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  • 1. The Urban Field Experience
    Presentation By: ElieSelwan
  • 2. Agenda:
    • Background Information of the Company
    • 3. 4 Significant Projects
    • 4. Current Project
    • 5. My Placement Experience
    • 6. How it related to Urban Studies
    • 7. Questions & Comments
  • Location:
  • 8. Background :
    • R.E. Millward & Associates Ltd was established in 1997, and is considered an experienced consulting firm that offers a wide range of services including,
    • 9. development
    • 10. planning
    • 11. strategic advice
    • 12. project management services to investors, developers, institutions, industries and municipalities.
    • 13. The firm has demonstrated excellence in public realm program and policy development.
  • Services Offered:
    Strategic planning and governmental relations
    Land use and planning approval
    Policy and design guidelines
    Development for coordinated furniture programs
    Land development logistics
    Economic and community development studies 
    Preparing Master Plans
    Due diligence for investors and developer
    Strategic advice on planning and governmental matters
    Planning and policy analysis 
    Official Plan policies and zoning bylaw
    Advice on outdoor advertising and municipal sign bylaw
    Organizing and coordinating public consultation and workshops 
    Policy and program evaluation
  • 14. President: Robert E. Millward, FCIP, RPP
    As president and founder of R.E. Millward & Associates Ltd. , Mr. Millward oversees all projects, adding value through years of planning experience within Toronto and Internationally. From 1987 to 1996, Mr. Millward served as the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Toronto.
  • 15. While Commissioner, Mr. Millward participated in major development initiatives in Toronto that include,
    The SkyDome
    The Railway Lands
    Air Canada Centre
    The Harbourfront
    BCE Place
    Expansion of the Convention Centre
    The Trade Centre at the CNE
    Woodbine Racetrack redevelopment
    Robert Millward graduated from New York University with a Masters in Urban Planning and a B.A from the University of Rochester, New York. He is a Registered Professional Planner, a member of the Ontario Provincial Planning Institute, and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • 16. Associates:
    Geoffery McGrath M.Sc.Pl
    • Specifies in reviewing design and placement guidelines, reviews municipal, regional and provincial planning policy initiatives.
    • 17. Advises developers in preparing development application forms.
    • 18. Conducts extensive site analysis and field research support for various forms of developments.
    Melissa McEnro M.Sc. Pl
    • Tracking development activity, major policy initiatives, and building permits in the City of Toronto for Bell Canada.
    • 19. Conducting an ongoing review of sustainability and planning policies in the North American context.
  • Clients:
    Ontario Realty Corporation  
    Film Studios                       
    Berkeley Consulting Group   
  • 20. 4 Key Projects:
    Coordinated Street Furniture Program:
    Advisiedmunicipalities on developing coordinated street furniture programs. R.E. Millward& Associates were the Project Director for Coordinated Street Furniture Programs in York Region, the City of Ottawa and the Greater Amman Municipality in Jordan. In 2005, R.E. Millward & Associates was retained by the City of Toronto to act as Project Director for a Coordinated Street Furniture Program.
    Union Station Master Plan:
    R.E. Millward & Associates served as Project Director for the Peer Review of Union Station’s Master Plan.
    Filmport Toronto Studios:
    R.E. Millward & Associates helped devise the strategy that has produced Filmport, a major film studio in Toronto’s Don Lands Development. Mr. Millward was responsible for providing expert advice on managing the City of Toronto approval process, developing the RFP, negotiating with City staff, and securing due diligence.
    Concrete Campus:
    R.E. Millward & Associates was Project Manager/Chief Planner for the rezoning process of four aggregate companies wanting to locate along the ship channel in Toronto’s Port Lands.
  • 21. Current Project:
    • New Zoning Bylaw Amendment in Mimico region at Lake shore Blvd. & Superior Ave.
    • 22. Developer proposed an 8 storey mixed commercial residential (MCR) building
  • 23.
    • City of Toronto’s Official Plan (OP) , has not been updated since 2009.
    • 24. Today the Mimico Region is dire need of revitalization plan, as a result a official document was released titled MIMICO 20/20 Revitalization Action Plan, which was put in effect by the City of Toronto and The province of Ontario in 2010.
  • 25. IBI
    Focus Consulting Inc.
  • 26. According to the OP zoning bylaw for address 2388-2390 Lake Shore Blvd. W & 13 Superior Ave, The City of Toronto has the site specific Zoning By-law 971-2003 which permits a 7-storey Seniors’ Home Residence.
    Furthermore, there is a heritage landmark on the site.
  • 27.
  • 28. Currently exists on the Site:
    Vacant commercial building on Lake Shore Blvd.
    Vacant Police/Fire Hall building on Superiors Ave. (Designated as a Heritage Site)
  • 29.
  • 30. Resourced Used & Needed:
    • Create a Segment Study- Which provides evidence that the proposed development is a successful project.
    • 31. Avenue Study
    • 32. Official document- Mimico 20/20 Revitalization Action Plan Report
    • 33. Med Size Design & Height Guidelines
    • 34. Heritage Preservation Strategic Plan
    • 35. Community Consultation Objective
  • 36. Development Approval Process
    • Pre-application Consultation
    • 37. Submission of Complete Application
    • 38. Application Circulation (Technical response, community consultation)
    • 39. Response to Applicant
    • 40. Application Revision and Resubmission
    • 41. Recirculation, Consultation, Further Revisions, Finalization and Staff Report –(Current Project)
    • 42. Public Meeting at Community Council
    • 43. Council Decision
    (Opportunity to Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board)
    • OPA/Zoning By-Law in Effect
  • Why this project is so significant?
    • It is the first development in the revitalization process for the Mimico Region.
    • 44. It is not only bringing people to the Mimico, but rather creating an innovative sustainable region which will ultimately be a desirable place to live.
    • 45. The project has been called the “guinea pig” development for the region.
  • 46.
  • 47.
  • 48. Challenges & Issues:
    Heritage site on Superior Avenue. Developer vs. The City
    Public Consultation (Aging population)
    The Design of the Building (from 10 to 8 storeys)
  • 49. My Placement ExperienceResearch Municipal Documents (polices, zoning, applications etc.) Input data on various updates on Current Projects in the GTA (Waterfront Revitalization Development)Attended council meeting, public meeting, Ontario Municipal Board hearings and various meeting with developers/consulates Fieldwork study various on specified sites
  • 50. What I’ve Learned?
    Public vs. Private Sector
    The development process in Toronto
    Zoning By-Laws & various Policies/Studies initiatives from both the public & private sectors
    Municipal/Provincial Documents (Places to
    Grow, Planning Act, Official Plan etc.)
    Design/Sustainability principles and guidelines for smart growth and creating a higher quality of life for neighbourhoods.
    My Placement Experience
    Sometimes they forgot that I’m only the Intern coming in once a week.
    Long hours starring in front of a computer.
    My Placement Experience
  • 52. How has this experience related to the Urban Studies Program?
    • The City of Toronto Courses with Professor Jon Caulfield
    • 53. Urban planning : Theory & Practice
    • 54. Made is clear that Urban Planning is a key interdisciplinary that plays a major role in politics, economics and overall social functionality.
    My Placement Experience
  • 55. Thank You.