In addition to local ownership of assets, a Community Land Trust 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 diverse 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?

Please read through recommendations in this report prepared by a group of students from Planning Program at the University of Toronto. The recommendations for Parkdale are informed by their research on experiences of other Community Land Trusts as well as innovative participatory planning practices from elsewhere.