A Community Land Trust is an innovative model that establishes community ownership of land and local democratic control over that land for the benefit of local community. As Parkdale has faced a number of local challenges related to land and its use – declining affordability, food insecurity, lack of community space, and limited community control over neighbourhood change, Parkdale People’s Economy / Parkdale Food Network have been exploring a possibility of establishing a CLT in Parkdale High-Park area.
A CLT can also be a vehicle to promote democratic planning decision-making over local land use because of its unique 1/3 governance model to ensure local representation from divere community stakeholders and local control. But ‘the local’ does not always mean ‘democratic’, and thus crucial questions arise: How can we ensure democratic governance and participatory processes that fairly represent and balance the diverse and conflicting interests of residents in Parkdale-High-Park area?
To tackle the complex question, a group of graduate students from University of Toronto’s Planning Program undertook a research project exploring experiences of other Community Land Trusts as well as innovative participatory planning practices from elsewhere. In this event, the group will present their findings on how other CLTs are governed in practice and offer recommendations for building an equitable and sustainable governance model for Parkdale-High-Park area. The community presentation is scheduled as follows:
Date: January 10th (Thursday)
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: PARC (1499 Queen Street West)
After the presentation by the group of students, we hope to have community discussion to think about how recommended strategies would work in Parkdale-High Park area.