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ODA Action Tip
March 16, 2002

Ministry Of Municipal Affairs Seeks Input On Standards For Accessibility In Land Use Planning Activities

We encourage you to contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to
offer your input on accessibility standards for local land use planning
activity. The Ministry has contacted the ODA Committee to indicate that it is
preparing a handbook for local municipal governments. We have been told that
the handbook deals mainly with encouraging municipalities with making the land
use planning and development process more accessible for people with
disabilities. It also provides municipalities with background information on
barrier-free features for outdoor public spaces such as curb cuts, handrails,
ramps and audible traffic signals. We are told that the handbook also contains
a section which includes examples of municipal best practices and a
self-assessment questionnaire for municipalities.

This handbook, we are told, does not deal with building code issues. The
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is dealing with those in its
consultation process on the Building Code.

You can contact the Ministry directly to request a copy of the draft handbook,
and you can send your comments into the Ministry. We would also appreciate
receiving copies of any feedback you give to the Ministry.

To contact the Ministry about this, send an email to:

or phone Peter Kakaletris at:
416 585-6122

To send a copy of your feedback to the ODA Committee, write us at:




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