuable value, where creative partnerships and funding have resolved an apparent gridlock, and where excellence in design has elevated a typical project into a piece of art and heritage. A Decade of Regeneration sets a new direction for the next decade of regeneration to capture the momentum and renew our commitments.
The Design, Signage and Maintenance Guidelines were developed to assist in constructing and signing new Waterfront Trail sections, and managing existing sections, but many elements apply to any trail.
The MMM Group revised and updated the Guidelines in 2007 to reflect current information and best practices from across North America and internationally. The 2007 update contains an expanded section covering options and guidelines for on-road sections of Trail, as much of the Trail currently follows on-road routes.
The Guidelines include helpful advice on how to:
Plan for the differing needs of pedestrians, cyclists, in-line skaters and people with disabilities;
Identify appropriate widths, surfaces and grades for off-road and on-road trails;
Minimize the potential impact of trails on wildlife and habitat;
Choose signs that help trail users to find their way easily and safely;
Manage maintenance tasks so that everyone gets maximum enjoyment out of the trail;
Community groups, trail clubs, municipal and parks staff, landscape designers and others will all find these Guidelines helpful both for managing existing trails and for building new ones.
During the summer of 2002, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and the waterfront municipalities and conservation authorities set out to investigate how user perceptions about the Trail had changed from the previous user survey completed in 1996. The 2002 survey gathered data that addressed the economic, recreational, and potential tourism benefit of the Trail.
Some key findings include:
– 95% of users surveyed support a continuously linked trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Gananoque,
– 77% of users view the Trail as a potential vacation destination, and
– 99% of users would recommend the Trail to other people.
The results of this study will assist the Waterfront Trust and its local partners to continue to design a Waterfront Trail that delivers safe and enjoyable recreation experience and that future projects and extensions to the Trail are planned and implemented successfully.
Interim Report, Summer 1989
Interim Report, Summer 1989
The Hon. David Crombie, Founder, Waterfront Regeneration Trust (1989)
On March 30, 1988, the federal government appointed the Honourable David Crombie to act as a one-person Royal Commission to study the future of Toronto’s waterfront in light of Toronto’s history, values, and contemporary issues. Over a period of six months, the Royal Commission held a series of public hearings; more than 300 groups and individuals came forward with submissions that illustrated people’s profound interest in the future of their waterfront. The Interim Report highlights the recommendations that resulted from research studies and public hearings. The report also examines the role and mandate of the Toronto Harbour Commissioners; the future of the Toronto Island Airport and related transportation services; the issues affecting the protection and renewal of the natural environment insofar as they relate to the federal responsibilities and jurisdiction; the issues regarding the effective management of federal lands within the Toronto waterfront area; and the possible use of federal lands, facilities, and jurisdiction to support emerging projects.
What purposes should our reclaimed waterfront serve? What should it look like? What should it become? A place to live? A place to work? A play to play? A combination of all of these? Only two of them? In what ratios? What proportion? What scale? What kind of work? And so on. In answering these questions, citites define themselves…The people of Toronto instinctively understand this. They understand the importance of what is being done on their waterfront today….they will accept nothing less than the best we can do–that they want it done right. That chance to do it right will not come again for a long time. –Introduction
Watershed: Interim Report, 1990
Watershed: Interim Report
The Hon. David Crombie, Founder, Waterfront Regeneration Trust (1990)
Watershed is the second interim report of the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront. It includes 80 recommendations to ensure that the future of the waterfront – from Burlington to Newcastle, from the shores of Lake Ontario to the northern reaches of the Toronto watershed – is consistent with the Commission’s principles: that the waterfront be clean, green, useable, diverse, open, accessible, connected, affordable, and attractive.
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust and Brook McIlroy undertook a Land Use Planning Survey of the planning commissioners in communities along Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River in December 2013 – January 2014.
The Waterfront Land Use Planning Survey was developed to document and improve understanding of the current policy framework shaping the management and enhancement of our shared waterfront. The survey shares and promotes experiences, successes and challenges among partners to strengthen the goal of protecting and enhancing Ontario’s waterfronts. In addition, four case studies were conducted on Oshawa, Prescott, Grimsby and Mississauga. Each of these communities has a different experience with waterfront land use planning and policy development, offering lessons with other municipalities.
Some key findings:
Waterfront visions continue to emphasize public access and the other nine waterfront principles of the Regeneration. The majority of respondents indicated their communities had articulated a vision for the waterfront (82%) and for public waterfront access (89%). Just over half (55%) articulated a specific vision for the Waterfront Trail.
Majority of respondents are currently undertaking projects to enhance the waterfront (63%) and Waterfront Trail (57%).
In May 2020, one and half months after the province announced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and Transportation Options, in partnership with the Share the Road Coalition surveyed 885 cyclists about their cycling in 2020 and plans in 2021. The purpose of the survey was to assist tourism partners, tourism businesses and related organizations to understand impact of COVID-19 on cycle tourism and cycling activities.
Assist tourism partners, tourism businesses and related organizations plan for future cycle tourism and cycling activities post COVID-19.
Provide insight and information for planning purposes on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route.
This survey is complemented by a similar survey conducted in Fall 2020, and report which can be found at here.
Protecting. Connecting. Celebrating. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
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