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Mayor’s executive committee OK’s Port Lands plan

Construction at a Waterfront Toronto site. CITYNEWS.

An executive committee has said yes to a mayor-endorsed plan for the Port Lands, now putting the ball in city council’s court.

The proposal was presented to the executive committee on Tuesday and adopted with amendments. City council will vote on whether to approve it on Sept. 21.

Mayor Rob Ford and his councillor brother Doug Ford, have thrown their support behind the plan that includes a ferris wheel, monorail and a mega mall for the land at the foot of the Don Valley Parkway, south of the Gardiner Expressway. —  land that is currently held by Waterfront Toronto that already has a city-approved plan for the area.

“We feel strongly we have a great plan,” John Campbell, president and CEO of Waterfront Toronto, told reporters at City Hall on Tuesday.

Waterfront Toronto chair Mark Wilson told the executive committee, “Any radical change on the scale of what’s being contemplated in our experience would take years and cost millions.”

The Fords say the Waterfront Toronto plan is moving too slowly, and that their plan relies less on public funds.