The Toronto region needs to stop building office parks surrounded by giant, parking lots on the fringes and start urbanizing its job zones, putting employment near transit and creating pedestrian friendly business parks.
Urban planner Pamela Blais … has written detailed profiles of two of the region’s longstanding employment megazones being published this week by the non-profit Neptis Foundation, which has been studying the impact of provincial anti-sprawl policies.
Emerging jobs are compatible with multi-storey office towers rather than low, spread-out manufacturing facilities. Redeveloping the surface parking lots and building on some vacant business park sites could free up space for up to 57,000 office workers, according to Blais. …
“That means restricting office development at the edges of the region. No more new suburban office parks. The 100 million sq. ft. of office space we’re expecting to plan for over the next 25 years — we have to do that in a way that maximizes out transit investments and the economic potential,” she said.