After more than two years of consultation and review, “The London Plan” will move one step closer to getting the rubber stamp of approval on Tuesday.
Councillors have spent countless hours going over what’s known as the city’s playbook, pinpointing a number of key priorities for growth over the next 20 years, including:
– Growing inward and upward
– Shaping our city around rapid transit
– Building a city of great places and spaces
– Offering real and attractive mobility choices
– Becoming one of the greenest cities in Canada
– Creating a cosmopolitan city
– Building strong and vibrant neighbourhoods
– Planning a smart city
– Regenerating our urban neighbourhoods and main streets
Following some more input during Monday night’s public participation meeting, the Planning and Environment Committee endorsed the draft.
Councillor Phil Squire told AM980 implementing any changes could take some time.
“The new approach, which is inward and upward, I think people generally understand that, they like it, but in the operation of it, I think it will be really challenging for us because as you look for land more within the city to build on, that creates challenges for residents who may not want a building near them so it gets more complicated in the actual doing of it than the concept of it,” said Squire.
He is expecting some will appeal the document.
“Some of the concerns about particular pieces of land, some people aren’t writing to us generally about the London Plan, they’re writing about how the London Plan may affect the developability of their property and if they’ve been left out of the development area, so there’s no question there’s going to be appeals, we’re going to be looking at an extended period of time before we have the London Plan passed,” Squire said.
Full Council will get the final say on whether the document should be approved before sending it to the Ontario Municipal Board.
You can view and download the full plan at www.thelondonplan.ca