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Lecture 1

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Ahmed Allahwala

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Course Information & Introduction
Course Information:
o Professor: Dr. Ahmed Allahwala.
o Office: HL 542.
o Office hours: Wednesdays 10-11:30 AM.
o E-mail:
o Course textbooks (bundle available in the bookstore): Planning Canadian Communities & A
Reader in Canadian Planning.
o Course Requirements:
Mid-Term Exam: February 11th (20%).
Assignment I - Annotated Bibliography: Due March 4th (20%).
Assignment II - Planning Case Study: Due March 25th (20%).
Final Exam: Date TBA (30%).
Tutorial Attendance: schedule available on Quercus (10%).
o Novae Res Urbis:
Toronto city planning newsletter, updated biweekly.
Newsletters will be posted on Quercus, to be read by students as posted.
Will help with assignments.
Each newsletter provides at least 2 potential case studies that can be used for
Assignment II.
o Tutorials:
First tutorial to be held January 21st.
7 tutorials in total.
Tutorial dates: January 21, January 28, February 4, February 25, March 4, March 11,
and March 18.
Participation is worth 10%.
Case Study - Annex Residents and ADI Development:
o ADI Development wishes to build a 29-storey condominium tower at 64 Prince Arthur
Avenue, which would replace the two-storey building currently built there.
o Residents are against this because no other buildings are that high in the area, and
therefore the new one wouldn't fit into the landscape.
o Residents believe developers are essentially giving them the 'middle finger' due to a lack of
consultation and understanding/sympathy for how the residents feel.
o People living in the Annex are relatively wealthy (i.e., upper-middle-class), and therefore the
residents' association of the Annex would be relatively powerful.
o Developers may have a difficult time bulldozing over Annex properties due to the power of
the residents' association.
o The role of the city planner may be to find a compromise between developers and residents.
o Planners are municipal bureaucrats who are not elected officials, and they receive the
applications from developers when they want to build something.
Planners must review the application and make sure it meets the intent of the official
plan of the City of Toronto.
Traffic assessment, shadow assessment, etc.
Planner also plays a role in facilitating the development process.
o Should ADI Development be able to build this 29-storey building on Prince Arthur Avenue?
Reasons for:
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