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Designing Healthcare Facilities in an Evolving Planning Landscape: DIALOG’s Corey Horowitz and Andrew Matheson Present at OPPI Conference 2023

September 12, 2023

Join DIALOG’s Corey Horowitz, senior urban planner, and Andrew Matheson, Associate and senior urban planner, as they present “A Tale of Three Hospitals: Major Healthcare Projects in an Era of Changing Planning Landscapes” at the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Adaptation Transformation Conference on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, in Ottawa.

Event Details

Date:                                   Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Time:                                  11 a.m. – noon ET
Location:                           Virtual and in-person at Shaw Centre (Room 204), Ottawa, Ontario

Click HERE to register for the event. Last date to register for virtual attendance is September 15, 2023.

A Tale of Three Hospitals: Major Healthcare Projects in an Era of Changing Planning Landscapes

The urgent need for healthcare infrastructure to serve a fast-growing and aging population has emphasized the importance of optimized approval timelines over “traditional” planning processes.

This presentation explores the unique planning approaches to three recent, and ongoing, significant hospital expansion projects in varying contexts of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – one through a “typical” municipal approvals process and two through comparable – but distinct – municipal and provincial processes that involved Minister’s Zoning Orders.

Through their professional responsibilities as lead land use planners, Corey and Andrew will draw upon their experience to discuss comparative analysis of the following major health-care projects and their respective approvals processes regarding community engagement, collaboration with City staff, alignment with municipal zoning, risks to project schedules and associated costs, and political support. Projects include:

  • Queensway Health Centre (Etobicoke, Toronto) – “typical” municipal process
  • Mississauga Hospital (Mississauga) – municipal process and “pivot” to EMZO
  • Toronto Western Hospital (Downtown, Toronto) – MZO

About Ontario Professional Planners Institute Adaptation Transformation Conference

From September 20 to 22, the OPPI Adaptation Transformation Conference explores how registered professional planners navigate the profession’s rapidly changing landscape to emerge as qualified leaders who bring communities together in the public interest. The conference highlights relevant topics impacting the profession, including housing affordability and supply, changing demographics, representation of equity-deserving groups, advancements in technology, and more. Professionals and industry experts from across Ontario will come together for two and a half days of insightful keynote speakers, thoughtful panel discussions, and meaningful breakout sessions.

Programming for the conference will be available online for those who wish to attend virtually.