Defining what “culture” means can be challenging – especially in a city like Brampton, with 234 distinct ethnic backgrounds and 115 languages at play, and growth fuelled by 14,000 newcomers each year. This challenge was apparent right at the outset of the City of Brampton’s Culture Master Plan initiative.

This year, the OPPI Student Case Competition brought together student teams from accredited planning programs in Ontario to create a leading proposal for the Inno-Tech Park in the City of Greater Sudbury as presented by OPPI President Jason Ferrigan, RPP.

Change is in the Wind

June 01, 2018 | Posted by OPPI | Post Contributed by Mat Vaughan, RPP | Cannabis, Cannabis Planning Policy, Policy
Change is in the Wind
Can you imagine living next to 10,000 skunks?  For some Ontario residents, this is their new reality.
In the summer of 2018, the federal government will legalize the recreational use of cannabis. In Ontario, the proposed legislation is being tabled under the Ontario Cannabis Act; new provincial legislation that would support the province's transition to the federal legalization of cannabis.
This change in federal legislation will have land use planning implications in relation to the retail sale of cannabis, and the agricultural production and processing of cannabis materials.
As planners it is important we understand how the plans we create and implement have a real impact on both property owners and municipalities who rely on accurate property assessments to generate tax revenues. By virtue of their nature, planning policies, which regulate or restrict land uses, have the potential to drastically influence the value of properties.
Planners spend their days dealing with complex problems: from designing place-based communities, to creating effective transportation systems, and to creating housing opportunities for all. We know we need to collaborate widely and effectively across the urban system. How might we harness our understanding of the people we serve to develop collaborative methods for solving these problems together? 
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