New neighbourhoods, like we imagine at Quayside, are too important and too complex to be designed in isolation. The more voices, perspectives, and ideas that come to the table, the better.

The Sidewalk Toronto Residents Reference Panel consists of 36 volunteers from households across the city who will meet over six Saturdays throughout the year to examine our work and help shape our thinking.

Members of the Reference Panel will explore new ideas for addressing urban challenges while helping to imagine a healthier, more inclusive, and sustainable approach to city living. Some of the areas they will consider include:

  • Constructing and financing housing in new ways that could lower the cost of home-ownership or rentals;
  • Ensuring that the public interest and public benefits are secured in the development of public lands;
  • Limiting private cars and road use, and introducing new mobility options including shared self-driving vehicles and enhanced public transit;
  • Protecting personal privacy while employing new digital technologies;
  • Setting ambitious energy use and climate goals; and
  • Using parks and public spaces to provide better access to the water’s edge.

To learn more about the panel, read the original invitation letter or the FAQ.

Agenda for Meeting #1

Peter MacLeod, Chair, Sidewalk Toronto Residents Reference Panel

Introduction to Partnership and Project
Will Fleissig, CEO, Waterfront Toronto

Lunch: A History of Toronto’s Waterfront
David Stonehouse, Executive Director of the Waterfront Secretariat, the City of Toronto
Linda Macdonald, Acting Director of Community Planning for Toronto and East York, Toronto City’s Planning Division

Walking + Bus Tour of Quayside and the Waterfront
Carol Webb, Manager, Project Communications, Waterfront Toronto
Mira Shenker, Manager, Project Communications, Waterfront Toronto

Values Discussion
Panel members