The renewal of the waterfront focuses on people, and the public is an integral and valued part of Waterfront Toronto’s planning and design process.
Ongoing consultation with the public enables us to ensure that revitalization plans and designs are aligned with what the public wants.
Waterfront Toronto is committed to effective two-way communication with the public. Public consultation improves the quality of decisions because it provides an opportunity to examine a project's underlying issues, assess its real impacts and help effect improvements. Public consultation is a key objective of the Corporation and is in keeping with our core values of accountability and transparency.
Responsible decision-making requires that we consider the input received from public consultation in the context of other factors such as budgetary constraints, and ultimately
make decisions that are in keeping with our strategic direction as mandated by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto. Definition of public consultation is the two-way exchange of information between Waterfront Toronto and the public before decisions are made. It is an open and accountable process allowing individuals and groups to participate in our decision-making process.
When Waterfront Toronto is considering a project of significant public interest, we identify and notify interested parties in a timely manner through public notice, and provide individuals and groups with sufficient information so that they can meaningfully consider the project. At the same time we provide an opportunity for interested parties to make their views known to us. The process and structure of consultation varies depending on the project.
In addition to consulting with the general public, Waterfront Toronto also consults with interested and affected stakeholders. For most of our projects we establish a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) to provide us with an ongoing forum for advice, feedback and guidance at key points during the planning and urban design process.
While the composition of each SAC is unique to the project that it is associated with, in general SACs are comprised of representatives from interested and affected stakeholders and organizations as well as those with specific expertise related to the project. We make every effort to ensure that SACs are inclusive and represent the full gamut of interest and
perspectives. Typically membership includes representatives for the community through neighbourhood associations, condominium boards and/or residents at large; representatives for business through business improvement associations, area businesses or land owners, and/or trade associations; and
representatives from special interest groups such as cycling associations, environmental groups, and heritage and cultural associations.
SACs provide a valuable role by: