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TRCA wins 2015 OPPI Award of Excellence for Leading Edge Watershed Policy Document

Nov 25, 2015

For its creation of comprehensive policies that highlight the importance of watershed management now and into the future, Toronto and Region Conservation was recently honoured with the 2015 Award of Excellence by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

The Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority won in the OPPI Community Planning & Development Studies/Reports category. The TRCA policy document incorporates science-based research into community and planning development within TRCA’s nine watersheds and a portion of the Lake Ontario waterfront. 

With environmental conservation as its foundation, the policies serve as best management practices for TRCA’s work with municipalities, developers, consultants and homeowners.

“These policies are a consolidation of all our research in watershed studies,” Carolyn Woodland, Senior Director, Planning and Policy, TRCA says. “They highlight how important watershed management will be to the environment in terms of climate change, human wellness, habitat creation and the protection of greenspace in a region under huge growth pressures.”

Laurie Nelson, Associate Director, Planning and Policy, TRCA says the OPPI Award of Excellence is significant because it demonstrates the value of the daily workings of conservation authorities like TRCA, while we work with our partners to plan and implement high quality communities.

“We’ve shown leadership that has been recognized by our peers, many of whom struggle with the same challenges balancing sustainability with growth that we do,” Nelson says.

Both Woodland and Nelson believe the policies created complement revitalization and intensification by maintaining an overlay of environmental protection and restoration at all times. This approach clearly articulates the value conservation brings to the planning process, and enables TRCA’s partners’ and stakeholders’ contributions to building The Living City.

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