Toronto, ON — The Hon. John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has announced reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and land-use planning systems in Ontario. One proposed change in the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) will be to "revitalize communities by promoting the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields"
Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.
"We were particularly pleased that the Minister emphasized a strong role for brownfields redevelopment in the reform agenda," said David Crombie, president and CEO of Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), co-founder of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN). "Shifting the focus of investment towards reurbanization in cities and towns across Ontario will require all sectors to work together towards common goals."
"It was great to hear provincial and municipal support for reforms that will encourage intensification of existing built-up areas prior to expansion into greenfield areas," said Todd Latham, a director of CBN. "We welcome any new policies or incentives that governments offer to rehabilitate brownfields in Ontario communities."
Coming Oct. 21, 2004, to Toronto, Brownfields 2004 is the fifth annual conference on brownfields and is organized by the CUI. This year’s event, which will be held at the Liberty Grand, is a partnership with the CBN. A feature of this annual event is presentation of the CUI Brownie Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in brownfields redevelopment.
For more information, visit www.aboutremediation.com/cbn/default.asp.