Smart Growth


Internationally, Smart Growth refers to protecting key environmental features and functions; reducing urban sprawl that might otherwise consume agricultural lands; and creating compact, transit-friendly, and energy-efficient communities with an enhanced diversity of social and economic functions. For the Don watershed, Smart Growth means urban intensification.

FODE supports Smart Growth and is a member of the Ontario Smart Growth Network, but is concerned that urban intensification under the new Official Plan may, unless carefully applied, result in the loss of critically important and sensitive natural areas that exist within urban areas.

We are concerned that extensive intensification may also result in suffocating densities, overwhelmed infrastructure, over-stressed greenspace and natural heritage features, the location of hard infrastructure in valley corridors, and increases in pollution, noise, and urban heat island effects. All of these impacts could make life less enjoyable for human residents and the existing natural landscape of the Don watershed.

Recent Position Papers include:

Smart Growth

Local Development Issues

2003: Burke Brooke

In addition to the general concerns we have expressed about urban intensification,
FODE has considerable and specific concerns about the impact of potential urban intensification around Burke Brooke, a tributary to the West Don flowing through Sherwood Park, crossing Bayview south of SunnyBrook Hospital and flowing into Serena Gundy Park.

Our initial concerns were contained in an article, ESA Threatened in North Leaside, that appeared in the Fall, 2002, At The Forks, and that described the creation of the Burke Brook Task Force. During the first half of 2003, FODE posted several pieces of correspondence to the City regarding Burke Brook on the website, but removed most of these in July, as the public consultation process wound down. Below please find:

Our Final Submission on Burke Brooke, dated, July 8, 2003.
(36 KB, PDF file)

Coming soon...Our concerns about proposed developments on Kennedy Road.

FODE is a membership-based non-profit organization working to protect and enhance the Don River and to encourage the establishment of healthy and sustainable communities within the central and eastern portions of the Don watershed, Toronto, Ontario. © 2004