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Keesmaat focuses on transforming neighbourhoods with Toronto’s Development Permit System

September 24, 2014, Toronto – Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief City Planner for the City of Toronto, talked about getting back to City Building and creating great places last night during her presentation on Toronto’s Development Permit System at OAA Headquarters.

“The Development Permit System is potentially transformational,” said Keesmaat. “We’re fundamentally shifting from site-by-site negotiation to taking considerations into account at the start of the process. The key way to measure success is to assess if the outcomes align with our vision.”

The joint event was hosted by the OAA and the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA). OAA President, Bill Birdsell opened the event with a warm welcome. Jason Dobbin, TSA Chair and Maria Denegri, TSA Vice Chair later took the stage, thanking Keesmaat and wrapping up the formal portion of the evening.

“We are thrilled with the great turn out tonight,” said Bill Birdsell, OAA President. More than 200 people were in attendance, with nearly 100 more joining online. “This is a momentous occasion; the first time the OAA is streaming an event live.”

Ontario Architects, including members throughout the United States and Europe, signed in to watch Keesmaat’s presentation. Immediately afterwards, Keesmaat responded to questions from the audience, online, and twitter; confirming that she would post answers for a number of others online. 

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