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Unlikely Allies: Citizen Planning and Environmentalism on the Oak Ridges Moraine

Unlikely Allies: Citizen Planning and Environmentalism on the Oak Ridges Moraine

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The research examined the dynamics of citizen planning through an in-depth study and comparison of two communities -- Richmond Hill and Caledon -- that are immediately adjacent to the Oak Ridges Moraine. The study documented the issues, the roles of key actors, the strategic outcomes, and the local historical circumstances and political regimes under which citizen activism takes different forms. A book titled "The Oak Ridges Moraine Battles: Development, Sprawl, and Nature Conservation in the Toronto Region" (2013) provides a careful, multi-faceted history and policy analysis of planning issues and citizen activism on the Moraine?s future in the face of rapid urban expansion.

Researcher: PI: Gerda Wekerle, Co-PIs: Liette Gilbert and Anders Sandberg

Project Theme: Urban Planning

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