Annely Zonena is a Professional Planner with over 10 years' experience in the private and public sectors. Annely has worked on master planning and urban design projects in municipalities across Canada.
In Toronto, Annely played a central role in the planning and development of the early phases of the Regent Park Revitalization and developed innovative the community consultation approaches for the project. Annely managed the approvals and design of multiple community facilities (Regent Park Aquatic Centre, the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre (Daniels Spectrum), community centres, new parks), and many affordable housing buildings on behalf of Toronto Community Housing.
At the City of Toronto, Annely has led major growth studies involving the repositioning of a key office employment district, the review of the City's Alternative Parkland Dedication Rate, and is one of the leads in implementing the Growing Up Urban Design Guidelines. Annely's focus has been youth engagement and development; she has led numerous workshops about urban planning for young people across the GTA.
What if our city took a new approach to improving liveability for families living in dense areas?
What if our new vertical neighbourhoods, buildings and units were better designed to address the needs of children?
What if young families could have the choice to remain in their high-density neighbourhoods rather than being forced to make a choice between their current housing or a move to low-density areas with long commutes?
The City of Toronto's City Planning Division has recently completed Guidelines to achieve these outcomes – "Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities". City staff will present the research that underpins the work and will describe a few of the Guidelines.